Aglianico

Category: Wine – Still – Red
Grape variety: 100% Aglianico
Region: Campania, Italy
Appellation: Fontanarosa (AV), Montefalcione (AV), Paternopoli (AV)
Producer: ORNETA

Description

Aglianico is a vine of great tradition, probably originating in Greece and introduced in Italy in the VII-VI century a. C. Uncertain etymology: some refer to the Greek origin of the vine (Hellanic or Hellenic), others to the ancient city of Elea / Velia (Eleanico). The most famous wines of ancient Rome were mainly obtained from Aglianico grapes. Il Porta (1592) identified the Hellenic vines with the ancient Helvolae described by Pliny and Columella. The original name (Ellenico or Ellanico) according to some became Aglianico during the Aragonese denomination, during the fifteenth century. The reds of Orneta are produced with Aglianico grapes from about 13 hectares of vineyards located in the countryside of Fontanarosa, Montefalcione at Fortuna, Paternopoli at Nocelleto at about 500 meters above sea level. The Mesozoic soil integrated with the volcanic contributions of Vesuvius, due to its permeability and its richness in potassium, produces grapes full of polyphenols and acids that give complexity and longevity to the wine.