The estate was established in 2001 with the acquisition of 20 hectares of vineyards in the classical zones of Aglianico del Vulture, Barile, Ripacandida and Maschito. The owners are oenologist Donato D’Angelo, whose family has made Aglianico del Vulture wines for generations, and his wife Filomena, who grew up in the wine world and has a degree in viticulture and oenology. Donato studied at the School of Oenology and Viticulture of Conegliano Veneto, and he was one of the first winemakers to use barriques in Southern Italy in the 1980s.
The soil here is naturally volcanic and the altitude is 500-550 meters above sea level, two conditions that are ideal for the Aglianico grape. The Aglianico grape ripens late and is often one of the last red grapes to be harvested in Italy, being picked from late October to early November. Aglianico del Vulture wines have the potential to be full bodied, developing a rich texture, a firm tannic structure and the typical chocolate-cherry notes. Aglianico is knowkn for its great aging potential and its ability to soften its tannins and reach a more silky texture with time. That’s why it is indeed callled “the Barolo” from the South.
The history of Aglianico del Vulture is very old. The grape was most likely introduced by the Greeks in Southern Italy in the 7th or 6th century BC. One of the literary references about Aglianico del Vulture has been left by the Roman poet Horace, who celebrated the beauty of his native land and the quality of the wine. Aglianico del Vulture was awarded Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) in 1971 and the higher Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) in 2011, the only one in Basilicata.