Aglianico del Vulture Terre di Orazio 2017


Cantina di Venosa

From the highly rated Cantina di Venosa, named by Decanter in a recent feature as one of the 'Stars of Southern Italy'. The 2017 Terre di Orazio, from selected older vineyards, is their best yet. Aged 15 months in small Slavonian oak casks, it's richly flavoured and unusually accessible for the notoriously tannic Aglianico grape.

Meet the producer

Cantina di Venosa was founded in 1957 and today has 400 grower members with 800 ha of vineyard. It is the largest producer...



The Aglianico grapes are grown near Venosa, mid-way between Naples and Bari. They are sourced from a selection of older vineyards, hand-harvested into 12-15 kg crates. The grapes are picked in the early morning and immediately transported to the cellar to maintain quality. Temperature-controlled fermentation (23-28ºC) in stainless steel takes place for around 10 days, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 15 months in small, 25hl Slavonian oak casks.

Tasting notes

A warm and richly-flavoured, oak-aged, Aglianico with aromas of ripe black fruit, cassis and smoky notes. The generous palate is packed full of red and black berry fruits, with layers of spicy oak, mocha and liquorice. Concentrated, with a good depth of flavour, and chunky yet supple tannins.

Food match

At its best with pasta dishes, red meats and mature cheeses.


2015 Vintage

Decanter World Wine Awards 2019