Lucania, land of wolves
In northern Lucania, around Mount Vulture mountain range, an unspoilt and fertile volcanic land in northern Basilicata, olive and vine have been cultivated for thousands of years. Thanks to the unique and irreplicable climate and soil conditions, the miracle of an extraordinary harvest is repeating every year. The ancient Greeks have been clever enough to recognize in this corner of Magna Graecia the optimal habitat for Aglianico grapevine growing, which is today the flagship wine of southern Italy.
In the course of history, Aglianico del Vulture has been mentioned by the celebrated poet Horace, native of the Lucania area, by Pliny the Elder and, years after, by Charles of Anjou who ordered in a letter to be served with “400 burthens” of the good wine from the Vulture hills.
Afterwards, the Romans brought in olive-growing in the typical cultivars of the area: Ogliarola del Vulture, Rotondella and Cima di Melfi. In the midst of breathtaking landscapes, studded with castles and farmhouses, still bearing the traces of Frederick II of Swabia passage, you will happen by the characteristic town of Ripacandida, castled on a high ground that dominates wide cultivated areas, the heart of a land that, through the centuries, is maintaining