Red-wine grapevine cultivated in Basilicata and Campania regions of Italy. In the latter province it has the alias names Agliatica, Ellenico, Ellanico, Gnanico and Uva Nera. Of extremely ancient origin, it is responsible for some of the better sturdy red wines of southern Italy – (eg “Aglianico del Vulture”). Appears to have been used to produce Falurnum, a well-documented favorite wine of the Romans. The name “Aglianico” is reported to be late 15th century corruption of the italian word “ellenico”, meaning “hellenic”, presumably acknowledging the original home of this variety. The grape is also used to make good bronze-colored rosé-style wine.

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