Basilicata is a small region of barely 11,000 square kilometres, but with every type of Italian landscape imaginable. It is one of Italy’s most pristine regions, where nature still reigns and has not succumbed completely to human presence.
Here the vine contends space with the more widespread olive.The extinct volcano Vulture dominates the plateau with its 1,300 metres,its lava mixing with the soil rich in clay, calcium, nitrogen and tuff to create a unique terroir and Mediterranean winegrowing landscape.The volcanic component gives the wines a rare minerality and tanginess.The most common grape variety in Basilicata is Aglianico, named after the Greek Ellenico grape.
Soils with a volcanic base, special sunlight and the continental climate with typically very cold winters and hot summers, and extensive day-night temperature ranges are the key features of the Vulture district.This terroir is like no other in the Mediterranean and brings forth unique minerally wines, with a distinctive hint of spice.
The entire property enjoys an ideal location in the Vulture foothills, where the vines grow in a very special microclimate.Almost all the vineyards are planted to Aglianico, the monarch of Vulture varieties: 30 hectares of 20-year-old Guyot-trained and 22 hectares of 10-year spurred cordon-trained vines, at 420 m asl in the municipality of Venosa. There are also smaller areas given over to white berries like Müller and Traminer Aromatico: 20 hectares of 5–10-year-old Guyot-trained and also at 420 m asl, at Pian di Camera in the municipality of Venosa
In the province of Potenza, in the town of Maschito, at 550 m asl, the Serpara vineyard covers about 6 hectares, of which 3 planted to vines over 40 years old.Selections for new vineyards are made here and these vines provide the grapes for the Masseria cru which bears its name.