Cantina di Venosa winery - Basilicata

NEWS: The underwater wine project, innovation from Cantina di Venosa

Francesco Perillo, president of Cantina Venosa

Then there are those who have decided to enhance the territory by experimenting with new techniques. This is the case of Francesco Perillo, president of Cantina di Venosa, in Basilicata: a company founded in 1957, which today has 350 members with an area of 800 hectares. The Underwater Wines project is a project carried out with the oenologist Donato Gentile and concerns the underwater immersion of our flagship wine, Carato Venusio, a 2013 Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG. Thanks to the technology made available by the engineering services company Jamin Portofino, for six months the bottles were cradled by the waves on the Ligurian seabed, 50 meters deep, at a stable temperature of around 13-14 degrees. An underwater refinement that has allowed us to obtain a structured, elegant wine, which is balanced, savory, pleasantly tannic and velvety on the palate.

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CANTINA di VENOSA is one of the most renowned wineries in the South. Established in 1957, by 27 promoting members, today it has 350 members with an area of about 800 hectares, most of them in the Municipality of Venosa which is the largest producer of Aglianico grapes in the Vulture area. Venosa is a city that rises in the north of Basilicata.

 Aglianico del Vulture is a wine with an intense ruby red color with garnet reflections, delicate aroma of ripe black fruits, unmistakable, savory, and harmonious flavor. A DOC wine that has over 2000 years of history and that represents the perfect combination of the rich and balanced composition of the soil of volcanic origin (Vulture is precisely the volcano on whose soil the vine that generates it is cultivated) and the fortunate climatic exposure of the rolling hills of Venosa.

  "Last year, I touched on the 2020 vintage in Basilicata. I continue to be impressed with these wines in recent tastings. This was a small production year due to frost in the spring and hail in the summer. It was also relatively dry and warm. However, the soils of Vulture did an excellent job supplying water to the vines from built-up supplies in winter, which were then replenished again through periodic rains in the summer.  September and October brought more balanced conditions, allowing the fruit to mature beautifully. These are seductive wines that combine elegance and depth with regal tannins.

 Aglianico del Vulture continues to impress and improve."

 - "Southern Italy, Diamonds in the Rough" - Vinous July 2023

Cantina di Venosa's site for more info


Antonio Teora/Sales Manager and Francesco Perillo/President of the Farmers




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