Try a Aglianico wine if you like Nebbiolo (Barolo)


Overview of the Aglianico wine varietal

A complex, tannic red wine with intense colour and flavours.


Why we like the Aglianico varietal, grape, and wine

  • A wine like Aglianico with high tannins and high acidity make great food wines. Powerful flavours in the wine mean it will stand up to bold flavoured meals.
  • We love to pair Aglianico with cured meats and strong cheeses for a mid-day snack.


Aglianico Pronounciation:



Flavours and aromas of Aglianico wines

  • Fruit: strawberry, raspberry, red cherry, plum
  • Herbal/Vegetal: liquorice, violets, blossom
  • Other: vanilla, soil, smoke, chocolate


Varietal Pairings – Food pairings for Aglianico

  • Pastas and Pizza with Sausage
  • Game
  • Lamb
  • Mushrooms (esp. portobello)
  • Savoury cheeses
  • Venison or beef chilli
  • Braised and stewed beef


Where are Aglianico grapes grown?


Old World AglianicoRegions

  • Southern Italy
    • Campania
    • Basilicata
    • Puglia


New World Aglianico Regions

  • USA
  • Australia
  • Canada (Ontario)


Interesting facts about Aglianico wine

If you find a wine from Taurasi (in Campania) the grape used is Aglianico. This DOCG makes some of the most powerful and age worthy wines in Italy. Quality Aglianico has the structural elements necessary to be aged for over a decade.

Other names for the Aglianico varietal include

  • Southern Barolo, Barolo of the South, Barolo del Sud (although not related to Nebbiolo or the Barolo region at all!)
  • Aglianica, Ellanico, Glianica, Uva Catellaneta
  • Regional Names: Taurasi, Vulture


Our favourite finds for Aglianico wine

Feudi San Gregorio Taurasi DOCG, Taurasi, Campania, Italy

Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi DOCG, Taurasi, Campania, Italy

Vieni Estates Aglianico Reserve, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Caparone Winery 2016 Aglianico, Paso Robles, California, USA


Dig Deeper: Learn More About Old World vs New World Wines


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