Aglianico {ah-lee-YAHN-ee-koh} is a black grape variation, which originally comes from Greece.The grape is mostly grown in Campania and Basilica regions of Italy. The wines from this grape are full-bodied, and it has high levels of acidity. In some regions of Italy, Aglianico is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The preferred weather for Aglianico is dry, with consistent sunlight, to be able to develop its greatest characteristics. In the 19th century Aglianico was attacked by Phylloxera, almost completely eliminating this grape variety. Now Aglianico is doing a comeback, more and more plantations are known to be growing in various regions of the world. Apart from Italy there are other well-known vineyards in: USA, Australia, and Mexico.

Marc Caparone of Caparone Winery talks about Aglianico’s origins and how they grow it and make it into wine in Paso Robles, California.




Aglianico, Montepulciano di Abruzzo and Piedirosso a typical variety from Ischia with a red garnet color and strong tannins are blended for the Rosso. The three varieties are blended together and age for one year in casks, and the wine has integrated tannins that balance the structure marked by intense, dark red fruits.


Color of grape red
Species Vitis Vinifera
Aglianico Synonyms Agliatica, Ellenico, Ellanico
Origin Greece
Most common in Italy
Phonetic pronunciation ah-lee-YAHN-ee-koh