“In the first vintage of 2000 I made wine only a part of the grapes produced, for a total of about 1,200 bottles. To get the guides, journalists and wine makers to take me seriously, I always said there were 12,000 bottles. The success was immediately overwhelming, so much so that my dad had to go and buy back the bottles that friends and colleagues had bought at Christmas to help us, otherwise we didn’t have enough bottles for the orders that came from wine shops and restaurateurs. ” Elena Fucci
Since Vintage 2017 there has been a version of the Titolo vinified and aged in special untreated terracotta amphorae in the shape of an egg. A limited production of only 933 bottles per year.
“It is certainly an important wine, more suitable for cold seasons and important flavors. But I think that the relationship with wine must go beyond the concept of perfect pairing with food, and focus more on the concept of hedonism, where the consumer chooses to taste and drink a wine, regardless of everything and everyone, but simply when he has the desire and pleasure to do so. ” Elena Fucci
Lucania, today’s Basilicata, is a bit the cradle of European viticulture: it is no coincidence that its oldest population was that of the Enotri, who lived in Enotria, the land of wine, and its wines, the Lucanians and the Lagarini, are remembered by classical writers. The Vulture area specifically expresses one of the most characteristic wines of Italy that fully enhance its biodiversity. The Vulture is an extinct caldera volcano since prehistoric times. Rich in springs, covered with woods, it has a rich flora consisting of 977 species. Its wide and very fertile volcanic slopes are home to extensive Aglianico vineyards.
The original name of the Aglianico vine is “Ellenico” taking its name from the “vitis hellenica” imported by the Greeks into the territory, later the name was transformed first into “Ellanico” then into “Allanico”. Finally it became “Aglianico” during the Spanish domination.
One of the most representative villages for the production of Aglianico del Vulture is precisely Barile, a location that houses, among others, the cellar of Elena Fucci. The Barile coat of arms depicts a barrel and a bunch of grapes, testifying to the territorial vocation closely linked to Aglianico. Interesting are the over one hundred cellars dug into the tuff about five centuries ago and still used today for the aging of wine.
The most widespread form of training is the guyot, the spurred cordon is minimally present, while the sapling is now limited only to small surfaces, the form of shed farming is in danger of extinction also due to the very high processing costs that requires. The “shed” is an ancient cultivation technique that we find in the family-owned vineyards: the vines are led to low sapling and the shoots are collected on three specially arranged canes. Elena Fucci, like very few other producers, wanted to keep this hymn to the Lucanian tradition in some plots.
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