The Winery

The winery Basilisco, since its start in the early 90s, aimed at the highest quality both in the vineyards and in the wine making thus becoming in a short time a pearl in the Southern Italian scenario.
In  2011 Feudi di San Gregorio, the leading winery in the South of Italy and present in the Vulture region for over ten years, decided to start a project reclaiming its ancient tuff stone caves in the “Shesh”, the historic Park of cellars of Barile, and revamping this ancestral context. This move was animated by the firm belief in the uniqueness of this extraordinary viticulture area.
The acquisition of Basilisco with its beautiful tuff stone cellars and its vineyards in the most vocated location accomplished the plan and gave birth to a space of astonishing beauty in the historical heart of the Aglianico del Vulture production.
Viviana Malafarina is the “face and the soul” of Basilisco: she manages all the aspects of the winery and work with huge passion in the cellar guided by Pierpaolo Sirch who is also responsible for the vineyards.

THE HISTORY OF THE CELLARS

The winery Basilisco is located in Via delle Cantine, in a XVIth century noble palace.
The areas of vinification and storage are inside the fascinating caves chosen by Pierpaolo Pasolini to set his movie “Il Vangelo secondo Matteo”.
In the XVth century, several groups of Albanian refugees escaped from Turkish pressure, settled down in some areas of Southern Italy creating proper enclaves which are still existing. Barile is an arbereshe (Italian-Albanian ethnic group) settlement and the dozens caves in the tuff stone, characterizing its landscape, have been dig by the colonists as a shelter.
Many tunnels twist and turn inside the tuff stone underneath the village. The caves facing North have a stable 16-18 °C degrees temperature, therefore are ideal as storage and they’ve always been used for processing and preserving oil and wine.
As in the old days, in the 8 caves of Basilisco, Aglianico del Vulture is vinified and set to rest inside the silent meander of the volcano.

THE WINES

In its wines Basilisco condenses

today the spirit of this land,

its simple and immense wealth,

his timeless tradition.

Basilisco


Denomination:  Aglianico del Vulture DOC

Grapes:  Aglianico 100%

Location of vineyard:  Barile

Area under vines:  4 hectares

Altitude and Exposure:  500 meters asl, South – Southeast

Soil type:  Volcanic, tuffaceous, clayey

Training system:  Guyot and “capanno” (cane tripod)

Fermentation:  Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for 15/30 days.

Ageing:  12 - 15 months in French oak barriques I and II hand

Organoleptic evaluation:  Structered and powerful wine, ruby-red coloured with deep-purple nuances. It has a complex balsamic aroma with scent of soft fruits, plums, blackberries and cherries. Elegant and with a long textural finish.

 Maturation:  12 months minimum

Serving temperature:  20 C°

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Teodosio


Denomination:  Aglianico del Vulture DOC

Grapes:  Aglianico 100%

Location of vineyard:  Barile

Area under vines:  6 hectares

Altitude and Exposure:  500 meters asl, South - Southeast

Soil type:  Volcanic, tuffaceous, clayey

Training system:  Guyot

Fermentation:  Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for 15/30 days

Ageing:  10 - 12 months in French oak barriques II and III hand

Organoleptic evaluation:  Ruby-red coloured wine tending to violet-purple. Soft fruit aroma with a prevalence of plum and morello cherry. Well balanced, full in body and with a lingering finish.

 Maturation:  12 months minimum

Serving temperature:  20 °C

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Sophia


Denomination:  Vino Bianco

Grapes:  Fiano

Location of vineyard:  Barile

Area under vines:  1 hectar

Altitude and Exposure:  480 meters asl, South – Southeast

Soil type:  Volcanic, tuffaceous, clayey

Training system:  Guyot

Fermentation:  Fermentation in stainless steel under controlled temperature.

Ageing:  In stainless steel with permanence on fine dregs and frequents batonnage.

Organoleptic evaluation:  Straw-yellow in color with greenish shimmers, its scent recalls fresh flowers, roses and yellow peach. The palate is young, crisp and mellow with aromatic notes. It also shows a gentle touch of spices.

Serving temperature:  12°C

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VULTURE-VINEYARDS-TERRITORY

After the last eruption, 130000 years ago, nature found back its balance giving birth to a terroir with extraordinary features.
Since then, the majestic volcano Vulture vigils above this territory, feeding a simple and spontaneous viticulture, full of small old vineyard “a capanno” (small 2/3 cane “tent”).
Our 20 hectares are completely biological.Pierpaolo Sirch, viticulture expert and responsible of our vineyards,
manage the property in the belief that through allowing the plants and the soil to reach their balance it is possible to obtain the best fruit with the less work and intrusion.
All our vineyards are in the most vocated area of Barile, between 450 and 600 mt above sea level, facing South-East. Among them “The Historical”, a beautiful old vineyard where vines grow on traditional “capanno” together with olive and fruit trees,
which makes our work quite complicated but gives us the best satisfaction on the field and in the glass. The harvest is done exclusively by hand. This allows us to pick grape by grape at the right moment, considering that, even if very close to each other, the micro-zones can be very different by soil and climate. The soil, volcanic, tuff stone and flysch in add to temperature range, enriches our wines full of fruit with unmistakable characteristics of freshness and minerality.

News

  • Vinitaly 2015

    Published On 12 March 2015

    Next appointment at Vinitaly 2015, from 22 to 25 March. Come and taste the volcanic emotion of Basilisco wines… this year you can find us in Pavilion D at Stand E 4, we’re waiting for you!

  • Sophia 2013

    Published On 2 July 2014

    We are very happy to present our new layout for Sophia 2013!
    Available since just a few days, our fiano shows its new look, renovated by the great designer Massimo Vignelli.Elegant, charming and reminding the original layout, the coin symbol of Basilisco turns silver like a full moon on the black of the new label.
    Click here to see Sophia new packaging

  • BASILISCO YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    Published On 1 July 2014

    Have you been visiting us and wish to see once again the beauty of this region? Maybe you’ve never been in Basilicata but you would like to get to know better the Vulture area? You just wish to know something more about us? Today there is a new chance to do it? We created a dedicated YouTube Channel where you will be able to see videos about territory, our vineyards, the cellars and the work we do at the winery. Follow the link www.youtube.com/basiliscovini and start your journey!

Basilisco

 Via delle Cantine 22, 85022 Barile Potenza, Italy T. +39. 0972.771033 basiliscovini@gmail.com