Aglianico del Taburno, the red wine of the witches

The legend of Aglianico del Taburno, the red wine which takes the name of a mountain of Campania, is a long story of witches, cold winters and solid roots. The witches are those of Benevento, the city which has been famous since the 13th century for the "meetings" of witches, while the cold weather of Taburno is one of the dominating factors of the product yield of this proud full-bodied wine. Just like Sannio, a land which perfumes of wine all year, with environmental and artistic treasures just waiting to be discovered. We start from the chief town and its wine with a dry and persistent aroma. The rosé is more poetic, delicate and fresh tasting. The land of Sannio, with cold winters and mild summers, not too hot compared with the regional average, guarantees the best production yield of this wine which embeds the roots of its vines in the 2nd century B.C.

A legend tells that the “honey-sweet red wine” offered by Ulysses to Polyphemus in exchange for his hospitality was precisely the Hellenic from which the Aglianico derived after the Aragonese domination during the 15th century.

The traces of the Aglianico depart from the chief town and spread to the slopes of mount Taburno and in the vast area where this precious vine is the undisputed protagonist of the rural landscape. We depart from the Arch of Trajan in the historic centre of Benevento and reach the Church of Santa Sofia and as far as the Roman Theatre on foot, home to moonlit summer theatre festivals. Then, the immersion in greenery begins in search of the precious red. We are in Dugenta, a small village which gives its name to the red wine produced with the Aglianico grape. A small prince in the oenology of Campania at the court of the more famous Taurasi. This short but intense itinerary of the Aglianico concludes with a pilgrimage to Pietrelcina. The land of Padre Pio, who is now a Saint. Not to be missed is the labyrinth of alleys of the ancient centre to discover the places of the life of the Saint which has become a religious destination for tourists that arrive from every corner of the globe.