A dynamic Aglianico from Azienda Camerlengo displaying all the great qualities of a Mediterranean, volcanic red. Ripe yet fresh, Antelio will pair beautifully with your dinner.
Ripe Dark Fruits
Whats the Occasion
- Aglianico del Vulture
Beef stews, Spiced lamb, Osso bucco, Strong cheeses
30 minutes before drinking
Up to 5 years
- Ripe Dark Fruits
When you smell Antelio, you’ll be met with an aromatic wine with an expressive character of ripe plums, cherries, blueberries and cassis. Violet in its youth, it delves into licorice and the herbal notes of the garrigues - so typically Mediterranean. A rustic note of wood is always present in the Camerlengo wines.
- Full Bodied
When you taste Antelio, the density of flavor is impressive . Besides the symphony of aromas, on the palate you notice the remarkable acidity that stands up to Aglianico’s tannic structure and gives it a youthful edge. As the wine opens up let yourself be seduced by its volcanic minerality.
Basilicata is one of the lesser-known Italian wine regions. This tiny, mountainous area is a peaceful and rustic place: silent and untouched, with most of its vineyards planted on the slopes of the extinct Vulture volcano in the north of the region. The soil structures here are complex sand and tuff layers, with clay and lime mineral components as well as the volcanic elements from the mountain. The climate is temperate, with cold winters and diurnal temperature variations that can be a challenge to wine-producers. However, the abundance of sunshine during the summer months, and the lack of extreme heat, help the grapes mature peacefully for a late harvest.
Expressing the terroir
Azienda Camerlengo sits high on the slopes of Mount Vulture, at an altitude between 350m and 400m above sea level. Named for Cardinal Camerlengo, who gave the nearby city of Rapolla a lot of land to be cultivated, its fertile soils are rich with silicon and potassium along with volcanic minerals. The land is cultivated organically and includes vines of up to 40 years old; the wines are made with low interference. Chestnut and olive trees provide biodiversity and protection, while the good exposure and wide temperature range produce wines with extremely expressive characteristics.
Hand-picking and natural production
The Agliciano grapes that go into Antelio come from 8 to 12 year old vines, which fully express the true nature of the Vulture volcano. After being hand-harvested in early October, the grapes macerate for fifteen to twenty days without temperature control. They then begin fermentation spontaneously, in 6000 litre chestnut barrels, via indigenous yeasts. Antelio is aged for one year in old barrels, then for another year in stainless-steel vats. It isn’t filtered or fined before bottling, and the use of sulphites is kept to a minimum.
The Brains Behind It
Reviving a family business
The Azienda Camerlengo belongs to Antonio Cascarano, who inherited the land from his grandfather, Giovanni Falaguerra. Giovanni had produced wines and olive oils on the plot in his youth, but production ceased in the 1970s. Antonio revived the company in 2001, replanting vines, and production recommenced in 2013 with his first wine, “Camerlengo”. Antonio’s goal is to work in harmony with the Vulture volcano to naturally grow grapes that retain all of the characteristics of the land.