“No wine can be a great wine without its local culture.” We cannot think of better words to describe our approach: tradition, authentic winemaking culture and unique vineyards, all handed down the D’Angelo family for several generations. Wine is about emotions, tradition, culture, love and passion. For almost a century now, the D’Angelo family has been widely recognised as a pillar of Basilicata’s wine tradition. Although the company was formally set up in the 1930s, its wines were first exhibited at the 4th edition of the Bari Trade Fair (1924). A journey into the world of winemaking that spans over four generations of the D’Angelo family, all the way to Erminia and Rocco, the current owners. The family history goes hand in hand with the success of Aglianico del Vulture, which, aside from becoming a symbol of Basilicata, it is increasingly being appreciated and enjoyed in the entire country. Between 1924 and 1950, the company specialized mostly in the sale of wine in bulk and grapes, however, in this period, it also introduced its very first wine under the “Casa Vinicola D’Angelo” name. A few years later, the company changed its core business to become a fully-dedicated wine producer, making only bottled products under its own brand by 1950.
DOC certification and exports
In 1971, Aglianico gained the Italian DOC certification (Italian Controlled Designation of Origin), with Rocco D’Angelo Senior (son of the company’s founder) being one of the most active promoters of all wines from the Vulture area. In 1976, the Aglianico wine of Casa Vinicola D’Angelo crossed, for the first time ever, Italy’s borders, making its debut in the American and German markets. In the 1980s, Lucio D’Angelo, father of the current owners, took the helm of the company. Thanks to a combination of improved harvesting techniques and winemaking processes, Aglianico del Vulture conquered new markets and worldwide fame.
The fourth generation of Casa Vinicola D’Angelo
While Lucio D’Angelo was taking his Aglianico to Europe and the rest of the world, his children played hide and seek in the family-owned vines and in the wine cellar. Come September and the entire extended family would come together for one of Italy’s oldest and most sacred rituals, the harvest of the grapes. Many years have passed from those carefree days, however, Rocco and Erminia’s childlike wonder at seeing the grapes ripen and the vats being filled is still there. Some things never get old! Rocco is the winemaker, he manages both production and the vineyards. Erminia, together with her mother Franca, oversees the sales of the company. The Vulture area is certainly the cradle of the family, however, the eyes of the D’Angelos are set on the entire world. Erminia and Rocco are the ambassadors of Aglianico del Vulture in the world and their efforts have greatly contributed to promoting Basilicata’s wine culture in the USA, China and Eastern Europe.
The company figures
Year of establishment
With almost 100 years of experience, Casa Vinicola D’Angelo is a pillar of both Basilicata and Aglianico del Vulture
In the towns of Barile and Maschito. Two different areas with unique characteristics
Dedicated to the king of all grape varieties, Aglianico del Vulture. The company also grows the Merlot, Primitivo, Malvasia and Moscato grape varieties
14 wines, including red, white, rosé and sparkling wines, plus two grappas (traditional Italian grape-based spirit).
Bottles per year
85% of production is exported to: USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Japan
25 hectares of vineyards on Vulture’s most beautiful volcanic hills