The cellar is where our beloved wine rests, a sacred place where time flows slowly and our passion takes shape. Aglianico ages in the silent darkness of the cellar until, once poured in the glasses, it is ready to be lifted to the sky for a joyous toast.
Over the centuries, the farmers of Basilicata have worked the volcanic lands of Vulture, creating thousands of cellars. Rionero alone boasts more than 1500 tuff-dug of such places.
The refinement of Vulture’s wine needs cool and dry places that always seem to be shrouded in some kind of mystical silence, just like the historical cellar of the D’Angelos, a 500 square-meter underground world.
Rionero is also home to a second cellar, the true heart of the production, where wine is refined in large oak barrels – 5200 litres each – as well as in smaller barrels and concrete tanks. These cellars have always been at the heart of D’Angelo’s production, as they are essential to continuing that traditional approach to winemaking that is now, once again, becoming very popular. The refinement in concrete tanks guarantees a gentle and continuous micro-oxygenation, a process that allows a better evolution of the wine.
Many companies that normally use steel containers are now switching back to concrete. There is no better combination of tradition and modernity as concrete tanks: an evolution of the old “palmenti” of Vulture (old concrete tanks still used in the tuff cellars of Vulture) that were and still are used for the refinement of Aglianico.
Split into three levels – winemaking, refinement and aging – and measuring 1500 square-meters, the largest wine cellar is probably the most sacred part of our company: 60 years of passion, dedication and hard work.
Over the years, the D’Angelos have increased and diversified production. In addition to the most popular local grape – Aglianico del Vulture – the family is now also well known for its Merlot, Primitivo, Malvasia and Moscato varieties. So many great wines that tell the history of a beautiful region and a great family.