This is the Grape of the World’s first ever First Growth wine, Falernian, a favourite of the Romans. The grape comes originally from Greece but it is in Italy and specifically Campania, in Soutern Italy, where it has become a treasure. Much sought after by the Italians themshelves, Aglianico is their best kept secret. While many of us search out for great value Barolo we tend to ignore southern regions in Italy.

Wines produced from Aglianico tend to be full bodied with firm tannins and high acidity, making this a wine that has aging potential. The rich flavors of the wine make it appropriate for matching with rich meats such as lamb. In its youth the wine is quite concentrated but can be very approachable. As it ages the fruit becomes more pronounced. The trademark colouring of the wine is a deep garnet. It can have chocolate, blackberry and plum aromas, and notes of berrys on the palate.

Mastroberardino Aglianico, Campania €19.95 per btl or 2 btls for €35

Blackberry and toasted flavours on the nose are join by a slight touch of chocolate. This wine is soft yet elegant on the palate with notes of berry jams, such as strawberry and raspberry. Outstanding finish, this wine is absolutely irresitable once tasted and is drinking fabulously at the minute.