Basilicata, the ‘instep’ of Italy’s boot, is a region that’s as remote as it gets. Naturally, we had to go there in search of cool wines for you. While we did manage to snag a great example of the region’s famous red, Aglianico del Vulture, we wanted to do something different and bring you a white, too. From the celebrated Farnese Vini, this exciting find brings together two very cool southern Italian grapes: smoky, melon-tinged Fiano and spicy, limelaced Greco. Sip it with cheeses, pasta, crisp salads and more.
Basilicata’s output is so tiny that its four DOCs produce only one in every 50 bottles of Italian wine. Still, with its steep terrain (among the country’s most mountainous), it’s prime winemaking territory. Overlooked by an ancient cathedral, the vineyards of Basilium are high altitude and filled with volcanic soil – key to developing concentrated fruit flavors and wines with unique mineral richness.