Ep. 204 –ENGLISH– Attilio Scienza (VIA Chief Scientist) on Aglianico

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[This is the English-language translation of episode 204, which has originally been recorded in Italian.] In this educational podcast, Prof. Attilio Scienza is back on the show with Monty Waldin to talk about Aglianico. Prof. Scienza is a famous Italian vine genetics scholar and Chief Scientist of the Vinitaly International Academy. Scienza’s most recent book La Stirpe del Vino (Sperling & Kupfer, 2018) explores the genetic history of iconic grape varieties. In this interview, Scienza and Waldin discuss the origin of the name Aglianico, Aglianico’s genetic ties with other grape varieties, and the main areas where this vine is cultivated. Scienza also talks about the traditional growing methods for Aglianico called “tennecchia” and the way Aglianico responds to various soils and climates. Tune in to learn more about its wine denominations such as Taurasi, Vulture, and Taburno and discover traditional foods paired with Aglianico. This podcast provides an insight into the importance of the Aglianico grape and its wines in the Italian wine and viticultural tradition and cannot be missed if you are studying Italian wine! [A transcript of this interview in English is available on www.italianwinepodcast.com.]
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