Welcome to Episode 1446, in which Cynthia Chaplin interviews Viviana Malafarina in this installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast.
About today’s guest:
Basilisco was founded in the early nineties aiming immediately at the highest quality, both in the vineyard and in the cellar, and in a few years it became a jewel of the southern wine scene. At the beginning of 2011 the Feudi di San Gregorio company, present in the Vulture for over ten years, decided to start a recovery project of the ancient lava caves in the “Shesh”, the historic Barile Cantine Park, relaunching the bet with conviction made on this area of exceptional viticultural value which culminates with the acquisition
of the nearby Basilisk. With its splendid cellars in the tuff and its vineyards in the most suitable districts of the area, Basilisco completes this project. Thus was born a space of enchanting beauty in the historic heart of Aglianico del Vulture. The face and soul of Basilisco is Viviana Malafarina, who manages the company and takes care of the cellar operations personally and with great passion, under the expert guidance of Pierpaolo Sirch, who is also responsible for vineyard management.
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About today’s Host:
Cynthia Chaplin is a VIA certified Italian Wine Ambassador, a professional sommelier with FIS and the WSA, a member of Le Donne del Vino, and a Professor of Italian wine and culture. Born in the USA, she’s lived in Europe since 1990. Italian wine, in particular rosé, is her passion. She works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer, a judge at international wine and sake competitions, she consults with restaurants and enotecas developing comprehensive wine lists and food pairings, and she advises clients who want to curate an Italian wine collection. She currently works for Vinitaly International in Verona as a Project Manager, Educator, and the host of VOICES Series on The Italian Wine Podcast, focusing on diversity and inclusion in the global wine industry.
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