Il Vulture

The origin of the name “Basilicata” could derive from “Basilikos”, a Greek term that means real or imperial. The Vulture comes from the Latin “Vultur”, one among the species of birds of prey always present in this land. There are many testimonies of the presence of great men in our places, the Latin poet Orazio Flacco and the emperor Federico II of Svevia emerge for their gifts. Orazio of Venosa praised the Vulture, its peculiarities, its food and above all its wines, as evidence of a land rich in history and culture. His poetics often linked to conviviality denotes the bond and importance of the drink of the gods with men and nature. Greeks, Arabs, Byzantines, Normans, and other peoples contaminated these places with customs and cultures. Federico II referred to as Stupor Mundi built castles and residences in the Vulture, important both politically and as places of convivium and studies. Precise references of hunting with birds of prey can be found in his work "De arte venandi cum avibus" (The art of hunting with birds). Hunting, local dishes and wine are always present in medieval banquets, the red wine that is certainly Aglianico del Vulture is often mentioned in the documents of the time. Mosaic of peoples and creativity gave birth to grapes with extraordinary characteristics in this land. Aglianico del Vulture, Pinot Nero and Malvasia Bianca of Basilicata, varieties always cultivated in the Vulture Region. The Pinot Nero ha always been associated to northen areas, now we can affirm that with high probability the route of this grape started from Basilicata to repopulate wide European areas. This is also an earth of white wines, the Malvasia, that comes from Greece, has well acclimatized and rooted in the Vulture, we find a singular trace of it in the vineyard that Leonardo da Vinci planted in Milan in the Casa degli Atellani