Re Manfredi is located in Venosa, in northern Basilicata. Basilicata is located in the “instep” of the boot in the south of Italy bordered by Campania to the west and Puglia to the east. This is a region of relatively little wine, but when the right climate manages to combine with perfect soil, the resulting wines can be of a truly outstanding quality. In particular, the nearby Mount Vulture volcano, extinct since antiquity, dominates the plateau rising to a height of 4,300 feet. Its lava mixed with the soil rich in clay, calcium, nitrogen and tuff, creates a ‘volcanic’ terroir that is rare in Europe’s winemaking panorama. The component of volcanic origin gives the wine a particular minerality and flavor.
The Re Manfredi / Terre degli Svevi estate was founded in 1998 by Nunzio Capurso, formerly longtime Managing Director of Melini’s Tuscan estate. The 235-acre estate is run with an unswerving focus on quality. Here, plentiful sunshine, parched, hilly vineyards at fairly high elevation and volcanic soils found on Monte Vulture all combine to form ideal growing conditions in the Aglianico del Vulture DOC. The estate vineyards are spread along the lower elevations of the volcano’s base. Plantings consist mainly of the indigenous Aglianico with smaller amounts of the white Müller Thurgau, Traminer and other varieties spread throughout. This benchmark Aglianico producer has earned numerous Tre Biccheri awards, one of Italy’s most respected wine honors.