Grottino di Roccanova

Grottino di Roccanova







about this subregion

Nestled in the southern reaches of Italy's diverse viticultural tapestry, the Grottino di Roccanova DOC offers a unique tableau of flavors influenced deeply by its distinctive environment. Sheltered by undulating hills and bathed in the Mediterranean sun, the vineyards of this region flourish in a climate that’s a harmonious blend of warmth and moderated coolness, courtesy of the tempering coastal breezes. The terroir, a fine blend of mineral-rich soils, imparts nuances to the wines that are both evocative of the landscape and an emblem of Italy's vinous pedigree.

At the heart of Grottino di Roccanova's red wines stands the Sangiovese grape. This noble variety, which traces its lineage back to ancient Tuscan vines, finds a welcome home in Roccanova. Here, it thrives, producing wines that are characteristically full-bodied with a tapestry of cherry and earthy notes, yet displaying a certain elegance and freshness unique to the DOC.

On the white spectrum, the Malvasia Bianca dominates. Renowned for its aromatic profile, this grape weaves a narrative of floral notes coupled with hints of citrus and pear. In Grottino di Roccanova, Malvasia Bianca wines often surprise with a mineral undertone, likely a nod to the region's remarkable terroir.

To experience Grottino di Roccanova is to embark on a sensory journey through Italy's rich viticultural tradition, underscored by an environment that seems divinely crafted for winemaking.


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Vineyard Hectares



1800 - 2000


Discover Terroir

The Grottino di Roccanova DOC is the least developed of the 4 DOCs of Basilicata, as it was only created in 2009. It covers a small area around Roccanova, in the heart of the Apennines.

The climate in the region is warm and dry, which added to the large number of sunshine hours the region receives, results in a higher ripeness of the grapes.

On the other hand, the soil of the region is composed mainly of clay and limestone, which gives the wines of this DOC a unique minerality.


Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Sangiovese

Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Malvasia Bianca

In the heart of Grottino di Roccanova DOC, a spectrum of wines beckons, each capturing the essence of this enchanting land. Bianco unveils a symphony of flavors, harmonizing a minimum 80% Malvasia Bianca di Basilicata with other authorized nonaromatic white companions. It's a radiant expression, gracing the palate with every sip.

Rosato emerges as a testament to meticulous blending, featuring 60-85% Sangiovese, 5-30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5-30% Malvasia Nera di Basilicata, and 5-30% Montepulciano. This rosé delights with its hues and flavors, a melange of sensations that linger on the senses.

Rosso, along with its Riserva counterpart, mirrors the region's dedication to excellence. The pairing of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasia Nera di Basilicata, and Montepulciano creates a mesmerizing symphony. Rosso resonates with a minimum 12.0% alcohol, while Riserva attains an elevated 13.0%, both capturing the depth and character of the land.

Aging is the alchemist's touch. Bianco and Rosato rest for a minimum of 5 months, refining their identities. Rosso, with its alluring blend, matures for 9 months, transforming into a nuanced creation. The true opus is Riserva, aged for an impressive 36 months, an embodiment of patience and craftsmanship.

In Grottino di Roccanova DOC, the wines unfurl stories of dedication, terroir, and heritage. As you savor Bianco, Rosato, Rosso, and Riserva, you embark on a sensory journey that resonates with the soul of this exceptional territory.