The Taurasi is another great Italian wine very little known outside Italy. The DOCG wine Taurasi is made from grapes grown in an area called Irpinia, an area where other two great DOCG wines are made, the whites Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo, and is mainly made with Aglianico grape and up to 15% of other locally grown grapes. Many producers only use Aglianico grapes.
The Taurasi “disciplinare”, the wine regulations that tell wine makers the characteristics the wine should have, say that a wine to be called Taurasi, not only needs to be made with the at least 85% of Aglianico grape, but must be aged for a minimum of 3 years before being released with a least one in wooden barrels whilst for the Taurasi to be labelled as Riserva, the ageing increases to 4 years.
The Taurasi wine, also called the Barolo of the south, is one of the finest Italian wines and suitable for long ageing.