Pronounced “olly-on-ico,” this historic grape is planted almost exclusively in the volcanic soils of Southern Italy. Our Italian ancestors, Francesco and Rosalina Leonetti, immigrated to Walla Walla from Calabria, which furthered our intrigue and connectedness to the variety. Leonetti’s Serra Pedace Vineyard, planted on a picturesque hilltop in the southern Walla Walla Valley, beckoned to be named after Frank and Rose’s village. So, of course, we planted Aglianico on its terraces overlooking the valley.
An ancient Southern Italian variety seldom grown in the New World