Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Lucano
Val d'Agri - Lagonegrese

Polvere di Ippocrasso wine

This is a wine produced solely in the Park area, following a recipe from 1000 A.D., kept in the Grumento Nova museum. The base of this wine is a Bordolese dell'Alta Val d'Agri with 20 percent Aglianico, to which cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and honey are added, following the recipe.
The result is a unique and pleasant and extremely harmonic wine, with 15 percent alcohol. Its production is entirely artisanal and the filtration is still done through tissue, as in the past, in batches of 20 liters.

Its name comes from the Ippocrasso, an old Greek beverage with a red wine base, but its large use is linked to Medieval times when it was served in situations when nowadays we would drink beverages such as coffee, tea and hot chocolate. It was customary to add various spices which were believed to have medical properties to the wine. Nowadays, the wine - which is served fresh at 6-8 degrees celsius - gets enriched when served with blue and seasoned cheeses, accompanied by a compote or jam. It goes particularly well with pecorino di Moliterno cheese and caramelised grapes.

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