The Likos is named after the Lyki, an ancient population from Anatolia, established in this region of Southern Italy, itself named Lucania. Likos is a thick wine, with an enchanting aroma of black fruit and roasted notes. Perfect pairing with herbed-stuffed lamb roll.
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Set along a small hill that offers a splendid panorama on the hillsides of Mount Vulture, an ancient extinct volcano, the eight hectares of vineyards (all dedicated to the Aglianico grape) of the Mastrodomenico enjoy ideal conditions that allow it to organic viticulture: optimal sunlight, constant ventilation and large thermal deviations. The toponymy of the locality that houses the vineyards is also indicative of its iron-rich soil: Acquarossa (literally the “red water”).
Created as a wine company five generations ago, the estate acquired a winery in 2005, under the impetus of Domenico Mastrodomenico, a professor of rural techniques, from Puglia who came to join his wife in Basilicata.
The wine storehouse itself is a witness to the region’s exciting history. Located on a section of the Via Appia Antica, in an area once populated by Greeks and Romans who started the cultivation of the vine there, the village of Barile was founded by Greek-Albanian migrants fleeing Ottoman incursions and whose troglodyte dwellings marked the territory. These hillsides niches are now used as conservation areas or as wineries, like the Mastrodomenico. These caves ensure constant temperature and humidity throughout the year.
The Mastrodomenico estate is now passing the baton to the new generation thanks to Emanuela. If she initially assisted her father in the administrative and communication aspects, Emanuela, a law graduate, now also lends a hand in the vines.