The Cantina di Venosa Cooperative was established in 1957 and is situated in the charming village of Venosa in the Basilicata region of southern Italy. Today the company has 350 members who between them manage 800 hectares of vineyards, all planted on the rich, volcanic soils of the Venosan hills. This mountainous region is one of Italy's forgotten treasures, particularly concerning its wines - crisp, aromatic whites and intensely fragrant reds. The coop specialises in local, indigenous grapes including Aglianico for the reds and Mavasia for the whites. This particular white is mainly Malvasia with a splash of Chardonnay and makes for a very approachable 'glugger'.
A light straw-yellow in colour. Aromas of lychee and pineapple with a hint of fennel. In the mouth, crisp and fresh with a mineral texture leading to a surprisingly long finish. Try with braised rabbit in a mustard sauce, tuna steak with onions and tomatoes or a warm scallop and mange tout salad.