HISTORY MAKING EXCELLENCE
To Pino Paternoster, undisputed patriarch and master of the history of Aglianico del Vulture.
“The account of more than 80 harvests,
The absolute respect of the tradition,
of the historical background and of our people.
The love for our territory: the Vulture,
all along guardian of our
A never-ending mission
that we intend to hand down as times goes by.”
History and origins
Paternoster Family may well be described as a main chapter of
Mount Vulture wine making history,
as they have been wine growers since last century.
It all started from “Grand Pa” Anselmo decision to keep alive the noble
art of wine producing inherited from his father.
In 1925 (the date is still visible on family historical cellar doorway)
he chose to sell bottled Aglianico, which, up to that moment,
he just vinificated for domestic and friendly purposes.
This date is crucially relevant both for Winery and Family’s history.
Since then, every single member jealously started saving each vintage labels,
pictures and wine making traditional tools.
Unaware Grand Pa Anselmo gave life to a reputable three generations family business
today absolutely complied with tradition, historical epoch, local sites and natural ecosystem.
Annual production stands around a fixed quantity of 150.000 bottles in order to grant
constant quality standards to medium–high range consumers.
Numerous awards and specialized press issues have recognized Paternoster
central role as major promoters of Aglianico del Vulture,
as well as testimonials of the whole wine making area.
Commercial success and fame have not influenced company’s beliefs and original commitments:
a deep link with Basilicata, namely Barile,
an ancient and important centre for Aglianico del Vulture production.
Here the “Cantine” sites, a still visible amazing cluster of more than 100 tufaceous
secular cellars, reveal the unforgettable family’s seal carved on to the initial steps of local Vulture wine making.
Many faces, one single soul
Anselmo Paternoster, born in 1898 was also Knighted “Cavaliere di Vittorio Veneto”
since he opened up the way to local viticulture,
pioneer of family and entire region long wine history since the beginning of 1900.
Pino Paternoster, born in 1919, was the first charismatic house and Vulture’s Wine Maker,
enologist and managing director at a time. He first introduced top quality oak barrels and acquired Villa Rotondo
vineyards. Pino made great efforts to promote Aglianico by attending fairs, meetings and exhibitions,
such as Vinitaly very first edition.
He was at that time also a journalist for many wine magazines and was among the first producers
to claim for Aglianico del Vulture DOC appellation in the 70’s.
Anselmo and Sergio Paternoster are both enologists. The first controls grapes and wines in his lab, while Sergio is the experienced Wine Maker, the real interpreter of Vulture’s splendid grapes.
Vito Paternosteris company’s PR and Marketing Manager both in Italy and abroad, an indefatigable spokesman of his land.
Rosalba and Anna Paternoster represent the winery’s “pink side”, they patiently and firmly work both in cellars and office, swelling harmonious alacrity in all circumstances. You can find Rosalba unstintingly moving from her desk to cellars, and the youngest Anna, who decided to apply her skills of experienced lawyer to company’s papers and figures by working Paternosters’s Managing Director.