Meaning of Aleatico in English:


Pronunciation /alɪˈatɪkəʊ/


(also Aliatico)
  • A sweet red wine made from a variety of grape grown chiefly in southern Italy.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), revolutionary politician and president of the United States of America. From Italian aleatico, further etymology uncertain and disputed. Most authorities accept a derivation from Italian regional (Emilia-Romagna) aliädga, literally ‘(grape) growing in July’, regional variant of lugliatico (of a grape) that ripens in July from luglio + -atico, but this presents phonological problems.