Castel del Monte and Northern Apulia
In our estate at the foot of Castel del Monte, in the middle of Alta Murgia, stony soils are combined with a natural vegetation interspersed with strips of cultivated fields. Here, the characteristics of the soil are especially suited to the cultivation of the indigenous grape variety Nero di Troia, from which we obtain well-structured wines with a dominant bouquet of red fruits, wood, roses and herbs. These wines are well-adapted to the long ageing process.
The Aglianico is also widespread in this land; it is a grape variety of medium vigor, with mid-sized bunches, cylindrical or conical-shaped, often winged. It gives rise to wines of a more or less intense red color with purple hues, good olfactory intensity, fragrances of cherry and plum, herbaceous notes of tobacco and tea. The taste is rather sour, bitter, astringent, and full.
Bombino Bianco, of medium vigor variety, is characteristic of the southern Adriatic coast, in budding, flowering and late ripening. It gives rise to wines from greenish-yellow to pale yellow in color, delicately fragrant, harmonious and dry.
Read more Pampanuto, often cultivated alongside the Bombino Bianco, has interesting organoleptic characteristics such as delicacy and finesse. Wines produced from Pampanuto have a fine and delicate taste, pale yellow color and fresh scents, fragrant and slightly fruity.
The Moscato Reale belongs to the great family of Muscat, one of the oldest and most diverse families of grape varieties. The bunch is of medium size at maturity, a little elongated, winged; the berries are medium-sized and of a spherical shape. The skin is thin, greenish yellow in color that becomes golden yellow when fully exposed to the sun. In the south of Italy, the Moscato grapes are traditionally dried before processing and give rise to very sweet, fatty wines with intense scents that often resemble fruit jam, dried figs and candied fruit.
Itria Valley and the Primitivo Area
The Itria Valley is the heart of Apulian white wine. Rows of white Alessano, Minutolo and Verdeca extend over a lush and evocative area where knolls alternate with gentle valleys. White are houses, red is the stony earth, dotted with oak trees, Mediterranean vegetation and vineyards fringed by stone walls. The beauty of the landscapes, the historic centers of its white towns and the abundance of wine and food make this area of Apulia one of the most appreciated by tourists who come here from all over the world.
Here, thanks to the specific properties of soils and climate, we obtain white wines pale yellow in color with hints of green, very structured, with medium-high alcohol content, good acidity, low pH, intensely fruity and floral, with powerful aromas.
The sub-peninsula of Salento, between splendid rocky vistas, long coasts and baroque influences, is the land of the blackest grape vine variety, the Negro Amaro, which offers a marvelous red wine, slightly bitter in taste, of impenetrable color and with an intense perfume.
The Negro Amaro is a late bloomer that gives rise to a deep red colored wine, with strong hints of red fruits on which prevails a note of Marasca cherry.
The Primitivo grape variety is also widespread. Its cultivation was initiated by the Benedictine monks at the monastery of Gioia del Colle in 1600, where ideal planting conditions are found at 400 meters above sea level.
Later in 1890, the Primitivo was introduced in the province of Taranto, particularly in Manduria and its surrounding areas.
The ripening period is between late August and early September.
The Primitivo is an intense ruby-red wine, full-bodied, with a fruity, pronounced and persistent taste, a discrete stable acidity, which lends itself well to ageing.