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Territory

The Territory

Come and discover the territory with us, along an extensive path where the landscape changes swiftly.

Castel del Monte and Northern Apulia

We are in the wildest and most rugged part of Apulia. Limestone rocks comprise the Murge plateau, whose name stems from the Latin word Murex, meaning a sharp stone.
Humps and karst depressions alternate with stretches of level land, where the stony ground, rendered arable by the ingenuity and resourcefulness of man have made the Apulian food products what they are today – unique and special in taste and quality.
Our company is located in the northernmost part of the Murgia, in the territories of the Apulian DOC area, that takes its name from the magnificent Frederick II manor "Castel del Monte."
An untamed territory, with a typically Mediterranean climate, where hot, dry summers alternate with long, cold winters often accompanied by snowfall in the northern part.
The rains, very rare in summer, fall abundantly in late autumn.
In this northerly land, we cultivate the best local grape varieties: Nero di Troia, Bombino Nero, Bombino Bianco, Moscato Reale, Pampanuto and Aglianico to obtain wines of full bouquet, with an aroma of spices, and a full-bodied taste.

Itria Valley and the Primitivo Area

The typical ruggedness of the Murgia landscape mellows in this hilly area with alternating knolls and rolling hills, oak groves, vineyards and Mediterranean vegetation.
Well-aligned dry stone walls contain the so-called "red earth", ungenerous, yet able to give uncommon value to wine production. The Itria Valley, whose unique stone abodes called trulli have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is a territory with a strong natural inclination for wine. Here, over the centuries there have been many peoples, from the Messapians to the Romans, from the Lombards to the Byzantines, from the Normans to the Swabians, each of whom has left historical and artistic heritage of great value, as evidenced in the white city of Ostuni.
In the Itria Valley, we cultivate indigenous white grape varieties such as Fiano Minutolo from which we obtain a pale yellow-colored wine with delicately fruity notes - and Primitivo, whose name is derived from the early maturing of the grape.

Salento

Moving downwards to the south, carried by the warm sirocco wind, we reach the coast of Salento, the "Heel of Italy", dominated by strong salty smells, the sea-blue landscapes and the silver reflection of the olive trees among the silhouettes of ancient sighting towers. A calcareous and loamy terrain, flat and gently nestled between the Ionian and Adriatic seas.
Here we cultivate the foremost among the local grape varieties, the famous Negroamaro (Niuru Maru in the Leccese dialect). The name comes from two words: "black" and "bitter", the best description of the key features of these grapes.