Primitivo di Manduria
The grape variety from which these wines are made, is very traditional in this part of Italy – as it is in California, where it is known as Zinfandel. Manduria is Primitivo’s spiritual home and the only viticultural area in Italy to specialize in the variety. The variety’s naturally dark-skinned grapes produce inky, tannic wines of intense flavor and color. A certain bitterness is often found in Primitivo wines which, combined with its mouth-puckering tannins, means that they need a few years in either bottle or barrel before being approachable. The terroir here is typical of southern Puglia: hot, dry and with unremarkable coastal topography largely consisting of plains sloping very gently down to the sea. The vineyards here are ancient, and share the land with endless olive groves;
Primitivo Salento Rosso
is one of the most commonly used IGT titles in Puglia, southern Italy. It covers the Salento, the limestone-based peninsula that divides the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea and provides Italy with its ‘heel': powerful, dry, rustic reds.
is a redwine grape variety native to southern Italy. It is grown almost exclusively in Apulia and particularly in Salento, the peninsula which can be visualized as the “heel” of Italy. The grape can produce wines very deep in color. Wines made from Negroamaro tend to be very rustic in character, combining perfume with an earthy bitterness. The grape produces some of the best red wines of Apulia, particularly when blended with the highly scented Malvasia Nera, as in the case of Salice Salentino. The vine is vigorous and high-yielding with a preference for calcareous and limey soils but adapting readily to others. It is well suited to Puglia’s hot summers and exhibits good drought-resistance. The grapes, carried in bunches of around 300–350 g, are oval in form, medium-large in size with thick skins, and black-violet in color. They ripen mid-season (late September–early October).
is a dark-skinned red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly debated, but its modern viticulture home is unquestionably the northernRhone Valley of eastern France. In Puglia is grown in the region of the Salento. One of the world’s most diverse and successful grape varieties, Syrah wines can display myriad dark-fruit flavors. Varietal Syrah can be quite floral in its youth, developing more peppery and herbaceous notes as it ages. Some examples show tanned leather and smoky scents, while the fruit in these wines tends towards the very dark flavors of blackcurrant and licorice.
Young Guyot vines, dry farmed. Loose, sandy soil rich in iron, lying over a block of volcanic chalk (Tufo). 100% Chardonnay. Chardonnay grapes are hand-picked the first week of September and fermented into stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature with selected yeasts. The wine ages on its lees for 5 months in stainless steel vats. After completing malolactic fermentation the wine decants in stainless steel vats prior to bottling.
Bianco IGT Salento
is one of the most commonly usedIGT titles in Puglia, southern Italy. It covers the Salento, the limestone-based peninsula that divides the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea and provides Italy with its ‘heel’. In theory, Salento IGT wines may be red, white, rosé, still, sparkling (spumante), sweet (passito) or dry – essentially any style the local winemakers can dream of. In practice, however, the majority stick firmly to the long-established styles of the region: powerful, dry, rustic reds.