Photo courtesy: www.tormaresca.it
Interesting update with the personable Vito Palumbo Brand Ambassador for Tormaresca (www.tormaresca.it) in Puglia (“at the heel of Italy`s boot”) at the 38th Vancouver International Wine Festival end of February 2016. Always a big fan of their fragrant balanced Extra Virgin Olive Oil made from Cellina & Coratina olives. Their Puglia wines have traditional Greek origins with native (autochtonous) varieties like Primitivo & Negroamaro but with modern viticulture techniques and non-native varieties developed by the Antinori family since 1998 are showing fresh expression unique for the region. The Estate has two main wine growing areas:
1. Castel del Monte DOC: Bocca Di Lupo Estate of 100 hectares under vine in the Murgia region near Minervino Murge -Bari at 250 metres elevation on calcareous soils suitable for Aglianico (Bocca Di Lupo lovely red spicy fruits), Chardonnay (Pietrabianca with a touch of Fiano), Cabernet Sauvignon, Fiano, and Moscato Di Trano (Kaloro honey sweetness from grapes dried 21 days and stainless).
2. Salento DOC: Masseria Maime Estate of 250 hectares under vine (plus 85 in olive trees) near San Pietro Vernotico (Brindisi) up to 900 metres with principal grape varieties Negroamaro (Calafuria Rose and also a red Morgicchio of dark fruits with 14 months in barrique), Chardonnay, Fiano (Roycello has lots of freshness and 3 months lees contact but different from the minerally Fiano from Campania on volcanic soils), Cabernet Sauvignon, and Primitivo (Torcicoda label has lower yields showing riper spicy prunes fruit with 12 months in barrique where malolactic takes place).
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