The vineyards are mostly situated in the communes of Manduria and Sava and are owned by growers with whom Filippo has been working for many years. Production is lower than its potential, which ensures the best quality grapes are selected. The red soils are calcerous clay and rich in iron, minerals and nutrients. 80% of the grapes come from old bush vines and the rest from trained vines that are at least 20 years old.
This is the new solo venture in Puglia of the Farnese group (responsible for Gran Sasso, Zabu, Vesevo, Tufarello and others). The wines were made at two wineries in the province of Taranto on the western flank of Salento. The style of the wines fresh whites, soft and generous reds will be familiar to those who buy their other wines, as winemaker Filippo Baccalaro is the driving force behind this new label.
Filippo, a native of Piemonte, has been working in Puglia for almost two decades. He was attracted by the rich, ripe flavours of the fruit, and the ability to capture these flavours with minimal use of technology and a lot of know-how. Filippo has the latter, as is illustrated by these wines.
The star wines are, of course, those made from native grapes like Verdeca, Negroamaro and, of course, Primitivo.