ALL WHITE WINE CLUB

SEPTEMBER 2021

THE LONG LOST PIZZAZZ OF PUGLIA

 

Puglia plays a large part in the birth of Italian wine. Long before Italy as we now know it, when the Greeks first landed here and in other southeastern parts of the country, they anointed the region with the name Oenotria, or wineland, likely derived from oinos, the Greek term for wine. Eventually the name stuck and all of Italy became referred to as Oenotria by poets. The Greeks were enthralled by the feral vines growing here, their potential, enough to eventually bring over some of their own beloved grape varieties. While Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are most associated with Puglia, their little-known old friends (four featured in this month’s Club) are no longer the wallflowers.

 

Stretching the long heel of the Italian peninsula boot, Puglia is surrounded by the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas and their cool breezes. It is ironically among the least mountainous, warmest and driest of regions. Combined with fertile soil, it makes for ideal growing conditions for a whole host of grapes. In fact, the region has been dubiously honored with being the second largest wine-producing region, mostly red, out of the country’s twenty regions. 

 

Puglian producers have literally been digging deeper to honor the true jewels of the region. And some of the most interesting wines are from old vine grapes that dig through the superficial iron-rich layers of soil down to the limestone that contributes to happy vines and even better wines. 

 

– Kevin Wardell, September 2021

 

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L'ARCHETIPO ‘SUSUMANTE’ PÉT-NAT

SUSUMANIELLO
Castellaneta, Puglia, Italy 2018

MASSERIA FURFANTE

BOMBINO BIANCO
Andria, Puglia, Italy 2020

I PÁSTINI ‘FARAONE’

VERDECA
Valle d’Itria, Puglia, Italy 2020

I PÁSTINI ‘RAMPONE’

FIANO MINUTOLO
Valle d’Itria, Puglia, Italy 2020
WINE SMARTS.

WINE SMARTS.

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