The terroir

 

Stones, sun and men.

 

Manduria is placed in the North of Salento, near Murgia plateau and a few kilometres from Ionio beaches, characterized by Saracenic lookout towers. The soil where vineyards of Primitivo are planted is mainly composed of clay and limestone, with fossils and iron oxide, which give to this soil a natural red coloration. Red soils, like this one, are the best indicated for wine production, because the iron that compose it helps the drainage, avoiding stagnation after rainfalls.

In this area winter is mild and temperature is seldom cold. Summer, instead, is often hot and the light of sun is blinding and the thermometer overcomes easily 40°, especially in those days when sirocco winds from Africa blow. It rains rarely and it is also rare snow, in fact when it snows it is really for a short time.

The most important element that increase the value of a terroir is man, that after centuries of work, modified rural landscape putting it at his service. Unique, in this sense, is the presence of Primitivo bush-trained, a cultivation system rare to find elsewhere. This is an hard and wasteful method, but the farmer of this lands is an enemy of compromises and shortcuts. In some areas of Apulia winegrowing has become an industrial field, and wine cellars look like factories, but the most important things are always quality and the pleasure of an harvest in family. An holy harvest, like some traditions that never change throughout time.