Grape varieties

i vitigni della Daunia

All winegrowing regions have a star variety, a native grape whose origins are lost in the mists of time, and Daunia is no exception. Nero di Troia (also known as Uva di Troia) has always been grown here. According to legend, the cultivar was brought to the Adriatic shores of Italy by the Attican hero Diomedes, as he fled Greece. Other sources tell of a Spanish varietal from the Rioja region, which was brought to Puglia in 1745 by the governor Don Alfonso d'Avalos. Here it found the ideal habitat, and the grape still represents the highest expression of the terroir today. However, it is more likely that it actually came from the Balkans, possibly via the Albania city of Kruja, like many other European grape varieties.

Two quite different varieties are known: that grown in Daunia has large, loosely packed bunches with large berries, while the one grown in the northern part of the province of Bari has small bunches and berries. It is a tannic grape that yields very ageworthy wines, as demonstrated by several bottles opened after 30 or 40 years. In the finest vintages nero di Troia grapes are fermented off the skins to make a magnificent, brightly coloured rosé with a nose of wild berries.

In addition to nero di Troia, negroamaro is also very widespread, and has accounted for a significant share of the plantings in the DOC zone since 1974. Primitivo, the classic Puglia wine that originated in the Taranto area, is less common in Daunia, although it produces a more delicate, elegant wine when grown here.

The only local white wines are Fiano, a clone of the renowned Fiano di Avellino, and Bombino. The latter is probably a variation of the better known Trebbiano, although it is more scented and fuller flavoured, which has led to it being used for the production of excellent Metodo Classico sparklers in the cooler areas north of Daunia.

This splendid palette of colours and aromas forms the basis for our work, which has always been aimed at promoting the winemaking culture of our area, whose rich treasures still await discovery.