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VINEYARDS

Our historical vineyards are located in the rolling hills of Minervino Murge – a town located within the northwest part of the Castel del Monte Area with a privileged view over the High Murgia National Park renamed the “Balcony of the Murgia” because it has been built up on an outcrop of the crest of the High Murgia – and extend towards the High Murgia National Park running into the ancient river Ofanto and towards the Vulture area of the neighboring Basilicata.
The vineyards are located at an elevation of about 800 feet (240 meters) above sea level with a south/southeast exposition and have been planted in 1990 focusing mainly on the autochthonous vines of our area and grown using a cordon-spur training system.
In 2012, it has been planted the Moscato Bianco Reale in the area of Canosa di Puglia devoted to the production of a dry-muscat wine. In the near future, it has been already scheduled the plantation of additional vineyards in order to support our future developing plans.

The protagonist

NERO DI TROIA

This grape variety represents the main protagonist of the Castel del Monte Area. The legend tells Diomedes imported it in the city of Troia. He landed on the shores of Gargano, where he found his natural habitat. Ampelographic studies demonstrated that it genetically belongs to a variety from the Eastern part of the Adriatic Sea. Fredrick II loved it for its rich flavour, which delighted also the palates of the Marquises d’Avalos, who acquired the city of Troia in 1533 and increased the production of Nero di Troia in the whole area. The addition among the black grapes dates to the 1875 Ministry of Agriculture ampelographic bulletin, written by Domenico Froio, director of the Experimental Winery of Barletta and San Severo, who defines it “Grape of Troia or Canosa Vine” and specifies it is produced in Barletta, Corato, Andria and Trani.

Nero di Troia has a late ripening and suits well in dry and stony soils. Once transformed into wine, it creates nectars characterized by both a good dose of tannins and acidity levels, qualities that will elevate Nero di Troia in the pantheon of the most renowned italian grapes in the upcoming future.

THE PROTAGONIST: NERO DI TROIA

This grape variety represents the main
protagonist of the Castel del Monte Area.
The legend tells Diomedes imported it in the
city of Troia. He landed on the shores of
Gargano, where he found his natural habitat.

 

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