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Terre d’Otranto PDO since 2011

Two seas and a sea of vineyards and olive groves are the symbols of the Terra d’Otranto in which Brindisi, Lecce and Taranto meet.

Wine color: white, red, rosé

Alcohol content: 11% – 15% depending on typology

Characteristic of: the entire territory of the provinces of Brindisi, Lecce and Taranto.

Grape varieties: : Chardonnay (75%), Fiano (90%), White Malvasia (90%), Verdeca (90%) for white; Negroamaro, Primitivo, Malvasia Nera, Malvasia Nera di Lecce, Malvasia Nera di Brindisi, Malvasia Nera di Basilicata, alone or together for red (75%-90%) and rosé (75%); Primitivo (90%) and Aleatico (90%) for red.


Wine has reunited what politics has divided. More than a millennium of history unite the wine culture of Brindisi, Lecce and Taranto. United in the Terra d’Otranto by Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century, they remained together through the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and survived even the unification of Italy. In the 1920s they became three separate provinces, on paper. The rows of wine vines and centuries-old olive trees, the dry stone walls and prickly pears, the imposing masserias, ancient farm houses,  and breathtakingly beautiful beaches, the ancient villages where Baroque architecture flourishes were and remain the wine civilization of the Terra d’Otranto. It is also a favourite tourist destination.

The typplogies envisaged by the production regulations are:

Terra d’Otranto PDO White, also Spumante Charmat Method

Terra d’Otranto PDO Red, also with mention Reserve

Terra d’Otranto PDO Rosé, also Spumante Charmat Method and Frizzante

Terra d’Otranto PDO Chardonnay, also Sparkling

Terra d’Otranto PDO Malvasia Bianca, also Sparkling

Terra d’Otranto PDO Fiano, also Sparkling

Terra d’Otranto PDO Verdeca, also Sparkling

Terra d’Otranto PDO Primitivo

Terra d’Otranto PDO Malvasia Nera

Terra d’Otranto PO Aleatico


Tasting notes

Terra d’Otranto PDO White is produced with at least 75% of Chardonnay grapes.

In the glass, it has a more or less intense straw yellow colour, with possible greenish reflections, a distinctive, delicate, fruity aroma when young, and a fresh, well balanced taste.

Alcohol Content: 11,50%.

 

Terra d’Otranto Spumante Charmat Method White reveals a fine, persistent froth, a more or less intense straw colour, a delicate, fruity aroma and a fresh, well balanced taste, ranging from extra brut to extra dry.

Alcohol Content: 11,50%.

Terra d’Otranto PDO Red, also Reserve, is the cradle of knowledge and work settled over the centuries. It is produced with the grapes of Negroamaro, Primitivo, Malvasia Nera, Malvasia Nera di Lecce, Malvasia Nera di Brindisi, Malvasia Nera di Basilicata, alone or together for at least 75%.  The wine in the glass has a more or less intense ruby red colour with possible reflections tending towards garnet red with ageing. It has an intense aroma and a full, well balanced taste. For the Reserve it is necessary to wait 24 months of ageing.

Alcohol Content: 12,50%.

Terra d’Otranto PDO Rosé, also Sparkling, is obtained from a wise blend of the same grapes used for the red wine, which are Negroamaro, Primitivo, Malvasia Nera, Malvasia Nera di Lecce, Malvasia Nera di Brindisi, Malvasia Nera di Basilicata, alone or together, for at least 75%.

In the glass it attracts the eye for its beautiful more or less intense rosé colour, it has a delicate and fruity aroma and a full and well balanced taste.

Alcohol Content: 12,50%.

 

Terra d’Otranto PDO Spumante Charmat Method Rosé is ideal to accompany a meal or to uncork to celebrate. In the glass it has a fine and persistent froth, a more or less intense rosé colour, a delicate, fruity aroma with notes of yeast, a fresh, well balanced from extra brut to extra dry.

Alcohol Content: 11,50%.

Terra d’Otranto PDO Chardonnay, also Sparkling has a minimum of 90% of this international grape variety.

In the goblet it expresses its Salento interpretation with a more or less intense straw yellow colour, an aroma that returns intense and is characteristic, a pleasant and fruity taste that tells of this area of the tip of the Heel of Italy.

Alcohol Content: 11,50%.

Terra d’Otranto PDO Fiano, also Sparkling is dedicated to 90% of the Fiano grape.

In the glass the sun shines and the scents of the Mediterranean scrub shine through, with a wine of a more or less intense straw yellow colour with possible greenish reflections, a delicate floral aroma and a fresh and well balanced taste.

Alcohol Content: 11,50%.

The Terra d’Otranto PDO Malvasia Bianca, also Sparkling, prefers at least 90% of the grapes of the Malvasia Bianca variety.

It has an intense straw yellow colour, a pleasant and intense aroma,
a sapid taste that tells us how close the sea breeze is, it is aromatic and well balanced

Alcohol Content: 11,50%.

The Terra d’Otranto PDO Verdeca, also Sparkling completes the variety of whites with a grape that predominates and is dedicated to a minimum of 90% Verdeca.

In the glass it has a brilliant straw yellow colour, more or less intense, an aroma that is intense and characteristic, a well balanced and delicate taste.

Alcohol Content: 11,50%.

Terra d’Otranto PDO Primitivo has the soft strength of the grapes of its main variety with 90 % Primitivo.

In the glass the wine is ruby red tending to garnet red with ageing, with a characteristic, ample and complex aroma and a well balanced  and warm taste.

Alcohol Content: 13,50%.

The Terra d’Otranto PDO Malvasia Nera encompasses the use of grapes from Malvasia Nera, Malvasia Nera di Lecce, Malvasia Nera di Brindisi, Malvasia Nera di Basilicata, alone or together, for at least 90%.

In the glass it has a more or less intense ruby red colour with possible reflections tending towards garnet red with ageing. It has an intense and characteristic aroma and a full, dry and well balanced taste at the palate.

Alcohol Content: 12,50%.

In Terra d’Otranto PDO Aleatico we find this vine, which is widespread throughout Puglia.

In the glass, its complexity is manifested in a more or less intense garnet red colour with violet reflections, tending towards garnet with ageing, with a distinctive, delicate, ample and complex aroma, and a full, velvety and moderately sweet taste.

Total alcohol: 15%.