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White wine grape variety grown in Puglia

Antinello b.

A white-fruited grape of ancient cultivation, present in the range between the areas southern Bari and northern Brindisi, mainly in the municipalities of Conversano, Turi, Rutigliano.

Origin and Historical Outline

Antinello is a white-fruited grape variety of ancient cultivation in Apulia, present in the territory between the areas of southern-Bari and northern-Brindisi, which has been preserved mainly in the area between the municipalities.


Antiniello, Antniedd. 

Shoot tip: expanded, green, open, curved, with anthocyanin pigmentation along the leaf margins, slightly downy.

Leaf: trilobate, sometimes pentalobate. Open Vshaped petiole sinus; open lyre-shaped upper lateral sinuses; not very deep, V-shaped lower lateral sinuses, if present. Revolute, bullate blade, arachnoid bottom side.

Bunch: low-medium weight, cylinder-conical, medium dense.

Berry: low-medium weight, spheroidal or slightly oblong, light green-yellowish, thick skin, neutral taste that becomes slightly aromatic after complete ripening.

Time of bud burst: early

Flowering time: intermediate-early

Veraison: intermediate

Ripening: intermediate to intermediate-late

Vigour: medium

Average bunch weight measured: 250 g (min 120 g – max 390 g)

Average berry weight: 2.5 g (min 2.2 g – max 2.9 g)

Number of seeds per berry: 2 3

Average rachis weight: 8 g

Fertility of buds: 1 – 2

Potential fertility: 1.6

Actual fertility: 1.2

It thrives very well on the hilly soil resting on fissured limestone of the Murge in the hinterland of Bari and Brindisi. The best results are attained on light, siliceouscalcareous soils with a favourable exposure, rich in skeleton.

Alcoholic content: 11 12.5 % by vol.

pH: 3.10 3.35

Total acidity: 6 8 g/l

The Antinello vine is used exclusively for vinification. Pale straw yellow coloured wine, pleasant, light, special aroma.

The Antinello vine is mainly present in the area between the municipalities of Conversano, Turi and Rutigliano, where it is appreciated for the characteristics of the wine obtained from it.

The Antinello, following the Deliberation of the Regional Council of Apulia of 27 October 2014, n. 2235, has been included in the DGR n. 1390 of 28 July 2009. LIST or old-growth vines of the Apulia Region. Integration. Measure sent to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, National Committee for the classification of vine varieties, accepted and then published in G.U. 170 of 23-07-2011.

Antonacci Donato

The data sheet of the Antinello b., revised and updated, is extracted from: Antonacci Donato (2006). Viti di Puglia, Adda publisher. Its use is granted by the author citing the source.