Food - WINES
Brindisi, land kissed
by the sun, with rich soil and excellent knowledge in
The characteristics of the terrain and favourable exposure,
accompanied by a perfect climate make this region ideal
for agriculture and winegrowing.
tradition of winemaking in Brindisi has a long and proud
history dating back to the days even prior to the Greeks
and the Romans which has been perfected over time. There
is evidence of this from Roman times when Brindisi,
being the most important city of the Mediterranean for
commercial and distribution reasons such as oil and
wine. The production of wine in this region was most
sought after during those times and appreciated in all
of the Empire and the precious amphora’s baked
in the kilns of Apani and Giancola would be shipped
from the ports of Puglia.
There is evidence that wine produced in the cellars
of Brindisi was found in Herod the Great personal cellar.
vines of this region bare fruit known as Negroamaro
and Malvasia Nera of Brindisi; harvested from
characteristic distorted and knotty plantations known
as "Alberello Pugliese" (Apulian
Little Trees - photo on side)
for their free standing style of growth.
Other traditional vines are the Susumaniello,
Primitivo, Aleatico, Malvasia
Bianca and Ottavianello, which can be
found on the hills north of the province.
Alongside these are vines, which for years have carried
grapes for Sangiovese, Montepulciano,
Bombino bianco, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon
New agricultural technology and machinery is transformation
vineyards towards new methods of growth where the vines
are no longer unsupported and grow freely. For harvesting
purposes, poles and wires have been erected to support
the growth of these trees. This method is locally known
as ‘spalliera’ (cordone speronato),
which is still relatively new and has not yet proven
itself. This method produces a superior quality of fruit
but the yield is less.
Wines produced exclusively
from grapes of Negroamaro and Malvasia
Nera has been awarded the prestigious DOC acknowledgment
which comprise of the ‘Brindisi Rosso Riserva’,
‘Brindisi Rosso’ and the ‘Brindisi