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Brindisi, land kissed by the sun, with rich soil and excellent knowledge in winemaking.
The characteristics of the terrain and favourable exposure, accompanied by a perfect climate make this region ideal for agriculture and winegrowing.

The 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.

Native 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 wines.
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 Rosato’.

Correlated documents:
» Traditional Recipes
» Typical foods
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