Vigneti del Salento: Modern Antiquity

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Vigneti del Salento, a Farnese Vini winery, is located in Puglia—the heel of the boot of Italy.  This peninsula is an old wine growing area dating back to the ancient Greeks.  It is a very hot region cooled by nighttime maritime breezes.

Vigneti del Salento has a special arrangement with the many growers in this region.  The winemaking team carefully selects the best portions of each vineyard depending on clones, position in the vineyard and age of vines.  They then direct the farming of these vineyard rows including reducing the yield per vine, to ensure the highest quality grapes. Since most of the vineyards are family owned, they tend to be smaller, allowing complete harvesting of all the vineyards in about 3 days.  This means they can afford to wait for the optimum time to harvest.  The families take pride in their work, and are also better compensated.

The wines, carry the fanciful name of “I Muri” which refers to the walls surrounding the vineyards, built from the stones cleared to plant the vines. The eye catching packaging features a lizard, indigenous to the vineyards, which testifies to the clean, natural farming of the land

The wines are indigenous varietials—Primitivo and Negoramaro and are very food-friendly.

The wines are great representations of the region and highly affordable.