The vineyards are located in the heart of the Primitivo di Manduria DOC, between the towns of Taranto and Manduria from which the appellation gets its name. The climate is characterised by high average temperatures with hot summers, contrasted with cool nights which helps to lengthen the ripening process. Manduria is considered to be the finest of all areas in Southern Italy for Primitivo.
The DOC is situated on the ‘heel’ of Italy in the historical region of Puglia, famous for its prolific olive and grape production; historically, many wines were used for blending, but a number of producers such as San Marzano have turned to more focused, quality driven production which in turn has raised the region’s profile on the international stage.
Cantine San Marzano was founded in 1962 when 19 long established families came together to pull their resources and expertise. Since then members have grown to over 1200 and the focus remains solidly on quality aligned to authenticity – promoting both the individuality of local grapes and regions. Under the stewardship of winemaker Caterina Bellanova their wines are now broadly acknowledged as some of the finest in the region – duly receiving multiple awards at international competitions.
The Primitivo grape gets its name due to its tendency to ripen early. Fermentation with selected yeast precedes ageing in French and American wood barrels for 6 months. Primitivo is now broadly acknowledged as being the same grape as Zinfandel in the US!
Cries out for a big, hearty red meat dish – either grilled, roasted or in a ragout, which would go quite naturally and empathetically with pasta!
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.