Primitivo Salento Saracena

Deep garnet-red in colour, it displays aromas of dried fruit, exotic spices, white pepper and chocolate. The mouth feel is round and intense, with layers upon layers of soft elegant tannins, vanilla, prunes, coffee and underbrush. The finish is elegant and persistent and extremely well-balanced. Serve with game, meat dishes and hard cheeses. Also ideal on its own as a “meditation wine”.


100% Primitivo


The Primitivo grapes are carefully selected from low-yielding vineyards in the Commune of Maruggio, in an area called “Saracena”, in the Province of Taranto, southern Puglia.


The vines are trained in the “Alberello Pugliese” system. Plant density is around 5.500 plants per hectare with an average yield of 1 kg per plant. The plants are an average of 60 years old.


The grapes are carefully picked by hand in early/mid September. The grapes are placed in small wooden crates of 5 kg each. The crates are then placed in the “fruttaio,” a well aerated loft, and are left there to dry at a controlled temperature and humidity for approximately 10 days. During this “appassimento” the grapes will lose – depending on the vintage – up to 40% of their original weight in water. This “drying process” will concentrate their colour, substance and aromas.


After de-stemming, the grapes are not crushed, allowing them to remain intact, reducing damage to the skins and optimizing colour extraction. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 23-25°C for 8-10 days. Frequent remontage and delestage are carried out during the fermentation in order to achieve soft extraction of aromas and gentle tannins. After racking, malolactic fermentation is induced.


Following malolactic fermentation the wine is racked and 100% is placed in first and second passage French oak barriques for 8 months.


15 %

  • 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards Bronze Medal
  • 2020 International Wine Challenge Bronze Medal
  • 2020 Guida Prosit 2 Prosit
  • 2020 Luca Maroni 95
  • 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards 88 points
  • 2019 Gilbert & Gaillarde International Challenge Gold Medal
  • 2019 Luca Maroni 94
  • 2018 Outstanding International Wine & Spirits Competition Silver Medal
  • 2018 Berliner Wine Trophy Gold Medal
  • 2018 International Wine Challenge Bronze Medal
  • 2018 Gilbert & Gaillarde International Challenge Gold Medal