The Biscardo family have been winemakers based in Soave (Veneto) for over 150 years. The firm is currently run by the brothers Maurizio and Martino and they have been very successful with their Veneto wines. Maurizio has been acting as a wine consultant for other wineries around Italy, and in the course of his work he came across some interesting vineyards in the area of Salento in Apulia, the heel of Italy.
Poor sandy calcareous soils support vines of which 25% are on espalier and the are rest free-standing. Here the dominant grape is the Negroamaro with some Primitivo and Malvasia Nera, and Maurizio decided to use his Veneto experience and make wine here as well. The results are amazing; gone are the rustic sunburnt wines of the past, and in their place are fruit-forward elegant wines which still retain the flavour of the Adriatic.
The name of this wine comes from the homonymous city located north of Lecce, an area of vineyards and olive groves, where you can find scattered farms and ancient watchtowers.The wine is produced with grapes from Negroamaro for the most part, and black Malvasia.
From Puglia in Italy’s deep south where it is hot with low rainfall. Soils are deep clay and much of the cultivation is still traditional, giving low yields and full bodied wines with ripe southern flavours. The days when southern wines were cheap and cheerful are long gone, now they are really good.