enuta Viglione vineyards are at an average altitude of 450 m. These are probably the vineyards at the higher altitude of the Middle-South of Apulia. Among these there's the alberello vineyard planted by Giovanni Zullo Sr. in 1937. An historic vineyard, which production is now low but of great value. The most prestigious wine of the winery is sourced from this "Vigna del Marpione". In the first years 2000 Giovanni Zullo Jr. faced the building of the new winery, so he found he could not afford buying herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. So he rolled up his sleeves and doubled the effort in the vineyard, hoping in a satisfying harvest. The wine he produced that year was the best he had produced ever since. So he converted to the organic method and never came back.
When Giovanni Zullo Jr. wanted to enlarge the range of products with a white wine, the grapes he saw nearby did not satisfy him. Therefore, he decided to get personally to Benevento area to select the Falanghina scions. His mother Antonietta, who was then 60, insisted to go with him to have her say!
This grape was often mistaken as Fiano in the past. It has emphatic aroma, and gives fruity and intensely savoured wines.
It's a grape indigenous to Apulia, whose name is due to its greenish color. In the Murgian area it's traditionally use to make sweet sparkling wine.
It's an aromatic grape. It seems it derives its name from the Latin "alea", the chance, for its time of ripening is impredictable from year to year. It was tradition to plant some vines of Aleatico amidst the rows of Primitivo, to obtain a smoother wine. Leaving the grapes to dry on the plants, you can obtain a sweet dessert wine.
This is the most grown and loved grape of Apulia and of Tenuta Viglione, too. Primitivo of Gioia del Colle is genetically the same varietal of Primitivo di Manduria and of California's Zinfandel. The resulting wines are balanced, elegant and long lasting.
The name Negroamaro comes from the words "niger" of Latin origin and "mavros" of Greek origin, both meaning "black". The wine made from 100% of this grape has intense color and hints of berries.
NERO DI TROIA
Giovanni Zullo Jr. bought his Nero di Troia vineyards in order to uproot them and to plant Primitivo. Since the time of harvest was approaching, he decided to harvest and postponed the eradication. When he tasted the wine sourced from that vineyard, he found it so good that he stopped everything and added the wine to his portfolio. Later his evaluation was confirmed by important wine guides.
This grape varietal, indigenous to Apulia, was once lost, due to the fact that from the abundant harvest from young vines, it goes after time to a very low yield. Revalued lately, it originates great red wines.