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Vigne Vecchie Primitivo di Manduria


Vigneti del Salento

This is the new solo venture in Puglia of the Farnese group (responsible for Gran Sasso, Zabu, Vesevo, Tufarello and others)...

The wines are made at two wineries in the province of Taranto on the western flank of Salento. The style of the wines – fresh whites, soft and generous reds – will be familiar to those who buy their other wines, as winemaker Filippo Baccalaro is the driving force behind this label.

Filippo, a native of Piemonte, has been working in Puglia for almost two decades. He was attracted by the rich, ripe flavours of the fruit, and the ability to capture these flavours with minimal use of technology and a lot of know-how. Filippo has the latter, as is illustrated by these wines.

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The vineyards are mostly situated in the communes of Manduria and Sava and are owned by growers with whom Filippo has been working for many years. Production is lower than its full potential, which ensures the best quality grapes are selected. The red soils are calcareous clay and rich in iron, minerals and nutrients. 80% of the grapes come from old bush vines and the rest from trained vines that are at least 20 years old.

Vintage information

The growing season began with a cool, wet and very variable spring which lasted until June.  This was then followed by one of Puglia’s legendary ‘ten days at 40ºC’ heat-waves in July. Warm weather remained throughout August and September resulting in exceptional concentration of colours and flavours but quantities were down by about half on normal production levels.


The grapes were gently pressed and cooled to 10ºC for a maceration period of 10-12 days with regular pumping over. Yeasts were added to start fermentation, which took place under temperature controlled conditions of up to 20 ºC. The wine was then transferred to new oak barriques for six to eight months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red colour, this wine is extremely concentrated with broad range of aromas and flavours including red and Morello cherry, plums and prunes with a touch of vanilla and tobacco.  Its complexity is enhanced by firm tannins, good structure and acidity. Dark stone fruits linger on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 100% Primitivo
Region Puglia
Winemaker Filippo Baccalaro
Consultant Winemaker Teo D`Apolito, Rino Santeusanio
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.85g/l
Residual Sugar 14g/l
Wine pH 3.54