Named for the region's ancient seaside towers overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Tormaresca adds a fresh dimension to Italy's world-class wine landscape. Indeed, it is the only producer with vineyards in both of Puglia's elite winegrowing regions.
The Bocca di Lupo estate is located within the Castel del Monte DOC, while the Masseria Maìme estate is in the Salento area, the pulsing heart of this vibrant winemaking region. Tormaresca leads Puglia's modern renaissance by combining classic winemaking with the latest viticulture techniques to create exceptional wines just waiting to be discovered. All Tormaresca wines are crafted with 100% estate-grown fruit.
Bocca di Lupo occupies 250 acres of chalky soil at an elevation of 800 feet above sea level in Murgia, near the volcano Vulture. Blessed with abundant sunshine and warm temperatures, the vineyard's Chardonnay, Aglianico, Fiano, Moscato, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes flourish, producing wines with fresh, vibrant, and elegant flavors.

Masseria Maìme estate's 625 acres extend over half a mile along the Adriatic coast, providing an ideal growing environment for Negroamaro, Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Fiano. Together, these estates enable Tormaresca to cultivate both exceptional native and international varietals in the heart of Puglia.
br/> We began working in the Apulia region in 1998 under Tormaresca label in the region’s Murgia and Alto Salento areas. This was another case – maybe even the best example – of redeeming marvelous terroir. Wine has been made on the plateaus of the “heel” of the italian boot since the time of the ancient Greeks. Until just a few years ago, this region was the largest producer of wine grapes in the entire country. However, most of the grapes were exported. As soon as they were cut from the vines, they were sent elsewhere in Italy and around the world, where they were used to make table wine.

Indeed Apulia, which sits between the Adriatic and the Ionian – has long been known for quantity, not quality. That’s been changing recently, and local terroir is now experiencing a true renaissance. Apulia is crisscrossed by wine routes, and modern wineries are popping up all over the region. Wines like Primitivo, Negroamaro, Fiano and Aglianico are once again being recognized. There are twenty-five DOC in Apulia today. We hope to make our contribution to this fruitful and fertile movement.

A vacation-cum-exploration trip to this southern frontier opened our eyes to its potential. In the mid-1990s, I traveled there, Cotarella by my side, as always. It was immediately clear to us that though this region had a proud history and ancient grapes that dated back to the days of the Magna Grecia, it had yet to blossom fully in enological terms. In many other places, Antinori has arrived and started out selecting and reworking the grapevines and grooming the land. In Apulia, we found the inverse situation: wonderful grapes growing on perfect land, but an almost complete lack of modern facilities designed to produce high-quality wine.

Cantina di Masseria Maime has been in business since 2009. It’s very modern and was conceived based on Renzo Cotarella’s latest winemaking theories. It sits amid fields, woods, and centuries-old olive groves. We’ve worked on marketing too, with innovations like Fichimori, a red wine meant to be served cold. We also make an extra-virgin olive oil from Cellina and Coratina olives, both native to Apulia.”

Tormaresca

2019

180,000 bottles per year from the handpicked grapes of the Maime estate in San Pietro Vernotico (province of Brindisi)

Fermentation: first a cold (41° Fahrenheit, or 5° Centigrade) maceration on the skins for five days prior to fermentation in bring out the aromas, the color, and the supple structuring elements of the future wine; the must is then run off its skins and fermented at 64° Fahrenheit (18° Centigrade)

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Tormaresca

2019

Negroamaro 100% Selected from the vineyards of the Maime estate in San Pietro Vernotico (province of Brindisi).
The weather of the 2015 growing season was decidedly “Mediterranean”, marked as it was by a springtime of regular temperatures and humidity and then a decidedly hot and dry summer.
The excellent balance between vegetation and grapes in our vineyards led, nonetheless, to a proper and sustained growth of the vines and ripening of the fruit, to the point that the Negroamaro harvest took place during the first week of September, in line with the historic pattern of our estate.

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Tormaresca

2019

Selected grapes cultivated at our Maìme estate in San Pietro Vernotico (Province of Brindisi), was a positive vintage for the grapes with a long growing season and a slow and gradual ripening of the crop. The high peak temperatures of the preceding vintages were notably absent, and temperatures, wind, and humidity were all quite favorable.
In terms of the size of the crop, it was more substantial due to the positive climate of the entire year: abundant rainfall during the winter and normal and regular temperatures during the spring and summer.
Useful temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness, along with the established practice of picking the grapes for the white and rosé wines only during the early – and cooler - hours of the day, assisted in achieving grapes of excellent quality with a sustained and refreshing acidity. The harvest of the white grapes at the Maìme estate began approximately a week later than in other recent vintages. The Fiano grapes were picked between September 5th and 10th.

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Tormaresca

2016

Early spring was characterized by higher than average temperatures bud burst which arrived approximately a week early. continued, however, the rest of the spring and delaying the subsequent phases of growth and development o rise to the principal types of vine diseases, particularly downy mildew. conditions, a careful and vigilant viticulture was of fundamental importance, attentive and timely in its interventions in the vineyard to preserve t the vines and grapes and the quality of the crop.
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Tormaresca

2017

2013 was a vintage with positive weather throughout the entire year, abundant rainfall during the winter months and regular temperatures during the spring and summer seasons. The peak temperatures which characterized the previous vintages were absent; temperatures, winds, and humidity were all favorable.
Positive temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness assisted in achieving an excellent physiological ripening of the grapes, a interesting aromatic profile, and a vigorous acidity.
As an early-ripening variety, Primitivo felt to a greater extent the consequences of delays in ripening, and the grapes, in fact, matured a week later than usual, during the first ten days of September.

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Tormaresca

2018

The 2014 vintage, marked by anomalous climate during the growing season, was a difficult and rainy one.
Early spring was characterized by above average temperatures, creating the conditions for a bud burst which arrived a week earlier than the normal period. As the growing season followed, however, a very cool and quite rainy spring and summer slowed down the various phases of growth and development of the plants and grapes and caused outbreaks of vine diseases, above all downy mildew. With unfavorable conditions of this sort, a particularly meticulous, attentive and timely viticulture was necessary in order to preserve healthy conditions in the vineyard and grapes of real quality.
The Chardonnay for Pietrabianca was picked between the 22nd and the 28th of August, while the Fiano was harvested in mid-September with an aromatic profile and a vibrantly savory personality of much finesse and elegance.

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Tormaresca

2015

The climate of late autumn and winter was c rain. The vineyards, accordingly, were able to accumulate reserves of ground water for the warmer months to come. Spring was rather mild, and sunny days and warm temperatures favored the a positive growth of vegetation and formation of the grape bunches. Temperatures rose from June on and stabilized at As the growing season continued through the summer months scarce and infrequent, leading to a proper ripening of the crop. The picking of the Negroamaro took place in mid September

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Tormaresca

2017

The growing season in the Castel del Monte area, where the Bocca di Lupo vineyards are located, had two distinct phases: the first, from March to July, was characterized by rather cool weather with frequent rainfall, phenomenon which caused some delay in plant and grape growth and development, while the second, beginning in early August, hot and dry and lasting all the way through the harvest itself, assisted in a full and complete recovery of the previous delay and an excellent ripening of the crop. The picking of the Aglianico grapes in the proprietary vineyards of the estate began on October 5th and continued up to the 20th of the month with high level results in terms of grape quality. The 2011 vintage will surely be considered one of the finest of all for the qualitative excellent of the wines produced.

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