The idea of bringing a typically “northern” vine, such as Chardonnay, into Apulia, represented a great wine making challenge for our winery. The transfer required long years of experimentation; first in the vineyard, researching the correct stock and the most appropriate training system, and then, once the vine was acclimatised, in the wine cellar, to identify the right time to harvest and the most suitable system of wine-making. The results were certainly positive, thanks to the fact that on the hills of the Castel del Monte doc area, especially on calcareous-tufaceous soils, the Chardonnay vine has found a habitat which fosters its complete, correct maturation, exalting the variety character. The wine that has resulted, the Preludio n°1, is one of the most prestigious in our range of production.
PRODUCTION AREA: The Murgia hills in the Castel del Monte D.O.C. area
VINEYARDS: Located on the highest hills at an altitude of 350 metres on rocky soil, the vines are trained to the spurred cordon system at 4,800 vines per hectare. Yield is kept as low as 90-100 quintals per hectare.
TASTING NOTES: Straw yellow in colour; intense, multi-layered bouquet, with notes of pear and peach blossom; crisp, full and fruity on the palate, with good length and complexity.
RECOMMENDED WITH: An ideal complement to rich main courses and classic pasta dishes, as well as to fish, poultry, and veal. Serve cool.
CELLARING: Its complexity and structure will allow the wine to evolve for up to three years after the harvest.