Splen­did Wines Crafted with Typ­i­cal Ital­ian Pas­sion

Exquisite Taste - - Contents - By Chris­tian Gal­braith

Ex­plore the bril­liance of Riedel glass­ware and read about Italy's Luc­carelli wines.

Lo­cated in Apu­lia, South­ern Italy and with a range of dis­tinc­tive and multi-award­win­ning wines, Luc­carelli is one of the most suc­cess­ful wine pro­duc­ers and ex­porters in the re­gion. The driv­ing phi­los­o­phy at Luc­carelli is one of care: Care for the land, care for the peo­ple, care for the vines and care for the wines they pro­duce. Apu­lia is one of Italy's most im­por­tant wine-pro­duc­ing ar­eas and ben­e­fits from a hot Mediter­ranean cli­mate with per­sis­tent sun­shine and sea breezes mak­ing it the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for viti­cul­ture. The

re­gion's geology shows a bias to­wards cre­ta­ceous lime­stone with un­der­ly­ing iron-rich de­posits. The re­sult is the his­toric emer­gence and later re­fine­ment of a num­ber of pop­u­lar lo­cal earthy va­ri­etals like Ne­groa­maro, Prim­i­tivo di Man­duria and Mal­va­sia Nera, grapes that are well-per­fumed and of­fer in­tense and con­cen­trated flavours.

For those un­ac­cus­tomed to the char­ac­ter and so­phis­ti­ca­tion of Ital­ian wines, the grape va­ri­etals might not be as fa­mil­iar as some of the fa­mous French names, but nonethe­less grapes like Ne­groa­maro and Prim­i­tivo pro­duce high-qual­ity, fullflavoured and well-priced wines that can be drunk young and should im­prove with mod­er­ate age­ing.




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