• This small “boutique” winery owns just 25 hectares (60 acres) of vineyards planted in the iron-rich red soils of Manduria, the spiritual homeland of the Primitivo grape variety. • While Primitivo is grown across the region of Puglia, it’s in Manduria where it achieves its greatest expression thanks to the unique soils and the maritime influence of the nearby Ionian Sea. • The winery also makes a lighter style Primitivo from the Salento peninsula in the east and a white from a rare local clone of Fiano. • Cultivation of traditional grape varieties: Negroamaro, Primitivo, Aleatico, Uva di Troia. • The average age of the vines varies from 25 to 40 years for Primitivo and 10 to 20 years for the other vines. • The renowned winemaker Riccardo Cotarella played a key role in adding a refined and deep touch, both to the everyday products and the more complex ones. Cotarella’s skills and fame contributed to place this new yet ambitious project among the front runners of Puglia. • The Vespa family owns the beautiful Masseria Li Reni. • Great quality wines, interpreters of the renowned power of the unique terroir of Puglia; Vespa wines offer great balance and pleasantness, bringing a breath of freshness and elegance in the panorama of wines from the region.
The wines at the Vespa winery in Manduria commune, the spiritual homeland of the Primitivo grape variety, are made by Riccardo Cotarella, one of Italy’s most famous winemakers, known as the mago or “wizard” among his peers for his growing expertise and deft hand in the cellar.
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