Accademia dei Racemi
When in 1996 I started the Accademia dei Racemi project, together with some young and enthusiasts pioneers of the autochtonous viticulture, I couldn’t even imagine how strong our ideas, resercheas and works would have affected the future developments of the Puglia grapes and wines.
Everything begun by Primitivo di Manduria, in the Felline estates. First primitivo wine which en lightened the quality potential of that grape, until that time only used as bulk wine to blend.
Accademia dei Racemi developed new approach to viticulture and winemaking, focusing only on old native grapes, mostly unknown and underrated on the market. The most important results were achieved on the Malvasia Nera, Fiano Minutolo, Ottavianello and Sussumaniello (grape completely disappeared and now upgraded to one of the most important representative grape of Puglia). The project also involved Negramaro and, recently Verdeca and Vermentino.