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Puglia & Radici del Sud featured in Decanter Italy 2013


Last June I was lucky enough to be invited to Puglia to sit on an international judging panel for Radici del Sud, a competition which focuses on native grape varieties grown in Southern Italy. Over five days we looked at some pretty amazing wines and if you click here you can read about my time in Puglia.

One of my fellow judges and wine writer for Decanter, Tom Maresca has just written about his experience in Puglia at Radici del Sud 2012 in the latest February edition of Decanter. In a special lift out focused solely on Italy, Maresca has given  detailed insight into the grape varieties grown in Puglia and his favourite producers. If you buy and read wine magazines, the February edition is well worth getting.

Puglia: great red hopes by Tom Maresca
Puglia: great red hopes by Tom Maresca

Tom also outlines his ‘Great red buys from Puglia’ and featured strongly in this, was my favourite producer from the competition called Fatalone. The estate now run by Pasquale Petrera make absolutely amazing reds from Primativo and also a stunning white made from Greco. These wines will be available via Mondo Imports around March and I can’t wait to show these in Australia.

The wines of Fatalone are pure expressions of Primitivo and showcase the quality that this grape variety can achieve in Puglia. From first sip, I knew these wines were a class above. Pasquale also makes a fantastic wine wine from Greco called Spinomarino and it was for me the surprise packet of the competition.

Tasting Fatalone at Radici del Sud 2012
Tasting Fatalone at Radici del Sud 2012

Tom’s review of Fatalone:

Primativo Riserva, Gioia del Colle 2005: Still tastes young and fresh. Producer predicts 20 more years of life; very fine. Drink 2013-2025 (93 points)

Primativo, Gioia del Colle 2008: Great fruit, long bitter almond finish. A lovely wine. 15% but you wouldn’t guess it. Drink 2013-2018 (90 points)

The wines of Fatalone from Puglia on the way to Oz via @mondoimports

In June this year, I had the opportunity to head over to Puglia and judge in a competition that looked at the best examples of native varieties grown in the South of Italy. Whilst the overall quality of wines were very high, there was one producer that bowled me over with the quality of wines across the board.

The wines of Fatalone in Gioia del Colle in Puglia were for me the best examples of Primitivo that I tried throughout the competition. Every opportunity I had to go back and try the wines confirmed that these wines show the high notes top quality Primativo can hit: balanced, fragrant, intense with lovely palate weight and without the fruit sweetness which can hinder so many examples of Primativo from this region.

The wines of Fatalone at Radici del Sud 2012

We believe the success of a wine has to start from the roots of the vine by choosing all the best for the fruit of our labour, at any sacrifice, to create a very limited production of the highest quality.

Every step is carried out with the care and the wisdom which only the human touch can express. We want our wine to proudly mirror the territory, the soil and the men who are its authors.

In the deepest respect for Nature, we have made our production cycle 100% sustainable by practising organic farming, without using irrigation and processing just our own grapes located all around our cellar. Taking advantage of a renewable energy source, we power all our production process with solar energy. Thereby, we can proudly guarantee we produce a Zero CO2 emission wine made just with our locally grown organic grapes.

Our business philosophy is no different. We meticulously manage every aspect of production from the vine, to the bottle, to the final stages of marketing by carefully selecting customers who understand, respect and share our thinking. Fatalone

Fantastic Greco from Fatalone.

The origins of this noble Aminean grape date back to ancient time. It reached our peninsula with the help of the Amineans from Greece, immediately after the Trojan War (XIII B.C.). Their first settlement was in Apulia, where they began growing the Greco grape. It is a medium vigour vine with a good yield and has medium-sized and pentagon-shaped leaves. It has a medium-small bunch cone-frustum-shaped and one of its two heads is more developed. It’s full of little spheroid yellowish berries. Its must is very floral and sweet-smelling.

Not only does Fatalone make killer Primitivo but they also produce minuscule quantities of Greco. This wine blew me away at Radici for it’s perfume and seductiveness. It is a wine perfectly suites to the Australian climate.

The wines of Fatalone will be available in Australia in the first few months of 2013.

Radici del Sud 2012:……and the winners are:

“The winning  labels  represent  the wines that best interpret the characteristics of the native grapes they are produced from and those the judging experts found more interesting.”

International Jury of Radici del Sud 2012

After a fantastic week spent at Borgo Egnazia in Puglia for Radici del Sud 2012. The winning wines from the competition have been announced. Unlike most competitions Radici has a national jury made up of ‘wine lovers’ and an international jury made up us so called ‘experts’.

Whilst the national jury is labelled as ‘wine lovers’ in reality it is made up of the best sommeliers, restaurant owners and journalists that are based in Italy. It should really be called the ‘domestic experts’. The international jury was made up of wine writers/bloggers and importers from different international markets.

Below are the names of those judging on both panels.

Gruppo assaggiatori Internazionali:

Tom Maresca: wine writer e autore di famosi libri collaboratore di Decanter  USA

Gary Grunner wine buyer USA

Fred Nijhuis wine writer Olanda

Maciej Bombol importatore e sommelier responsabile Enoteka Polska Varsavia Polonia

Tomasz Prange-Barczynski wine writer capo redattore rivista Magazyn Wino  Polonia

Anthony D’Anna importatore di vini italiani Mondo Imports  Australia

Michele Cianciulli importatore vini italiani negli Stati Uniti USA

Tom Cannavan wine writer UK

Ole Udsen  wine writer Danimarca

Joan Gómez Pallarès editor e wine blogger del famoso devinis.org Spagna

Salvatore Evangelista Supreme Wines NY USA

Roger Liggenstorfer wine buyer Svizzera

Michel Ritter giornalista di testate giornalistiche tedesche e internazionali Germania

Angelo Peretti giornalista, blogger – Italia

Lino Carparelli – Enologo – Italia

Gruppo assaggiatori Sud Italia

Teodosio Buongiorno – Ristorante Già sotto l’Arco, selezionatore Vini Gamberorosso Puglia

Francesco Muci – Slow-Wine Puglia

Enzo Verrastro – Selezionatore vini Gambero Rosso-Puglia

Giovanni Gagliardi – cronista e blogger Vinocalabrese.it

Francesca Tamburello  – Sommelier esperta vini Sicilia

Giuseppe Barretta – cronista e blogger Salsamentarius.it

Alessandro Romano – Acc. It. della Gastronomia Storica, Oraviaggiando.it, Italia a Tavola

Davide Gangi editor Vinoway.it

Paolo Bargelloni – cronista del vino pugliese blogger istintoprimitivo.it

Enrico Malgi – giornalista e blogger lucianopignataro.it

Sara Marte – Sommelier AIS, Slow Wine Campania, collabora con Pignataro Wine blog

Pinuccio Pomo (giornalista – Guide dell’Espresso)

Antonio Gelormini – giornalista affaritaliani.it

Roy Paci – musicista, appassionato vini

The national jury of Radici del Sud 2012

And the winners are:


National Jury

First: Cantine Astroni – Colle imperatrice Falanghina Campi Flegrei  2011

Second ex equo: Azienda Agricola Torre del Pagus – Falanghina Taburno 2010

Contrada Salandra – Falanghina Campi Flegrei 2010

International jury

First: Cantine Astroni – Colle imperatrice Falanghina Campi Flegrei  2011

Second ex equo: Cantina del Vesuvio – Mariè Falanghina Pompeiano 2011

Terra dei Vuttari – Nummus Falanghina Beneventano 2011


National Jury

First:  Cardone Vini Classici – Il Castillo 2011 (Locorotondo DOP)

Second:  Cantina di Venosa – Dry Muscat 2011 (IGP Bianco Basilicata)

International Jury

First:  Cardone Vini Classici – Il Castillo 2011 (Locorotondo DOP)

Second: Vigne di Rasciatano – Malvasia Bianca 2011


National Jury

first:  Azienda Agricola Michele Biancardi – L’Insolito 2011 (IGT Puglia)

Second ex aequo: D’Alfonso del Sordo – Catapanus 2011 (IGT Puglia)

Podere 29 – Gelso Bianco 2011 (IGT Puglia)

International Jury

First: Villa Schinosa – Fiano 2011 (IGT Puglia)

Second: Candido – Tenura Marini 2011 (IGT Salento)


National Jury

First:  Centopassi – Terre rosse di Giabbascio 2011 (IGT Sicilia)

Second ex aequo: Buceci Vini – Cataratto 2011  (IGT Sicilia)

Calatrasi – Terra di Ginestra 2011 (IGP Sicilia)

International Jury

First: Caruso&Minini – Insula 2011 (IGP Sicilia)

Second: Buceci Vini – Cataratto 2011  (IGT Sicilia)


National Jury

First:  Terre D’Aione – Fiano di Avellino 2011

Second: Tenuta Cavalier Pepe – Refiano 2011

International Jury

First: Feudi di San Gregorio – Fiano 2011

Second: Tenuta Sarno 1860 – Fiano di Avellino 2010


National Jury

First:  Calò Michele e Figli – Mjere 2011

Second: Azienda Monaci – Giroflè  2011

International Jury

First: Palamà vini del Salento – Metiusco 2011

Second: Rivera – Pungirosa 2011


National Jury

First:  Azienda Vinicola Albano Carrisi – Platone 2008

Second: Cantine Paradiso – Terraferma 2010

International Jury

First:  Azienda Vinicola Albano Carrisi – Platone 2008

Second: Azienda Agricola Duca Carlo Guarini – Malia 2009


National Jury

First: Azienda Agricola Santa Lucia – Riserva Le More 2008

Second: Antica Enotria – Nero di Troia 2009

International Jury

First: Cantine Botromagno – Nero di Troia 2008

Second: Colle Petrito – Iaccio della Portata 2009


National Jury

First: Azienda Monaci – Le Braci 2004

Second: Conti Zecca – Negroamaro 2009

International Jury

First: Azienda Monaci – Le Braci 2004

Second: Casa Vinicola Apollonio – Divoto 2004


National Jury

First  ex aequo:  Librandi Antonio e Nicodemo – Magno Megonio 2009

Cantine Spadafora – 1915 2007

Second ex aequo: Ferrocinto – Magliocco 2011

Società Agricola L’Acino – Tocco Magliocco 2008

International Jury

First: Ferrocinto – Magliocco 2011

Second: Librandi Antonio e Nicodemo – Magno Megonio 2009


National Jury

First:  Colletti Luca – Don Luca 2010

Second: Buceci Vini – Nero d’Avola 2010

International Jury

First: Planeta – Santa Cecilia 2008

Second ex equo:  Colletti Luca – Don Luca 2010

Buceci Vini – Nero d’Avola 2010


National Jury

First: Colle di San Domenico – Aglucus 2006

Second aex equo: Villa Raiano – Aglianico 2010

Galardi – Terre di Lavoro 2010

International Jury

First: Colle di San Domenico – Aglucus 2006

Second: Azienda Agricola Case Bianche – Cupersito 2010


National Jury

First: Cantine del Notaio – Il Sigillo 2008

Second aex equo: Agricola Basilisco – Aglianico del Vulture 2007

Musto Carmelitano – Serra del Prete 2009

International Jury

First: Casa Maschito – La Bottaia 2006

Second: Cantine del Notaio – Il Sigillo 2008


National Jury

First: Castel di Salve – Cento su Cento 2010

Second ex equo: Cardone Vini Classici – Primaio 2011

Vetrere – Barone Pazzo 2010

International jury

First: Azienda Agricola Morella – Primitivo Old Vines 2008

Second: Agricole Pietraventosa – Primitivo Riserva 2008


National Jury

First: Librandi Antonio e Nicodemo – Duca San Felice 2009

Second: Cantine Vincenzo Ippolito – 160 anni 2008

International Jury

First: Caparra&Siciliani – Volvito 2009

Second  aex equo: Cantine Vincenzo Ippolito – 160 anni 2008

Azienda Vitivinicola Du Cropio – Serra Sanguigna 2008


National Jury

First:  Guastaferro – Primum Riserva 2006

Second: Villa Raiano – Taurasi 2008

International Jury

First ex aequo: Montesole – Taurasi 2007

Calafè – Taurasi 2006

Second ex aequo:  Guastaferro – Primum Riserva 2006

Villa Raiano – Taurasi 2008


National Jury

First: Patria – Etna Rosso 2010

Second: Cottanera – Etna Rosso 2008

International Jury

First: Patria – Etna Rosso 2010

Second: Etna Rosso 2008


National Jury

First: Azienda Agricola Morella – Primitivo Old Vines 2008

Second: Michele Biancardi – L’Insolito 2011

International Jury

First: Masseria l’Astore – Krita 2011

Second ex aequo: Azienda Agricola Case Bianche – Cupersito 2010

Antica Masseria Venditti – Marraioli 2008

Southern italian reds: when 100% is just not enough…

Wine 158: Stuffed full of flavour to the tune of 120% 🙂

Yesterday afternoon was an interesting session at Radici del Sud 2012, it included for me the best wine I have tasted during the whole competition, but also a number of wines which underwhelmed. Aglianico is one of my favourite wine styles. When it is right, it makes some of the best wines on the planet.

When it is smothered in oak, it becomes dull and boring, like so many new world wines that taste of coffee and vanilla. During the class of Aglianico’s yesterday, those producers that did get it right produced wonderful wines, that stood out like beacons compared to many of the other wines.

It was interesting that for me, it was Aglianico del Vulture from Basilicata which were able to producer better, more variety correct wines than Campania. It seems there is an international influence on Campania  which is hopefully a fad as it is robbing many wines of their indigenous style.

Judging Aglianico from Campania

In today’s final morning session we look at Taurasi so hopefully Aglianico from Campania can get back on track with this bracket.

With all the judging sessions of Radici nearly finished, it has given many of the judges a fantastic insight of the wines of the south. The best examples are as good as any of the best wines made in the world today. However, as with any region that is just starting to make a name for itself, many producers are unsure what style they should be aiming for and in future it will be interesting if each region can as a whole, make wine that highlights the advantages of using native varieties.

Myself with Davide Gangi editor of http://www.vinoway.com and Franco Ziliani (right)

For me, it has not only been fantastic in trying so many diverse wines from the south, but also meeting so many people who are passionate about the wines of Italy and especially the wines of Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria and Sicily. With this much enthusiasm and knowledge, it is good to know that the south is in good hands.

Another fantastic day of tasting at Radici del Sud 2012

Well you might think that after close to seven hours of trying wines of the south of Italy that you might reach a stage where your palate and brain has had enough, but it has been so amazing how diverse and fantastic the wines from Campania, Sicily, Basilicata, Puglia and Calabria.

There are many great producers here with the best wines showing both elegance and power, and beautiful balance. Today it was two Calabrese producers that really shone through.

The wines of Du Cropio from Calabria.

Two Ciro producers, Du Cropio and Ippolito 1845 are making some fantastic wines from Galliopo in Calabria. They are have fantastic power of fruit and tannins, but are in perfect balance and I can see both wines ageing gracefully for many years to come.

The reputation of Southern Italian wines are positively growing and it was producers like Du Cropio and Ippolito 1845 that are now showing just how good the varieties they grow can be and this benefits not only Calabria but the whole of the south.

More tasting then a visit to a local native vineyard and dinner…

Fantastic benchmark Taurasi

Yesterday afternoon we spent meeting some more producers who are competing in Radici del Sud. In the afternoon bracket it was the reds which really shone. This 2008 Taurasi from Feudi di San Gregorio was close to the best wine of the afternoon. Balanced with poise, with equal amounts of fruit and tannin. It is a wine that will live for a long time.

After our afternoon tasting session finished we headed out to a local winery called I Pastini in Locorotondo who makes fantastic whites from native varieties. His estate was typical Southern Italian with centuries old buildings standing in the middle of each paddock.

Trulli built in the 17th century.

On the property are many Trulli houses dating back to the 17th and 18th century. All original and all in fantastic condition. In Australia, these houses would be priceless.

After our winery visit we headed  a short distance for dinner at Masseria Aprile, an impressive property with it’s own church and beautiful buildings.

We had the local chapter of the Slow Food cook for us and the food, which never seemed to stop coming, was truly amazing. There was close to twenty dishes with the highlight for me being the meat cooked over coals.