Puglia, Italy

  The Pichierri family vineyards are located in the region of Puglia, in the area known as Sava. Situated on the Salento peninsula, Italy’s boot heel, Sava is high on the instep on a gentle rise known as the Murge Tarantine. Here, where the soil is red, dotted by white limestone and the hills are low and the land is open, stand the vines of the Primitivo grape. The midday sun is scorching, due to the close proximity to North Africa, but microclimate variations are created by air currents crossing from the Adriatic to the interior Ionian Sea. The earliest knowledge of this varietal is that it originated in Greece. It is not known exactly how or when this plant was transported into Italy, but the history of this grape in Italy dates back many centuries. In the 17th century it is known that the Benedictine monks named the varietal “Primitivo” because of its precociousness (early maturity of the grape) in this zone. These vines stand poetically short and stocky, like ancient gnomes with their arms stretched up to the sky to bask in the heat of the sun.  Shelftalkers  Winery Website 
savese_vittoriaVittoria Negroamaro del Salento
Of the inky wines of Salento, Negroamaro ranks the 6th most planted varietal and gives generous yields on the hot plains. Though traditionally known as a blending wine, when treated with respect, skilled craftsmanship and artistic sensitivity, this grape can make a distinctive wine full of elegance and grace.Vittoria is made from grapes from 25 year old vines. Harvested in late September, the grapes are macerated with skin contact for a few days to maximize color extraction and limit harsh tannins, followed by fermentation and refinement in stainless steel, at a controlled temperature, and two additional months in the bottle before release. This is an elegant wine that is dry and well balanced with rich fruit flavors and soft tannins. Vittoria pairs well with barbecued meats, game and mature cheeses. Serve at room temperature
savese_terrarossaTerrarossa Primitivo di Manduria
This Primitivo wine is a beautiful deep ruby color, intense, with rich plummy aromas. It is dry, soft, and rich with excellent balance, medium body ripe fruit flavors and a long finish with soft tannins. A wonderful compliment when served with roasted red meats, wild game, and spicy cheeses. Serve at room temperature.