With disputable origins that are most likely Greek, Verdeca is one of the most widespread white grape varieties in the Valle d’Itria; historically cultivated in the area around Gravina di Puglia, taking its name from the greenish ‘verde’ colour of the skin. The bunch is average size with oval grapes and significant bloom. In the past, this local variety was used as a base wine for both sweet wines and Vermouth production, but thanks to research and extensive commitment by several wineries in the area, it’s now vinified as a monovarietal, dry wine.
Bianco di Alessano
Bianco di Alessano is a typical Apulian white grape variety originating from Valle D’Itria. For many years it was used as a blending grape with Verdeca for the production of base musts, used for making sweet wines and Vermouth. It’s characterised by its orbicular leaves, with medium to large-sized bunches that hold a cylindrical shape. The skin is straw-yellow in colour. Over the years, as a result of low productivity, it was slowly abandoned in favour of other local varieties which guaranteed higher yields. This variety is to be considered a relic of Apulian tradition, together with other appealing but marginilised varieties.
Known in ancient times as Fiano Minutolo or Moscatellina (the true name of this white grape variety), Minutolo was used to produce wines from the PDO Locorotondo and Martina Franca, only to be replaced by Bianco di Alessano and Verdeca grapes due to its low-yield. Almost disappearing from the oenologic picture completely, it risked extinction before luckily being rediscovered over the last twenty years through a virtuous development program. Characterised by a distinct, captivating aromatic quality, the delicate Minutolo grape is also planted in surrounding areas, such as the territory around Gioia del Colle.