Tenuta di Palombara is set deep within the area of the Primitivo di Manduria DOC, 24 hectares placed 68 meters above sea level, overlooking the Ionian Sea. Its position is crucial in ensuring the optimal ripening of the grapes thanks to the sea’s influence on diurnal temperature variations.
The soil is medium in texture and rich in stone particles, a prevalence of limestone within a clayey and siliceous sedimentary terrain with a sandy component. Winters in this corner of Puglia are mild with a good amount of rainfall. Summers are dry with average temperatures rarely exceeding 30 ° C.
The production protocol for the Doc Primitivo di Manduria prescribes the use of no less than 85% grapes obtained from Primitivo varieties, grown in the titular territory (Manduria and Sava) but also in some municipalities on the eastern side of the Ionian province and in three neighbouring towns of the province of Brindisi (Erchie, Oria and Torre Santa Susanna). Primitivo is a grape which can express different nuances and character depending on ripeness, climate, farming practices, the age of the vines. It is a very versatile variety, used in the making of full bodied red wines, sweet wines, along with still and sparkling rosé. The first vintage of Tenute Rubino’s Primitivo di Manduria will be released in 2021.