This is another wine story which began among the paternal vines, evolving over time with agricultural studies, succeeded by a specialisation in oenology.
Luca is a mediterranean nose but with a pioneering spirit, who doesn’t settle for remaining within the tradition, and looking towards the future rebirth of Apulian viticulture and oenology. For Luca the vine is family. Since he was a child, in the second half of the 70s, he followed his father Francesco during the harvest in the small family business, taking part in the harvest and the vinification process, from the pressing of the grape bunches to obtain the must – in the small Locorotondo millstone, his home town. His passion for the wine world, deep rooted in agricultural traditions leads him to the Agricultural Technical Institute with a specialisation in Viticulture and Oenology. After a few years professional experience in a winery in the Murgia, on the 7th December 1999, Luca made his entrance into Tommaso Rubino’s office, and during this first meeting he was instantly struck by Tommaso and Luigi’s entrepreneurial vision, who laid before him a project to grow and develop Tenute Rubino which Luca signed up to immediately. It is the beginning of a journey that has lasted more than twenty years and which coincides with the creation of the Susumaniello project, Luca Petrelli’s favourite grape variety, together with Luigi and Piernicola Tondo, have declared it a symbol of the viticulture in the Brindisi area and the Salento. Luca is particularly struck by the sculptural form this vine takes with age, and with its very small bunches, with its blueish grapes. Love at first sight- shared with the entire Tentute Rubino team- that will increase with each harvest. Today he is regarded as one of the ‘historic’ figures in the company, to which many young oenologists look up to as a point of reference.