Puglia no longer makes ‘monster’ wines

11th June, 2015 by Lucy Shaw

The southern Italian region of Puglia is moving away from overly alcoholic “monster” wines in pursuit of more elegant reds according to one key winemaker.

Masseria Altemura’s elegant arched cellar

Speaking to the drinks business during a recent trip to Puglia hosted by Zonin, winemaker Antonio Cavallo of Masseria Altemura in Torre Santa Susanna said:

“Primitivo is always too alcoholic when it’s harvested too late. Traditionally that was the style of wine made in the region, but I’m taking a different approach.

“I’m picking earlier in order to make more elegant wines rather than alcoholic monsters. When you pick early you lock in the freshness, preserve the acidity and keep the alcohol levels down.

“I’ve found that the best wines have come from the cooler….

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