Tratturi is the word for the ancient drovers trails in the countryside of Puglia that shepherds used in the old days to bring their flocks of sheep and other animals down from the mountains in autumn. This countryside of Puglia, specifically the subzone of Salento, is the source of this bold, spicy, and delicious Primitivo. Primitivo is said be related to the Zinfandel grape which many old Italian immigrants planted in Northern California in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Tratturi label was inspired by the designs of Italy of this era. The background of the label is made up of Trulli houses, which dot the countryside in Pugia. The Tratturi Primitivo was aged entirely in tank. It’s round, spicy profile is a perfect match for pasta, pizza, or anything off the BBQ.
Vito Francesco and his sister Mila Perrini converted their family’s vineyards to organic viticulture in 1993, long before many in the area had even considered it. They built an underground cellar, definitely not the norm or tradition in this region. This was a huge expense, but a necessary outlay to make truly subtle wines, as opposed to the often too-heavy-handed fermentations of the native red grapes. Then, for the first time in their family’s long tradition in the region, they began bottling their own wines. The vines are 20-25 years of age and are spread over a number of zones in the hills and shoreline around Castellaneta. The grapes are picked by hand and immediately brought to the cellar in small baskets. The wines are vinified in stainless steel and then aged in stainless and glass-lined tanks. Certified organic.
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