The vineyards owned by the Cantina Storica del Cardinale are located in Gioia del Colle and Santeramo in Colle, both territories historically suited to the cultivation and production of Primitivo.
Gioia Del Colle is the countryside where Primitivo was selected and planted for the first time in Puglia by Don Francesco Filippo Indellicati at the end of the 1700s. Santeramo in Colle, a neighboring municipality, is the place where Luigi Patroni Griffi De Laurentis, at the end of the 1800 he wanted to transform the town into a small Bordeaux.
Two neighboring municipalities, with territories in continuity, located in the Apulian hilly hinterland at about 450 meters above sea level with a Mediterranean climate in the center of the Murgia plateau whose limestones give Primitivo, first vine, then wine, those characteristics of unique nobility and elegance of their kind.
Gioia del Colle vineyard
The Gioia del Colle vineyard of the Cantina Storica del Cardinale extends for about 2 hectares in Contrada Marangiaro in the countryside of Gioia del Colle. The land is bordered by the characteristic dry stone walls, the pride of the agricultural landscape of Puglia.
The soil is that of the Bari Murgia, obtained from the crushing of the rocky calcareous layer on the surface with a reddish color rich in iron oxides and hydroxides which guarantee excellent minerality and great quality of the wine.
Santeramo in Colle vineyard
The Santeramo in Colle vineyard of the Cantina Storica del Cardinale extends for about 3 hectares in the central area of Viglione, along the gentle slopes on the border of the three Murgia areas of Santeramo, Laterza and Matera.
It is one of the most valuable areas for agricultural crops due to exposure and soil characteristics, surrounded by the rocky outcrops of the Murgia plateaus. Marine fossils often emerge from the soils, especially oysters, which tell the marine origin of the calcareous substrate of the area. In these lands the company grows only Primitivo grapes.
Territory of the Primitive
The historical territory of for the production of Primitivo, a vine and a wine of excellence in Italy produced in the Puglia region, is that of the vast plateau of the Murgia in the Bari hinterland where it was first selected and planted at the end of the 1700s by Don Francesco Filippo Indelicate, in the countryside of Gioia del Colle.
The name derives from the fact that the grapes of this vine ripened before the others and were called "primavitus" or "early". The Primitivo grape stands out for being particularly black, sweet and tasty, and as it ripens earlier than the other varieties, it can be harvested as early as August. >> History of the Primitive