Puglia

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Cantine Losito: 41.462198, 15.544630

Puglia is a dry region known for making lots of quaffable, affordable wines.  Surrounded on three sides by water and on another by mountains, allowing cool breezes off the Meditteranean to moderate vineyard temperatures.  That said, there are some producers making high quality wines, and we’re happy to say we’ve found some.


Cantine Losito

Cantine Losito was established in 1950 by Giovanni Losito in the northern reaches of Apulia, in the Terre del Gargano.  To stay focused on quality, they started converting to Organic practices in 1997.  Today, it is still a family affair, where they farm 40 hectares (98.84 acres) of densely planted vines (10,000 vines/hectare) of varying ages, using primarily native grapes to the region.

Surrounded by water on 3 sides and with the moderating influence of the Gargano mountains, these vineyards are tenderly cared-for.  All fertilization of the soils is with grape marcs from their own grapes, fava beans are grown to help in the absorption of atmospheric nitrogen, and sexual confusion is used to ward off predators.  Wines are wild-yeast fermented, lightly fined and filtered, and everything is done to ensure maximum purity.

WINES

The Cantine Losito Fiano is a lovely bright wine from 14+ year old vines that’s wild-yeast fermented in stainless, then aged 6 months on its lees in tank. It is then lightly fined, lightly filtered before being bottled. The result is vivacious, refreshing and lip-smacking, offering notes of white flowers, stone fruit, chalk on a medium frame with spicy, lemon curd aspects and a medium length finish.

Their Cantine Losito Nero di Troia grapes are grown on clay-rich soils and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel.  At bottling, there is no fining and a light filtering.  It offers rich but bright black currant, cassis, black cherry and spicy aspects on a grippy frame that ends on a long finish.

The Cantine Losito Primitivo comes from 20+ year old vines grown on clay soils. These grapes are fermented with their own yeasts in stainless, then aged both in tank and in bottle. Unfined, the wine wine is lightly filtered. On the palate it offers gorgeous brambly red fruit, spices, earth on a medium frame that ends in a long finish.