Located in Castellaneta, the hometown of Rudolph Valentino, in the south of Puglia on the Gulf of Taranto (the instep of the Italian boot), Perrini organic Vine & Wine is a 50 hectare farm, 45 of which are under vine, devoted to producing elegant, organic wines. Long before the natural wine and food movement, Mila and Vito Francesco Perrini introduced organic growing methods in 1993, before the winery began bottling wine on their own in 2002. Perrini is now certified by Aiab – Icea – Ifoam. The techniques are simple, natural and respectful of the environment.
For generations, the Perrinis were contadini de sempre, harvesting whatever they could for subsistence from the land and selling what remained. Various relatives owned disparate plots located on hillsides and seaside terrains. Grapes were harvested and brought to the winery for fermentation, where locals and visitors would come fill their demijohns and be on their way. The Perrinis sold out every year. In 1993 Mila and Vito began purchasing these disparate plots from their relatives, creating what is now a complete estate.
The bulk of the vines consist of Primitivo and Negroamaro, which are harvested at perfect maturity, picked by hand, placed in small cases and fermented in large stainless steel tanks. The production is 55-65/hl/ha.
The actual winemaking process is based on ancient techniques, supported by advanced, modern technology that allows a consistently high-quality standard of wine production.
For more information, visit www.perrini.it.
The Negroamaro is from vineyards located mainly on the flat seaside plains. It’s from 30-40 year old vines along with some planted in the mid 90’s. Some of the vineyards are inside old limestone quarries. It’s vinified in stainless steel and bottled with a light filtration. This is a dark, inky, spicy and deeply satisfying red wine.
Gilman on 2010 Negroamaro:
“The 2010 Negroamaro from Perrini is a lovely wine that makes a whole lot more of its certified organic character on the label than its vintage of origin (which can be found in the fine print of the back label). The nose is deep, pure and impressively focused in its mélange of dark berries, a bit of tree bark, cherry skin, gentle notes of woodsmoke, complex soil tones and a lovely spread of exotic botanicals in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, wellbalanced and full-bodied, with a lovely core of fruit, modest tannins and fine length and grip on its pure, focused and slightly bitter finish (one of the characteristics of this grape). This is really a lovely, idiosyncratic wine of poise and impeccable balance. 2012-2020+. 90.”
-John Gilman, View From The Cellar. January-February, 2012 - Issue #37