Project Description

Cantine Le Grotte

All major Apulian reds and an extensive assortment of indigenous whites.
Still and sparkling wines, estate bottled, produced only from their own grapes.

A wine made from stones.

In Apricena, the name Dell’Erba is associated with the Franco Dell’Erba Group, world leader in extraction and processing of marble. Pasquale Dell’Erba has, in the last ten years, literally “planted vines on rocks”. We are in the northern limits of the Tavoliere di Puglia, a very fertile plain that at this precise point has a problem and a resource: the outcrop of rocks on the surface.

Pasquale used the powerful means of his quarries to “tame” those rocky and at the same time fertile soils, he plowed the stone and shredded it, he mixed it with the fertile land and planted  vines here. Wines thus produced are strongly affected by this unique and specific characteristic of the vineyards.

The new cellar, recently built, is located next to the headquarters of the Franco Dell’Erba Group, on the edge of the agricultural property that extends for 1000 ha, 50 of which are planted with vines. We are in the northern part of Puglia, at the foot of the Gargano National Park. From the winery, to the east, you can see Lake Lesina, the Adriatic Sea and, on days with good visibility, the Tremiti Islands.

Here the Dell’Erba family grows: Nero di Troia, Primitivo, Syrah, Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bombino, Falanghina. The minerality of these lands and  the proximity to the seagive these wines a unique personality.

Region: Puglia

Property dimension: 1000 ha of which 50 planted with vines

Production: 200000 bottles

Agronomist: Biagio Cruciani

Oenologist: Ciro Spadone

Web: www.cantinelegrotte.it

Production

Nero di Troia, Primitivo, Syrah, Merlot, Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, Falanghina, Moscato, Bombino, Trebbiano, Chardonnay