Paolo Petrilli


A rare find in Puglia: small production and organically farmed.

Puglia, located at the south-eastern tip of Italy, is one of the country’s most significant culinary regions. Puglia’s warm and dry climate enables it to produce an excellent array of vegetables and fruit. Paolo Petrilli is one of the region's great proponents of organic farming. His reputation as a tomato farmer extends beyond the region and country.

Yet, Paolo’s reputation as a farmer now extends beyond tomatoes to grapes. In 2002, Petrilli began production of wines produced from local grapes such as Nero di Troia, Sangiovese, Bombino and Montepulciano. Petrilli is a specialist with the grape varietal Nero di Troia, an aromatic varietal that often offers beautiful fruit notes.

The grapes are grown on 11 hectares of vineyards near the town of Lucera, in the northern reaches of Puglia. The estate vineyards are composed of Stoney, calcareous soil. The vines are densely planted, south-facing, but they benefit significantly from the natural wind flow that goes through the vineyard. Like the tomatoes, they are organically farmed and hand-harvested.

Why we love it! - A rare find in Puglia. Small production, organically farmed, natural yeasts, low ABV (by Puglia standards), and really nice people!

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