Guide to Apulia and Basilicata Wines 2005
Staff Writer - November 26, 2004
As of Monday, November 22, 2004 the "Guida ai vini di Puglia e Basilicata 2005", or the Guide to Apulia and Basilicata Wines 2005, with 30,000 copies published by Edisud and edited in collaboration with sommeliers associated with the ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, or "International Association of Sommeliers" in French), is available at the newsstands. The 288-page guide introduces over 850 labels from 171 wineries, the evaluation of 300 tasted wines, regional recipes, suggested food-wine pairings and the suggested retail price, by the bottle, for each wine.
Not surprisingly, the ten best wines from Apulia and Basilicata are all red. They represent the best expression of the high quality enological production of these two regions and are contributing to the local economic and tourist expansion, much as has already happened in other southern Italian regions such as Sicily and Campania.
All the regional wineries producing DOC and IGT wines were invited to participate for free in the operation by submitting up to two of their best wines to the professional ASI sommeliers' commission presided by Giuseppe Vaccarini. A whopping 171 wineries answered the call from nine wine zones – seven located in Apulia and two in Basilicata.
Each winery is featured in the guide with a brief description of facilities, a complete wine list and the points assigned to the two top wines evaluated in blind tasting. The points are illustrated by zero to five ASI logos, which is a glass and corkscrew. The winery introduction is completed by the suggested retail price of the wines. This data is interesting to consumers as the cost of even the very best wines from Apulia and Basilicata are noticeably lower than the ones from other regions of comparable quality.
There are ten 'excellences', or wines that achieved the top five logos. They come from the Basso Salento, Primitivo di Gioia and di Manduria, Murgia Classica, dei Trulli and delle Grotte, Castel del Monte and Terre dell'Aglianico wine zones.
- Morgano 2000 Rosso IGT Salento – Producer: Cooperativa Agricola Salentina Tenuta Palese
- Donna Lisa Riserva 2000 Rosso DOC Salice Salentino Producer: Leone De Castris
- Piromàfo 2000 Rosso IGT Salento Producer: Valle dell'Asso
- Barone Pazzo 2002 Rosso IGT Salento Producer: Vetrere
- Leoni di Fortezza 2001 Rosso vino da meditazione Producer: Cantine di Pace
- Terranera Riserva 2001 Rosso DOC Castel del Monte Producer: Conte Onofrio Spagnoletti Zeuli
- Basilisco 2001 Rosso DOC Aglianico del Vulture Producer: (Basilisco
- La Firma 2002 Rosso DOC Aglianico del Vulture Producer: Cantine del Notaio)
- Rotondo 2001 Rosso DOC Aglianico del Vulture Producer: Paternoster
- Don Anselmo 1999 Rosso DOC Aglianico del Vulture Producer: Paternoster).
"The Guide to Apulia and Basilicata Wines," said the creator and editor of the book, Bepi Costantino, "is a tribute to the wines and wineries from both regions that, between the two of them, produce about the 15 percent of the Italian wine. Only in recent times have the local producers realized the great potential represented by their terroirs where, in some cases, vines have been cultivated for over one thousand years".
Where to find the Guide
The Guide is on sale in all Apulia and Basilicata newsstands for two months starting November 22, 2004 at €7.90. In the rest of Italy, it is possible to order it via e-mail for €7.90 plus shipping and handling.
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Translated from Italian by WineCountry.ITl
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