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Oriented to the production and revaluation of Castel del Monte wines, Torrevento is also the productive headquarter of I Pastini winery, whose goals also include the revaluation of the ancient and typical grapes of Apulia

 Among the most famous monuments of the Apulia region - as well as of the world - there is the suggestive “Castel del Monte”, the renowned building with octagonal base which Frederich II of Swabia built in 1220 as his hunting lodge and today recognized as a worldwide heritage from UNESCO. The celebrity and the historical importance of this beautiful building is such that its image has been used in the back side of the one cent Euro coin issued by the Italian Republic. In Apulia, Castel del Monte does not only mean the suggestive building, in the world of enology is also synonym of wine and - in particular - it is an area of Denomination of Controlled Origin (DOC) of the region representing the “heel” of Italy. The octagonal shape of the famous monument was also used for the trademark of Torrevento winery located at Corato, in the province of Bari and not distant from the suggestive building.


Pasquale Carparelli and Francesco
Liantonio, wine maker and chairman of Torrevento
Pasquale Carparelli and Francesco Liantonio, wine maker and chairman of Torrevento

 In the eighteenth century, not far from the renowned monument - exactly at “Torrevento” place - was built one of the most beautiful monasteries in stone of all North-Western Murgia. In 1949, when the monastery was not used anymore as a place of cult, it was purchased, together with the estate, by brothers Liantonio. In this place they established the family wine business and later it was called like the place in which is located Torrevento winery. The thick walls of the monastery - with a thickness of 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) - host the large cellar built in the rock of the ancient undergrounds of the monastery: here, at about 8 meters deep (26 feet) and in optimal conditions, are being aged Torrevento's wines. The building underwent important restoration works in order to allow a proper expansion as well as the introduction of new technologies, according to a precise plan of development and in the full respect of the original structure, as well as of the territory of Murgia and of the views of Castel del Monte area in which it is located.

 Recently at Torrevento they restored the ancient stable therefore transforming it into a welcoming wine tasting hall with stone walls, used to welcome tourists, clients and wine lovers. Torrevento is particularly involved in the production of wines with typical grapes of the Apulian enology. The mainly hilly nature of the Bari's northern Murgia - area in which are located the vineyards of the winery - as well as a favorable microclimate, make the ideal conditions for the cultivation of autochthonous white berried grapes, such as Bombino Bianco and Pampanuto, as well as the red berried ones, such as Bombino Nero and Nero di Troia. Today Torrevento winery owns an estate with a total acreage of 150 hectares (370 acres) all destined to viticulture and located in many areas of the territory. In “contrada Pedale” is being cultivated Nero di Troia grape - used for the production of “Castel del Monte Rosso Vigna Pedale” wine - as well as Bombino Nero and Montepulciano varieties destined to the production of Castel del Monte Rosato. In the vineyards near “contrada Pedale” are being cultivated the grapes used for the production of Kebir.


Torrevento's wine tasting hall
Torrevento's wine tasting hall

 In the vineyards located in the Andria area are being cultivated the varieties Nero di Troia, Aglianico, Bombino Bianco and Pampanuto. In the vineyards of Torrevento are also cultivated the grapes Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Moscato Reale. Besides the wines of Castel del Monte area, Torrevento also makes other products such as Salice Salentino Rosso, made with Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera grapes, and purchases Verdeca grapes - cultivated according to organic agriculture principles - for the production of Puglia Bianco Proemio wine, Nero di Troia and Montepulciano - still from organic agriculture - for Castel del Monte Rosso Proemio wine. Torrevento also distributes the wines of I Pàstini winery - of which is also the productive headquarter - run by Carparelli brothers. I Pàstini winery owns vineyards for about an acreage of 10 hectares (about 25 acres) in which are being cultivated Verdeca, Bianco d'Alessano and Fiano Minutolo grapes used for the production of Locorotondo white wine.

 In some rented vineyards, Carparelli brothers cultivate Primitivo grape - with which is produced the red Primitivo del Tarantino - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Montepulciano used for the red wine Murgia Rosso. The I Pàstini winery also produces - in limited quantities - the sweet red “Elogio alla Lentezza” with Aleatico grape. The winery of Carparelli brothers is also involved since many years to the revaluation of ancient grapes of the area - a work started with a scrupulous selection and began in 2000 - by searching the territory in the communes of Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Alberobello and Cisternino for Fiano Minutolo grape sprouts. These sprouts have been subsequently grafted in the vineyards of the property in order to resume their cultivation and in order to make wine. From the result of this selection and of the revaluation of this particular variety, I Pàstini produces “Vigna Rampone”, an interesting wine with good personality in which are found intense aromatic qualities of grape and peach.


 

 Today Torrevento winery is present - besides the Italian market - also in all the countries of the European Community, United States of America, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. Dr. Francesco Liantonio - chairman of Torrevento - is in charge for the management, whereas the technical aspects of the winery are run by wine maker Pasquale Carparelli. The production of Torrevento is wide and interesting, with wines of good quality in respect of local enological traditions. Particularly interesting is the last wine created by the winery from Corato - Kebir - produced with Nero di Troia and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in equal parts and aged for 12 months in barrique. Also good is Castel del Monte Vigna Pedale, agreeable and well made, as well as Moscato di Trani “Dulcis in Fundo”, pleasing with a balanced sweetness. Among wines produced by I Pàstini winery are worth of note Fiano Minutolo Vigna Rampone and Locorotondo Bianco.

 




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Wine that excels in its category Wine that excels in its category
Good value wine Good value wine
Prices are to be considered as indicative. Prices may vary according to the country
or the shop where wines are bought




Vigna Rampone I Pastini 2003, Torrevento (Italy)
Vigna Rampone I Pastini 2003
Torrevento (Italy)
Grapes: Fiano Minutolo
Price: € 8.75 Score: Wine that excels in its category
The wine shows a brilliant straw yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals good personality with intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of grape and peach followed by aromas of acacia, broom, litchi, passion fruit, pear, white rose and hints of sage. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of grape, pear and peach.
Food Match: Pasta and risotto with fish and crustaceans, Broiled crustaceans, Sauteed fish



Torre del Falco 2001, Torrevento (Italy)
Torre del Falco 2001
Torrevento (Italy)
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Nero di Troia (20%)
Price: € 5.20 Score: Wine that excels in its category  Good value wine
The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of blackberry, violet and black cherry followed by aromas of blueberry, plum, carob and licorice. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, black cherry and blackberry. This wine ages in steel tanks.
Food Match: Broiled meat and barbecue, Stewed meat, Hard cheese



Moscato di Trani Dulcis in Fundo 2003, Torrevento (Italy)
Moscato di Trani Dulcis in Fundo 2003
Torrevento (Italy)
Grapes: Moscato Reale
Price: € 7.20 - 500ml Score: Wine that excels in its category
This wine shows a brilliant golden yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of grape and peach followed by aromas of banana, candied fruit, dried fig, broom, chamomile, litchi and honey. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly crisp attack and pleasing sweetness, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of grape, peach and litchi. This wine is produced with late harvested grapes.
Food Match: Cream desserts, Fruit tarts



Locorotondo I Pastini 2003, Torrevento (Italy)
Locorotondo I Pastini 2003
Torrevento (Italy)
Grapes: Verdeca, Bianco d'Alessano, Fiano Minutolo
Price: € 4.40 Score: Wine that excels in its category  Good value wine
This wine shows a brilliant golden yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals good personality with intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas that start with hints of ripe pear and banana followed by aromas of pineapple, hawthorn, chamomile, broom, quince and peach. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of peach, pear and pineapple.
Food Match: Stuffed pasta with fish and mushrooms, Fish soups, Sauteed fish



Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva Pedale 2001, Torrevento (Italy)
Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva Pedale 2001
Torrevento (Italy)
Grapes: Nero di Troia
Price: € 6.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category  Good value wine
This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean and pleasing aromas that start with hints of raspberry and black cherry followed by aromas of blueberry, plum, pomegranate, strawberry and cyclamen. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, good tannins, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and blueberry. This wine ages in steel tanks.
Food Match: Broiled meat and barbecue, Roasted meat, Stewed meat, Hard cheese



Kebir 2001, Torrevento (Italy)
Kebir 2001
Torrevento (Italy)
Grapes: Nero di Troia (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (50%)
Price: € 10.80 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This wine shows a deep ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, impenetrable to light. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry jam, blackberry jam and plum jam followed by aromas of blueberry, dried violet, vanilla, carob, cinnamon, licorice and tobacco. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and pleasing crispness, however well balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum jam and blackberry jam. A well made wine. Kebir ages for 12 months in barrique.
Food Match: Braised and stewed meat, Game, Roasted meat, Hard cheese



Torrevento - Località Castel del Monte, S.S. 170 Km 28 - 70033 Corato, Bari (Italy) - Tel. +39 80 8980923 Fax. +39 80 8980944 - Winemaker: Pasquale Carparelli - Established: 1989 - Production: 2.000.000 bottles - E-Mail: torrevento@libero.it - WEB: www.torrevento.it


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