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Gioia Del Colle DOC Primitivo Terra Jovia - Bari, Italy - 2004 - 13%

Gioia Del colle DOC Primitivo Terra Jovia - Bari, Italy - 2005 - 13.5%


In 1788, during the reign of Ferdinand IV Bourbon, Vincenzo Monte decided to build a manor in Borgo San Vito in the small village of Gioia del Colle. Still nowadays an ancient rupestrian inscription on the entrance of the family Colapinto private chapel (consecrated to Santa Sofia) bears witness of this occurrence. Agriculture and breeding have always been the main activities of this manor, especially wine growing and vinification, and an entire wing of the manor was fitted out for this purpose. Until 1970 wine growing and producing were successfully practised thanks to the care and passion for this activity of two good friends, Luigi Filippo Colapinto and Leonardo Petrera. But sometimes care and passion are not enough to go on, so in the first Seventies they broke off the activity. In 2004, more than thirty years later, the grandson of Luigi Filippo Colapinto and his namesake, together with the son of Leonardo Petrera, Nicola, decided to resume wine growing and producing, creating TERRA JOVIA (Terra Jovia Estate).

The Primitivo Wine

The origin of the wine and its species are probably in the Balkans, more than one thousand years before Christ, when the name Primitivo didn’t exist yet. The story goes that the first selection of Primitivo was made by the priest from Gioia del Colle Francesco Indellicati (1767- 1831), who in the late Seventeenth Century found out a early- maturating species of wine that he called Primitivo and planted in Liponti, near Gioia del Colle. So the Primitivo wine started to be grown and produced, the same wine you are tasting now, and that from 1987 is a D.O.C wine (Denominazione di Origine Controllata). We like thinking that Vincenzo Monte and Francesco Indellicati have tasted the first Primitivo's goblet together.