The magic of Rampone is the result of the intriguing Minutolo grape, a Pugliese originality, isolated and propagated by I Pástini. It is distinguished by an incredible perfume of sweet lime blossoms as well as a gorgeous palate that balances savory, salty, floral, and fruit elements. Try it with simply prepared white fish, with great olive oil, wild herbs, and olives. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
I Pàstini is a small, family-run winery in the Valle d’Itria in eastern central Puglia. Founded by Gianni Carparelli and his father Donato, they grow three local white grapes, Verdeca, Bianco d’Alessano, and Minutolo, and the local red grape, Susumaniello, on land their ancestors worked: a beautiful limestone plateau overlooking the Adriatic Sea that is co-planted to ancient, (multi-millennia old!), olive groves. After vinifying their wines in a neighbor’s cantina for a number of years they built their own winery and cellars, which came online in 2012. They are currently nearing the end of their organic conversion in the vineyards and will be certified organic starting with the 2019 vintage.
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