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 their grapes on land their ancestors worked: a beautiful limestone plateau overlooking the Adriatic Sea that is co-planted to ancient olive groves. The Carparellis specialize in the Valle d'Itria's native grape varieties, including the white Minutolo, Verdeca, and Bianco d'Alessano, and the red Susumaniello. The latter is responsible for this refreshing rosato that is bursting with deep strawberry fruit. A delicious aperitivo, it can seamlessly pair with anything you throw its way: check out some of Puglia's traditional fish and pasta dishes to put it to the test.
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch
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