The grapes to produce Primitivo di Manduria Riserva “Anniversario 62” San Marzano were hand-harvested once they had reached an advanced state of ripening. Temperature-controlled fermentation took place at 24 to 26°C and lasted for approximately 15 days. Primitivo di Manduria Riserva “Anniversario 62” San Marzano went through malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats before being racked into French and American oak barrels, where it matured for 18 months.
The grapes come from the central area of D.O.P. “Primitivo di Manduria”, where they are grown in very old vineyards in San Marzano and Sava. They are planted at a density of 5,000 bush vines per hectare. The soil is mainly red with a fine texture and
is generally calcareous with few emerging rocks. The renowned red hue of the soils is due to the presence of iron oxides. The climate is characterised by high temperatures all year round, very little rainfall and a wide diurnal temperature range, which has a positive influence on the quality of the grapes, concentrating the flavours in the berries. The harvest takes place during the second half of September.
Cantine San Marzano was born in 1962, in a small town in Puglia in the center of the DOC Primitivo di Manduria, a strip of land kissed by the two seas of Salento, the Ionian and the Adriatic. 19 wine growers from San Marzano, whose families had cultivated the land for generations, joined forces to found the winery. Over the decades this cooperative has grown significantly, attracting over 1,200 winemakers. Using modern and technologically advanced winemaking techniques they produce elegant wines that pay homage to the ancient Apulian wine traditions. The fusion of tradition, passion and contemporary techniques has allowed this company to produce wines with distinctive varietal and regional characteristics, while reflecting the local territory. In the Sommelier Wine Awards, San Marzano was awarded as European producer of the year 2017.