The grapes to produce “Edda” Bianco Salento San Marzano were gently destemmed and then cool macerated for several hours to allow the flavour to develop. This was followed by a gentle pressing and a cold settling to encourage a natural sedimentation. Fermentation took place in French oak barrels. “Edda” Bianco Salento San Marzano was matured on its fine lees in barriques for a period of four months, with weekly lees stirring which imparted texture and complexity to the wine.
The vineyard is located at approximately 100 metres above sea level and benefits from great diurnal temperature variations. The warmer temperatures during the day and cooler nights encourage the grapes to have a long maturation period, with the heat of the day promoting sugar accumulation, while the cooler nights preserve the acidity levels. The vines are planted to a density of 4,500 vines per hectare and are trained according to the Guyot method. The soils are quite thin, soft and shallow, but have a good texture.
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.