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Feudi di Guagnano wines are born from the vast expanses of black and white berries of the Salento area, the vital essence of the energy given off by the youngest vines and of the almost centennial alcoholic vigor. A journey to discover ancient native vines, patrimony of a beautiful and colorful land: from the intensity of Negroamaro, to the aromatic power of Primitivo, to the delicacy of Verdeca

 

OUR VINEYARD, OUR PASSION

Once, Guagnano had a heart made from the dominant passion of our grandparents, tenacious winemakers able to write important pages of a story entitled “Negroamaro”. Not a story like all the others: in fact, it captures the fatigue and the spirit of sacrifice of people born and raised in a strip of south, where often the everyday tended to blend with the eternal. A story which is easy to listen to and it’s easy to still hear the screeching of the wheels on the mule tracks and the indistinct voices among the vines to act as a crest between night and day. 

More than eighty years away, the same spirit of sacrifice and an identical passion still pulse with the same vigor and the same tenacity in our hearts. It is thanks to it that since 2002 Gianvito, Carlo and Franco – grandchildren of those same indefatigable winemakers – have committed themselves, after having rescued the ancient Negroamaro vineyards that had belonged to their ancestors from abandonment, to write every day a new chapter of this long story, so fascinating that they decided to name it “Feudi di Guagnano”.

 

A STORY

Feudi di Guagnano was born with the aim of saving a few hectares of vineyards cultivated with negroamaro and primitivo abandoned by vintners who were elderly and no longer able to cultivate them. This is why producing wines for our winery was above all an act of love towards a territory, the North Salento, historically among the most important in Italy regarding wine.

The name “Feudi di Guagnano” derives from the word “fiéu” (in Latin feudus) which in the Salento dialect means rural district, portion of extra-urban land: in fact our vineyards, smaller than an hectare, dwell in different districts of the Guagnano area.

The company brand, interpreted in a modern key, represents a perfect synthesis of the history and traditions of this important area in the center of the Salento peninsula. In fact, it shows a detail of the most significant image of local historiography: the Basilian fresco “Madonna with Child”. A popular legend traces the foundation of the first nucleus of houses in the town of Guagnano around it.

 

WINEGROWERS FOR GENERATIONS

Since 2002 Carlo, Gianvito and Franco – grandchildren of those same indefatigable winemakers – have committed themselves, after having saved the ancient Negroamaro vineyards belonged to their ancestors from abandonment, to write every day a new chapter of this long and fascinating story, called “Feudi di Guagnano”, underlining the indissoluble bond with the Salento territory and the feeling towards this stingy and, at the same time, generous land. In Guagnano, a town with a pulsing heart for the land and the vineyards, the tenacious vineyard grandparents were able to write important pages of a story entitled “Negroamaro”.

Not a story like all the others: in fact, it captures the effort and the spirit of sacrifice of people born and raised in a strip of the South, where often the everyday tended to blend in with the eternal. A story which is easy to listen to and still hear the screeching of the wheels on the mule tracks and the indistinct voices among the vines to act as a crest between night and day.

More than eighty years later, the same spirit of sacrifice and an identical passion still pulsate in our hearts with the same vigor and the same tenacity.

 

NERO DI VELLUTO

 

A MODERN NEGROAMARO CONCEIVED IN 1918

We could define this way “Nero di Velluto”, the most important wine of the winery: a modern Negroamaro whose history begins in 2002 but which finds the inspiration for its name in a 1918 script by the Salentine photographer and journalist Giuseppe Palumbo.

We imagined a symbolic wine for our winery. To give us the raw material would have been the oldest vineyard planted in 1935 and survived the Second World War and the abandonment of man. The first harvest was supposed to be 2002 and so it was. However, the year turned out to be difficult and disastrous: we remembered only 1995 as worse.

It was this “accident” of nature that led us to change our harvest strategy and to collect the best bunches of negroamaro in small single-layer wooden boxes. This would have allowed us to make a slight withering for 30/40 days in order to have both an increase in sugars and in the values ​​of polyphenols and anthocyanins. The resulting wine, about 18 hectoliters for 2,298 bottles all hand numbered, was aged for the second time in 8 wine barriques from a famous Burgundy cellar.

So far this has been the purely technical and material aspect of the birth of this wine. The sequel, that is his baptism with the name of Nero di Velluto, is linked to a 1918 script by Giuseppe Palumbo entitled “La Vendemmia nel Salento” published in the Milanese magazine “Varietas” and which, foreseeing its imminent use, some year earlier we had partially transcribed it on a sheet of paper. After the harvest of 2002 (the first) we re-read the contents and at a certain point the eyes stopped on the following sentence: “(…) And at the bottom of every vine, everything has turned black with velvet, everything is ripe, deliciously fragrant “. That day was October 7th and the Black Negroamaro was born.

Nero di Velluto

Salento IGT

It has an intense red color, enveloping and warm and velvety in the mouth, with spicy notes of black pepper, tobacco and cocoa. Production limited to about 10,000 bottles a year, all hand-numbered, obtained only in the best years from a 1935 vineyard.

GRAPE VARIETY

Negroamaro 100%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

14% by vol. (15% by vol. in some particular years)

YIELD PER HECTARE

4.000 bottles (3.500 – 4.000 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

1935 vineyard

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

alberello (head training system)

Pietrafinita

Salento IGT

Fifty-year-old trees and more, they produce small bunches that are left to dry for a month in wooden crates. The wine that is obtained ages for 12 months in small oak barrels. Complex and elegant on the nose with sensations of black cherry and licorice. Endless cocoa and wild berries in the mouth.

GRAPE VARIETY

Primitivo 100%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

15,5% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

6.600 bottles (4.000 – 4.500 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

50/55 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

alberello (head training system)

Le Camarde Negroamaro & Primitivo

 

Negroamaro & Primitivo Salento IGT

When young it is compact red with a sensory profile of ripe red fruit. Evolves in notes of licorice, juniper and china. The tannins are soft and enveloping.

 

GRAPE VARIETY

Negroamaro 80% – Primitivo 20%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

13,5% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

8.000 bottles (4.000 – 4.500 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

45/50 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

alberello (head training system)

Cupone

Salice Salentino Negroamaro Doc Riserva

Red wine of particular brightness and consistency, with an austere and unique character obtained from the blend of negroamaro and black malvasia. Walnut and Mediterranean herbs smell. On the palate, soft tannins and balsamic notes.

At the winery: this wine is aged for 12 months in 5 hl French oak barrels.

GRAPE VARIETY

Negroamaro 90% – Black Malvasia 10%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

13,5% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

8.000 bottles (4.000 – 4.500 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

45/50 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

alberello (head training system)

 

Diecianni Negroamaro

Negroamaro Salento IGT
 
Intense red wine with marked aromas of plum and cherry. Soft and balanced taste with floral notes of violets.
 
At the winery: this wine is aged for 6 months in French oak barrique (new and used)
 
GRAPE VARIETY

Negroamaro 100%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

13% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

9.000 bottles (5.000 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

Diecianni Primitivo

Primitivo IGT Salento

Diecianni Primitivo, a wine that at the debut is compact red with intense purplish shades. Ample and persistent on the nose, with an intense and elegant bouquet, in the mouth it releases hints of liquorice.

 
GRAPE VARIETY

Primitivo 100%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

13,5% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

8.000 bottles (4.000 – 4.500 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

35/40 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

alberello (head training system)

Diecianni Salice Salentino

Salice Salentino Negroamaro DOP
 

The long maceration of the grapes gives this wine a compact red color with strong garnet nuances. The sensory profile is complex and delicate. It ranges from ripe red jam fruits to the typical bitter almond note.

At the winery: this wine is aged for 6 months in French oak barrique
GRAPE VARIETY

Negroamaro with a small percentage (about 2 – 3%) of Malvasia Nera

ALCOHOL GRADATION

13% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

8.000 bottles (5.000 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

Diecianni Malvasia Nera

Malvasia Nera IGT

Intense ruby ​​red wine. The smell of blackberry, red orange and violet is perceived on the nose. In the mouth it is fresh and releases sensations of cherry and blueberry. Strong body and pleasantly soft.

GRAPE VARIETY

Malvasia Nera di Lecce 100%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

14% by vol.

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

Terramare Negroamaro

Salento IGT
 
A fairly complex wine with a ruby ​​color. Intense smell in the sensations of cherry. The taste is full and balanced with spicy and slightly toasted shades.
GRAPE VARIETY

Negroamaro 100%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

12,5% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

10.000 bottles (5.000 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

Terramare Primitivo

Salento IGT 

Intense and complex wine with a ruby ​​color and purple hues. The nose has notes of plum in jam, violet, Mediterranean herbs and spices. In the mouth it is balanced, mature and persistent.

GRAPE VARIETY

Primitivo 100%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

13% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

10.000 bottles (5.000 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

Vegamaro

Negroamaro Salento IGT
 
Bright ruby ​​red, with a nose rich in crunchy red fruits, vegetal notes, nuances of sweet spices and hints of toasted tobacco. In the mouth it is expressed with balance and a tannin that enriches the structure, making the sip full and elegant.
GRAPE VARIETY

Negroamaro 100%

ALCOHOLIC GRADATION

13 % vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

10.000 bottles (5.000 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

Rosarò Negroamaro

Negroamaro Rosè IGT Salento

Intense and brilliant pink wine. Elegant to the nose in floral and marine sensations. The taste is full and balanced with good persistence of red fruit.

GRAPE VARIETY

Negroamaro 100%

ALCOHOLIC GRADATION

13% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

8.000 bottles (5.000 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

Terramare Rosato

Salento IGT

Bright coral pink, with a nose rich in red fruits and evident notes of Mediterranean scrub, salty nuances and balsamic returns that enrich the range and the olfactory freshness. Round entrance with a strong fresh – sapid personality.

GRAPE VARIETY

Negroamaro 100%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

12,5/13 % vol.

YIELDS PER HECTARE

8.000 bottles (5,000 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

Diecianni Chardonnay

Salento IGT

Brilliant straw yellow wine. The nose is long and pleasant notes of banana, peach and jasmine. Extraordinary with a slightly aromatic finish.

ALCOHOLIC GRADATION

13% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

8.000 bottles (5.000 vines per hectare)

GRAPE VARIETY

Negroamaro 100%

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

Diecianni Verdeca

Salento IGT

From the best bunches of verdeca this elegant and unique wine was obtained. In the glass it reveals fruity citrus fragrances. In the mouth it expresses character, balance and finesse.

GRAPE VARIETY

Verdeca 100%

ALCOHOLIC GRADATION

12,5% by vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

10.000 bottles (5.000 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

Terramare Fiano

Salento IGT

From the best bunches of verdeca this elegant and unique wine was obtained. In the glass it reveals fruity citrus fragrances. In the mouth it expresses character, balance and finesse.

GRAPE VARIETY

Fiano 100%

ALCOHOL GRADATION

12,5% per vol.

YIELD PER HECTARE

12,000 bottles (5,000 vines per hectare)

AGE OF THE VINES

25/30 years old

VINE CULTIVATION METHOD

cordon training

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