Verdeca Carsia


100% Verdeca. 2016 is the first vintage of the wine. Cristiano Guttarolo planted the Verdeca vines 8 years ago on his property's limestone-rich soils (the name Carsia is in reference to karst, a very specific type of topography created by the disintegration of limestone bedrock). They are farmed organically and biodynamically; harvest is by hand and yields kept low. The fruit is destemmed and macerated with the skins for 24 hours; fermentation unfolds with natural yeasts and zero sulfur in tank. The wine is aged in tank on the lees for six months before bottling without fining, filtration or sulfur.
Verdeca is considered a Puglian native at this point, but is believed to have originated in Croatia (Verdeca is related to Tribidrag, aka Primitivo) or in ancient Greece (Verdeca has DNA identical to that of the Lagorthi grape from the Peloponnesian mountains). When grown and made without care, Verdeca tends to be light and neutral. It generally ends up unnamed in blends and is on the decline in Puglia: there were only 2.25 hectares left as of 2000. It is also found in Basilicata and Campania where it is used in vermouth blends.

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