Brindisi Rosso

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Brindisi Rosso is a red DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) wine from the Southern Italian province of Brindisi, in the region of Puglia (Apulia). The official appellation was granted on November 22, 1979 with presidential decree (published in Gazzetta Ufficiale, April 23, 1980), under request from Pasquale Medico and Sons and other producers. In recent years the production of this variety of wine has declined considerably (up to 50%), due to the uprooting of vines as a result of incentives from the EU, which favored other products. The Brindisi region has a very old tradition for wine making, because Brindisi was the Roman gateway to the East and thus provided its own wine to Rome along with salt and olive oil imported from the Mediterranean provinces.

Production[edit]

The production zone is limited to the areas of Brindisi and Mesagne, both being communes within the province of Brindisi. Brindisi Rosso is produced in small quantities and exported all over the world. Brindisi Rosso is made mainly from dark Negroamaro grapes (at least 70%) and Malvasia nera di Brindisi; it can also contain smaller quantities of Sussumaniello, Montepulciano and Sangiovese.

Characteristics[edit]

Brindisi Rosso wine appears intense ruby red, with light orange tones when aged; the taste is intense, dry, harmonious, with a lightly bitter aftertaste, velvety and appropriately tannic. Minimum alcohol percentage by volume to qualify for the appellation is 12%. The best vintages, however, contain between 13 and 14% ABV. The best recent vintages are 2000 and 2003. Wines classed as Brindisi Rosso Riserva must have a minimum alcohol content of 12.5% ABV, and must have been aged for at least 24 months.

Rosato[edit]

Brindisi Rosato is a rosé DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) wine from the Southern Italian province of Brindisi, in the region of Puglia (Apulia). The official appellation was granted on November 22, 1979 by presidential decree (published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale of April 23, 1980). The Brindisi region has a very old tradition for wine making, because Brindisi was the Roman gateway to the East and thus provided its own wine to Rome along with salt and olive oil imported from the Mediterranean provinces.

Production[edit]

The production zone is limited to the areas of Brindisi and Mesagne, both being communes within the province of Brindisi. Brindisi Rosso is made mainly from Negroamaro grapes (at least 70%) and Malvasia nera di Brindisi; it can also contain smaller quantities of Sussumaniello, Montepulciano and Sangiovese.

Characteristics[edit]

Brindisi Rosato wine is coral-pink in colour, tending towards pale cherry-red; the smell is delicately fruity; the flavour is dry, harmonious, with a mild and agreeable bitterness. Minimum alcohol percentage by volume to qualify for the appellation is 12%. The minimum dry extract is 18%: by comparison, the red Brindisi Rosso must have a minimum dry extract of 24%.

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