The village of Ostuni that lends its name to DOC region
|Decree of institution||January 13, 1972|
|Gazzetta Ufficiale||March 28, 1972, n. 83|
|Maximum grape yield||70.0%|
|Alcohol by volume of grape (natural)||11.0%|
|Alcohol by volume of wine (minimum)||11.5%|
|Net dry extract (minimum)||20.0‰|
|Origin||Apulia: the province of Brindisi|
|Ingredient grapes||Red Ottavianello: 85.0% – 100.0% Bianco- Impigno and Francavilla|
Ostuni is an Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) in the Province of Brindisi of Apulia. The zone of production of the area, elevated to DOC status in 1972, is limited to the communes of Ostuni, Carovigno, San Vito dei Normanni, San Michele Salentino and parts of the communes of Brindisi, Latiano and Ceglie Messapica.
Climate and geography
The Ostuni region has a Mediterranean climate influenced by its proximity to the Adriatic Sea. Situated among three small mountains at the edge of the Murge range, vineyards in the area experience diverse microclimate and terroir variations. The DOC gets its name from the nearby town of Ostuni.
The primary grape variety of the DOC classified red wine is Ottavianello (also known as Cinsaut in France), with the wine sometimes labeled as Ostuni Ottavianello. Ottavnianello must comprise at least 85% of the blend. Up to 15% may consist of Negroamaro and/or Malvasia Nera and/or Notar Domenico and/or Sussumaniello grapes. The white DOC classified wine, Ostuni Bianco, is composed of a blend of mostly Impigno and Francavilla. Impigno must account for at least 50% of the blend with Francavilla usually comprising the remainder. DOC regulations also permit an inclusion up to 10% of Bianco de Alessano and/or Verdeca.
Ostuni Ottavianello is characterized by its light body and pale cherry color. Both the red and white Ostuni wines are almost always dry. In recent years the wines of Ostuni have garnered more international interest as the overall quality level has improved with investments in viticulture and winemaking.
- Brindisi (1990/91) 1,330
- Brindisi (1991/92) 7,397
- Brindisi (1992/93) 9,479
- Brindisi (1993/94) 8,526
- Brindisi (1994/95) 12,082
- Brindisi (1995/96) 4,888
- MiPAAF (Ministero delle Politiche Agricoli Alimentari e Forestali), Banca Dati Vini DOC, DOCG: Ostuni Ottavianello
- M. Ewing-Mulligan & E. McCarthy Italian Wines for Dummies pg 221 Hungry Minds 2001 ISBN 0-7645-5355-0
- La Terra di Puglia, Vini: Ostuni
- P. Saunders Wine Label Language pg 189 Firefly Books 2004 ISBN 1-55297-720-X
- ItalianMade.com, WINES: Ostuni DOC: Map, Varieties and Types