Our history has deep roots
The Cantine Le Grotte winery was created in 2014 in order to recoup the centuries-old winemaking tradition characterizing the territory of Fondo Grotte, the farming estate owned by the Gruppo Franco Dell’Erba, a stone extraction firm in Apricena, Foggia.
The vineyards, located in the Apricena countryside at the feet of the Gargano, have their roots in calcareous soil rich in minerals, the same in which the finest Apricena Stone is quarried.
The landscape surrounding Cantine Le Grotte features the Lesina lagoon that sep arates the Gargano from the Tremiti Islands and provides the intense aromas that are the predominant characteristic oft hteh wines made here.
The vineyards cover an area of about 40 hectares (100 acres) and the grapes grown are Merlot, Syrah, Montepulciano, Petit Verdou and the indigenous DOP Nero di Troia for the red wines, and Bombino, Trebbiano, Moscato and Falanghina for the whites.
The commitment to restore the centuries-old Fondo Grotte winemaking tradition will be concretized in 2015/2016 by planting new grape varieties like Primitivo and Chardonnay, which will enlarge the vineyards to 52 hectares; international and indigenous grapes will be grown.
The cellars are newly built and equipped with the latest equipment and technology. Only the winery’s own grapes are used to make its wines. Underway is completion of a barrel room that will allow the winery to mature its wines in oak barrels, and an inviting tasting room in which to welcome customers and visitors in the finest way, as could only occur at Cantine Le Grotte.
The winery staff consists of owner Pasquale Dell’Erba, enologist/technician Ciro Spadone and administrative and business manàger Biagio Cruciani.