This is the most unusual wine you will try from Puglia, maybe even all of Italy. Fiano gives the wine its white peach floral components. This year the Fiano had a very strong nectarine perfume. Greco comes from a very old, sandy hillside vineyard and adds a grapefruit component and the body. It is a fresh, delightful aperitivo. A perfect match for seafood, chicken and salads, we adore it in spring with asparagus and in the summer with a fresh pasta like spinach ravioli.
A Mano Rosato is the prettiest wine that you can possibly drink. The vibrant pink color invites all the senses to participate. Your eyes will be captivated, your nose will want to smell its perfume, your taste buds will be delighted by the first sip. Why resist? This is a difficult wine to make. It needs special color and full flavor at lower ripeness, which are not usual characteristics of Puglia. Rosato is the most versatile wine in the rack. It goes with everything! Aperitivo, seafood, grilled meat, cheese, spicy Asian, Indian….
The Beginning Mark is a winemaker from California, Elvezia is a marketing guru from Friuli. They met in Sicily in 1997. Mark proposed a visit to Puglia to see the very old Primitivo Vines. Mark had heard that Primitivo looked a lot like the Zinfandel that California is famous for. It is now known that they are genetically identical. The vast extension of Primitivo would be an enchantment for anyone; for a California winemaker it was a calling. It was supposed to be a short vacation; they never left.
The Rest of the Story Nothing has changed from the beginning; they produce excellent wines from exclusively native grapes. Their interpretation is a modern style with profound respect for the region. The philosophy is to offer extraordinary quality at reasonable prices.
Why “A Mano”? Mark and Elvezia are artisans. They control every detail from the vineyard to the bottle with such care that their wines are truly produced by hand.