Motta della Regina, Lucera, Apuglia
La Motticella has a long history as a coaching house, it had been allowed to run to ruin before Paolo and Paula arrived in 1997 to breathe new life into the house and land.
Paolo is a perfectionist, a man of the land who set about restoring not just the buildings, but also reviving indigenous varieties for agriculture and altruism.
Ancient varieties of Mediterranean oaks mature alongside the recovered local varieties of tomatoes which have made this farm famous.
We sometimes have an allocation of his tomato products, but in truth the wines captivated us first.
For the past ten years Paolo has focused on his terroir and on the improvement of his wines.
A team including agronomist Philip Giannone and enologist Andrea Boaretti has done invaluable work to promote Cacc'e Mmitte of Lucera, one of the oldest DOC’s of the south, it had all but disappeared and is now a rising star.
He is modest about this work and has a simple ambition to make the very best wines possible.
This commitment meant no wine at all was made in 1999, the search for the perfect yield has meant that each year the production has dropped. Quality is everything and quantity is irrelevant.
The farm has 11 hectares of organically farmed vineyard planted with local varieties:
Uva di Troia, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Aglianico, and Bombino Bianco, there is not a single ‘international’ variety.
The vineyard is on a south facing limestone slope with chalky topsoils and lies just below the farmhouse.
The altitude of 300m collects the cooling sea breezes from the Gargano promontory, which provides some relief for the vines.
Blueberry and cassis on the nose, fine ripe tannins and mineral core, mint and mocha an extraordinary and intense wine whose complexity comes unaided by oak.Learn More£18.80 As low as: £17.86
There is a fair amount of Sangiovese in Puglia, finding a pure Sangiovese is extremely rare, finding one of this quality does not happen, it is too hot. This has the hallmarks of a Montalcino, muscular fruit, supple, woven tannins and fine floral nuance mingle with spice and herb. A great wine.Learn More£26.00 As low as: £23.75