BOMBINO BIANCO

Bombino Bianco is widely cultivated in various Regions of Italy, and under many synonyms, many of which, such as Buttapalmento, Stracciacambiali, and Pagadebit, refer to other high-producing varieties, a conclusion now widely-accepted although lacking definitive, generically-based proof.

The contrasting distinctiveness of the Bombino Bianco is well-known to Puglia grapegrowers, who know the variety as a low-producer, with a loose-packed, conical-cylindrical cluster of medium size, with thick-skinned, yellow-green berries. Resistant to most diseases, it ripens late, being picked generally two or three weeks after Primitivo. There are currently three official clones, two of which originated in vineyards around San Severino, in the province of Foggia; it is thus no accident that the extensive, and oldest, area of Bombino Bianco’s diffusion was central-northern Puglia. A versatile grape with high acidity and a lean, austere bouquet, it yields excellent classic-method sparkling wines, as well as very approachable still white wines. It plays a role in many Puglia DOPs, including Castel del Monte and San Severo; the Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera DOP combines it with Nero di Troia to make a very impressive red.

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