This denomination, producing modest amounts of red wine, pertains almost exclusively to the commune of Cerignola and its surrounds in the province of Foggia. Cerignola lies in the centre of the Tavoliere, between the Daunia Pre-Apennines and the Adriatic. Already in pre-historic times, the local inhabitants cultivated, in addition to grain, tree-supported grapevines. The soils, predominantly clay and silt-clay in some areas, are relatively rock-free on the surface, but rich in mineral elements and with good water retention; the bedrock lies deep enough to allow abundant soil for vegetation. The main grape variety is Nero di Troia, which accounts for a minimum of 55% in the denomination wine, generally blended with Negroamaro, and with smaller amounts of other varieties, including Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and Trebbiano. The term Riserva may be applied to wines with a minimum of 13% alcohol that mature for at least two years in large oak ovals.
Categories: Rosso (red), Riserva (reserve)