Locorotondo DOP was established in 1969, on the same day as the Martina DOP, with which it shares in a certain fashion a common philosophy as well as being among Puglia’s first DOPs. The wine is produced primarily in the communes of Locorotondo and Fasano, in the provinces of Bari and Brindisi. Soils are clay and clay-silt, with abundant pebble-gravel content, which can be as high as 60% of component material, and vineyard elevations are at 280-418 metres. Locorotondo focuses exclusively on white wines, and is the only Puglia DOP to provide, for a white wine, a Superiore designation, referring to a lower yield in grapes per hectare and a higher minimum alcohol in the wine, as well as a Riserva, which requires at least one year’s maturation before release. The grape varieties are those that have been cultivated from time immemorial in the Valle d'Itria: Verdeca, Bianco d’Alessano, and Fiano, with modest amounts allowed of other native whites. If the variety is listed on the wine label--Verdeca, Bianco d'Alessano, Fiano--, the minimum amount utilised in the wine must be 85%.
Categories: Bianco (white), Spumante (sparkling), Riserva (reserve), Superiore (superior), Passito (dessert).