The aromatic Minutolo has been grown in Puglia since the 13th century. It was long thought to be a sub-variety of Fiano, and this led the Region’s grapegrowers to call it sometimes Fiano Aromatico, other times Fianello, and more recently Fiano Minutolo. Like other native low-producing varieties, Minutolo, with its small, loose cluster, was near to extinction, when in 2000, certain far-sighted producers and oenologists launched a rigorous massal selection programme in the vineyards of the Valle d'Itria, where the variety was, and still is, widespread. In 2001, its identification became clear, the result of scientific studies that demonstrated that the then-named Fiano Minutolo had, in fact, nothing to do with the Fiano grape; rather, it was related to Moscato Bianco and to Moscato di Alessandria. As a consequence of these discoveries, and in order to avoid confusion, it was decided to use the official name Minutolo for this variety. It is increasingly produced as a monovarietal, both as an aromatic dry wine and as a high-quality sparkling wine. Minutolo’s success is indicated by continuous increase in its plantings.

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