Established in 1968, San Severo is Puglia’s oldest denomination; its wines are produced in San Severo and in other nearby communes in the province of Foggia. The soils are composed of elements from the dissolution of exposed marine sediments, rich in potassium and relatively poor in organic material; the areas under vine, planted predominantly clay and silt-clay soils, lie at elevations of 60-250 metres. The climate is dry and hot, with rainfall varying between 400 and 650mm per year, 70% of it occurring in the autumn-winter period. The white wines are made largely from Bombino Bianco and Trebbiano, although contributions from Malvasia Bianca and Verdeca are allowed as well. Reds and rosés are produced from Montepulciano, Nero di Troia, Sangiovese, and Merlot. If the grape variety is listed on the label, its minimum content must be 85%. Riserva wines require a minimum maturation period of 18 months.
Wine categories: Rosso (red), Bianco (white), Rosato (rosé), Riserva (reserve), Frizzante (semi-sparking), Spumante (sparkling), Novello (nouveau).