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Primitivo got its name because of its tendency to ripen earlier than other types of vines. It is also believed to have been developed from a clone by one of the three groups of peoples who settled in the coastal zone of the Salento along the Ionian Sea. That area was first colonized by the Messapians, then the Phoenicians and finally the Greeks. Afterward and particularly in the Middle Ages with the diffusion of settlements encouraged by Basilian hermits of Greek origin, the variety spread through the Murge Mountains in the provinces of Bari and Taranto. This ruby-red wine has been aged in barriques for at least 9 months. The wine is rich and spicy on the bouquet and has a mellow, a full, aromatic taste with perfect tannins. It is an excellent accompaniment for roast dishes and game. This wine won a commendation in the Decanter Wine Awards.