Primitivo is a dark-skinned grape known for producing rich, inky, full bodied wines. This classic Primitivo from the South of Italy is high in both alcohol and tannins, intensely flavoured and deeply coloured. It caused significant consternation on both sides of the Atlantic when DNA analysis proved that Zinfandel and Primitivo are the same variety. A delicious wild berry character delivers a full-flavoured and concentrated palate.
Cantina Orsogna Winery
The mountainous Abruzzo region is situated halfway up the `boot` of Italy, neighbouring the Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and the less well known Molise region to the south east. Here the highly regarded co-operative wine company Cantina Orsogna was founded in 1972. The business today comprises 600 partner growers and covers almost 1,000 hectares of vines, of which 80% are organic.
Set in the scenic Majella hills of Abruzzo, just 15 kilometres from the Adriatic, its vineyards benefit from the significant day-night temperature swings and superb ventilation in the vineyards thanks to the fresh breezes that result from both its altitude and its maritime location. The estate was named ‘Italian Winery of the Year’ at Vinitaly 2012. The winemaking team is headed by the super-talented Camillo Zulli. The Elementa wines are certified Biodynamic by Demeter being produced according to Steiner's biodynamic methods. In addition, various preparations are used to feed the soil and plants and taking into account the position of the planets in certain activities in the vineyard. Also, life in and around the vineyard gets extra attention. The winery allows wild herbs to grow among the vines that serve as green champions, whilst also attracting natural enemies of harmful insects. Nature does her work, and the vineyard is indeed part of nature.
Orsogna also support the activities of the WWF SOSLupo campaign to protect native wolves in Abruzzo and Calabria. The estate believes in sustainable relationships, as well as sustainable farming methods and choose to use traditional rope tie, as well as cork to seal their bottles. For this, they employ young people from the local community friendship farm. In the cellar, wines are either fermented and matured solely in stainless steel tanks in order to ensure the natural fruit expression is fully retained or, for the red wines, partly in stainless steel and partly in large oak 'botte' in order to harmonise the natural tannins.