Based in Apricena, Gargano National Park – the first mining centre in the south, where limestone is the distinctive element of the terroir. Thanks to the close relationship with her land, Valentina Passalacqua has adopted an organic agronomic approach from the beginning and, following a long period of observation and study, has developed a deep knowledge of the terroir. Valentina, after several years of production, felt the need to isolate some of the plots in their vineyards characterized by exclusively Kimmeridgian calcareous soil. Thus, the Calcarius project was born: terroir driven, mineral wines, tense and uncompromising. Indigenous varieties are bred on the farm which are the result of a historical-cultural contamination that has its roots in Magna Graecia: Nero di Troia, Bombino, Greco, Falanghina, Negroamaro and Aleatico above all. The approach is wisely noninterventionist.
Typically Mediterranean, characterized by rainfall in winter and spring and by drought in the summer period. Rainfall is modest, noticeably high in mountainous and minimal areas in the southern part. The resulting microclimate appears to be very favourable for the proliferation of Mediterranean vegetation.
TERROIR: (type of soil, exposition, altitude): White limestone of Kimmeridgian Era.
VITICULTURE: Guyot cut vines.
YIELDS (hectolitre per hectare): 60 hl/ha
• Manual harvest
• Grapes destemmed
• Pressed grapes macerate for 3-4 days
• Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast in open vat, without temperature control in stainless
• After alcoholic fermentation follows malolactic fermentation in steel tanks
• No filtration or fining
• Minimal sulphur added pre-bottling
The palate is citrusy and mineral with notes of spicy clementine, pineapple and lemon zest.
Fresh cheese, Burratina
Blend: Bombino Bianco
Closure: Technical cork
Style: Still wine
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Suitable for Vegans: Yes