Castel del Monte Bombino Nero DOCG is a rosé wine, produced in Apulia with Bombino Nero grapes. The designation is located east of Bari, in the most north-western part of the Murge plateau. Its vineyards are distributed in the territory surrounding the famous Castel del Monte, an imposing military fortress built in the thirteenth century, since 1996 a world heritage monument.
The used grapes variety, Bombino Nero, is not suitable for red vinification due to the high acidity of its juice and its thin skin; moreover, inside the ripe bunches, it is easy to find some green grains with a low sugar concentration. These characteristics, however, make it ideal to be made in rosé, giving us elegant wines with an intense coral color, lighter than those of the Salento area (mostly based on Primitivo).
The vineyards are distributed in a range between 300 and 500 m above sea level, in a predominantly arid landscape, rich in stony and sharp rocks, with shallow depth calcareous soils. The climate is almost Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters, rarely snowy.
The color is pink, tending to a brilliant coral hue. The scent is floral and fruity, above all notes of cherry and small red fruits. The taste is fresh, quite aromatic, not very tannic and elegant.
Castel del Monte Bombino Nero DOCG is a summer wine, suitable for light dishes or appetizers. It goes very well with fish that is not too elaborate.
- region: Apulia
- provinces: Barletta-Adria-Trani, Bari
- municipalities: Minervino Murge, Adria, Corato, Trani, Ruvo, Terlizzi, Bitonto, Palo del Colle, Toritto, Binetto
- Castel del Monte Bombino Nero
- Bombino Nero 90-100%
- other local wines 0-10%
- grapes: 120 quintals/hectare
- wine: 84 hectoliters/hectare
- not expected
- temperature: 12°C / 54°F
- glass: medium wine glass
- longevity: 1-2 years