In a nutshell: A fresh and nicely rounded white from Puglia in the southern heel of Italy.
The lowdown: Gravina is one of Italy's oldest white wines, having been made for over 2500 years, and Botromagno are the only current producers of it. Made from a blend of Greco and Malvasia, this white has a lovely straw-yellow colour in the glass while fragrant aromas of apple, peach, apricot and pineapple fruits follow onto a rounded palate which has a real freshness. To close, a few nutty notes join the fruits lingering at the pleasantly leisurely finish.
When to drink: A wine that works well by itself, or drink with shellfish, or lightly spicy Asian cuisine.
In the early 1990s brothers Beniamino and Alberto d'Agostino converted the local Cantina Social, or Cooperative, in Gravina situated in inland Puglia into a modern winery with the aim of bringing a higher profile to the wines of the heel of Italy. And in the intervening years they've been at the forefront of Puglian producers who've demonstrated the excellent quality of which the region of capable.
Their vineyards are located across the province and they make wines, both reds and white, using many of the indigenous grape varieties found in this part of the world.