Le Fabriche project was born at the end of the 1990s with the aim of working with the vine varieties native of the area, focusing on quality: utmost care of the vineyard and, as a consequence, of the product and its consumers.
Organic farming and research on vines and vineyards through collaborations with the best agronomists, enologists, and Universities.
Le Fabriche vineyard surface area covers 13 hectares, including in the countryside of Maruggio the vineyards situated in front of the Masseria that stretch over 10 hectares, and about 3 hectares of Primitivo DOC located in contrada Bagnolo in the territory of Manduria. The longstanding plantations have been restored over the years while preserving the old, pre-existing varieties, duly selected and replicated in the new plantations.
AN ANCESTRAL BOND BETWEEN MAN AND THE EARTH
Apulia is rich in noble native vine species, some of which come from ancient Greece. As a land of longstanding winemaking tradition, the Jonian area can be represented by a vine variety in particular: Primitivo, a symbol of the most iconic ancestral bond between man and the earth.
Primitivo originates from Dalmatia, and it was later imported by Illyrians more than 2000 years ago. It shares its DNA with the Californian Zinfandel. Primitivo wine, eulogized by Virgil and Horace in their odes, is the most direct successor of the ancient Peucetian “merum” – the iconic Apulian wine: Pliny the Elder defined Manduria, main hub of this wine, “viticulosa” – that means full of vineyards.
Another iconic variety of the area is Negroamaro, which widely prevails in its typical head-trained pruning style and has a predominant role in the DOC scene of Brindisi and Lecce and the IGT panorama of the Jonian area.
Two other varieties with a strong local identity are Malvasia Nera – or Black Malvasia, which produces a deep red wine with a characteristically sweet taste, and Aglianico – an age-old variety cultivated in Southern Italy and especially Campania, Basilicata, and Puglia. Aglianico is particularly suited for aging and it is considered, for his longevity, the “Barolo of the South.”
Impressive results are being achieved from an experimental Aglianico cultivation where more than 200 different clones of this variety were installed.
We designed our labels keeping in mind the “signs” that our ancestors left on the old stone walls of the Masseria.
Signs that tell a far and ancient story, a repository of the wisdom of men that, with their hard work over the centuries, were able to prune and shape the vine and the olive trees, accommodating their nature, in this picturesque natural amphitheater.
That stone is echoed in our labels to give depth and character to the elements characterizing the origin of Le Fabriche wines.
Our red wines – red like the Apulian soil, rich in iron and limestone rock.
Our wines have a strong character and unique personality.
I Fabrichi – Primitivo di Manduria
A map of 1767 shows the estate as part of the ancient hamlet of Maruggio under the name of Masseria dei Fabrichi, underlining the industrious character of its inhabitants, dedicated to the cultivation of fertile and lucky lands rich in precious spring water. It carries sweet notes of vanilla and marzipan and a warm, pervasive mouthfeel with hints of blueberry and blackberry jam.
Eftie – Aglianico
Eftie is a feminine figure, native to Greece, bearer of knowledge and wisdom, compassion and intelligence, often represented in the form of an owl for its sharp gaze able to pierce the darkness and bring about the light of knowledge. We chose to dedicate our Aglianico – whose name derives precisely from Ellenicum – to this figure.
It is an evocative, powerful wine with complex notes of dog rose/rosehip, red berries, and balsamic hints. It has a direct and mineral mouthfeel and an excellent balance between acidity and concentration, with a finish of silky tannins.
THE FLAVORS OF NATURE
Le Fabriche extra virgin olive oil is obtained from century-old Celina and Ogliarola variety olive trees situated in the ancient Contrada Olivaro, after which it is named. Its fragrance and aroma enhance the delicate balance of its components. Its structure is exalted by vegetal and fruity notes, such as tomato and artichoke.
The formats available are 500 ml bottles and 5 ltr tin cans.