Terre degli Svevi wine producer

Terre degli Svevi
This producer from Venosa in the Basilicata region of southern Italy is rather better known by its brandname Re Manfredi (“King Manfred”).  Son of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, Manfred was born in Venosa and was King of Sicily during the mid-13th Century.  (At that time the Kingdom included Basilicata and most of southern Italy.)  Re Manfredi wine labels all feature his decidedly Germanic coat of arms with its imperial black eagle: he and his father belonged to the Hohenstaufen dynasty from Swabia in southern Germany.  Terre degli Svevi actually means Lands of the Swabians.
 
The winery was founded in 1998 by Nunzio Capurso, who was previously Managing Director of the well-known Chianti producer, Melini.  Both are part of the giant GIV (Gruppo Italiano Vini) conglomerate that also includes Bolla in Veneto and Fontana Candida in Lazio.
 
Aglianico del Vulture is the main focus here, with both a regular bottling and a premium single-vineyard wine called Serpara.  Both have won the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award multiple times.  There is also a entry-level version produced by the Taglio del Tralcio (“Cutting the Cane”) method to part-dry the grapes on the vine, producing a smoother wine designed to be more approachable young.  The range is rounded out by an Aglianico Rosato and a white from an unusual (but appropriately Germanic) blend of Müller-Thurgau and Traminer.

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