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Literally translated this name means Tradition of the Grandfather" which is the way this wine is made, in the tradition of the Pichierri familys' grandfather. This varietal is said to have originated in Greece and transported to the Southern Italian region of Puglia centuries ago. In the 17th century it was named "Primitivo" by the Benedictine monks because of its precociousness (early maturity of the grape). Situated on the Salento peninsula, Italy's boot heel, Sava is located high on the instep on a gentle rise known as the Murge Tarantine. Here the soil is red, dotted with white limestone and the hills are low and the land is open. The midday sun is scorching, due to the close proximity to North Africa, but microclimate variations are created by air currents crossing from the Adriatic to the interior Iionian Sea. These vines stand poetically short and stocky, like ancient gnomes with their arms stretched up to the sky to bask in the heat of the sun. ...
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