The history of our winery is intimately connected with a unique corner of the earth appropriately known, by those who visit us, as “The Other Puglia.” In describing this Region, most people obviously speak about its coasts, the Adriatic and Ionian seas, the sun, and its wines, powerful yet by the same token, a tad rough-edged. But our area, our own Puglia, is something quite different, and in some ways unexpected. The area is marked by distinctive, gently rolling hills called murge–a expressive word meaning “rock”–; a cool, temperate climate; a mineral-rich subsoil; natural karst springs; woods, meadows, and pastureland, all of which make it a small paradise. Human settlements here stretch back into pre-history, and the inhabitants were cultivating the grapevine over 1,200 years ago. Emperor Frederick II of Swabia established his hunting preserve in the Murge, calling it a “Garden of Delights,” and contributed as well to the further development of the local viticulture. The wines produced here were famous in the surrounding territories for their quality, and for their freshness and fragrance, characteristics rather uncommon in Italy’s southern regions. The local wines were widely traded even in antiquity, and were much prized by travellers, who left tributes to them in their writings. Influenced by these factors, the D’Agostino family decided, in 1991, to take concrete advantage of their professional experience in other sectors by turning the venerable Cantina Sociale into a “modern winery with ancient roots.” Brothers Beniamino and Alberto, working together with a management team of viticultural and winemaking experts, put together a new way of making wine in Puglia. Recovery of the area’s rich heritage of native grapes, carefully married to innovative winemaking technologies, have made Botromagno into a benchmark winery, a wine producer that focuses not only on the quality of its wines, but on its environment as well, and on protecting the health of consumers.
WHO WE ARE
“We are a family that has always believed in its own earth.”
Every history has its first steps…
Our own takes its start many years ago, thanks to an encounter between Franco and Lucia, our parents, our foundation, our… native vineyard. Without them, nothing of what we are relating here would exist. Thanks to their sacrifices, to their determination as entrepreneurs, to their farsightedness, we two today, Beniamino and Alberto, have been successful in bringing out the finest qualities in the traditional wines in this magnificent corner of Puglia.
Grazie, Mom, grazie, Dad!
“The word “’wine-cellar” is quickly said, but
The wine-cellar is a physical place, but it is a place in the soul as well. It is the place where everything is transformed…
The wine-cellar is also team-work, sacrifice, sleepless nights…
The wine-cellar is everything, but it is also nothing without the men and women who fill it with meaning…”
This modern winemaking cellar, built in 2004, was the first cellar in Puglia to win ISO 14001 Environment certification.. Its architecture mirrors the local Masseria, or farming complex, built of tuff, that is traditional to the Murgia area.
It was specifically built in a crafts-light industrial area in order to avoid “using up land” and this has in turn facilitated protection of the environment, safe working conditions, business connectivity, and commercial logistics.
- 2,400 sq.m. production space;
- 700 sq. m. for receiving grapes;
- 1,000 sq. m. of offices, laboratories, and tasting and meeting rooms;
- where we not only produce wine but host cultural events, shows, and professional training courses; the most up-to-date technology, to ensure sound, natural wines and to protect the health of the consumer.
VINEYARDS AND VARIETAL
“A UNIQUE growing area that expresses UNIQUE grape varieties! Three thousand years of local winegrowing allow us to select the most promising terroirs and the most suitable clones that will reflect our terroir to the highest possible degree.”
UVA DI TROIA
“It is not by chance that in this corner of Puglia the grapevine and wine reign supreme.”
LE TERRE DI FEDERICO
VERDECA DI GRAVINA
SPARKLING WHITE WINE
POGGIO AL BOSCO
NERO DI TROIA
5 UVE ROSSE
PIER DELLE VIGNE
“When your work is wine, you are inevitably subject to others’ judgement. Here we give you the results.”
“Gravina in Puglia, the city that has witnessed us being born, growing, loving, living…
Come visit us…”
GRAVINA IN PUGLIA
There is no certain evidence concerning the era or even the century in which this city was founded, amidst the mysterious, rock-craved caves on the left slope of the gorge, nor do we even know when the settlement was given the name Gravina. In geological terms, “gravina” indicates depression in the earth eroded by water, and as such it could be related to the German graben (ditch) or to the pre-Latin words graba (rock) and rava (rocky cliff), or to the Greek bothros. Romualdo Salernitano, archbishop of Salerno from 1154 to 1181, cites the name Gravina in his Chronicon, connected with the Saracen raid on the city in 976 AD. Since it is located in the confluence of the valleys between the ancient lands of Peucezia and Lucania, not far from Daunia, Magna Grecia, and Sannium, historically famous regions, one can assume that Gravina emerged into history between the 8th and 7th centuries BC., as confirmed by recent archaeological finds on the plateau of the Botromagno hill and in the Padre Eterno area, which owes its name to the presence of a cave with Byzantine-style frescoes dating to the 12th century. These were due to links with, and, perhaps, to a fusion with Magna Grecia populations that moved into the interior after the destruction of Sybaris (6th century BC), which would explain the demotic word ∑I Δ I N Ω N engraved on coins minted locally and the Greek stems in the local dialect, still spoken today. With the conquest by Rome, the area assumed a position of importance along the Via Appia, known as Silvium or ad Silvianum and Silutum in the most known ancient itineraries. Its felicitous geographical location, the fertility of the earth, and availability of water from the “Gravina” steam doubtless favoured the presence of a population, which lived in perfect harmony with the environment that hosted it since the Palaeolithic era.
Gravina mirrored the historical vicissitudes of Italy as a whole, which was subsumed under the dominion of Odoacer and the Goths, and finally, in the early 5th century, the reconquest by the Eastern Empire by Justinian.
Following the massacre by the Saracens in 999, which destroyed the settlements, one on the Botromagno hill and the other on the rim of the gorge, the population shifted into the gorge, where they added dwellings to the pre-existing caves. In 1069, the area became a Norman feud, under Count Umfrido D’Altaville, who transformed it into a county and, to restore dignity to the ancient bishopric, constructed the cathedral. Later, the city was elevated to a marquisate and Frederick II commissioned Florentine architect Fuccio to design and built a castle as a hunting lodge, whose remains are still visible. Frederick designated the city as the head of the Justiciarship of the Terra di Bari, elevating it to first place among the cities of Puglia for its riches and natural beauty. With the Swabians, the city assumed the dignity of the seat of the General Curia for Puglia and Basilicata. Frederick was the one who called Gravina a “garden of delights.” It then passed to the Angevins and enjoyed significant economic development. In particular, Charles II in 1294 established the annual Fair of St. George, which survives today as one of Italy’s most ancient fairs and represents an important milestone in the marketing of agricultural and artisanal products.
Today, Gravina is a city rich in monuments and churches, which make it a cultural capital that offers visitors an exceptionally striking panorama, thanks to its rock-hewn churches, art-works, the Botromagno archaeological zone, its prestigious agricultural products, its sports, folklore, and cultural events, in addition to the enchanting natural beauty of its landscapes, including the Difesa Grande woods and the Nature Park of the Upper Murgia.
BUY OUR WINES
“Our online WINESHOP is open 24 hours a day with special offerings and promotions that will ensure you the greatest in fine taste at the least cost.”
Come and visit us to personally purchase right at the winery, and to enjoy a guided tasting, tour the wine cellar, and take a stroll in our vineyards.
Gravina enjoys a reputation as a centre of fine food and dining, and we can pair our wines with the specialty food products raised in the local area, direct you to fascinating places to see, and, of course, recommend restaurants that will be a fitting conclusion to your trip into the Murge hills.
– from monday to friday from 9 to 13 and from 15 to 19
– saturday from 9 to 13
Via Archimede 24 – Gravina in Puglia (BA)
info and reservation:
Tel. +39 080 3265865
All our production is sold on our official store:
“We are always available to our customers for any requirement or need.”
Via Archimede, 24
70024 Gravina in Puglia (Ba) Italy
Tel. +39 080 3265865
Fax +39 080 3269026
Owner & Export manager
Owner & marketing manager
Via Archimede 24 – Gravina in Puglia (BA)
Info and reservation:
Tel. +39 080 3265865
– From monday to friday 09-13 15-19
– saturday 09-13