Masseria Surani is located in Manduria, one of the most renowned regions in Puglia for the cultivation of the native Primitivo grape. Viticulture in Puglia has extremely ancient origins: Manduria was first colonized in 700 BC by the ancient Greeks. Taking inspiration from that fact, the Tommasi family, owners of Masseria Surani, has named all the wines in the range after Greek gods.
The property, which lies about six kilometers from the coast of the Ionian Sea, also includes a manor house called “Masseria” dating back to the early 1900s, a typical complex of agricultural buildings which originally acted as an organizational center for all of the farming operations, and currently houses a 7,500 sq ft winery, complete with vinification and maturation facilities.
The vines at Masseria Surani are planted using the Guyot training system, with a plant density of 5,500 vines/hectare. The vineyards are designed to fit perfectly into their surroundings: the vines are supported by wooden stakes at the head of each row, and by galvanized iron posts along their length. An irrigation system exists, but it is only used in periods of extreme drought. The soil in the area is limestone-based: it is very fertile and permeable, as well as being cool and a reddish ocher in color due to its iron content.
130 of the estate’s nearly 200 acres were planted with Primitivo, Negroamaro, Fiano, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. The premium fruit required is obtained as a result of strict clonal selection, modern vine training systems, and severe pruning, in order to produce a small amount of high quality wines with respect for terroir and tradition.
Masseria Surani is part of the Tommasi Family Estates, a project developed by the renowned Amarone producer, whose passion for wine has led them on a quest discover the best in Italian winemaking from all over the peninsula.
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The Ares Rosso might seem aggressive given its name - Ares was the Greek god of War - but in fact, the wine is notably restrained, especially in terms of alcohol, which the Tommasi family, owners of the estate, believes is key to making balanced wines in Puglia. The premium fruit required for making this wine is obtained as a result of strict clonal selection, modern vine training systems, and severe pruning, in order to produce a small amount of high quality wines with respect for terroir and tradition.
Arthemis Fiano is named after the goddess of the moon; all of the Masseria Surani names are named after Greek deities to pay tribute to the area in Puglia in which the winery is located. In keeping with a tribute to the local land, the winemaking process is noninvasive and allows the characteristics of the local terroir to shine through. The resulting wine is aromatic, marked by notes of white flowers, tangerine, and lime. The premium fruit required for making this wine is obtained as a result of strict clonal selection, modern vine training systems, and severe pruning, in order to produce a small amount of high quality wines with respect for terroir and tradition.
Named for the Son of Zeus in honor of the growing area's ancient Greek origins, this wine is made from 100% Primitivo, the indigenous and most well-known grape in Puglia. Though appreciated for its high alcohol in the past, wines made from Primitivo are now more elegant, as is the case with Heracles. As is now more often the case with Primitivo, the wine is pleasantly fruity with hints of cherry and raspberry. Depending on the soil type, Primitivo can also contain spicy notes, and Heracles demonstrates notes of baking spice, licorice, and even hints of chocolate. Aging for 10 months in oak softens the excessive tannins which sometimes emerge in a young wine.
Pierangelo Tommasi is the Executive Director of Tommasi Family Estates. He is one of nine members of the current fourth generation of this historic winemaking family, six of whom run the wine business and two of whom run hospitality. Pierangelo inherited a passion for wine from his father and uncles, who from the time he was a small child took him through the vineyards driving the tractor and to harvest grapes.
As soon as he finished his studies, Pierangelo went to work full-time at the estate. He started his training as a warehouse worker, working his way up in the company to his current position overseeing exports and marketing. Today he is one of the family’s key members, also guiding the business strategy and development of the Tommasi brands. Pierangelo is married with two small children and a pampered golden Labrador; he indulges in his passion, soccer, as both a player and a fan.
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