Wines of Puglia:

MARCHESI DEL SALENTO                      (US Trademark No. 4,383,603)

   We produce a number of wonderfully affordable red wines. Our winemaker, Sabino Russo, grew up in the vineyards of Salice Salentino. His knowledge of the region and his relationship with the area's best producers allows us to source the very finest examples of Salentine viticulture. We look forward to the opportunity to acquaint you with Puglia and her wonderful wines.


   This wine is a blend of 90% Negroamaro and 10% Malvasia Nera di Brindisi grapes which produce a rich, robust red wine. The vineyards of Salentino are characterized by red soil on a calcium and limestone base. Though hot and dry in summer, cool nights retard ripening and encourage a complexity of aromas and flavors.    

Awards: 86 points; a Silver Medal and "Best Buy"  from  the Beverage Testing Institute.  Wine Spectator - 83 points.



   The 2017 vintage of Il Gladiatore is 100% Negroamaro. We found that the original blend with Sangiovese had good density but lacked the charm we were seeking. This wine was awarded 88 points, the Silver Medal and "Best Buy" in the 2016 World Value Wine Challenge. "Highly Recommended" according to


Importing the Wines of Southern Italy


   The most widely planted grape in Puglia, this grape demonstrates the region's unique terroir perhaps better than any other variety. The name has it's roots both in Italian and in the ancient Greek word "maru" and means "blackest of the black". This is a delicious wine of medium body with generous flavors of plum, smoke and herbs. Awarded 86 points, a Silver Medal and "Best Buy" from the Beverage Testing Institute.   Wine Spectator - 82 points.


   Like California's Zinfandel, this grape is believed to be a descendant of the Crijenak Kasteljanski of Croatia. The three are genetically almost identical. Most major differences can be attributed to clonal mutations over the millenniums as well as the unique "terroir" of their respective growing regions. The best examples come from ancient "head pruned" or "alborelli" vines. This wine has a nose of blackberry jam and flavors of cocoa, raisins and plums.

 Awarded 85 points and a Silver Medal from  the 2014 World Wine Championships.  Wine Spectator - 82 points.