Conte di Campiano - Veneto's expertise, Apulia's grapes
The Conte di Campiano wine series is the latest brilliant coup of the Contri Spumanti winery. Based in Cazzano di Tramigna, Contri has already gained an incredible amount of winemaking experience in Veneto and Emiglia-Romagna, but no matter how good your wine is, you can't outsmart terroir. However, Paolo Contri was thirsting for sun-drenched, powerful wines, so the top enologist turned his attention to the south of Italy.
Conte di Campiano is currently on everyone's lips, not least because Primitivo & Co. from Apulia have been booming in Germany for years. Above all because the Sessantuno Primitivo di Manduria and the Sessantasei Primitivo di Manduria Riserva are enjoying a growing fan community.
Contri family & Conte di Campiano
The makers of Conte di Campiano wines call Cazzano di Tramigna, not far from Verona in Veneto, their home. It was here that Luciano Contri, born in 1938, began his winemaking career at the age of 15 and went on to study oenology. Many hard years passed for Luciano, but in 1980 he finally founded Contri Spumanti S.p.A..
The way to the south
Once Luciano Contri had established himself as a spumante producer, he turned his focus to the exact counterpart of the cool sparkling wines from northern Italy. Where, if not in Apulia, should he find what he was looking for? Around Manduria, but also in Salento and Taranto, Contri found old Primitivo vineyards that produce the best grapes for his creations.
The origin of the Conte di Campiano grapes
The basis of the top wines of Conte di Campiano are calcareous soils and a very special microclimate. Finally, the team around Dr. Paolo Contri rounds off the wines still by barrel aging, whereby the Riserva is stored even 12 months in the barrique.