Conte Spagnoletti Zeuli
Conte Spagnoletti Zeuli – Apulian Wines with a Millennium of Tradition
For over 350 years, the family of Count Spagnoletti Zeuli has been one of the seigneurs in the Andria-Apulian region surrounding the Castel del Monte. The region is characterised by the Alta Murgia hills and mountains which give it its unusual climate: Especially hot, dry days countered by relatively cold nights, which make it one of the especially appreciated wine growing regions in all of Southern Italy. The Phoenicians and Greeks began growing wine here over 3000 years ago. In the 1970s, the wines grown here were granted D.O.C. Status.
The Trojan Grape
Count Onofrio Zeuli cultivates more than just grapes: He also owns an over 200 ha olive grove which produces the famous olive oil from the DOP Region Terra di Bari. Zeuli concerns himself primarily with the indigenous red grape varieties Nero di Troia and Aglianico. The Nero di Troia (Black of Troia) is cultivated almost exclusively in Apulia and was likely named after the commune of the same name in the vicinity of Foggia. Alternatively, some prefer to believe that it had already been introduced by the legendary Trojans from the Asia Minor.