Mark Shannon and Elvezia Sbalchiero, the duo behind A Mano, have worked in the wine business for most of their lives. Elvezia is a northern Italian wine marketing expert and Mark is a Californian winemaker. They fell in love with Puglia and, when they decided to start their own label, made it their home. By producing wines of quality, Mark and Elvezia have succeeded in making Primitivo one of Italy's most talked about grape varieties. They pay high prices for the best grapes from 70 to 100-year-old vines and focus solely on quality and a modern style. After over fifteen vintages, they are now getting access to some of Salento's best grapes.
The A Mano Fiano and Greco vineyards are situated in Valle d' Itria, in the heart of Puglia. The valley provides a constant airflow from the Adriatic Sea to the warmer interior regions of Puglia. The fresh breezes lower the night time temperatures, encouraging the development of the lovely perfumes in the grapes. The soils are well-drained on a soft rock base. This wine is made from the Fiano Minutolo clone from Puglia, which resembles Riesling or Viognier, as opposed to the Fiano di Avellino which is used to make the DOC wines from Campania.
Ripe grapes were pressed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 10 weeks. A small portion of the Fiano grapes were dried until the end of October, after which they were pressed and the juice was blended into the wine at the very end of fermentation.
This compelling wine combines crisp and clean flavours with concentration and length. Aromas of ripe pears, orange blossom peaches and a whiff of jasmine awaken the senses. Fiano Minutolo gives pure, ripe peach aromas to this blend. Falanghina adds citrus blossom to the nose, and body and minerality to round out the length on the palate. Greco is a wonderful grape that brings structure to the blend.