Vignamaestro is a cooperative of growers in Puglia, also known as the heel of the boot of Italy. Its name literally means "master vineyard," which pretty much defines what the growers think of this place. We were able to partner with them to bring this ancient grape back to life.
The grape was first thought to have originated in Greece, ergo it was named Troia, after Troy. However, it was later discovered that it was originally from a Puglian city called Troia.
What is fascinating about this is that although there is no connection, Troia was founded by Diomedes, who later battled the Greeks and eventually destroyed Troy. You just can't make up stories like this.
Nero di Troia is close to a winemaker's nightmare, but Donato Antonio Giuliani is up to the task. It ripens later than any other grape in the area which lends itself to all sorts of problems like mold from the fog or early rains. Consequently, it must be planted in a very specialized place. I guess we could call that the Master Vineyard. All this attention, though, is worth the prize.
The grape yields an intense and very flavorful wine with near pitch-black color, which would make one think it will be massive. Though not a shrinking violet, the wine does possess velvety texture, lovely fruit and perfume. With a touch of licorice and very long finish, it has medium intensity tannins. It needs strong flavors like tomato sauces or charred meats.