Cantine Due Palme is a large cooperative cellar based in Cellino San Marco / Salento, deep in the heart of Apulia, the southerly heel of the Italian peninsula.
Founded in 1989, Cantine Due Palme has grown over the years up to 400 growers – carefully selected on the grounds of their owning old vines situated in premium sites – and it is recognized today as one of the finest large-scaled cellars operating in the region. With over 500 Ha of total vineyard holdings disseminated across the region’s foremost appellations, Cantine Due Palme offers a comprehensive lineup of classic Apulian wines made from native varietals, as well as a consistent quality level vintage after vintage.
Angelo Maci, president of Cantine Due Palme and a graduated agronomist, supervises the vineyard management at all stages throughout the growing season, up until harvest time, following closely each grower and monitoring the ripening of the grapes through weekly inspections.
A distinctive feature that distinguishes Cantine Due Palme from other large-scaled Apulian wine producers is the resolution to safeguard and perpetuates the traditional ‘Alberello’ [bushvine] training-system, rigorously hand-pruned and dry-farmed. Due Palme wines are made from old vineyards (30 to 50 yr old) with a vine density up to 5.200 plants x Ha.
Cantine Due Palme is equipped with an impressively modern cellar, housing several wooden vats, a dozen horizontal rotary fermenters and up to five hundreds French oak barriques; a hi-tech oenological laboratory has been set up to carry out chemical analysis on the wines at any phase of the winemaking process, to ensure thorough cleanliness and organoleptic stability.
In recent times, Angelo Maci and Cantine Due Palme have carried out two notable, praiseworthy viticultural projects: 1) the rediscovery, revaluation and massale propagation of Susumaniello, a rare, near-extinct red-berry variety native of Salento, once highly reputed in the region for yielding elegant, exotically spiced medium-bodied reds; 2) the reintroduction of ‘Quincunx’, the ancient Roman pattern for planting a vineyard and optimize the geometrical surface of any given field, through the traditional ‘Alberello’ training-system (free-standing low bushvine).