Masca del Tacco, the future of the old grapes

In 2010 Felice Mergè, guided by his father Armando’s experience, buys and restores a building long known as the Cooperativa Comunale dei Produttori di Erchie, active since 1949. Renamed as Masca del Tacco the building is brought back to its original rural splendor, but at the same time enriched with the latest equipment and innovative production techniques, aimed to produce the best wine quality without losing its traditional nature. Vineyards are expanded in the areas of Veglie and Torricella, where most of those are between 65 and 80 years old. The warmth of the land and the sea influx of the Salentina peninsula, the hard[1]working hands of farmers, the weather: these factors result in extremely characterized wines by Masca del Tacco. Tradition, identity and territory but also passion, commitment and experience: these are the values shared by the Company continues to cultivate native grapes, making use of the soil potentiality so that its bottles gather flavours which are a modern expression, but at the same time represent historical unique wine patrimonies. The vineyard work is done manually, winemaking is traditional, and the use of aging woods is never too invasive, in order to obtain a final product as pure as possible. The company philosophy is to put the advanced equipments and technologies at the service of a great wine tradition. In the vineyards, which extend for more than 200 hectares, we can find bush vines aged 50 years or more. The first planted soils date back to 1963 in the province of Brindisi, in the Silicati area with Negroamaro variety. From 1977 the production extends in the Paticchi area, always in the province of Brindisi, and over the years it is enriched with varieties such as Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Lambrusco, while the main vineyards remain Primitivo, Negroamaro and Fiano. In 2001 a very old variety is added: Susumaniello that is being re-evaluating thanks to its strong varietal characteristics that give life to unique wines. Masca del Tacco is all this, tradition, innovation and versatility.

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