The Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France and is probably one of the most well-known and recognisable on the nose. It is aromatic and fruity and produces a crisp, dry, and refreshing white wine.
This grape variety can grow in both cool and warm climates within a variety of soil compositions. That makes it a bit complex as warmer climates bring out more tropical and tree fruit flavours but it does develop well in both warm and cool climates. This, along with the temperature during fermentation, plays an important role in the final character of the wine. The Sauvignon blanc vine often buds late but ripens early, which allows it to perform well in the sunny climate of Puglia. At the Terre Di San Vito vineyard, we are fortunate enough to have the sea breeze which cools the summer climate and enables this grape to flourish.
A relatively robust, vigorous vine (which explains its popularity with viticulturists), the Sauvignon grape adapts readily to all kinds of growing environments. Its naturally high acidity allows it to retain a level of freshness even in warmer areas. Even though Puglia has a very warm climate, the position of our vineyard – so close to the Adriatic Sea, ensures persistent bright sunshine, a dry harvest period and the fresh sea breeze that produces a generous yield of beautifully green aromatic grapes.