Our story and Tradition.
Giuseppe and Luigi Ciotola, very young farming entrepreneurs, close to the land and wine, are the great grandchildren of Grand’ufficiale Antonio Valletta from San Pietro Vernotico (Brindisi), eminent personality in the wine filed and founded in 1887.
The same brothers, educated at the link International University and at the Pontificia Università lateranense of Rome and thanks to the strong wine-growing background inherited from their ancestors, have founded the estates G&L Ciotola di San Pietro Vernotico (Brindisi, village with a strong wine-growing vocation and tradition), placed between Brindisi and Lecce, in the southern part of Salento, where they grow productive vineyards of Negramaro, Primitivo, Susumaniello, Malvasia, Trebbiano e Chardonnay.
Their estates are in the area of D.O.C. Squinzano, dominated by the historical Saracenic Tower, dating back to the ‘400, hence the wine name “Torleanzi”, where Turkish domination defended their territories, not allowing the enemies to invade their properties. In Brindisi, during the period of Roman and Crusades the starters were greeted with lunches wishers, so they could return victorious; hence the tradition of marking a toast of good luck. In ancient times, the Apulia was the cellar of the roman empire with the production of olive oil and wine, whose fine qualities can still be appreciated.
According to the legend, under this tower there is a passage, closed by the Grand’ufficiale Antonio Valletta, which led directly to Brindisi in Piazza Mercato, and going on till Neaple (Neapolis).
Their vineyards, cultivated in the traditional way of esplaier and saipling, produce about 70/80 q.lli of grapes per hectare and are grown by very experienced workers, who prune and sucker following the old and traditional methods of the local farmers.
The Ciotola brothers have their corporate domicile in Rome. Their wines mainly composed of Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes, after scientific and medical studies, appear to have a much more substantial quantity of resveratrol compared to other international red wines.
This kind of substance is a well known antioxidant, which helps the fight against free radicals, and so these excellent Apulian wines have therapeutical qualities for cardiovascular illnesses, and since they are antioxindants, thanks to the presence of large quantities of antociani, they also of great help in the fight against tumors.