TOUR: We are in Toronto and NYC from Feb 27-March 3, 2017. Contact us for more information.
EVENT: The Great Gig in the Wine, Tasting Day 2017 at the Hotel Miramare Stabia - Castellammare di Stabia (NA) Italy - March 6, 2017. Click here for more information
EVENT: Vinitaly 2017, Regione, Basilicata Expo Area, Verona, Italy - April 9-12, 2017. Click here to learn more.
EVENT: Vinitaly Canada 2017, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 2-3, 2017. Click here for more information
My family has farmed the vineyards in the village of Venosa since the beginning of the 1900s. For decades, we sold the grapes and wines exclusively to locals and cooperatives in the area. It wasn't until 2003 that I realized the great potential of old, indigenous aglianico grapevines, which are grown in the volcanic soils of Mt. Vulture, an ancient extinct volcano.
Along with my wife and sons, I built a new winery near the 16th century Madonna delle Grazie monastery on the hills that surround Venosa. We decided to bottle our first vintage wine with the name "Cantine Madonna delle Grazie".
Today we work a 8.5 hectares of vineyards all planted with the aglianico grape variety. We take great care to both respect and nurture the unique ecosystems of these hills, which rise to an elevation of 400 to 500 meters.
Cantine Madonna delle Grazie is our work, our life and our home. I am very proud that after I'm gone, my sons will continue the traditions, values and the culture of our ancestors, producing wine with a deep and genuine respect for the environment.
- Giuseppe Latorraca