Masso Antico is an eclectic range of wines from Southern Italy. Produced in the provinces of Puglia and Abruzzo by our winemakers Daniele and Carlo, Masso Antico wines are modern interpretations of classic local grape varieties.
Our name derives from the old farmhouse or ‘Masseria’ which was built on our first ever vineyards in Puglia. This very imposing ‘Masseria’ was covered by a huge old gnarled grape vine, which has since become our mark and the symbol of our roots and strong attachment to our land.
Our vineyards bask in the Italian sunshine and our wines are the perfect match to our beloved Mediterranean way of life. Raise your glass and say Cin cin!
Fiano del Salento
Straw yellow color and elegant aromas of almond, citrus and tropical notes, Masso Antico Fiano is another gem from Apulia. Fresh and aromatic, with a long and pleasant finish. The grapes are picked up manually and placed in small cases. Once in the cellar, part of the grapes undergoes a drying process at controlled temperature to enhance the flavours and increase the natural sugar level.
The vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks. A part of the wine undergoes an aging process of 3 months in oak barrels and then blended with the remaining part, giving complexity and structure to the final product.
Ideal with raw or cooked shellfish, light sauces and fresh cheeses. Perfect with sushi or sashimi.
Residual sugar: 13g/l
Passerina Terre di Chieti
A vivid straw yellow color with gold nuances. A floral bouquet, with notes of lime and jasmine, with fruity notes of apple, pear and citrus. Same notes on the palate give freshness and softness to the wine.
The grapes used for this wine, cultivated according to the methods of the organic agriculture, are hand picked and selected in the vineyard to guarantee the highest quality of the product. After the destemming and soft pressing, the must stays for some hours in contact with the skins at low temperatures to enhance the aromas. Fermentation and maturation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature complete the process.
It is perfect with fish dishes and all shellfish, and with vegetables and soft cheeses.
Residual sugar: 5g/l
Elegant rose with aromas of strawberry, passion fruit, watermelon and orange. On the palate, it is medium-bodied, fresh and clear, with a lovely acidity. Great length and clean.
Perfect as an aperitif, with fish or shellfish dishes, or simply on its own.
Primitivo del Salento
Masso Antico Primitivo, with its ruby red color and its complex bouquet, is characterized by intense and fine aromas, that go from mature fruit to spicy notes.
The grapes used for Masso Antico Primitivo are grown using the vine training method known as “Alberello”, a traditional system of the cultural and oenological heritage of Apulia. The rigorous hand-picking is followed by a meticulous selection of the grapes, dried on the plants, thanks to the sun and the mild sea winds. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels for about 6 months. The result is an outstanding full-bodied red wine.
Negroamaro del Salento
A vivid red color with purple hints, with an intense bouquet of blackberry and plum notes. On the palate is it round, well balanced, with a persistent and long finish. The grapes used for this wine, grown using the “Guyot” training method and cultivated according to the guidelines of the organic agriculture, are harvested by hand. The harvest is followed by an accurate selection of the destemmed grapes. The fermentation process, which lasts about 20 days, takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature between 24° and 28° C.
Ideal with meat dishes or game. It pairs perfectly with hard cheeses, spicy and tasty.
Residual sugar: 8g/l
Ruby red color with intense garnet hints, full-bodied and uniquely tannic, Masso Antico “Il Potere”, obtained by grapes from Apulia, is aged for some months in French wooden barriques. By this unique maturation, we obtain “Il Potere” an extremely structured wine, with sumptuous floral notes, tannic and at the same time with a soft and velvety taste.
Situated on the ‘heel’ of Italy, Puglia is a fairly flat area which means the vineyards benefit from cooling air from the sea which is largely uninterrupted and provides relief from the very hot summer weather. Puglia has been transformed over the years from region producing grapes destined for other parts of Italy to a high-quality wine producing province focussing on indigenous grape varieties. Some of the grapes we grow in this area are grown using the vine training method known as “Alberello”, which has ancient origins and is typical of the Mediterranean area of Italy. It was developed to compensate the lack of water and the very hot climate. The now very rare Alberello system represents a very important part of the cultural and oenological heritage of Puglia.
Located closer to the centre of Italy on the eastern coast along the Adriatic sea, Abruzzo is a fairly rugged and mountainous area which a very long wine producing history. Masso Antico Passerina Organic is produced within the province of Chieti which is blessed with fertile plains and hillside and dry winds from the Adriatic Sea. Blessed with an outstanding Mediterranean climate, this region produces wines that are bursting with fruit flavours and great structure.
Our winemakers Daniele Ress and Carlo Filippi follow with passion the entire production, from the vineyard to the bottle.
Thanks to their extensive knowledge of the multitude of terroirs and climates across the country, the Masso Antico wines are great reflections of the land in which they are produced whilst being modern and approachable.
Masso Antico’s wines are produced by Schenk Italian wineries which was founded in 1952 and is one of the leading wine producers and exporters of Italian wines. Two flying winemakers, five oenologists and highly trained staff look after the whole production process from vineyards to the finished product. Long-term partnerships with a number of carefully selected grape growers across Abruzzo and Puglia means that the best fruit is selected to make the Masso Antico wines.