Polvanera dates only from 2003, when Filippo Cassano bought his first vineyards in the highest part of Puglia, Gioia del Colle, half an hour’s drive inland west of Bari, and rented two small vineyards planted with 60-year-old bush vines. The name Polvanera derives from the dark brown/ black soil that surrounds the winery, which is built in a restored eighteenth-century historic ‘masseria’ or farmhouse. The farm comprises 125 acres of organically farmed vineyards, certified since 2008.
La Marchesana Bianco is comprised of Falanghina and Bianco d'Alessano, aged for 3 months in stainless steel tanks and 2 months in bottle before release. Bergamot, banana, nectarine, green apple, chamomile and hawthorn form the core of this wine, that has a delicate and aromatic quality. A long, persistent finish is a terrific complement to the fineness and elegance on display.
Seafood is the ideal friend to Falanghina and this is no exception. Try scallops, clams, shrimp and crab, finished in butter or seasoned with lemon garlic and parsley.