D’Alfonso del Sordo
- Region : Puglia
- Winemaker(s) : Gianfelice D’Alfonso Del Sordo
- Website : http://dalfonsodelsordo.it/en
The D’Alfonso del Sordo’s vine growing and wine producing family tradition dates back to 1800, when some members of the family, enthusiastic farmers, began to cultivate vines in the family estates located...
The D’Alfonso del Sordo’s vine growing and wine producing family tradition dates back to 1800, when some members of the family, enthusiastic farmers, began to cultivate vines in the family estates located in San Severo countryside: The baron Antonio Del Sordo, who had intended part of his estates located in San Severo and Lucera to vine growing, and Ludovico D’Alfonso, passionate vine grower, who already chose the best grapes from his vines at that time and vinified them in the basement of his house. In order to guarantee the continuity of the family name in the early 1900s Giovanni Del Sordo, Antonio’s son, having no descendants, decided to adopt Felice D’Alfonso, Ludovico’s son: It was the birth of D’Alfonso del Sordo family. In the second half of 1900 Antonio D’Alfonso Del Sordo, Felice’s firstborn, set up a society, laying the foundations for a commercial expansion of the family business, moreover, deciding to build a big winery in the heart of his estates, and transferring the transformation activity, ageing and wine bottling still done, following the family tradition, in the winery in San Severo city centre, in the more comfortable “Coppanetta” estate, and in contrada Sant’Antonino da Piede. An intuition that will prove to be successful given that, from the first single-variety winemakings of Uva di Troia or Nero di Troia, nowadays many wineries have decided to dedicate one or more wines to this variety. In 1933, after Antonio’s untimely death, in a tragic plane crash, the management of the winery went to Gianfelice D’Alfonso Del Sordo, who, along with his wife Celeste, keeps on investing resources and energies in D’Alfonso Del Sordo’s wines promotion on various foreign markets, where the brand was not present yet. Furthermore, thanks to the cooperation of highly-qualified oenologists like Severino Garofano and Luigi Moio, he improves the quality of the wines produced by the D’Alfonso del Sordo winery and begins the promotion of two important “native ” varietals of the northern Apulia: “Bombino Bianco” and “Nero di Troia”. In addition, aware of the efforts that his father had faced to find a particular clone of this vine in the late 1970s, in February 2002 he concludes a convention with the University of Foggia in order to encourage scholars of the Faculty of Agriculture to evaluate and study the potentialities of Nero di Troia.