The epic wine-loving event known as the Women’s Harvest Festival hosted by Tenute Rubino in Brindisi took place on Saturday, September 2nd. Held on the Estate of Jaddico, this rural locale was the ideal picturesque backdrop to bring everyone back to the roots of winemaking.
For 10 years, this event has become the star of Italy’s wine culture event lineup. It all began as a way to promote the intricacies of winemaking, where wine enthusiasts from Italy as well as all over would flock to discover the traditional aspects of creating their most beloved beverage.
This year’s event was held on the Estate of Jaddico a stunning slice of Italian countryside located a short distance from the Adriatic Sea. Scores of families, outdoorsy folks, and of course, lovers of wine attended, lured by the seductive chance to actively participate in the Rubino family’s yearly tradition of harvesting the Susumaniello grapes. Traditionally, the women of Tenute Rubino would handpick these grapes with great delicateness to ensure only the best of the best make it into the wines they produce.
The event is more than just a rustic frolic through the vineyards to pick grapes. The day-long celebration was a showcase of wine, loads of it, along with the chance to sample local foods, music, and games. Every year, the Rubino family seeks to integrate the community with their winemaking as well as to find new ways to connect with each other.
Of course, the wines produced by Tenute Rubino were the star of the much-anticipated event. Despite all the other incredible on-goings, celebrating the year’s harvest by handpicking it with the Tenute ladies was an experience to truly treasure. In participating, it provided attendees with the chance to get up close and personal with the essential ingredient that makes the wines produced from this winery so exquisite.
While the date has come and gone for 2017, there is always next year to look forward to. For wine connoisseurs, a trip to Italy is a sublime way to truly indulge your love for wine. Touring the vineyards all around the country is a bucket list item for many travelers, however for just as many, heading to the renowned Puglia area in September for the annual Women’s Harvest Festival for Tenute Rubino is the ultimate journey in wine tasting adventures.
Susumaniello is a native variety from the Puglia area grows mainly in the hills around Bari and Brindisi. It’s a productive grape with high vigor, historically used for blending. However, Luigi Rubino, Susumaniello pioneer, and Romina Leopardi produces it as a monovarietal for still (red and rose), sparkling and a cru still. The grape is characterized by plenty of dark-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with firm tannins that will soften and become smooth and sophisticated with age.