Name, origins and history The millenary presence of the grape on the plains, especially in the countryside of the city of Troy, from which it most likely got its name, is historically proven.
The origin of the grape variety is as yet unclear and is surrounded by myths and legends.
Legend has it that the vine was introduced on the Apulian coast of Troy, a city in Asian Turkey, thanks to Diomede. The Greek hero, a symbol of civilization in the Adriatic, after the conquest of the city, narrated by Homer, would carry with him branches which would then be planted along the Ofanto River which flows into the sea near Barletta.
The story goes that this variety, originally from Asian Turkey, arrived in an Albanian city, Cruja, during the ongoing trade between the two shores of the Adriatic at the hands of Greek colonists.
The story tells how Frederick II already appreciated the ‘full-bodied wine of Troy’ and three centuries after the days of Marquis D'Avalos, increased the cultivation of the vine around the city of Troy in the Foggia.
Geographical spread A red grape variety of excellence native to northern Apulia and spread almost exclusively in the north of Bari, reaching from the provinces of Andria, Barletta and Trani to Foggia. The variety is also known as the grape of Troia, Trojan, or the Barletta Vine grape, Tranese or the Canosi grape, each indicating its specific area of cultivation.
Use of wine It can be vinified alone or blended with other local and international varieties. Its versatility is further confirmed by the products of its cultivation; fresh rosé wines, young reds and especially, given its procurement in high tannins, robust and elegant wine suitable for long ageing.