[Cellar Talks] S03E02 Jorche Winery – Dalila Gianfreda

On Friday the 9th of April we are joined by Dalila Gianfreda from Jorche Winery for another edition of our talk show “Cellar Talks”. Dalila will join us to talk about her career in wine, the winery which she runs with her sister, their great wines and the Puglia region.

About Jorche Winery

Jorche winery I located near Salento, the lower part of Puglia, and owned and operated by two sisters, Dalila and Emanuela. The actual winery was built 10 years ago in the middle of the vineyards, rising from the soil like a part of it: a modern building with a high technology level, surrounded by 6 hectares of vineyards, which mirrors the perfect balance between territory, family history, young women management and modern lifestyle.

Jorche owns 35 hectares of old vineyards for a total of 41 hectares in property. The cultivated grapes varieties are all chosen among the Apulian indigenous ones (Primitivo and Negroamaro for the reds, Fiano Minutolo and Bianco d’Alessano for the whites).

Salento, the lower part of Puglia where Manduria area is located, is a zone characterized by very favorable natural and weather conditions for the cultivation of high quality grapes: a very warm and sunny weather, few rains, red soil rich in iron and sandstone and a great influence of the breeze coming from the very close Jonian sea.

Jorche follows and controls in details every aspect of the entire supply chain: the cultivation of grapes, the completely manual harvest, the vinification, the wine aging in barrels, barriques and capasuni (ancient type of Apulian anphoras) and the final bottling and labeling.

In their wines, the two sisters are committed to enhance the territoriality and tradition, but at the same time to seek a personal and younger style which joins elegance and balance with the purest characteristics of the indigenous grapes.

Nowadays, Dalila and Emanuela distribute their wines all over the world, with the 85% of their production that reaches 25 countries, with the aim of making the precious territory of Apulia known worldwide through their daily effort, passion and commitment.

About Dalila Gianfreda

Dalila Gianfreda was born in a family of winemakers. She and her sister Emanuela represent the 5th generation of  a family producing wine, mostly Primitivo,  since the beginning of the last century in the ’20s.

Her grand grandfather owned one of the first palamientu (the ancient form of winery) in Torricella, a small village in the South of Puglia, right in the heart of the Primitivo di Manduria area. The story continued with Dalila’s grandfather Cosimo, who was the first one to build a modern kind of winery, then with her father Antonio , who was the first in the family to study as enologist and run the business reorganizing it and bringing new technical competences.

Together with her sister Emanuela, today’s enologist of Jorche, as a child she developed an intimate relationship with the Apulian territory, the wine culture and the traditions of her region, a place rich in history and fascination. 

After graduating in General Management and Marketing at the Bocconi University in Milan, she decided to come back home and to collect the inheritage of her family, aiming to make the history and traditions of her land known all over the world.

Since 2009, the two sisters proudly lead together the Jorche winery, a company completely managed by women: Dalila takes care of the marketing and communication aspects with a particular interest to the international markets, and also supervises the organization of the Masseria close to the Winery, in which there is the hospitality of Italian and foreign guests who search for traditional cuisine, relax and contact with nature.

The Tasting

In the show we will also be tasting on of Jorche’s wines; the Caleido, Negramaro IGP Salento 2016. If you want to join us for the tasting we have a local supplier in the Netherlands who sells this wine. You can find them here. Also be sure to check out Jorche’s Primitivo Riserva, which is an excellent wine, reviewed by us earlier. The review for this wine can be found here.

We are looking forward to talking to Dalila and learning from her background, experiences and the winery. Be sure to tune in on Instagram Live through our Dutch Wine Apprentice account on Friday the 2nd of April, 19:30h CET.

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You can find a link to the recording of the show in two parts. Part 1 here and part 2 here.