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DOC area for red wines, rosé wines and white wines in the Italian region Apulia, The name derives from the octagonal and eight-towered castle of the Hohenstaufer emperor Friedrich II (1194-1250), built in 1240, which lies on a hill near the Apulian capital Bari. In 2011, the wines of the formerly independent DOC area Rosso Canosa were transferred. The zone includes the entire municipality of Minervino Murge and parts of the municipalities of Andria and Trani Canosa di Puglia in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, as well as parts of the municipalities of Binetto, Bito, Corato, Palo del Colle, Ruvo di Puglia, Terlizzi, Toritto and the D'Alemi island in the province of Bari. If the grapes come from classified vineyards, can Vigna followed by the location name on the bottle label.
The varietal wines must contain at least 90% of the respective varieties, a maximum of 10% others can be approved. The red wines are Aglianico (also as Riserva ) and Aglianico Rosato, Cabernet ( Cabernet Franc and or Cabernet Sauvignon; also as Riserva) and Nero di Troia (also called Riserva). The white wines are Bombino Bianco. Chardonnay and Sauvignon ( Sauvignon Blanc ). There is also a frizzante from the white wines, as well as Aglianico Rosato and Rosato; from the white wines, as well as Bombino Bianco and Rosato also a spumante.
The Bianco is out pampanuto and or Chardonnay and or Bombino Bianco (65%) and other approved varieties (max. 35%) blended. The Rosso (also called Novello) is out Aglianico and or Montepulciano and / or Nero di Troia (for. 65%), as well as other approved varieties (max. 35%). The rosato is out Bombino Nero and or Aglianico and / or Nero di Troia (for. 65%), as well as other approved varieties (max. 35%).
Three types of wine received DOCG status in 2011. These are Castel del Monte Bombino Nero (90%), Castel del Monte Nero di Troia Riserva (90%) and Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva (65% Nero di Troia). Everybody has to mature at least two years, one in barrel.