In 1927, Pasquale Mottura founded one of the most important wineries on the Salento peninsula. A labour of love involving years of sacrifices and dedication to vast stretches of vineyards gave new life to the fruit of his work. Now, after more than 80 years of history, Pasquale’s love of the land and care of his vineyards have been passed on as a precious inheritance from father to son across four generations. Mottura is now a leading maker of quality wines in Salento and Italy, combining respect for tradition with new, professional skills and technological innovation.
The Mottura estate is located in Tuglie, a small town in the Southern part of the Salento Peninsula. The building is still the original one, a beautiful late 19th century, Baroque-style farmhouse. Here, the cellars hide the secrets of an ancient family villa and wines age slowly in oak barrels and barriques to develop the aromas, colours and atmosphere of the land.
In almost a century of history Mottura has made great steps forward, changing and growing as wine-making on the Salento peninsula has evolved and changed for the better. As early as the 1940s large iron-ringed barrels of Mottura wines were loaded onto Northbound trains in Tuglie, headed for three plants in Naples, Rome and Milan where the wines of the Salento peninsula were distributed and appreciated. However, the Mottura estate had intentions to go beyond this, and in the ’60s it became one of the first wineries in the area to bottle its own wine. The goal to characterise the Mottura brand was clear from the start: combining big numbers with appreciable, genuine quality.
Perhaps when you’ve been making genuine wines every day for four generations, you’re ready for a new challenge. That of offering even more innovative products of better and better quality while still preserving and revitalising tradition. The result has been new product lines, already known and appreciated the world over. I Classici and Le Pitre are 2 such award-winning lines for Mottura which highlight, in a contemporary way, the potential of local grape varieties, with particular focus on the traditional Salento varieties, such as Negroamaro and Primitivo, cultivating the vines according to the historic technique known as “ad alberello” and preserving traditional wine-making methods.
In 2020 Mottura was awarded for the following wines:
Stilio Primitivo di Manduria Doc 2018: Gold Medal from Mundus Vini. Stilio Primitivo di Manduria Doc 2017: 97 Points from Luca Maroni and Best Red Wine of Italy.
Primitivo di Manduria Doc Le Pitre 2017: Gold Medal from Mundus Vini.
Primitivo di Manduria Doc Villa Mottura 2018: Gold Medal from Mundus Vini.
Primitivo di Manduria Doc Mottura 2018: Silver Medal from Mundus Vini.
Rosato del Salento Villa Mottura 2019: 96 Points from Luca Maroni and 3rd Best Rosé Wine.
Negroamaro del Salento IGT Mottura: 87 Points from Ultimate Wine appraisal 2020.
Primitivo del Salento Igt Mottura: 90 Points from Ultimate Wine appraisal 2020.
Guida Vini D'italia Edizione 2021, edited by Gambero Rosso Editori, who considered the Mottura winery worthy to enter the main section with excellent reviews of : Primitivo di Manduria Doc Le Pitre 2018 and Rosato del Salento Igt Villa Mottura 2019.
The following wines were awarded in 2020:
Primitivo di Manduria DOC Stilio 2019: Silver Medal from Mundus Vini at the 28th Grand International Wine Award.
Nergroamaro Salento IGT Rosone 2019: Gold Medal from Mundus Vini at the 28th Grand International Wine Award.