Artas was a messapic Prince that in 413 BC in the name of an ancient treaty of friendship between Messapia and Athens, he gave 150 javelin throwers to support the Athenian expedition to Sicily, in the so-called Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. I Messapi were the inhabitants of the southern region of Puglia, known as the Salento. It is thought that the name means “people between two seas” because they had settled in the south of Puglia, between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian.
The wine is made from hand picked grapes in the early hours of the morning, in the warm and sunny vineyards around the winery of Castello Monaci. In the cellar the product just pressed is immediately cooled and kept cold for a few days in order to preserve all the intrinsic characteristics of the primitive. The wine, with a maceration of about 15 days, is characterized by a wise use of frequent pumping, but not intrusive and a skilful use of temperatures games: everything gives the wine an elegant and modern at the same time. The product, after malolactic fermentation is left to mature about 6 months in small oak barrels and 6 months in large barrels. Then follows an aging of 6 months in glass.
Artas has brilliant and intense ruby red color; scent very distinctive, complex and ethereal, with strong hints of fruits of the forest in perfect harmony with sweet balsamic notes and aroma of roasted coffee. The flavor is full, warm, soft, very enveloping, with soft and elegant tannins. It closes with a nice background of red fruit.