The Petrilli estate is located in northern Puglia, in the region of Daunia, near the town of Lucera. La Motticella or Motta della Regina is a centuries old settlement, reported on maps even before 1000 B.C. It was originally a stopover on the road between Lucera, in the inland area, and Lesina, outpost of Venice on the Adriatic sea. It later became a feud belonging to the Caropresa family, the Zunica, and the Serra di Cassano. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Paolo Petrilli, grandfather of the current Paolo Petrilli, bought it using his wife Teresa’s dowry, and it was united with the neighbouring family estates: Feudo, Bisciglieto, Sequestro and De Iulio.
Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera DOC is a historic red wine appellation. The wines are unusual in that they contain red and white grapes. The dominant grape variety here is Nero di Troia blended with Montepulciano and/or Sangiovese. White grapes are required to make up 15-30% of the blend with Bombino Bianco being the most common.
Fermented in open top conical vats and aged (briefly) in stainless steel. Released young this is outstanding value and bursting with boisterous fruit, flavours of summer cherry and is super-delicious. Paolo Petrilli named his new wine “Wolf’s Hill” after a site next to his estate in northern Puglia. Paolo wanted to create a young sibling to his Agramante, a wine which celebrates the DOC but is more affordable and approachable. The grapes are picked mid-September for the Sangiovese and the Bombino, beginning of October for the Montepulciano, end of October for the Nero di Troia. They are crushed and destemmed, but leaving half the grapes whole.