Valentina Passalacqua Vini e Luce is a company producing natural wines located in Apricena in Apulia, at the foot of the Gargano National Park, an area known for being the main marble basin in Southern Italy. Founded in 2008 by Valentina, a visionary winemaker whose philosophy of life is based on a holistic vision and respect for Mother Earth, the laws of nature, and every human being. The company covers an area of approximately 100 ha, is certified organic, and with some Biodynamic practices.
Valentina Passalacqua's goal is to democratize natural wine and make it accessible to a wide public. Valentina's natural wines are good for the planet, the people, and the soul! The company combines ancient and traditional practices, such as the use of indigenous yeasts and aging in cement vats and terracotta amphorae, with experimentation and constant training. Operations in the vineyard are mainly manual, with harvesting in boxes. The company's organization makes it possible to plan the harvest and select the best bunches according to their ripening times. The result is innovative, juicy, mineral, crisp wines, also available in formats suitable for everyday consumption.
The company's constant ethical commitment to the environment and workers translates into concrete actions every day: the production chain is sustainable through the use of solar panels for energy requirements and the packaging is low impact on the environment with lightweight bottles and recycled materials.
The company adheres to the 231 organizational models, has a good legality rating, is part of the Quality Agricultural Work Network, and undergoes audits based on SA8000.
The Gargano is an ancient land characterized by Mediterranean scrub, forest, sea, and brackish lakes that together create unique conditions of biodiversity. The winds from the Adriatic Sea fly over the lakes and through the Gargano Nature Reserve and the Umbra Forest, a UNESCO heritage site, pick up the scents of the forest and reach our vineyards, which grow on a slope on limestone soil of Kimmeridgian origin. This peculiar microclimate makes the Apricena terroir particularly suited to organic and natural products.
Their wines come from mainly indigenous vines located between 100 and 220 m above sea level and cultivated on 3 different types of soil that identify the collections: Vini e Luce, on black soil with a limestone base, Progetto Calcarius, on a white stone substrate of Kimmeridgian origin, and 9 is enough on an extreme soil with outcropping stones located on the slopes of the Gargano.
All lines include whites, oranges, rosés, and reds from Aleatico, Bombino, Chardonnay, Falanghina, Greco, Nero di Troia, Negroamaro, Pinot Grigio and Primitivo grapes that interpret the different nuances of their terroirs.