Castel del Monte
This grand architectural work represents a perfect synthesis of elaborate mathematical and astronomical theories and was built in 1220 on behalf of an enlightened monarch,
Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. It has an octagonal layout, with eight octagonal towers, one at each corner: the octagon has always been a geometric figure involving a great number of symbolical values, because of its being considered an intermediate shape between the square, symbolizing the
earth, and the circle, representing the boundless heavens.
A passage, therefore, from the former to the latter; this assumption seems reasonable if we consider that one of the building’s most likely sources of inspiration might have been the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Commonly known as the Castle, its actual purpose is still wrapped in mystery. Lacking any specifically military features, built in a strategically irrelevant position,
these austere and imposing edifice might have been designed as a hunting mansion, since the monarch was a passionate hunter. What is left of the once richly and finely decorated castle after centuries of plunder and neglect are the triumphal portal of marine breccia and the vault ribs with keystones depicting mythological creatures and floral patterns that are typical of the late Swabian culture. Castel del Monte has experienced a revival thanks to accurate restoration works after which it has been acknowledged as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
The New Generation
The turning point came when Gaetano’s son Francesco, still coping with both his academic studies and the wine harvest, discovered to have the same family passion… the passion for wine, but first of all a passion for that land, the Murgia, too often considered just parched and barren, and which he believed to be fertile instead, rich in grapes with their own specific character, which might have contributed to a worldwide appreciation and promotion of that area… With this in mind, having given up the idea of an academic career, even if it was already well advanced at that time in 1989 Francesco Liantonio founded TORREVENTO S.r.l. , called after the name of the hamlet. From then onwards, investments for the production plant, the restoration of the buildings and the expansion of the winery-owned areas planted with vines brought about what Torrevento means today, namely a whole world. Yes, because Torrevento is not just a Winery… with its Wines, it is also a gate to a world of scents, colours and flavours of this very part of Apulia… Today, mighty hand-built dry-stone walls with a thickness of mt. 1.50 enclose the large and modern winery; the old cellars located at a depth of 8 mt. are perfect for the storing of the wines obtained from noble autochthonous grape varieties typical of this area, and for the ageing in wooden barrels of the wines Vigna Pedale and Kebir… The completely restored old stables include now a beautiful stone hall to welcome visitors, tourist, or wine connoisseurs, who wish to stop by and have a taste of good wine along the Strada dei Vini DOC Castel del Monte (Wine Road)… Old vines and modern technology, workmanship and entrepreneurship, a perfect synthesis between tradition and innovation… TORREVENTO … with its WINES… messengers of APULIA’s flavours and culture.