It became a Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) in 1979. Red and rosé, it is prepared with grapes coming from the territories of Brindisi and Mesagne. The grapes used for its preparation come from the vineyards Negramaro and Malvasia nera from Brindisi. Brindisi red wine can become a "vintage wine" only if aged for at least two years and with 12.5 degrees of alcoholic strength. There are two kinds of wine: Red Brindisi and Rosé Brindisi. The first has a more or less intense ruby red color with a slight orange reflection, if aged, an intense perfume, harmonious velvety taste, and bitterish and dry aftertaste. It has about 12 degrees of alcoholic strength and must be served at a temperature of 17-18°C. It is served above all with orecchiette with meat sauce, roasted meat, cheese.
Rosé Brindisi has a coral pink color, a fruity and delicate perfume, a dry, harmonious, and pleasantly bitterish taste. It has a minimum alcoholic strength of 12 degrees and must be served at a temperature of 14-15°C. It should be served with appetizers, soups, fish soups, chicken, rabbit, and fresh cheese.

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