Robert Parker calls Puglia the home of <i>“sensational bargains of real soul”</i>. Given the intensity of the sunshine and the ripeness of the grapes, it’s hardly surprising that wines with character are the order of the day. Matervitae is packed with flavour courtesy of the tasty marriage of two top Italian white grapes – citrusy Fiano and peachy, aromatic Falanghina. While other white grapes can struggle to produce super crisp wines under warm conditions, these two heat loving natives thrive in Puglia’s sun drenched vineyards. They were blended together by Leonardo Palumbo, winemaker at the historic Torre Vento winery, based in a 15th century Benedictine monastery. A fruit filled aperitif, it also excels with salmon or mango and haloumi salad.