History

16/06/2016

THERE WAS A TOWER THAT EMERGED IN THE PLAINS OF PUGLIA WHICH REFLECTED THE HUMAN AND ENTREPRENEURIAL DOTES OF IT'S FOUNDER.

Giuseppe Pavoncelli, the then M.P. for Agriculture and the promoter of the Puglia Aqueduct, was an engineering gem of water system which still retains it's title as the largest in Europe.

Although his name today is still related to the aqueduct, in effect wine production was his true profession and passion. In fact the "Tower" was the base of a winery that produced the "BIANCO LUSSO" a wine appreciated and exported worldwide including its use on the orient express and casa savoia.

It was in the second half of the 1800's that the Pavoncelli's transformed what was a wheat storage cellar with annexes buildings, into a winery naming it "Torre Giulia".The name was inspired by the presence of two towers in the corners of the fortified villa built in the 1700's, and dedicated to "Giulia Monaco" daughter of "Giulia Romualdo" Princess of Arianello and wife of Nicola Pavoncelli a family member.

The dark years of world war two arrived and even then Torre Giulia played a role of great strategic importance. The American Air Force made of it a military base and the surrounding fields became air strips perfect for the 459th Bombers Group of the Fifteenth Air Force in Italy.

Torre Giulia is still there in the gold of wheat, the green of vines and the silver of olive trees but now expresses a different story.Thanks to the intricate restauration by the Caputo family of Cerignola which, after years of abandonment has re-found it's lost antique splendour and if at all possible has gained much more grace.

Today Torre Giulia doesn’t produce wine but is an elegant location for extraordinary events. Hence even though changing its purpose, the Caputo family has been able to conserve the prestige of family tradition meriting respect and has handed to the territory and history an architectural jewel that could not have been lost.

 

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