A Mano



Producing wines of quality, Mark Shannon and his partner Elvezia Sbalchiero have succeeded in making Primitivo one of Italy's most talked about grape varieties. By paying high prices for the best grapes (sourced from 70 to 100 year old vines) and focussing solely on quality and a modern style, they have revolutionised the style and quality of Primitivo.

Part of the reason for the continued success of A Mano is the knowledge that Mark and Elvezia have after 18 vintages (the first was as a consultant for another company) in the region. Not only are they getting access to Salento's best grapes, but also their growers have come to realise that if they want the higher price paid by A Mano, they need to provide even better grapes than in previous years. The quality of the grapes shines through in the resulting wines.



My inspirational music

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven (after harvest) Rimsky-Korsakov - The Flight of the Bumblebee (during harvest). Mark Shannon.