The name of this Apulia controlled denomination of origin wine indicates the fundamental characteristic of the territory in which it is produced. The term 'gravina', in fact, describes the deep cracks present in the limestone land in the area, in the province of Bari. The city of Gravina hovers on a cliff in which the presence of caves in the 5th century supplied protection to the inhabitants of the Roman centre of Silvium when it was destroyed. Only in the 9th did the same inhabitants found the Civitas Gravinae. Gravina Doc wine exists in the White, dry Sparkling, medium sweet and medium sweet Sparkling versions.
The Gravina Doc wine should be combined with pasta dishes with light fish-based sauces as well as non-fat hors d'oeuvres, fried fish, casseroled cuttlefish and octopus, omelettes and fresh dairy products and should be served in flared stem glasses that permit concentration of the fragrances, at a temperature of 10-12°C. The Gravina Doc dry Sparkling wine should be combined with simple dishes, such as fish hors d'oeuvres without tomato, delicately flavoured with olive oil and aromatic herbs, pasta with white fish and shellfish sauces, risotti with sweet sauces, white boiled and oven cooked fish, always flavoured with olive oil. The correct temperature to serve Gravina Doc Sparkling wine is 8°C and it should be served in Martinotti/Charmat method sparkling wine glasses, within a year of bottling. The Medium sweet and Medium sweet Sparkling versions are instead desert wines to be served in small stem glasses, which permit the concentration of fragrances and at a temperature of between 14 and 16°C.
Each label must carry a mention of the Controlled Denomination of Origin besides all the other indications foreseen by law, such as: The determined Region from which the product originates; Denomination of the product composed of the combination of the variety of the vine from which the wine originates and the geographic area in which that variety is cultivated; Nominal volume of the wine; Name or company name of the bottler and its registered address; Number and code of the bottler, which may also appear on the closing system (cork or cap); Name of the Country; Indication of the batch; Ecological indications.