Gallipoli Cutrofiano Alezio
Depressa di Tricase
DOC LEVERANO Malvasia Bianca Negroamaro GALATINA Negroamaro Chardonnay NARDÒ Negroamaro ALEZIO Negroamaro MATINO Negroamaro
The terroir of the Lower Salento is represented by five doc wines – Leverano, Galatina, Nardò, Alezio and Matino. Due to the quantity of secondary varieties in the blends, to the differences in soils and climatic conditions of the vineyards, to their aromas and flavours, these are really five distinct expressions of the Negroamaro variety. This is the king of Salento vines, and is used in this corner of Apulia to produce excellent red wines and also a wide range of rosés. Although rosé wines are made all over Apulia, production quantity and quality in the Salento are really very high. This is a true oenological peculiarity which goes very well with the seafood and fish cuisine along the Ionian and Adriatic coasts of the Salento. Along the entire length of the coastal tower
defence system, local cuisine uses a lot of fish, cooked so as to bring out its taste and freshness. The Old Town of Gallipoli lies on an islet surrounded on two sides by the sea and is a real treasure trove of flavours: there are fish soups, molluscs in every kind of sauce, and the famous red prawns which chefs absolutely adore. Visitors should not forget to try scapece, a local speciality probably of Arab origin, which was already known in the Middle Ages; it is prepared using tiny fried fish called pupiddi marinated with saffron in vinegar, and is a real delicacy. The cuisine of the hinterland also uses some fish and offers some delicious “intrusions” and combinations with vegetables and pulses like aubergines, tomatoes and peppers, which are very
common. Another chapter deals with dishes based on fresh pasta: tria (maltagliati with chickpeas, ciceri) are typical, and so are sagne torte o 'ncannulate (twisted lasagne with a thick horse meat sauce). There is also a very good old tradition of using spelt and barley flours instead of wheat flour. Another delicacy consists of pittule (fritters which can be plain or with a vegetable filling), fried octopus, and pucce: and do not miss out on wonderful baked ricotta, pasticciotti (short pastry filled with cream) or fruttoni (chocolate covered almond paste). Visitors really cannot leave the Salento without visiting the aristocratic Nardò with its seaside resorts Santa Maria al Bagno and Santa Caterina; or Santa Maria di Leuca and its splendid villas overlooking the sea; or windy Otranto with its imposing castle on the sea; or Galatina with its aristocratic “palaces” and St Paul's Chapel, the centre of “tarantism”. Even today in the heart of the Lower Salento music and legends still celebrate this phenomenon which is supposed to be caused by the bite of a spider. The “Night of the Taranta” has made Melpignano famous all over the world, along with the Grecia Salentina - a linguistic and cultural district including nine towns where the locals still speak a neo-Greek dialect called griko.
Rosa del Golfo
The Calò family's passion for wine started about two hundred years ago with Leopoldo Calò who grew vines and olives on a small plot of land. The first important development happened at the end of the 1930s when Giuseppe set up a network of distribution for the family wines in Albizzate. When his son Mino entered the business in 1963 he started making the rosé wine which identifies the winery and which has had a lot of success. Rosa del Golfo is led today by Damiano. The winery continues producing quality wines using traditional methods in the vineyard and advanced technology in the winery to process the local Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Primitivo varieties grown as bushes. It is possible to visit the winery and buy its wines. 73011 Alezio (Le) Via Garibaldi, 56 Tel./Fax +39 0833 281045 email@example.com www.rosadelgolfo.com Year founded: 1930 Owner: Damiano Calò Oenologist: Angelo Solci Vineyard area (hectares): 40 Annual number of bottles: 300.000
Rosa del Golfo Salento Rosato igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 90%, Malvasia Nera 10% Alcohol: 12,50% Cost: euro 8,00 Intense bright coral pink colour. Pleasant on the nose, with notes of medlar, plum and rose petal; hints of rosemary and juniper. Full and persuasive on the palate, excellent persistence. Fruity echoes in the finish. A good accompaniment to riso, patate e cozze.
Primitivo Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Primitivo 90%, Negroamaro 10% Alcohol: 13,50% Cost: euro 9,00 Good intense ruby red hue. Unusual balsamic eucalyptus notes on the nose, followed by hints of cherry and nutmeg. Pleasantly full, fruity and balanced on the palate with a finish which is a little short. Worth trying with a pizza rustica four cheeses.
Brut Rosè Spumante Metodo Classico Grapes: Negroamaro, Chardonnay, Pinot Nero Alcohol: 12% Cost: euro 14,00 Brilliant cerasuolo pink colour. Intense fragrances of cherries, rose petals, caramel and rhubarb. Excellent structure and balance. Smooth and velvety, with a delicious streak of citron. Fine and persistent perlage with a finish full of long fruity and floral echoes. Almost excellent. Ideal with a chicken, potato and onion casserole.
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Portulano Salento Rosso igt Scaliere Salento Rosso igt Quarantale Salento Rosso igt Vigna Mazzì Salento Rosato igt Bolina Salento Bianco igt
L'Astore Masseria Krita Salento Bianco igt 2008 Grapes: Malvasia Bianca 60%, Chardonnay 40% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 7,00 Straw hue teeming with lively gold highlights. Hints of yeast on the nose, pear and vanilla. A delightful first sensation on the palate, indicating a good balance despite a fairly thin body. An interesting sweet almond finish. With a vegetable soup.
L'Astore Masseria has belonged to the Benegiamo-Di Summa family since the 1930s. It was one of the first of this kind of farmhouse to be rescued from the state of neglect typical of the Salento “masserie” before the recent rediscovery of country homes. In the late 1990s, surgeon Achille Benegiamo decided with his sons Paolo, Stefano and Luca to revive the farm and its wine-growing past by aiming at quality. Nowadays the wines made here are an excellent example of the unique Salento terroir, thanks to the modern technology used and the experience of a very well-known winemaker and his professional team. Visitors can tour the winery and see its atmospheric cellar together with a very old underground olive oil press. 73020 Cutrofiano (Le) Via G. di Vittorio, 1 Tel. +39 0836 542020 Fax +39 0836 541525 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lastoremasseria.it Year founded: 2001 Owner: Famiglia Benegiamo Oenologist: Riccardo Cotarella
Massaro Rosa Salento Rosato igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 8,00 Intense cerasuolo pink colour with ruby highlights, and intense scents of cherry and hints of hydrocarbons. A little thin on the palate, but nicely fresh. Quite balanced with a delightful but short finish. Strong freshness and alcohol content suggest matching with a pulse soup.
Filimei Salento Rosso igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 13,50% Cost: euro 8,50 Stunning lively ruby red colour with violet nuances. Fragrant hints of blackberries, dried violets and liquorice notes on the nose. Delicate on the palate, full-bodied, still developing but pleasant. Good fruity finish, medium persistence. Frank and unchallenging. Delicious with roast chestnuts.
Vineyard area (hectares): 13 Annual number of bottles: 80.000 OTHER WINES • Argentieri Salento Rosso igt • Jema Salento Rosso igt • L'Astore Salento Rosso igt
Palamà Vini del Salento
The countryside around the town of Cutrufiano has been a wine-growing area for centuries, and Palamà is one of the best representatives of this tradition. Arcangelo Palamà started the business in 1936 selling loose wines. In the 1990s Cosimo joined the business and the winery gradually started to modernise, and completed the process by bottling its own wines. The winery concentrates on the local native vines - Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera, Primitivo and Verdeca – which are grown using traditional methods, and the range of wines produced here is vast enough to meet the requirements of several different market sectors. It is possible to visit the winery by appointment, sample the wines and buy directly. 73020 Cutrofiano (Le) Via Armando Diaz, 6 Tel./Fax +39 0836 542865 email@example.com www.vinicolapalama.com Year founded: 1936 Owner: Cosimo Palamà Oenologist: Cosimo Palamà
Metiusco Salento Rosso igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 50%, Malvasia 25%, Montepulciano 20%, Primitivo 5% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 12,00 Ruby red hue with prominent violet highlights. Scents of strawberry and red geranium on the nose, with hints of cinnamon. Strongly alcoholic on the palate, but elegant tannins intensify the balance. Satisfyingly consistent, full-bodied and persistent with a lovely bitterish finish. Perfect with cavatelli, tomato, rocket, black olives and mature pecorino cheese.
Mavro Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 80%, Malvasia Nera 20% Alcohol: 14,50% Cost: euro 12,00 Full shiny ruby red hue. Impressive lively fragrances reminiscent of blackberry jam, cacao, toasted hazelnuts, vanilla and nutmeg with notes of pine and paprika. Excellent structure and intensity on the palate. Averagely persistent with a pleasantly vegetal finish. Suggested with horse's ragù.
Il Vino d'Arcangelo Salento Rosso igt 2008 Grapes: Malvasia Nera 100% Alcohol: 14,50% Cost: euro 15,00 Ruby red hue with purplish highlights. Scents of cherry and pink peach on the nose, with gingery notes. Warm, smooth and pleasant on the palate. Average structure and persistence, slightly sweet. Ideal with fresh pecorino cheese from the Murgia.
Vineyard area (hectares): 15 Annual number of bottles: 230.000 OTHER WINES • • • •
Albarossa Salice Salentino Rosso doc Albarossa Primitivo Salento Rosso igt Metiusco Salento Rosato e Bianco igt Fregi Barocchi Salento Rosso, Rosato e Bianco igt
Castel di Salve Azienda Vitivinicola Cento su Cento Salento Rosso igt 2006 Grapes: Primitivo 100% Alcohol: 15% Cost: euro 16,30 Lovely ruby red colour with soft amaranthine highlights. Delicate floral scents of oleander and red carnation on the nose, and also memories of blackcurrant. Non completely balanced on the palate, but dry and intense. Fairly persistent. Very good with bucatini con pomodoro al forno.
Francesco Winspeare and Francesco Marra are the owners of Castel di Salve which has been producing wine near Tricase since 1992. The two business partners have two farms with a total of 40 hectares of vineyards where they grow the grapes made into wine in an old winery building from the last century. A lot of care is taken with the cultivation stage, considered as vitally important for the production of quality grapes. The vines here are almost all local native varieties, especially Negroamaro, Primitivo and Aleatico. International varieties are not grown. Visitors can sample the wines made here and take a guided tour of the fascinating small underground cellar and the winery building which has recently been restored to its former splendour. 73039 Depressa di Tricase (Le) Piazza Castello, 8 Tel. +39 0833 771041 - Fax +39 0833 771012 firstname.lastname@example.org www.casteldisalve.com Year founded: 1992 Owner: Francesco Marra, Francesco Winspeare Oenologist: Andrea Boaretti Vineyard area (hectares): 40 Annual number of bottles: 150.000
Armecolo Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 80%, Malvasia Nera 20% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 7,00 Eye-catching brilliant ruby red colour. A delicate scent of quince jam is followed by spicy notes. Pleasant on the palate, with a very good structure. Warm with delightful bitterish finish. Perfect with a cheese like Canestrato dop di Corato.
Santi Medici Salento Rosato igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 12,50% Cost: euro 6,50 Good lively cerasuolo pink colour. Delicate scents of strawberry, plum, carnation and marjoram; hints of oregano. Medium-bodied, full and satisfying on the palate. Smooth and fresh with good persistence. Recommended with stewed swordfish.
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Santi Medici Salento Rosso e Bianco igt Il Volo di Alessandro Puglia Rosso igt Priante Salento Rosso igt Lama del Tenente Salento Rosso igt Aleatico Salento Passito igt
Santi Dimitri Azienda Agricola
Santi Dimitri consists of lands belonging to the Vallone family since the 1600s and has an area of 200 hectares on the plain around Galatina, Cutrufiano and Nardò. Vincenzo Vallone is in charge nowadays, together with his sons Augusto, Carlo and Edoardo. This area is a natural wine-growing territory and the winery grows and processes only the grapes from its 60 hectares of vineyards. All stages of production are very carefully followed, using advanced methods and in close collaboration with research institutes. The impressive Mediterranean-style farm building is very pleasant to visit, and visitors can sample the wines in a beautiful room overlooking the cellars cut into the rock below. 73013 Galatina (Le) Via Guidano Contrada Santi Dimitri Tel. +39 0836 565866 Fax +39 0836 565867 email@example.com www.santidimitri.it Year founded: 1996 Owner: Vincenzo Vallone Oenologist: Giuseppe Pizzolante Leuzzi
Margìa Salento Rosso igt 2005 Grapes: Negroamaro 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Merlot 20% Alcohol: 13,50% Cost: euro 13,50 Intense ruby red colour with garnet highlights. Suggestions of blackberry jam and fresh butter on the nose, with vegetal and spicy notes. Definitely more intense on the palate, with good balance and an interesting spicy finish. Perfect with a grilled caciocavallo podolico cheese.
Aruca Salento Rosato igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 7,50 Intense cherry pink light in the glass. Fragrant notes of sour black cherry, tulips and citrus. Agreeable and delicate at first on the palate, followed by a smooth freshness. The sour black cherry finish is long and corresponds with the fragrances. Ideal with a lampascione omelette.
Ruah Salento Bianco igt 2008 Grapes: Fiano 100% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 8,00 Straw yellow colour with gold highlights. Suggests peaches in syrup, yeast and meadow flowers on the nose. Fairly balanced, and appreciable on the palate because of its mineral vein which gives it a certain character. Body and persistence are average. Recommended with a chicken salad.
Vineyard area (hectares): 60 Annual number of bottles: 150.000 OTHER WINES • • • •
Aruca Salento Rosso e Bianco igt Sharav Primitivo Salento Rosso igt Ruvezzo Salento Rosso igt Serra dei Santi Aleatico Passito Salento Rosso igt • Cinciallegra Salento Bianco igt 241
Valle dell`Asso Piromàfo Salento Rosso igt 2005 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 14,50% Cost: euro 18,50 Ruby red hue with garnet highlights. The first scents on the nose are intensely animal from the variety, followed by plum jam, cacao and notes of wild myrtle. Warm on the palate and quite balanced, with a lot of gallotannins. Good persistence and character. Very good with horse's straccetti.
Valle dell'Asso was founded in 1920 and continues the Vallone family's centuries-old involvement with agriculture by concentrating on the typical features of Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera, Primitivo, Aleatico and Fiano. Already in 1860 Donato Vallone – ancestor of today's owner Luigi – was growing his grapes on the Cutrufiano hills and dealing with the hot arid climate. His passion for wine led him to gradually convert dry land agriculture into a quality, and the winery uses this method on the 75 acres of vineyards today, continually receiving international recognition. Wine tourists experience a professional and cordial welcome to the winery where they can take a guided tour and buy wines. 73013 Galatina (Le) Via Guidano, 18 Tel. +39 0836 561470 Fax +39 0836 561473 firstname.lastname@example.org www.valleasso.it Year founded: 1920 Owner: Luigi Vallone Oenologist: Elio Minoia
Terra San Giovanni Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Primitivo 100% Alcohol: 13,50% Cost: euro 8,00 D e e p i n t e n s e r u b y r e d c o l o u r. Recognisable cherry scents come first on the nose, followed by notes of caramel and cloves. Pleasant and well-balanced on the palate, recalling fleshy fruit. Average persistence and structure. Good with medium-ripe spicy cold meats.
Galatina Bianco doc 2008 Grapes: Chardonnay 100% Alcohol: 12,50% Cost: euro 8,00 Soft straw yellow hue, with pleasant hints of banana, jasmine and fresh cheese on the nose. Delicate on the palate, quite balanced and smooth, with definite fresh notes. Fairly good structure, with good persistence. To accompany pasta with courgettes.
Vineyard area (hectares): 75 Annual number of bottles: 240.000 OTHER WINES • Il Macàro Salento Rosso igt • Galatina Rosso e Rosato doc • Lenze Salento Rosso, Rosato e Bianco
• Fiano Salento Bianco igt
Azienda Agricola Conti Zecca
Conti Zecca tells the story of 5 centuries of passion, tradition and innovation which have made it one of the most important wineries in the area. The Zecca family moved from Naples to Leverano in the 1500s, attracted by the rich farmlands of the district. Over the centuries the family developed their activities until 1935 when Count Alcibiade took the brave decision to make wine using his own grapes. He established the winery at Leverano which is now run by his descendants, brothers Alcibiade, Francesco, Luciano and Mario. They control all stages of the production cycle, from selection of the grapes to bottling the wine. It is possible to visit the winery and to buy directly from the charming shop. 73045 Leverano (Le) Via Cesarea, sn Tel. +39 0832 925613 - Fax +39 0832 922606 email@example.com www.contizecca.it Year founded: 1935 Owner/President:: Conti Zecca, Francesco Zecca Oenologist: Antonio Fernando Romano Vineyard area (hectares): 320 Annual number of bottles: 2.000.000
Nero Conti Zecca Salento Rosso igt 2006 Grapes: Negroamaro 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 25,00 Impenetrable ruby red colour. The first fragrance is definitely ripe black cherry, followed by scents of vanilla, caramel, toasted hazelnuts and pot-pourri, with hints of hydro-carbons. Noble on the palate with a velvety body, expertly balanced and intense. Longlasting soft toffee finish. Perfect with hare and juniper.
Conti Zecca Primitivo Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Primitivo 100% Alcohol: 14,50% Cost: euro 8,80 Dense ruby red hue. This leads the way to fine scents of cherries preserved in alcohol, walnuts and fresh butter, with cinnamon notes. Pleasant on the palate due to good correspondence of aroma and taste. Warm, with tannins not yet softened. Suggested with horse's braciole in tomato sauce.
Conti Zecca Negroamaro Salento Rosso igt 2006 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 14,50% Cost: euro 8,80 Intense ruby red hue. Delicate scents of blackberry, nutmeg and cacao on the nose, with notes of slate. Delicate and well-balanced on the palate with an appreciably full texture. Fairly persistent on the finish. Suggested together with a lamb carré en croute and herbs.
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Vecchia Torre Arneide Salento Rosso igt 2005 Grapes: Negroamaro 70%, Primitivo 20%, Montepulciano 10% Alcohol: 13,50% Cost: euro 13,00 Intense ruby red colouring with scents of blackcurrant, cherry, tobacco and cacao. Impressive intensity on the palate, uncommon for a wine of this age. Full-bodied and balanced, with average persistence. Good longevity. Suggested with rolled rabbit stuffed with walnuts.
Vecchia Torre was established as a cooperative at Leverano in 1959 by about 50 wine-growers. Since then growth has been constant and there are now 1300 members farming about 1350 hectares, making this the largest cooperative in the province. The leading variety in the vineyards is Negroamaro, alongside other local varieties like Primitivo and Malvasia Nera. The winery has a professional approach to selection of the grapes and to the use of modern wine-making techniques, while still respecting the ancient wine-growing traditions of the Salento area. In this way wine quality is ensured under the management of Antonio Tumolo. It is possible to visit the winery and to buy its wines. 73045 Leverano (Le) Via Marche, 1 Tel. +39 0832 925053 Fax +39 0832 921985 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cantinavecchiatorre.it Year founded: 1959 President: Antonio Tumolo Oenologist: Ennio Cagnazzo Vineyard area (hectares) 1350 Annual number of bottles: 1.800.000
Negroamaro Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 13,50% Cost: euro 5,50 Ruby red colour with brilliant violet highlights. Hints of forest fruits, caramel, cloves and vanilla on the nose. Balanced on the palate due to an excellent contrast between hardness and smoothness. Splendidly full-bodied and persistent. Perfect with roast rabbit and peppers.
Leverano Riserva Rosso doc 2005 Grapes: Negroamaro 70%, Montepulciano 30% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 7,50 Intense ruby red colour with light garnet highlights. Intense overwhelming scents of cherry jam on the nose, with notes of tobacco, butter and graphite. Warm and full-bodied on the palate, corresponding to its scents. Persistent and pleasantly tannic. Suggested with pappardelle with wild boar's ragù.
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Primitivo Salento Rosso igt Chardonnay Salento igt Gardner Salento Rosso igt Leverano Salento Rosso doc 2006 Leverano Salento Rosso, Bianco e Rosato doc
• Briosè Salento Bianco Frizzante igt • Fiore d' Autunno Novello Salento igt • Salice Salentino Rosso doc
Cantine del Matino Arcovecchio Matino Rosso doc 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 14,50% Cost: euro 7,50 Intense thick ruby red hue. Aromas of blackberry jam and dried figs with spicy notes. Smooth, rounded and quite intense on the palate. Its robust alcohol content suggests drinking with horse's spezzatino.
The Farmersâ€™ Cooperative of Matino, led by Ettore De Luca, is one of the oldest cooperatives in Italy and has been in the same building for 110 years. The date of foundation is clearly indicated in the Cantine del Matino 1899 brand with which the winery sells its wines. Over the years the winery has improved production with the help of the latest technology which is gradually giving very positive results in terms of quality and sales. The winery uses mostly local varieties: Negroamaro and also Primitivo and Malvasia from controlled vineyards in the area. It is possible to visit the winery and buy its wines.
73046 Matino (Le) Via Veneto, 44 Tel. +39 0833 506704 Fax +39 0833 507049 email@example.com www.cantinedelmatino.com Year founded: 1940 President: Ettore De Luca Oenologist: Francesco Conserva
Le Malvasie Salento Passito Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Malvasia Nera 100% Alcohol: 15% Cost: euro 6,50 Intense ruby red colour. Scents of blackcurrants, caramel and nutmeg. Tasting reveals a balanced wine, with medium intensity and structure and a delicious flavour. The medium persistent finish is interesting, with echoes of dried fruit. To serve with cartellate.
Arcovecchio Matino Rosato doc 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 5,50 Salmon pink hue with cerasuolo highlights. A delightful aroma with scents of raspberry caramel and ripe banana, and notes of rose petal. This changes on the palate: less intense and balanced, with a pleasant short citrus finish. To drink with a pizza rustica.
Ettari vitati: 500 Annual number of bottles: 200.000
Unione Agricola di Melissano Persefone Salento Rosato igt 2008 Grapes: Negromaro 100% Alcohol: 13,50% Intense coral pink colour. Pleasantly elegant aroma with inviting hints of redcurrant, violet and lightly toasted almond. Delightful, pleasant and quite balanced on the palate, but a little too intense. Good persistence. Excellent with fusilli with courgette flowers and prawns.
Unione Agricola di Melissano was founded in 1959 and now has over 600 members, who safeguard the identity of their territory by making it their mission to produce quality wines. The winery is managed by Sergio Macrì and rooted in the great Salento wine tradition. Its wines are made from the grapes of the Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia vines. The members of the cooperative work untiringly among the vineyards with expertise and enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment; wine making skills are handed down from father to son, together with the feelings and emotions it can arouse. Visitors can tour the winery and buy its wines. 73040 Melissano (Le) Via Palermo, 55 Tel. +39 0833 588221 Fax +39 0833 581248 firstname.lastname@example.org www.unioneagricola.it Year founded: 1959 President: Sergio Macrì Oenologist: Leonardo Pinto Ettari vitati: Vineyard area 500 (hectares): 400 Annual Totale bottiglie numberannuali: of bottles: 300.000 200.000
Limina Patris Salento Rosso igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 13,50% Consistent ruby red hue, surrounded by violet highlights. Fragrances reminiscent of bilberries at first, and then hints of toasted almonds, tobacco and carob with notes of caramel. Corresponding smooth toasted scents on the palate. Good structure and intensity with slightly peppery finish. Recommended with torcinelli alla brace.
Nero di Monsignore Salento Rosso igt 2008 Grapes: Primitivo 100% Alcohol: 14% Ruby red colouring with violet highlights. Clear scents of cassis and shallot with notes of citron. Tannins still a little aggressive on the palate and robust alcohol content. Fairly persistent and medium-bodied. Excellent with semi-mature cheeses.
OTHER WINES • Il Chiostro Rosso, Rosato e Bianco igt • Il Soffio Chardonnay del Salento
• La Galatea Brindisi Rosato doc • Primitivo del Salento Rosso igt
Cantine Menhir N° Zero Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 7,50 Ruby red hue with violet highlights, leading to delightfully intense hints of forest fruits, orange peel, crab-grass and pot-pourri. Delicately perfumed also on the palate, full-bodied and fairly balanced. A delicate interpretation of Negroamaro. Very good with a fish soup.
Cantine Menhir was founded by Gaetano Marangelli in 2005, and has quickly become successful. The winery lies in the luxuriant countryside near the megalithic park from which it takes its name, and is engaged in the reconstruction of an estate and vineyards from the 1930s. The winery buildings are in an 18th century residence in the mediaeval town of Minervino di Lecce. There are two levels: the oldest part is on the lower floor and contains the cellars and the wine-making machinery, together with the drying room for grapes, the laboratory and sampling room; the offices and the reception area for guests and visitors are on the upper floor.
73027 Minervino di Lecce (Le) Via Scarciglia, 18 Tel. +39 0836 818199 Fax +39 0832 891847 email@example.com www.cantinemenhir.com Year founded: 2005 Owner: Gaetano Marangelli
Quota 29 Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Primitivo 100% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 7,50 Ruby red hue with light purplish highlights. Intense and compact fragrant scents of violets and redcurrants, with musky notes on the nose. Intense also on the palate, well-balanced and medium-bodied, with a pleasantly peppery finish. Excellent with a steak with green pepper.
Menhir Puglia Bianco igt 2008 Grapes: Verdeca 100% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 7,50 Lively straw yellow with gold highlights in the glass. The range of aromas includes hints of nectarine, thyme, rosemary and vanilla. Intense on the palate, full-bodied, and fairly persistent. Warm with a pleasant freshness and balance, this wine is ideal with duck à l’orange.
Vineyard area (hectares) 42 Annual number of bottles: 500.000 OTHER WINES • • • • •
Novementi Salento Rosato e Bianco igt Tre Lune Malvasia Nera Salento igt Cinque Passi Negroamaro Salento igt Menhir Primitivo di Manduria doc Menhir Salice Salentino doc
Azienda Agricola Vitivinicola Bonsegna Alessandro
The farm was founded in 1964 by Primo Michele Bonsegna. His son Alessandro has been in charge since 1991 and has also inherited his father’s passion for this work which is so tiring and demanding, but also richly satisfying. Integrated cultivation systems are used because the aim has always been to cultivate the vineyards and respect nature at the same time. The winery grows local native varieties like Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia Nera as well as other less typical varieties which are now widespread in the Salento like Malvasia Bianca, Garganega, Trebbiano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. It is possible to visit and buy directly from the winery in the centre of Nardò, situated in an early 20th century building with typical Lecce arched ceilings. 73048 Nardò (Le) Via A. Volta, 17 Tel./Fax +39 0833 561483 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vinibonsegna.it Year founded: 1964 Owner: Alessandro Bonsegna Oenologist: Ennio Cagnazzo Vineyard area (hectares): 20 Annual number of bottles: 150.000
Danze della Contessa Nardò Rosso Barricato doc 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 85%, Malvasia Nera 15% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 8,00 A delightful intense clean ruby red colour. Light scents of red fruit and spices on the nose, and more definite animal scents. Strong tannins on the palate, still quite untamed, and only partly softened by the robust alcohol content. Lovely slightly balsamic finish. Ideal with pork's ciccioli.
Danze della Contessa Nardò Rosato doc 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 80%, Malvasia Nera 20% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 6,00 Splendid intense coral pink colour. Shy perfumes are mostly notes of wild strawberry and oleander, with hints of acacia. An agreeable flavour and structure on the palate. Fairly balanced and light, suggested with pollo alla cacciatora.
Primo Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 50%, Primitivo 50% Alcohol: 15% Cost: euro 15,00 Ruby red colour with soft garnet highlights. Delicate fragrances of vanilla and cherry jam on the nose with hints of ginger. Full-bodied and velvety on the palate, pleasant. Slightly biased towards smoothness and averagely persistent. Suggested with stew, potatoes and rosemary.
OTHER WINES • Cenate Vecchie Salento Rosso, Rosato e
• Baia di Uluzzo Salento Primitivo igt • Baia di Uluzzo Sangiovese Puglia igt • Baia di Uluzzo Puglia Rosso igt
Cantina Sociale di Nardò Guercio Nardò Rosso doc 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 80%, Malvasia Nera 20% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 5,70 Intense ruby red colouring. Mostly tertiary aromas on the nose, especially leather. Hints of ripe fruit with spicy notes come out on the palate. Quite warm and intense, not quite balanced but rather pleasant. To accompany fairly simple meat dishes.
The Cantina Sociale di Nardò was established in 1937 by a group of 24 wine-growers who wanted to work together on enhancing the most typical local products in order to develop the area. Roberto De Benedittis is now in charge, and the cooperative has about 150 members who deliver their carefully cultivated and selected grapes to the winery. Cultivation of the cooperative’s own 160 hectares of vineyards mainly centres on the characteristic Salento varieties: Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia Nera for the production of doc wines and a wide range of igt wines. It is possible to visit the winery and to buy its wines. 73048 Nardò (Le) Via Alcide De Gasperi, 43 Tel. +39 0833 871606 Fax +39 0833 562759 email@example.com www.cantinanardo.it Year founded: 1937 President: Roberto De Benedittis Oenologist: Giacomo Palmisano
Ambra Salento Rosato igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 70%, Malvasia Nera 30% Alcohol: 12,50% Cost: euro 4,00 Pale coral pink hue which suggests pink grapefruit and pepper. Fresh on the palate, corresponding to its colour, intense flavour. Thin-bodied and short on the finish. Drinkable and ideal with an anchovy and potato tortino.
Gea Mater Salento igt 2007 Grapes: Primitivo 100% Alcohol: 14,50% Cost: euro 6,00 Ruby red colouring with purplish highlights. Fragrances reminiscent of bilberries on the nose, with spicy notes. Fairly balanced on the palate, a little thinbodied. Delightfully fruity on the finish, but short. Ideal with lentil and bacon soup.
Vineyard area (hectares): 160 Annual number of bottles: 200.000 OTHER WINES • Portoselvaggio Salento Bianco igt
2008 • Birichino Salento Bianco igt 2008 • Nardò Rosato doc 2008 • Nardò Rosso doc 2007 • Primitivo Salento igt 2006
• Primitivo Salento Amabile igt 2006 • Nardò Spumante Dolce Demi Sec e Brut
Schola Sarmenti was founded in 1999 in Nardò by Luigi Carlo Marra, who wanted to combine technological innovation with tradition in order to give a new impetus to a wine-growing heritage which is still worth studying and enhancing today. His own vines are cultivated only as bushes, the system which was used for centuries in the Salento, and provide the Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia Nera grapes for the dense generous wines made in the recently renovated winery buildings. Wine tourists and enthusiasts can visit the winery building and wine shop to sample and buy the wines made here.
73048 Nardò (Le) Via Generale Cantore, 37 Tel./Fax +39 0833 567247 – +39 349 2333783 – +39 347 6706498 firstname.lastname@example.org www.scholasarmenti.it Year founded: 1999 Owner: Luigi Carlo Marra Oenologist: Benedetto Lorusso
Artetica Salento Rosso igt 2005 Grapes: Primitivo 70%, Negroamaro 30% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 27,00 Garnet red hue with soft ruby highlights. Intense hints of blackcurrant jam, cacao, cloves, prunes and face-powder on the nose with notes of citron. An excellent structure on the palate with intense flavours and exuberant but pleasant tannins suggesting longevity. Long on the finish. Perfect with coda alla vaccinara.
Cubardi Salento Rosso igt 2005 Grapes: Primitivo 100% Alcohol: 15% Cost: euro 16,00 Intense Majestic ruby red colouring. Refined fragrances of liquorice, raspberry jam, cacao and oregano with notes of leather and thyme. Balanced and persistent on the palate with medium body and intensity, and pleasant to drink. Goes very well with bean and spelt soup.
Nerìo Nardò Rosso Riserva doc 2004 Grapes: Negroamaro 80%, Malvasia Nera di Lecce 20% Alcohol: 13,50% Cost: euro 14,00 Rich ruby red hue and velvety in the glass. Intense and elegant hints of blackcurrant jam on the nose, with toasted almonds, ink, ginger and cacao. Excellent balance on the palate, particularly between the good alcoholic structure and the elegant tannins. To match with a mixed grill of goat meat.
Vineyard area (hectares): 13,5 Annual number of bottles: 120.000 OTHER WINES • • • • •
Roccamora Nardò Rosso doc Critera Primitivo del Salento Rosso igt Armentino Salento Rosso igt Candora Salento Bianco igt Masserei Salento Rosato igt
The Salentusole brand was created in 2001 by Andrea Stefanelli, who was spurred on by the passion inherited from his family. He began to produce wines with a strong character using native varieties like Negroamaro and Primitivo, and also international varieties like Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. Modern wine-making methods combined with meticulous observance of tradition have led the winery to gradually select only the best grapes. This daily commitment and the desire to grow and develop have allowed the winery to acquire prestige and to expand its horizons to the international markets. It is possible to visit the winery and buy its wines.
73052 Parabita (Le) Via Muia, 16 Tel./Fax +39 0833 594611 email@example.com www.salentusole.com Year founded: 2001 Owner: Andrea Stefanelli Oenologist: Benedetto Lorusso Vineyard area (hectares): 40 Annual number of bottles: 150.000
Cartenì Primitivo di Manduria Rosso doc 2006 Grapes: Primitivo 100% Alcohol: 15% Cost: euro 22,00 Intense ruby red with slightly amaranthine highlights. Floods the nose with hints of cherries preserved in alcohol, eucalyptus, paint, butter and flint. Excellent structure, and some of the scents from its wide range of aromas return on the palate, especially fruity and balsamic flavours. Good intensity and excellent persistence. Perfect with buckwheat orecchiette with donkey's ragù.
Nero Reale Salice Salentino Riserva Rosso doc 2004 Grapes: Negroamaro 90%, Malvasia Nera 10% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 18,00 Garnet red colour with light orange highlights. Reminiscent of chocolatecovered dried figs, tobacco and cloves on the nose. Gallotannins are pleasant on the palate and do a good job of contrasting the robust alcohol content. Structure is a little weak, fairly persistent. Very good with zuppa di farro e salsiccia.
Salentusole Salento Rosso igt 2005 Grapes: Negroamaro 90%, Cabernet 5%, Merlot 5% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 8,50 Interesting good garnet red colour with orange highlights. Definite developed notes of cherries preserved in alcohol, toasted hazelnuts, paint, black pepper and slate on the nose. Good balance and intensity with pleasant developed flavours returning on the palate. Medium structure, and ethereal with character. Excellent with sheep's stracotto.
OTHER WINES • Salentusole Chardonnay Salento
• Salentusole Primitivo Salento Rosso
Azienda Agraria Duca Carlo Guarini Boemondo Salento Rosso igt 2005 Grapes: Primitivo 100% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 17,00 Garnet red colour. A lot of intense fragrances of pear compote, cut hay, mint, paprika and cocoa butter with hints of honey and green pepper. Slightly harder flavours prevail on the palate, acidity needs softening a little more. Excellent persistence. Suggested with timballo di pasta ai formaggi.
The Guarini family has noble ancestors, including Crusaders, and the Azienda Agraria Duca Carlo Guarini was founded in 1065 by their ancestor Ruggero. This area is particularly suitable for agriculture, and brothers Giovanni, Fabrizio, Januaria and Anna Guarini now grow vines, olives, cereals, vegetables and rear sheep on their various estates and farms.Their good quality wines are mostly made from the local native Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Primitivo varieties. Wine tourists will appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and the character of the winery building which stands above an old underground olive oil press now used as a wine cellar.
73020 Scorrano (Le) Largo Frisari, 1 Tel./Fax +39 0836 460288 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ducacarloguarini.it Year founded: 1065 Owner: Famiglia Guarini Oenologist: Giuseppe Pizzolante Leuzzi
Murà Salento Bianco igt 2008 Grapes: Sauvignon 100% Alcohol: 12,50% Cost: euro 7,00 Straw yellow colour with slightly greenish highlights. A delicate but intense aroma which recalls hints of lemon blossom, box roots and yellow plum. Pleasant smoothness, good taste and structure. Drinkable and well-suited to “arraganate” mussels.
Rarum Salento Passito Rosso igt 2006 Grapes: Negroamaro 50%, Malvasia 50% Alcohol: 14% Cost: euro 20,00 Intense ruby red hue with purplish highlights. Whispered scents of cherry jam, cloves, vanilla, cacao and incense with notes of tobacco. A complex structure, with fairly good balance and fruit. The finish is warm, consistent and long, with echoes of jam and spices. Ideal to serve with a cacao cake.
Vineyard area (hectares) 70 Annual number of bottles: 250.000 OTHER WINES • Vigne Vecchie Primitivo Salento Rosso
• Campo di Mare Salento Rosato igt • Accardo Salento Rosso igt • Burdi Salento Rosso e Bianco igt
Cooperativa Agricola Salentina Tenuta Palese Morgano Salento Rosso igt 2005 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 13,50% Cost: euro 10,00 Ruby red colouring with soft garnet highlights. Fragrances reminiscent of plum, hazelnuts and cloves. Still young on the palate and pleasantly tannic, bringing out freshness. Good body and fairly persistent. Suggested with curried chicken.
Cooperativa Agricola Salentina Tenuta Palese was established in 1972 by some local farmers with a long family tradition of wine-growing. The vineyards are concentrated only in the southernmost part of the Salento and enjoy an excellent combination of mild climatic conditions and siliceouschalky soils which provide an ideal environment for vines. The most prevalent varieties in the winery vineyards are Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Chardonnay, which are carefully and constantly tended. The cooperative is led by Vincenzo Pascuzzo and also has a consultant agronomist who provides the cooperative’s members with assistance in the vineyards. It is possible to visit the winery and buy directly. 73057 Taviano (Le) Via Castelforte, 32 Tel. +39 0833 911025 Fax +39 0833 919222 email@example.com www.tenutapalese.it Year founded: 1972 President: Vincenzo Pascuzzo Oenologist: Vincenzo Pascuzzo
Crifoni Salento Rosato igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 12,50% Cost: euro 6,00 Typical onion skin pink colour, intense and brilliant. Hints of pear and raspberry sweets with fennel and caper leaves on the nose. Good body and quite balanced on the palate. Unusual satisfying Mediterranean spice on the finish. Recommended with dentex baked with small tomatoes and new potatoes.
Crifoni Salento Bianco igt 2008 Grapes: Malvasia 100% Alcohol: 12% Cost: euro 4,00 Thin straw hue with greenish highlights. Clear fragrances of sorrel and unripe pear on the nose. Prevalently young-tasting on the palate: pleasant freshness, but not very smooth. Fairly good persistence. Suitable with cavatelli and fresh borlotti beans.
Vineyard area (hectares) 40 Annual number of bottles: 90.000 OTHER WINES • • • •
Chardonnay Bianco igt Salice Salentino Rosso doc Crifoni Salento Rosso igt Cannizzi Passito Salento Rosso e Bianco igt • Follie Salento Bianco igt
• Hucumè Negroamaro Salento Rosso igt
Calò Michele e figli Mjère Salento Rosato igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 90%, Malvasia Nera 10% Alcohol: 13,50% Cost: euro 8,00 Charming and uncommon brilliant intense coral pink. The range of fragrant scents includes plum, lily of the valley, basil and pink grapefruit. Pleasantly fresh on the palate, balancing its high alcohol content and giving the wine a good flavour. Long fresh finish. Excellent with grilled tuna steaks.
The area around Tuglie is a fertile strip of the Salento which slopes gently down towards the Ionian Sea. This is where Michele Calò has been a winegrower for over fifty years, cultivating his vineyards on little more than a hectare of land. The grapes used for wine-making also come from rented vineyards where Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are carefully reared using the traditional Apulian bush system, considered ideal for obtaining the best results from the local native vines. Fernando and Giovanni work with their father Michele, and personally follow the entire production cycle very closely, from the grape harvest to bottling. It is possible to visit the winery and buy directly. 73058 Tuglie (Le) Via Masseria Vecchia, 1 Tel. +39 0833 596242 - Fax +39 0833 381612 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mjére.it Year founded: 1954 Owner: Michele Calò e Figli Oenologist: Giuseppe Bassi Vineyard area (hectares): 1,30 owned + 25 rented Annual number of bottles: 120.000
Mjère Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 14,50% Cost: euro 9,50 Pale clear ruby red hue. A little shy on the nose with hints of fruit and some spicy notes. Much better on the palate, quite intense, with a good structure and balance. Delightful long strawberry finish. Excellent with stewed lamb.
Mjère Salento Bianco igt 2008 Grapes: Verdeca 100% Alcohol: 12% Cost: euro 7,50 Intense straw yellow colour with gold highlights. Fragrant scents of exotic fruit like litchis and fresh pineapples, cyclamens and aniseed. Aroma and taste correspond perfectly; soft and intense on the palate, but also fresh and balanced, with a pleasant citrus finish and good persistence. Recommended with baked gilthead.
OTHER WINES • Grecantico Salento Rosso igt 2008 • Stella Tullie Moscato Reale Passito igt
Calosm Iacco Tarantino Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Primitivo 100% Alcohol: 14,50% Cost: euro 7,50 Ruby red hue with garnet highlights. Fragrances reminiscent of woodland undergrowth, ripe cherries and clove pepper on the nose. Intense on the palate, with a balance still developing and abundant tannins not yet softened. Full-bodied and fairly persistent. Suggested with tagliatelle alla bolognese.
The Calò family has a very long history of wine-growing, starting with Salvatore who loved good wine for family consumption. In 1989 the Calò brothers came back to Tuglie after thirty years in northern Italy, and founded Calosm. They extended the vineyards by buying the vineyards of Tenuta Stracca in Alezio. Since 2000, their sons Claudio, Daniele and Raphael have gradually taken over the care of the vineyards and wine-making. They are particularly careful to combine the recovery of tradition with wise use of technology in order to obtain quality wines reflecting the typical features of the territory. Visitors can take a guided tour and buy wines directly from the winery. 73058 Tuglie (Le) Via Pietro Siciliani Tel. +39 0833 598051 – +39 347 5946330 Fax +39 0331 824356 email@example.com Year founded: 1989 Owner: Fratelli Calò and sons Oenologist/Adviser: Daniele Calò, Leonardo Pinto Vineyard area (hectares) 12 Annual number of bottles: 60.000
Salmace Salento Rosato igt 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 85%, Malvasia Nera 15% Alcohol: 13,50% Cost: euro 6,00 Intense salmon pink hue. Memories of strawberry, petunia and aniseed sweets on the nose. Good body, fairly good intensity and persistently fresh on the palate. Lacks a little smoothness. Excellent citrus finish. To serve with a prawn cocktail.
Tisciano Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 90%, Malvasia Nera 10% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 6,00 Captivating ruby red colouring with purplish nuances. Fresh strawberry and violet fragrances on the nose, with juniper notes. Medium-bodied and medium intensity on the palate, easy to drink and very pleasant. Not very long on the finish, but expresses very agreeable floral hints. Ideal with cannelloni filled with meat.
OTHER WINES • Iomia Salento Bianco igt • Villa Valentino Primitivo del Salento
• Donna Stracca Salento Rosso igt • Don Carlo Rosso doc
Over 80 years ago Pasquale Mottura put his dreams into practice around a beautiful baroque-style estate from the late 1800s and this is where the wine still matures slowly in oak casks and barrels. Since 1927 four generations have been involved in the production of quality wines using native varieties like Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera, mostly grown as bushes. The last link in the chain is Barbara Mottura who helps Pasquale’s grandsons Antonio and Pasquale to manage this solid business which supervises the entire production cycle, from the vineyard to the table.
73058 Tuglie (Le) Piazza Melica, 4 Tel./Fax +39 0833 596601 firstname.lastname@example.org www.motturavini.it Year founded: 1927 Owners: Antonio and Pasquale Mottura Oenologist: Ennio Cagnazzo
Villa Mottura Locorotondo Bianco doc 2008 Grapes: Fiano 40%, Verdeca 40%, Malvasia 20% Alcohol: 12% Cost: euro 7,00 Shiny straw yellow with golden highlights. Notes of white melon, vanilla, walnut shell and cut grass on the nose. Appreciable flavour and freshness on the palate, with agreeable notes of unripe plum. Fairly good body and average persistence. With spaghetti allo scoglio.
Villa Mottura Salice Salentino Rosato doc 2008 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 12,50% Cost: euro 7,00 Brilliant coral pink hue, with delicate hints of watermelon on the nose, rose petals and notes of candied orange. Pleasant and balanced on the palate, with a good body; appreciable fresh simplicity and medium persistence. Perfect with grilled octopus.
Villa Mottura Salento Rosso igt 2007 Grapes: Negroamaro 100% Alcohol: 13% Cost: euro 7,00 Splendid intense ruby red hue. Delicate fragrances of plum, hay, vanilla, cardamom and dried violet on the nose. Excellent intensity of aroma and taste, good structure and balance on the palate. To accompany with mushrooms, potatoes and smoked scamorza cheese.
Vineyard area (hectares) 150 Annual number of bottles: 2.500.000 OTHER WINES • Villa Mottura Aglianico del Vulture doc • Villa Mottura Primitivo doc
Published on Jan 4, 2010