The winery was founded in 1665 by a Spanish man: the count of Lemos. In 1925 the first wine was bottled by Piero and Lisetta Leone de Castris, the grandparents of the current owner Piernicola Leone de Castris. In 1943 the Five Roses was born - the first rosé ever to be bottled in Italy. Furthermore, this was followed by the 50° Vendemmia Salice Salentino Reserve - the first Salice red wine to be bottled in 1954, still 20 years before the birth of the DOC Salice Salentino.
The experience includes a guided tour of the winery with a focus on its over 350 years of history presented at the ' Piero and Salvatore Leone de Castris' Wine Museum. You'll also visit the wine-aging cellar and discover all stages of production, from harvesting to bottling.
After the tour, enjoy your favorite dining and tasting experience:
- OPTION 1 - "LA GRANDE TRADIZIONE" TOUR: technical tasting of 3 wines that define the company: Messapia Verdeca Igt Salento, Five Roses Anniversary Rosato Igt Salento, 50th Harvest Salice Salentino DOC Riserva (duration: 1 hour)
- OPTION 2 - "FOOD EXPERIENCE" TOUR: light lunch buffet and tasting of 3 wines that define the company: Messapia Verdeca Igt Salento, Five Roses Anniversary Rosato Igt Salento, 50th Harvest Salice Salentino DOC Riserva (duration: 2 hours)
- OPTION 3 - "DONNA LISA" TOUR: lunch and tasting of 3 wines paired with the chef dishes at Milo Restaurant of Hotel Villa Donna Lisa, next to the winery (duration: 2.5 hours)
Please note: there is a discount for groups of more than 10 people - for more information, please send a request from the Musement Food&Wine page under the "Tailor Made Tours" tab.