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Wine and olive oil routes in Salento: Morciano di Leuca, Specchia and Alezio

4 Lug

From the northernmost municipality to the southest part of Salento, wine and olive oil are the traditional products of this land. Production is not only a link with the past, but also a synonym of quality. A brief overview of the centers of Salento excellence will guide you in choosing the DOC products to enjoy the true flavor of this land. Let’s discover the wine and olive oil routes in Morciano di Leuca, Specchia and Alezio.

MORCIANO DI LEUCA –Located in the extreme edge of the Salento peninsula, Morciano di Leuca is 64 km from Lecce. The historic center is dominated by the imposing castle, with high crenellated walls and a circular tower. Worth a visit the facade of the Church of the Madonna del Carmine, also known as “de lu cumentu”. From the glass panes of the square you can see the underground oil mill and the grain pits.

OLIVE OIL –There are 18 underground oil mills that testify to the ancient link between Morciano and oil. Some of them date back to the ninth century and many were obtained from the granaries of the Messapian era. Near the parish church you can admire an ancient stone mill for olives. Today there are many small and large farms as well as individuals who produce and sell quality olive oil.

ALEZIO – Cradle of the ancient Messapian civilization, Alezio rises a few kilometers from Gallipoli and houses one of the most important archaeological collections on the Messapi, in the rooms of the eighteenth-century Palazzo Tafuri, once a stately home owned by a noble Gallipoli family. Its rooms contain funerary objects and ancient finds, including balsam pieces, trozzelle and terracotta deities. In front of the museum, there is also the Archaeological Park.

THE WINE – Alezio gives its name to a doc wine to be tasted in two variations, both from the Negroamaro grape: the Alezio Rosso, with its warm and bitter taste, and the Rosato, drier and more velvety.

SPECCHIA – A timeless municipality, Specchia, 54 km from Lecce, is among the most beautiful villages in Italy, deserving to have been able to recover and enhance its architectural jewels. Today the ancient village is a characteristic widespread hotel, the heart of which is represented by the Risolo Castle, together with the Mother Church and the former Convent of the Black Franciscans.

OLIVE OIL – The underground oil mills of Specchia, ancient evidence of the town’s olive production, are still perfectly preserved today. The municipality is also part of the “Jonica – Antica Terra d’Otranto” Oil Road and its extra virgin olive oil is among the best in the region. Recently, the producers came together under a single label identified with the “De.C.O. Specchia ”(Municipal Designation of Origin), affixed to each bottle of oil produced in the country.

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Wine and olive oil routes in Salento: Novoli and Squinzano

27 Giu

Red, rosé and white, Salento wine is a product of quality and tradition. Similarly, the olive oil is called “yellow gold” due to its truly precious properties. Almost every town in Salento has its own production of oil and wine: a brief overview of the centers of Salento excellence will guide you in choosing the DOC products to enjoy the true flavor of this land. Let’s discover the wine and olive oil routes in Novoli and Squinzano.

NOVOLI– It is the “town of fire”, because every January the Patron Saint Sant’Antonio Abate is celebrated with the lighting of the “Fòcara“, a mountain of faggots that are lit with a fireworks display unique in the world. In the heart of the village stands the ancient Church of the Immaculate Conception, which preserves a Byzantine fresco from the early 14th century of the Madonna enthroned with the Child.

THE WINE –The Novoli countryside is almost entirely planted with vineyards, a feature that has very ancient roots. As evidence of this, the coat of arms of the municipality itself, depicting three bunches of grapes hanging from a branch.

SQUINZANO – Just 17 km north of Lecce, the town is characterized by the presence of numerous churches, from the Mother Church dedicated to St. Nicholas with the Baroque style facade to the 16th century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. On the greenhouse towards Campi Salentina, the Convent of Sant’Elia stands in a panoramic position, hosting conferences and cultural events. In via Monte Grappa, on the other hand, the ancient noble residence of Villa Cleopazzo in Art Nouveau style appears, today the scene of summer events.

THE WINE –The “Squinzano” doc (denomination of controlled origin) was established in 1976 and offers wines such as Negroamaro and Malvasia, rosé and susumaniello, new wine and Chardonnay, excellent to accompany traditional Salento dishes.

OLIVE OIL – Squinzano is also a land of vast olive groves where olive oil is produced. Celebrating the town’s agricultural vocation is the small Museum of oil and wine.

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Wine and olive oil routes in Salento: Galatina, Martano, Melendugno, Vernole

13 Giu

Wine and olive oil are the hallmark of Salento. Expanses of olive trees and vineyards as far as the eye can see characterize the landscapes of the countryside of the Heel of the Boot. A brief overview of the centres of Salento excellence will guide you in choosing the DOC products to enjoy the flavor of this land. Let’s discover the wine and oil routes in Galatina, Martano, Melendugno and Vernole.

GALATINA –The land of Taranta, where art and faith merge, but also a village with irrefutable architectural beauties. 20 km south of Lecce, Galatina boasts a very elegant historic centre where arcades and eighteenth-century palaces, embellished with imposing portals and balconies, alternate until you reach the majestic Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, a true treasure trove of faiths.


THE WINE – Since 1997 the wines of the city have been awarded the Galatina Doc denomination. Among the most renowned productions there are the Galatina Chardonnay, straw yellow, with a delicate aroma, dry taste and good structure, and the Galatina Negroamaro, ruby ​​red, with intense aroma and dry, full and harmonious flavor.


MELENDUGNO – Stretching towards the Adriatic coast with its marinas (Torre Dell’Orso, Roca Vecchia, San Foca, Sant’Andrea) awarded several times by the Blue Flag for the quality of the water, Melendugno is a small town 19 km south of Lecce. In the village, we recommend to visit the numerous underground oil mills, the Baronial Palace of Amely, the Clock Tower and the Church of the Assumption, dating back to the sixteenth century.


OLIVE OIL – A thousand hectares of olive groves, almost all centuries old, make Melendugno an important center for the production of extra virgin olive oil. The cooperative oil mill in the town is a point of reference for over 1,500 producers from Terra d’Otranto who bring their olives here, transforming them into a delicate oil with a slightly fruity flavor.

MARTANO – One of the largest centers of Salento Greece, Martano retains a strong tradition linked to the ancient language of griko, contamination between Greek and local dialect. The historic center is a set of alleys dotted with historic buildings, churches and a castle, later transformed into a baronial palace. We recommend a visit to the Monastery of Santa Maria della Consolazione, surrounded by centuries-old olive groves. Here the Cistercian friars open the doors of the delightful baroque church and the museum-art gallery dedicated to the Gallipoli painter Giulio Pagliano.

OLIVE OIL – With its centuries-old olive groves, Martano is part of the National Association “Città dell’Olio” which brings together the municipalities with an olive vocation by promoting the culture of quality extra virgin olive oil. Furthermore, in October every year, the village holds the festival of the “volìa cazzata”, the crushed olive, a local specialty, according to which the olives are crushed and then left to “ripen” in the water.


VERNOLE – 13 km from Lecce and only 3 from Melendugno and its marinas, Vernole is part of the Valle della Cupa territory, characterized by a deep karst depression. All the sacred buildings of the village are affected by the Baroque influence, such as the church of the Assumption, of Sant’Anna and of the Incoronata. Acaya, a small hamlet, is a tiny sixteenth-century fortified village that preserves intact the castle with towers and bastions.

OLIVE OIL – Surrounded by the millenary olive trees of the surrounding countryside, Vernole still preserves in the subsoil the traces of the ancient methods of milling and oil production, with numerous underground oil mills. The oldest is the Trappeto Caffa, dating back to the sixteenth century.

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Exploring Salento, the land of Salice Salentino wine

28 Giu

Together with Primitivo and Negroamaro, Salice Salentino is the third native wine of Salento. Local food and wine products are an original and “tasty” way to explore our land and its culinary traditions. Together with the classic touristic itineraries among beaches and sea, we offer you a short trip between the provinces of Lecce and Brindisi, to discover the Salice Salentino.


Salice Salentino is a DOC wine, whose production takes place in the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce. Veglie, Guagnano and Campi Salentina, in the province of Lecce, San Pancrazio Salentino, Sandonaci and Cellino San Marco, in the province of Brindisi, are the municipalities where the wine is produced, from the vines Negroamaro, black Malvasia of Brindisi and black Malvasia of Lecce.

Salice Salentino is divided into six different types of wine, among which there are red, white, rosé and pinot bianco (also present with the sparkling type), sweet aleatico and sweet liqueur aleatico.


The wine has a more or less intense ruby ​​red color. The smell is pleasant and intense, while the flavor is robust but velvety. These properties make Salice Salentino particularly recommended on roasts, strong cheeses and game.


The origin of the DOC denomination of Salice Salentino is due to Senator Arcangelo de Castris, who, thanks to his winery “Leone De Castris”, has managed to affirm the value of this particular wine in Italy and worldwide. The winery, one of the oldest still in operation, was founded in 1665 by Duke Oronzo Arcangelo Maria Francesco De Castris, count of Lemos.

In the early 1800s the winery began exporting wine to the United States, Germany and France. Five Roses was born in 1943, the company’s best-known product and the first rosé wine to be bottled and marketed in Italy and immediately exported to the United States.

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