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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.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

holiday houses -> www.casesalento.com

Holiday luxury villas -> www.villesalento.it

email -> info@villesalento.it

Mobile Phones -> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/461763

Exploring Salento, the land of Primitivo wine

14 Giu

Do you want to explore Salento in an different way? We suggest you an alternative way to visit our land, following the Via del Primitivo, a wine of local production which, together with Negroamaro, is one of the main products of Salento. Through a path that combines taste with history, we discover the origins and properties of this wonderful grape variety.

From Manduria to Lizzano, passing through S. Giorgio Jonico, Pulsano, Leporano, San Marzano di San Giuseppe, Sava and Avetrana, here they are the villages where we can find Primitivo wine. With a red color and an intense flavor, Primitivo goes well with cheeses, legume soups, grilled lamb.


Always used as a cutting wine, today Primitivo di Manduria represents one of the main product of Salento’s enology. The notes of sweet and ripe fruit (blackberries, cherries, plums) and spices define the taste of Primitivo, a wine with low acidity and high alcohol content.

Dry as a meal or natural dessert, the wine goes perfectly with grilled meats or aged cheeses. Primitivo is also the perfect companion for traditional Apulian sweets with ricotta, almond and dried fig fillings. A glass of Primitivo is fine even if tasted alone: you’ll be able to appreciate its particular notes. There are two different types: Primitivo di Manduria DOC and Primitivo di Manduria natural sweet DOCG.



It is not clear when the vine came in Salento. Maybe it was the ancient Greeks who brought it here or the Romans from Dalmatia. In fact, the wine is genetically very similar to the Crljenak Kastelsnski cultivated from Istria to the Sabbioncello peninsula. Another descendant from Primitivo is Zinfandel, a California cult species. In fact, it seems that, in the early nineteenth century, it was exported overseas by some Apulian migrant.

For the production of wine, the harvests take place at night, the only time when you can have respite from the heat and the sun. In 2011, in the Dolce Naturale version, the Primitivo becomes DOCG, protected and enhanced by the presence of the Primitivo Protection Consortium.


The Primitivo paths unfold in unparalleled naturalistic scenarios. We suggest you to bring comfortable shoes and a camera to capture the enchanting landscapes, such as the Natural Reserves of the Eastern Tarantino Coast: from the salt pans animated by numerous species of birds, including pink flamingos, to the marshes embellished with multiple varieties of orchids, holm oak woods and the presence of the Chidro river, custodian of Roman necropolises.

Lastly, we recommend a visit to the Museum of the Primitive Wine Civilization, testimony of the social history and agrarian vocation of this land.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

holiday houses -> www.casesalento.com

Holiday luxury villas -> www.villesalento.it

email -> info@villesalento.it

Mobile Phones -> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/461763

The excellent Italian destination: dreaming of Salento ..

24 Apr


The Salento Region is perfectly connected to the boot of Italy and therefore for rest of central Europe. You can arrive independently by car, without using other means of transport, but directly from your homes. Given the good road connections even greater distances can be done in very reasonable time. Some advise, this year, to spend the holidays inside the peninsula.



We go from the enchanted sunrises of Otranto, to the romantic sunsets of Torre Vado, to pass through the authentic villages, scattered among the fragrant wild countryside. This sinuous patch of land caresses the sea without shaking it. The soft beaches kiss transparent water. Porto Cesareo, Torre Lapillo, Gallipoli, Torre Dell’Orso, San Foca, Pescoluse .. Few other areas of Italy are so dense with panoramic natural paintings, that you can live and feel your own. Relaxation to do what we like, how we like it. An ecstasy.

For those who want, can read a ranking of the best 20 Salentine beaches


Lecce offers real treasures, which you will appreciate walking: Piazza del Vescovato, Piazza Santo Oronzo with the amphitheater, the Church of Santa Croce. You can have an aperitif in the shadow of the Baroque, in the intriguing streets of the historic center. In this video, a fascinating journey through time, to relive the town in the various eras ..

Even Taranto, nestled between the Mar Piccolo and Mar Grande, can revive the ancient and magical atmospheres of Magna Graecia, with the exceptional MarTa museum.


You can choose to start from the authentic Salento villages, staying in one of them: Corigliano d’Otranto, Carpignano Salentino or focus on the elegant Galatina.


In Italy, good food cannot be missing on a self-respecting holiday and here you can satisfy all palates. Fish, meat and products of the earth color the tables and stimulate the appetite with inviting, refined aromas. It is beautiful to make a vegetable refined, already grown in the best way in a land full of sun. Taste and balance guaranteed.


To stay at your best, in a safe and independent way, a holiday villa is a perfect choice, both with swimming pool and on the beach. We can therefore, by slowing down the frenzy that pervades today’s materialistic life (abandoned for over a month), rediscover slow tourism, which enriches in the deep, as the writer of this interesting article claims. We in Salento have made a lifestyle out of slow life… 😉

Happy holiday

To come to Salento in one of our homes, visit the websites:

Vacation Rental Website -> http://www.casesalento.com

Luxury villas website for holidays -> http://www.villesalento.it

Or ask us for information:

email -> info@villesalento.it

Phones -> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 393/8570987




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