Leone de Castris

+ 39 0832/731112-13 Italy,
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https://www.facebook.com/leone.decastrisSalice Salentino, a small village in Salento rich in vineyards and olive groves, is the landscape giving life to Leone de Castris’ wine tradition. It is exactly here, on the very spot where today’s cellar stands, that in 1665 Duke Oronzo, Earl of Lemos, gave birth to the company. He got enchanted by this landscape and decided to sell all his properties in Spain in order to draw the best from the Salentine rich terroir. He began to plant new vines, olive trees and wheat along 5 thousand hectares‘ properties, not only in Salice, but also in Guagnano, Veglie, Villa Baldassarri, Novoli and San Pancrazio.

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  • Primitivo

    History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or ...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Negroamaro

    History of the grape: The name is a combination of the Italian words for “black” and “bitter,” however, the latter de...

  • Aleatico

    Limited plantings of this minor red wine variety are found in warmer areas of California and Australia. Aleatico is m...

  • Malvasia

    History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For th...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Italian Roses, that's what’s for dinner. And before you go there let ... one case, the seriously good Leone de Castris, that was not needed since their Rose dates from 1943! Be that as it may, what I also found fascinating during this tasting was being able to go back and compare the sugar and acid levels of the wines after having tasted them.... Read More

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  • Leone de Castris Five Roses Rose 2013

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    90% Negro Amaro 10% Malvasia Nera4.8g/l Residual Sugar6.0 g/ l acidity3.5 PHEarthy with a slight baked edge to the nose which features lots of herb and pork fat aromas along with a nice base of candied strawberry fruit. in the mouth this has plenty of acid but also a nice round blanket of fruit which wraps nicely around the acid spine. Showing s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2009

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    Continuing a virtual trip into Puglia ... into better DOC country than usual for this heel of Italy... the wine at hand greets the nose as thickly vinous, medicinal and blackcurrant. The entry is quite smooth with placid tannin but a little extra warmth (alcohol) overlaying the slightly bitter blackcurrant flavours. Flavour lingers long, with... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Rosso Maiana 2008

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    A somewhat different Italian red blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. It starts out a little thin and metallic with a hint of licorice. There's a good bit of earthiness on the mid-palate along with dried black plums and raisin. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Maiana Red 2010

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    Rich red fruit on the nose cherries, vanilla.......smooth tannins with great acidity that leads to a decent finish Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Leone de Castris Primitivo Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2010

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    Villa Santera had a deep red color that goes towards purple. On the nose, I smelled very little vanilla and nothing. The palate had aggressive, unpleasing tannins and strong alcohol notes while being very dry.So we sat there and thought: "What can we do with this wine? It's undrinkable". We decided to chill it down to around 8°C and gave the win... Read More

    Wine review by vino in love


  • Leone de Castris Salento Bianco Verdeca Messapia 2009

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    I loved this wine! Very fresh and crisp, easy drinking yet complex enough to make your palate ponder a bit. Unique and different - a great way to branch out and try a new grape! Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • Leone de Castris Salento Bianco Verdeca Messapia 2009

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    Rich with aromas of pineapple, melon, orange gel candies and a certain light waxiness this is attractive if a touch simple. Round in the mouth with good acid and a refreshing feel while delivering simple yet attractive lemon, candied lime and light honeydew flavors. The modest finish is acid driven and lemony. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Maiana 2006

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    Wine review by Austinista


  • Leone de Castris Salento Five Roses Rose 2010

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    Wine review by donatrys


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