In 1665, the Spanish Duke Oronzo and Earl of Lemos fell in love with the Salento territory in Puglia. He sold his Spanish land and bought an estate in Salice Salentino, where he founded Leone de Castris.
For over three centuries, the Leone de Castris family has produced wine, olive oil, and agricultural products in the Salento, and has always been at the forefront of Italian wine production and marketing.
In the early 1800s, they were exporting bulk wine to the United States, Germany, and France; in 1925, they were the first winery in Puglia to bottle wine; and in 1943, they produced Italy’s first rosé called Five Roses. Produced by Don Piero during the Second World War for the American General Charles Poletti, Five Roses is the flagship wine of Leone de Castris, a rosato that has carried the winery’s name all over the world.
In addition there are a wide variety of grapes: the traditional negroamaro, malvasia nera, verdeca, moscato, aleatico, and primitivo varieties and international chardonnay and sauvignon make a diverse range of Pugliese DOC and IGT wines, such as Salice Salentino, Locorotondo, Copertino, and Primitivo di Manduria.
The winery has always remained in the hands of the Leone De Castris family, and today, they sell their wines all over the world. In 2009, they founded a Wine Museum on the premises, where visitors can explore three centuries of the winery’s history. Guests may also experience life in Puglia and taste Leone de Castris’s wines at the elegant hotel and restaurant, Villa Donna Lisa.
Salento IGT Five Roses
Winery visits and wine tastings
Monday to Friday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, by reservation only.
Saturdays and holidays
By special request.
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