At the beginning of the XX century Masseria Li Veli was a cellar built on the ruins of a late Medieval structure, traces of which can still be seen in the present building. The estate is situated just outside Cellino San Marco, half way between Brindisi and Lecce, a land with a long and fascinating history which started more than 2500 years ago. The Messapi were an ancient Italic population of the “Messapia”, the name given by Greek historians to this “land between two seas”, the Ionic and the Adriatic, which comprises the provinces of southern Apulia: Lecce, Brindisi and part of Taranto. First indications of the Messapian civilization date back to the VIII century B.C. After 272 B.C. they became part of the territory of Rome, while partly preserving their own identity. The Masseria Li Veli Winery is located on the historic Messapian area on the Salento Plains of Italy. It was during 1858 that famous Italian economist Antonio de Viti de Marco discovered this place. His sole objective was to develop this area into a state-of-the-art cellar, which would make Italy proud. During 1999, the Falvo family, which had a wide experience in the business of wine-making, developed an interest in these vineyards and took control over the place. Thanks to the family’s single-minded determination and expertise, the place was renovated and it started a new wine culture in the region of Apulia. The vineyards of Li Veli are spread over 33 hectares and the plantation is done in the settonce pattern – a pattern that was well-thought out and invented by the Roman military engineers. Thanks to this pattern, the roots of the vines are exposed to maximum soil exploitation. They are also well-exposed to the sun and air, thanks to which the fruits grown here are of great quality.
Dense ruby red with a purplish rim, it is immediately intense on the bouquet with marked aromas of ripe and fleshy red fruits, notably cherries followed by spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg; sweet and dark, also earthy and exudes calm. The palate is confident, balanced, even peppery, then shows lively, fresh vibrant acidity and spice long onto the finish.