Wine Tasting by L’Astore Masseria | Puglia, Italy | Of course no visit to Puglia, in the South of Italy, in the region of Salento, can be complete without a proper local wine and olive oil degustation at a traditional Masseria (a typical agricultural estate) and a cooking class. Well we did both… For the first one, we came to the town of Cutrofiano, on our way to the city of Lecce, to visit the estate of L’Astore Masseria. L’Astore wines are favorites of celebrities like Mick Jagger and Helen Mirren. During our degustation, matched with local tapas delights, we tasted three wines. My favorites were the Massaro Rosa wine made out of Negroamaro grapes, and the white Krita made of Malvasia Bianca grapes, all local Salento region grapes.
The Masseria also has a few rooms, for those who choose to stay overnight, to have a better and more in depth experience. L’Astore Masseria is an agricultural estate of approximately 100 hectares owned by the Benegiamo – Di Summa family since the early 1930s. L’Astore was one of the first “masserie”, the typical country homes of Salento, to be saved from a complete state of abandonment.
Next to the impressive olive oil pressing hall, built in the 1700s, is the underground cellar built in the architectural style of Salento. With star shaped vaults based on pillars built with the typical limestone blocks from the Lecce area, the beauty and charm of the cellar has caused many visitors to say it is one of the most attractive and inviting wine cellars in all of Southern Italy. L’Astore wines have been certified since 2010 as produced with organic grapes and very shortly the winery will use solar energy.
L’Astore represents an ambitious project that seeks to explore and to interpret the uniqueness and the potential of the wines from the terroir Salento. This effort is strengthened by the deep and ancient knowledge of the local terrain, able to produce grapes of excellent quality, culled from vineyards managed according to the most advanced agronomic techniques before being lovingly pressed. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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