Salice Salentino DOC

The big vineyard of Negroamaro located next to Masseria Li Veli, surrounded by a perimeter of big pine trees, is just beside a forest called "Passamante".
The reason for this name is that in the past, people who wanted to “have a tumble in the hay” with their lover, especially if not allowed, used to pass by this grove. As a consequence, this started to be considered The Forest of Lovers and took on this name from the words “Pass” (to pass) and  “Amante” (lover)… The peculiar scent of the vegetation in this maquis is perfectly in harmony with the organoleptic properties of the wine.

Grape: Negroamaro
Appellation: Salice Salentino DOC.
Vineyard location: Cellino San Marco
Vineyard Altitude and orientation:
70 mt. a.s.l. – W, SW
Soil: clay with limestone rock
Vineyards age: 11 years old
Vine training system:
bush vines with Settonce system
Plant density: 5.120 vines/ha


Harvest time: last two weeks of September.
Harvest method: grapes are hand-picked and collected in small cases.
Vinification: once in the cellar, grapes are manually selected in the rolling tape before de-stemming and pressage. Fermentation takes place under the highest control, in order to obtain the maximum result from the extracting phase, with délestages and circulation pumping, to extract color and fruitiness from the skins. Fermentation is done under controlled temperature between 27° and 31° C, to preserve as much as possible the original aromatic qualities of the fruit.
After the alcoholic fermentation is finished, the wine is transferred into French oak barriques, where the malolactic fermentation takes place.
At the end of the ageing in barrique, the wine is bottled after a careful tasting.
Barrel ageing: six months in 225 L barriques.
Cellar life: to drink now and in the next 7 years


Dense ruby red with a purplish rim, it is immediately intense on the nose with marked aromas of ripe and fleshy red fruits, notably cherries followed by spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg; in the mouth it is full, powerful, smooth and very long, with a well defined acid streak which makes it fresh and pleasing
Alcohol: 13,5% Vol.
Serving temperature: 16-18° C.