Just WOW!!  Appassimento has definitely been the red of choice for 2020.  This new ORGANIC totally overdelivers for the price . Full-bodied, supple, well-balanced with a long finish


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A special technique called “il giro del picciolo”(the twisting of the stem), is applied. This consists in twisting the stem of the grape bunches so that no further nourishment reaches the grapes, thus inducing a natural drying of the grapes on the vine. The grapes are left on the plant for approximately 12 days, and lose around 25-30% of their weight in water, concentrating their flavors before harvest. Approximately 25% of the wine is aged for 12 months in French and American barriques.


The story of this beautiful estate, in Salento, Puglia, starts at the turn of the 19th century when Antonio Leo started to vinify grapes grown on his 20-hectare estate, Masseria Monticello.

In the early 20’s Antonio passed the estate to his grandson Paolo Leo, who inherited the 20 hectares and built his own winery. This marks the beginning of Feudo Paolo Leo as it is known today.

In the 1950’s the 4th generation Leo family replanted the vineyards with Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia Nera and in the 1980’s the fifth-generation Paolo Leo built a modern winery in San Donaci.

Today the winery has a capacity of 50,000 hl, a state of the art bottling line and over 500 French oak barriques and is run by the 6th Paolo Leo and his sons.

Paolo Leo and his family specialise in the indigenous varietals of southern Italy and Puglia and have become well known in particular for their stunning Primitivo from varietal, to Appassimento, DOC Manduria and innovative southern Italian blends.

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