The best Italian rosés for summer

Summer is virtually upon us and the holidays get closer every day, which is why we have decided to take you on a trip to discover Southern Italy and some of the region’s best rosé producers. The finest is unquestionably Leone de Castris (Salice-Salentino, near Lecce, in Puglia). The winery, which was founded in 1665, has vinified 300 vintages and was already exporting its wines two centuries ago to France, Germany and the United States. It was the first Italian winery to bottle a rosé wine (1943 vintage), the legendary Five Roses, made mainly from Negroamaro grapes with a balance of Malvasia Nera. Even today, the producer is a true benchmark for rosé production in Salento and its wines boast substantial ageing capacity.


Piernicola Leone de Castris amongst his vines

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Two other wine growers have significantly contributed to the success of wine growing in Salento, particularly rosé wines: Rosa del Golfo (Gallipoli, Lecce) which produces Vigna Mazzi, a well-structured rosé partly aged in casks, and Rosa del Golfo, as classic as it is delicious, a single varietal made from Negroamaro. Finally, there is Calò Michele and sons (Tuglie, Lecce) whose flagship bottling is unquestionably its Alezio Rosato Mjère, a captivating rosé showing unbelievable oriental aromas.

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