The Conti Zecca Agricultural Company tells a story of five centuries that has led it to become one of the most important wineries in Salento and Puglia.
It was 1580 when the Neapolitan Zecca family decided to move to Puglia, more precisely to Leverano, in the heart of Salento, and to start an intense agricultural activity on their farms.
Over the centuries, the production tradition evolved further, as evidenced by the decision of Pope Leo XIII who in 1884 conferred the title of count on the Zecca family, in recognition of the excellent results achieved.
In 1935, Count Alcibiade Zecca, grandfather of the current owners, decided to make wine on his own from the grapes from his estates: thus the Leverano winery was born.
Today, the Alcibiades heirs, Francesco, Luciano, Mario and the latter’s son, Clemente, dedicate themselves with passion and dedication to running the family business and their estates, following the entire production cycle with meticulous care: from selection of vines, the choice of agronomic techniques, up to the bottling and marketing of the finished product. The company protocol is based on the best precision farming techniques, in order to make environmental, social and economic sustainability coincide, carrying out fewer operations in the vineyard and allowing the simplification of work. Within the estates, crus have been identified, i.e. delimited areas in which, due to particular and favorable soil and climatic conditions, the vineyards are suitable for producing wines with marked characteristics that best express the intrinsic typicality of the vines: the wines are born from here. Icon and the Wines of the Territory.
Conti Zecca promotes various initiatives inside and outside the company structure that also involve the tourism and gastronomic sectors, in order to create synergy between the various operators and in order to develop and make known the potential of the rich territory even more.
The company offers the opportunity to visit the cellar: qualified staff helps visitors on a tour through the winemaking rooms to tell what lies behind a glass of wine.
Ownership: Zecca family
Oenological management: Antonio Romano; co-winemaker Giorgio Marone
Agronomic management: Ruggero Mazzilli
Viticulture: SQNPI certified sustainable agriculture
Vineyard hectares: 320
Bottles produced: 2,800,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Foundation year: 1935
Variety composition: White Malvasia and Chardonnay.
Alcoholic strength: 13% vol.
Municipality of production: Leverano.
Nature of the soil: of alluvial origin, medium mixture with areas tending to limestone.
Training system: spurred cordon and Guyot.
Plant density: 5,000 / 5,700 plants per hectare.
Yield per hectare: 50 quintals of grapes.
Production: the grapes, harvested in crates, are de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation, evolution and batonnage in barriques and subsequent refinement in the bottle.
Serving temperature: 12 ° C.
Color: straw yellow
Remarks: with golden reflections.
Complexity: moderately complex
Description: floral, fruity and herbaceous
Observations: the sample opens with floral scents reminiscent of magnolia and broom flowers, followed by notes of yellow-fleshed fruits such as peach and apricot, herbaceous hints of mown grass, hay and mushroom. A pleasant and light citrus note.
Taste – olfactory examination
Alcohols: moderately warm
Tannins: – – –
Minerality: moderately mineral
Persistence: fairly persistent
State of evolution: mature
Harmony: moderately harmonious
Pairings: amberjack tartare.