Wine Reviews

Luna 2019 – Conti Zecca

Luna 2019 - Conti Zecca
Written by Piero Pardini

Credits: Piero PardiniThe Wolf Post

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

Wine: Luna
Variety composition: White Malvasia and Chardonnay.
Alcoholic strength: 13% vol.
Vintage: 2019.
Municipality of production: Leverano.
Vineyard: 4ha.
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.

Luna 2019 - Conti Zecca

© Conti Zecca – Puglia

Visual exam
Clarity: crystal-clear
Color: straw yellow
Consistency: consistent
Remarks: with golden reflections.

Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: moderately complex
Quality: fine
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
Sugars: dry
Alcohols: moderately warm
Polyalcohols: smooth
Acids: fresh
Tannins: – – –
Minerality: moderately mineral
Structure: full-bodied
Balance: balanced
Intensity: intense
Persistence: fairly persistent
Quality: good

Final remarks
State of evolution: mature
Harmony: moderately harmonious

Pairings: amberjack tartare.

Az. Agr. Conti Zecca
Via Cesarea sn
73045 Leverano (LE)
Phone +39 0832 925613


About the author

Piero Pardini

Da Maggio 2002, giornalista pubblicista.
Coautore del saggio "Gianni Clerici - Lo scrittore, il poeta il giornalista", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Dal 2015, Sommelier AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier- Italian Sommelier Association).
Scrive di vino, enogastronomia, sport, tecnologie.
Dal 2016, direttore responsabile di "The Wolf Post", di cui è il fondatore.

Freelance journalist, since May 2002.
Co-author of the essay "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Since 2015, Sommelier AIS (Italian Sommelier Association).
He writes about wine, sport and technologies.
Since 2016, founder and editor-in-chief of "The Wolf Post".