Under the blazing sun that invades the land with its heat, while our eyes wander among centuries-old olive trees and vineyards caressed by the wind mitigated by two seas, Castello Monaci stands out in the heart of Salice Salentino. The Castle and the Wine Cellar are surrounded by about 3,000 olive trees and 150 hectares of vineyards that represent a leading model of innovation for winemaking in the Salento region. Work in the vineyards is personally supervised by Vitantonio Seracca Guerrieri, president of the Estate, who has made choices, over the years, to promote the native vine varieties of the Salento region.
The spurred cordon training system is used in the vineyards. Beneath a clayey topsoil of about 1 meter, the roots meet a wide band of tuff, the typical friable, porous white stone. In the driest periods, it acts as a water resource for the vines, giving wines their tangy minerality. The work in the vineyards is supervised personally by Vitantonio Seracca Guerrieri, president of the estate, who for years has experimented with selections to enhance the native vines of Salento.
The white wine cellar near the Castle, built by Memmo’s family in the 1970s, has new cooling systems for pressing with thermo-conditioned steel tanks. By selecting the grapes and using meticulous winemaking techniques, Leonardo Sergio, the oenologist at the wine cellar, can ensure the quality of Castello Monaci wines. The area dedicated to aging wines is a very spectacular barrel cellar dug out of the hard rock that houses 1,000 barriques and 18 French oak barrels.
(Source Castello Monaci Italy)