Masseria Altemura is situated deep in the countryside of the districts of Torre Santa Susanna and of Oria, in the heart of the Salento Peninsula, an area permeated through and through with Mediterranean character and where the light, the breezes and the sea coalesce in a unique alchemy. As had been the case with Pascotto Carissimo way back in 1222, Gianni Zonin saw in this area – and in Masseria Altemura in particular – the potential for contributing to the renaissance of wine production in Puglia. There thus began a long period of planning followed by one of actual refurbishment, involving the land and the buildings that now represent the heart of the estate’s headquarters. The total area of the property is over 300 hectares – of which 130 (soon to become 150) are vineyards and 40 consist of olive groves – thus ensuring substantial annual production. It is a single holding, restored with total respect for the environment and the original architecture. As in the time of the Counts Martini Carissimo, it now represents one of the flagship estates in Puglian agriculture.
Masseria Altemura lies in the heart of the Salento Peninsula, halfway between the Seas that lie off Puglia’s shores, the Ionian and the Adriatic, and benefits from the breezes of the one – more open towards the Mediterranean – and the salinity of the other. The result is a zone that is extremely luminous: it almost dazzles one, in every sense, to look at it, seeing that in the sunniest periods the white rock that crops out to the surface between one row of vines and the next acts as a mirror for the sun’s rays. These are the same rays that contribute to the ripening of the grapes, because in this area everything is in harmony. The estate lies within the production zone of the Primitivo di Manduria D.O.C., one of the terroirs most suitable for making top-quality wines in Italy. Here there are 130 hectares of vineyards, a paradigm of authenticity and of the Salento winemaking tradition: only indigenous grape varieties are used to make wines whose role is to give voice to their region of origin.
(Source Masseria Altemura Italy)