- Country: Italy
- Region: Puglia
Castello Monaci stands out in the heart of the Salice Salentino DOC, which is located in Puglia, a region along the Adriatic in the “heel of the boot” of farthest southeast Italy. The production of Castello Monaci’s estate wines is carefully followed from the vineyards to the winery and into the bottle. The estate is dedicated to their sustainable philosophy and is one of a small number of Italian estates to have their sustainability certified by DNV-GL, a globally recognized firm. Even Castello Monaci’s packaging is eco-friendly, carrying the Environmental Management System Certificate logo.
Castello Monaci is a benchmark producer crafting wines with the unique characters of Southern Italy’s indigenous grapes such as Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. The region of Puglia is drenched in the most intense sunlight in all of Italy tempered only by the nearby Adriatic and Ionians seas, which provide constant, cooling maritime winds. This unique climate helps produce exquisitely balanced fruit. These are wines disegnati dal sole, or ‘crafted by the sun.’ The Castello Monaci estate is housed in a 16th century castle with medieval foundations once run by Basiliani monks who maintained a long winemaking tradition. Lina Memmo, whose family has owned the estate since the 19th century, and husband Vitantonio Seracca Guerrieri, currently own the property. Each vineyard parcel is cultivated, harvested—always at night, in order to preserve the delicate aromatics of the grapes—and vinified separately in small tanks. 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. Vitantonio Seracca Guerrieri, president of the estate, who for years has experimented with selections to enhance the native vines of Salento, supervises the work in the vineyards personally.
“Castello Monaci is one of the most beautiful properties in Puglia. It includes a fairytale castle with intricate crenelated walls and a stunning courtyard garden. In fact, this is one of the most popular sites for weddings in the southern half of the Italian peninsula. The winemaking activities of the estate are managed by Gruppo Italiano Vino, Italy's biggest wine company. GIV was among the first to make important investments in Puglia, and was also among the first to employ temperature-control technology for hot climate wines. I have tasted the wines from Castello Monaci regularly over the past decade and can attest to their overall consistency and quality. ”—THE WINE ADVOCATE
“Castello Monaci is an excellent source of value wines.” —THE WINE ADVOCATE
“Castello Monaci could well be considered a model for winemaking in Apulia.” — GAMBERO ROSSO