Founded in 1999 by the Falvo family, Masseria Li Veli has earned a reputation worldwide for producing premium, authentic wines characteristic of Puglia, helping to transform the image of the region. Set over 33ha, Li Veli’s vineyards are planted to indigenous grapes, including some rarely-seen local varieties.
Located on an ancient Messapian site dominating the fertile and sunny Salento plain in southern Puglia, between the Ionic and Adriatic Sea. The range includes six reds and two white wines, including the Askos Susumaniello and Askos Verdeca, created using a selection of rare, ancient Puglian grape varieties.
All wines are produced in the large cellar built in a light coloured stone, carparo, similar to the local pietra leccese. Beyond the main entrance is the barrel cellar, protected by a large glass door and located on the ground level beneath groin vaults.
The vineyards cover a total area of 33 hectares and a number of factors ensure the grapes are of the highest quality: high planting density, maximum soil exploitation by the deep vine roots, maximum sun exposure and good air circulation
The soil of Masseria Li Veli is karstic and rich in water from the large underground water strata present in the area which builds up during the winter. These conditions allow the vine roots to access water and get through the driest summers without stress. The soil, mainly calcareous and clayey with gravel and tuff, creates the ideal conditions for the cultivation of vines producing bold, refined and warm wines with great aromatics.
All of the estate’s wines feature a quartet of little crosses on their labels – this was the original and distinctive signature of the first illiterate owner on the property deeds – in a lovely nod to their humble origins.