About the Night

Salice Salentino, a small village in Salento rich in vineyards and olive trees, is the landscape giving life to Leone de Castris’ wine tradition.

It is exactly here, on the very spot where today’s cellar stands, that in 1665 Duke Oronzo of the family of Earls of Lemos, gave birth to the company. He got enchanted by this landscape and decided to sell all his properties in Spain in order to draw the best from the Salentine rich terroir.

He began to plant new vines, olive trees and wheat along 5 thousand hectares‘ properties, not only in Salice, but also in Guagnano, Veglie, Villa Baldassarri, Novoli and San Pancrazio.

From the beginning of the 19th century the Winery used to export bulk wine to the United States, Germany and France until, with Piero and Lisetta Leone de Castris, the bottling had its start in 1925. An extremely important year, 1943, marks the birth of Five Roses and the improvement of the bottling line that has seen our rosé being the first ever bottled in Italy and sold first of all in USA.

The production of Five Roses, in fact, began during the end of the Second World War, thanks to the initiative and boldness of Don Piero. He had his wine tasted by the American General Charles Poletti, Supply Officer of the Allied Forces. It was a success and from then on Five Roses has been our most important wine, traditionally speaking, and the first one making our company know, together with Salento, all over the world. The name “Five Roses” derives from a “contrada” belonging to the family, so called because for several generations each de Castris had 5 children.

In the ‘60s, the direction of the Company was handled by Cavaliere del Lavoro, Salvatore Leone de Castris and thanks to him the company had an important development, both locally and internationally speaking.
His know-how, of continuous improvement, is now carried on by his son Piernicola Leone de Castris, managing director since late ‘90s.

New vines have been planted over the years: Chardonnay and Sauvignon, going together with the traditional ones: Negroamaro, Malvasia nera, Verdeca, Moscato, Aleatico, Primitivo.
The Winery’s production is very rich: red, white and rosé DOC wines (Salice Salentino, Locorotondo, Copertino, Primitivo di Manduria), interesting IGT Salento and Puglia wines, sparkling rosé and white wines.
The entire selection is quite often awarded with prestigious recognitions and our products are present not only in European markets, but also in USA, Canada, Brasile, Autralia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, etc.
The Winery is enriched by a huge Museum where the guests can travel through the three centuries of company’s history. There is also an elegant hotel & restaurant, “Villa Donna Lisa”, provided with a nice swimming pool and garden. The newest facility is a cosy and well designed wine bar situated on front of the Winery, named ‘ Five Roses Club 1943’ and dedicated to the legendary first rosé wine to be bottled in Italy

We have always been pioneers and this has given us an historically documented key role in the spread of Salento knowledge all over the world.

Our average production is 2,5 millions of bottles per year.
Leone de Castris has been working for centuries in Puglia and only Apulian products. This could be a restriction for someone, but for us is a peculiarity. Our mission is making the most of the products given by the land in which we were born and grown.

We could say that we represent 350 years of history looking towards future.

The Wines


Tasting Note: Straw yellow in colour. The nose has floral and exotic fruits hints. In the mouth it is fresh and balanced.

Vinification: Grapes are picked in early September. After a short maceration and a soft pressure of the grapes, the must is decanted at a low temperature of 10° C for about 12 hours. The fermentation follows at 14-16° C in steel tanks. Finally, after the refinement on the dregs for about 3 months, the wine is bottled. The maturation takes place in stainless steel tanks for a minimum of a month.

Grape Varieties: Verdeca | ABV: 12.5% | Closure: Natural Cork


Tasting note: ‘Five Roses’ was first produced in 1943 and was the first Rosato wine to be bottled in Italy. Crystalline red cherry colour, it enchants with fruity scents of cherry and strawberry. These delightful notes continue on the palate, complimented by fresh, crisp acidity, good structure and smooth texture.

Vinification: Grapes are harvested in the first decade of September. After a short pressing, it undergoes a cold maceration for several hours, followed by extraction of the juice and fermentation at controlled temperature between 14°C and 16°C. The wine matures in steel tanks for at least 2 months with a further month ageing in bottle.

Grape Varieties: Malvasia Nera & Negroamaro | ABV: 12% | Closure: Natural Cork


Tasting Notes: Intense red in colour with garnet hues. On the nose fruity aromas of blackberry and black cherry, notes of basil and sweet spices due to the refinement in oak barrels. Smooth and balanced on the palate, with strong but never intrusive tannins.

Vinification: The harvest is conducted at the end of September. The grapes are submitted to a particular maceration at checked temperature between 20 and 22°C for a period of 8-12 days. After the fermentation, the wine is put to sharpen in big oak barrels for about 12 months with a further 6 months in the bottle before release. It becomes “Reserve” after 2 years from the date of harvest.

Grape Varieties: Malvasia Nera & Negroamaro | ABV: 12% | Closure: Natural Cork


Tasting Notes: Intense red colour, with aromas of ripe black fruits, spices and hints of tobacco. A wine with a wide texture, dense and persistant finish.

Vinification: The grapes come from parcels located in Gioia del Colle and they are harvested in the last decade of September. They are fermented at controlled temperatures with a maceration on the skins for 16 days. The wine then matures in oak barrels for 8 months and a further 3 months in the bottle.

Grape Varieties: Aleatico | ABV: 12.5% | Closure: Natural Cork


Tasting Notes: Intense red in colour with purplish highlights. The nose is intense with aromas of rose and berries mixed in a marvellous aromatic complexity. In the mouth is naturally sweet, wide and smooth.

Vinification: The grapes are harvested from 30 year old vines at the end of September, followed by a traditional fermentation. The wine matures in steel tanks for a minimum of 6 months and a further 3 months in bottle.

Grape Varieties: Aleatico | ABV: 12.5% | Closure: Natural Cork

"The aim is to have fun and enjoy a glass or two."

With the later addition of Gianluca our manager and his passion and knowledge of the wine, we are delighted to launch our WINE & SPIRITS CLUB, this is an amazing opportunity to experience a tasting menu and wine pairing to represent each region of our beautiful ITALIA, most of our upcoming event will be hosted by the wine producers when possible our our own Gianluca will share his passion with you all.