Masseria Li Veli &

Masseria Li Veli 'Askos' Susumaniello Salento IGT 2021
(Puglia, Italy)


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“Masseria Li Veli is a stunning property that has been showing spectacular results in recent years.... It’s safe to say that Masseria Li Veli is on a fast trajectory to be one of the top estates in Southern Italy." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate 

Masseria Li Veli is an imposing building on the southern most slopes of the Murge hills in the Salento peninsula, also known as the “heel of Italy”. The project is the realization of the Falvo family (previous owners of Avignonesi in Montepulciano, Tuscany) who have also strong ties to the region. The pre-existing stone structure dating to the late 19th Century has been transformed and enlarged, according to a well-planned and functional design in keeping with the style and layout of the original building. 

Li Veli features little-known native grape varieties of Puglia in its Askos line. With just 125 acres (50 ha) in all of Italy, Susumaniello certainly fits in that category. Li Veli's varietal Susumaniellos are a rare opportunity to taste this ancient grape variety that is just starting to garner attention.

The bottling name, Askos, is greek for Decanter and was named as such to showcase a selection of ancient Apulian grapes which are almost disappearing, cultivated in their most suitable terroir. The vineyard is located in Cellino San Marco, Brindisi within the Salento I.G.T., and the vines grow upon beds of clay-limestone. The grapes are manually selected on a rolling table before de-stemming and crushing. Fermentation is done under controlled temperature between 27° and 31°C, to preserve as much as possible the original aromatic qualities of the fruit. Malolactic fermentation occurs in oak, and the wine ages in oak for 9 months before bottling. 

PRODUCER Masseria Li Veli
FARMING Organic
VARIETAL COMPOSITION Susumaniello
REGION Puglia
APPELLATION Salento
ALCOHOL % 14.10%