The Alberello vineyards.
In the countryside of Salento, you can walk on a red land, greedy for sun. Beyond the dry stone walls – very detailed stone sculptures indissolubly bound to one another – you get lost in a beautiful expanse of vineyards, rich in history – the real soul of Schola Sarmenti. Looking at generations of vines – from the young giving fresh and easy-drinking wines to the 80-year-old ones – is a great pleasure for your eyes. An important choice that Schola Sarmenti made was to preserve an old Apulian training system, called Alberello – a vine training method so hard as precious – used since ancient times. It just needs strong and clever hands to give high quality and prestigious wines. Fiano, Negroamaro, Primitivo are our autochthonous vine varieties whose stories go back to time immemorable, authentic expression of a loving land, pampered from the gentle breeze of two seas.
The secret of growing
Every plant represents a challenge that inflames the soul. From the strong and luxuriant younger plants which give fresh and fruity wines to the older ones, expression of stories of hands and stories of love. In June, when sun warms air, expert farmers prune and thin out bunches of grapes, leaving just few ones on the plants.
Green pruning is an old technique sacrificing quantity for a quality which will be both the pride of all efforts and the soul of our great wines. We work with passion and patience to grow our vineyards in a natural way, without using any chemical fertilizers or weed killers, respecting the natural cycle of the plants as well as all life of the land and soil, which we lovingly feed with organic fertilizers only. All our vineyards – in fact – are grown with organic methods; they are surrounded by hedges and trees, just a small step away from the sea, in a healthy, natural environment.
After a 3-year-long accurate restoration work, Schola Sarmenti eventually opens its doors to wine lovers – a mid-1800s wine building, abandoned for over 50 years. Not only an old symbol of the Salento oenology, but also an important cornerstone of our architectural tradition has been brought back to its original beauty by the Marras and Calabreses.
At our winery, visitors may admire the breathtaking beauty of the starry vaults made of tuff stone ashlars and pietra leccese. The embrace between present and past finds its higher expression in the unique, thrilling details. Going slowly downstairs, an intense fragrance enchants your heart and you can not wait to uncover our underground world. A last step and you are finally immersed in our wine world – a barrique cellar realized from old tanks where an ideal temperature and a constant level of humidity all the year round make it the perfect place for aging wines in barrels first and refinig wines in bottles later.
A place where you can breathe the air of the past while the scent of wood and the exciting smell of wine give you a foretaste of a perfect delight.
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