First year of production: 1935
Property: Mint Counts
Winemaker: Antonio Romano and Giorgio Marone
Agronomist: Ruggero Mazzilli
Bottles produced: 2.800.000
Hectares: 320,00Address: from Bari SS16 to Lecce; exit at Gallipoli for Copertino.
Processing of the grapes capable of enhancing the quality of the territory, the tradition in working it and prices within everyone's reach, are the bases on which Conti Zecca bases a solid and attractive production. Over the years, this beautiful Apulian winery has continued to be a constant reference point in quality production, escaping the temptations of the easy road of approved and mass-market wines. Of course, the quantities are important with two million and eight hundred thousand bottles produced but the quality is high for the whole range of wines and this can only be admired. The company is located in the town of Leverano, the heart of Salento which includes the entire province of Lecce and extends northwards to Brindisi and Taranto. There are four family estates, Cantalupi, Donna Marzia, Saraceno and Santo Stefano with 320 hectares of vineyards planted with Negroamaro, Primitivo, Malvasia Nera and Bianca and also Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Two blends of Mondo and Salento are produced with these two vines, Nero, obtained with Negroamaro and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and Luna, consisting of Malvasia Bianca and Chardonnay. Both turned out to be wines of charm, elegant, yet sumptuous, topping our rankings. The novelties of this year are the complete graphic restyling of the “Vini di Territorio” line (Rifugio, Liranu, Venus, Calavento and Mendola) and the introduction, in the same line, of the new born Agapò, a Moscto Bianco vinified dry.