Tenute Lu Spada Estate was established in 2015 with two objectives in mind: strengthening Brindisi’s vineyards and promoting its local produce. The Estate is composed of two allotments, near the city quarters of Cillarese – Scalella and Torre Mozza, for a total of 28 hectares plus 4. The Negroamaro variety is the most expanded, over 6 hectars (aged 50 and add years), farmed with the traditional Salento’s alberello (bush) system. 15 hectares are dedicated to younger vineyards of Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera di Brindisi, Susumaniello, Minutolo, Vermentino and Primitivo. The afore mentioned factors of innovative and traditional techniques, together with organic cultivation techniques, proximity to the sea and favourable climate and weather conditions give birth to elegant, full bodied, modern wines which you’ll fall in love with!
Tenute Lu Spada Estate’s wines are conceived from grapes produced within the estate’s boundaries, solely from our vineyards, on the outskirts of Brindisi, a city whom territory is historically considered to be “the land of wine”. The winery tradition is ancient here, originated with the Messapian civilization, then Greek and after Roman. Writers to the likes of Horace and Pliny the Elder already narrated the wines of Brindisi in 30 b.C. The limestone and clay-rich soils, the favourable climate and weather, the proximity to the sea and to the protected area of the Cillarese park, are all factors that contribute to the high quality grapevines which give birth to our elegant wines, rich in aromas and flavours, full bodied, modern as well as historic. Ancient autochthonous grape varieties such as Negroamaro, Susumaniello, red and white Malvasia, have made Brindisi a prosperous wine territory. As a testimony to this history are the commercial amphorae manufactured in Brindisi during the Roman Empire, whose furnaces were exavated a few yars ago; Romans used to export wines from Brindisi all over the Mediterranean. The wine pottery initialed in the roman Brundisium, together with coins minted here, are still found digging in France, Spain and north Africa. History apart, Lu Spada Estate produces wines using innovative practices, involved in retrieving native grape varieties and old bush trained vines, using traditional methods with the intent to protect the surrounding biodiversity, and cultivating all grapevines organically to preserve the ecosystem.
The new cellar
The production facilities of the Tenute Lu Spada winery will be built in the land of Brindisi, in the homonymous district, near the Cillarese reservoir and the surrounding urban park, immersed in the vineyards that have always characterized the place, together with those of new plant.
The production complex will consist of several buildings around a space that will constitute the so-called "court", intended as a meeting place for the different phases of the activities, ranging from production to the promotion of wine, and therefore also to socialization.The main building, of new construction, will be the one destined to the wine production: the real wine cellar that recovers, in the forms, the typology of the old wine factories that once surrounded the residential area of Brindisi and of which testimonies are still preserved today. although now integrated into the urban fabric. On the main front, along the municipal road that runs south of the park, an old building will be recovered which will be used for the sale and promotion of the Company's wines, with the possibility of organizing small gastronomy for their correct tasting. To enjoy the view of the park it will be possible to enjoy the terrace, accessible from an external staircase that will characterize the west front of the building. Another pre-existing building will be used as offices and guest quarters to close the internal courtyard, around which the entire business complex is organized.
The external arrangements, in addition to making the intervention perfectly integrated into the rural context, will be an opportunity to recreate some places of memory, such as the old "marancino" bounded by walls and the shady areas with grapevine pergolas, in order to fully live the atmosphere of the countryside in all seasons.