Wine, Leverano has the rare privilege of having a PDO dedicated only and entirely to the territory of a single municipality.
Wine color: white, red, rosé
Alcohol content: 10.50% – 15% depending on typology
Characteristic of: Leverano (Lecce).
Grape varieties: for white Malvasia Bianca (50-80%) and Bombino Bianco (40%) and Vermentino (40%); for red and rosé Negroamaro (50% or 85% in some typologies) with Malvasia Nera di Lecce, Montepulciano, Sangiovese.
Leverano is only 9 km from the crystal clear Ionian Sea and its wines are influenced by the beneficial sea breeze. Interesting for its architectural and marine treasures, Leverano PDO contains various grape varieties including the versatile Negroamaro. Leverano enjoys the privilege of having a PDO that has the name of a single municipality, reserved exclusively for this area where there are over two hundred hectares of vines registered that characterize it as a Città del vino, Wine City. But Leverano is also the city of flowers, for the many flourishing greenhouses. The Marina with its beautiful beaches is a popular tourist destination, as well as the wineries that can be visited and the vineyards open for racing competitions, as well as events related to flowers that flood the beautiful old town.
The typologies envisaged by the production regulations are:
The denomination Leverano PDO White, also Natural Sweet and Raisin wine is reserved for wines made from at least 50% White Malvasia Bianca and up to a maximum of 40% Vermentino.
Leverano PDO White has a more or less intense straw yellow colour, a pleasing, delicate aroma and a dry, well balanced, distinctive taste.
Total Alcohol: 10,50 %
Leverano PDO Natural Sweet White in the glass has a golden yellow colour, an intense and characteristic aroma and a velvety and pleasant taste.
Total alcohol:11 %
Leverano PDO Raisin wine White has an attractive golden yellow colour tending towards amber, an intense, distinctive aroma and a velvety, pleasantly sweet or medium sweet taste.
Total alcohol: 15%
Leverano PDO Red requires at least 50% Negroamaro grapes and then Malvasia Nera di Lecce, Montepulciano and Sangiovese alone or in blend up to a maximum of 40%. In the glass it has a colour ranging from ruby red to garnet, a vinous, pleasant and distinctive aroma and a dry, well balance taste with a delicate bitterish aftertaste.
Alcohol Content: 11,50%
Leverano PDO Reserve Red must be aged for 24 months. Its color ranges from ruby red to garnet red, with possible orange-coloured reflections with ageing, the vinous odour is pleasant and characteristic, the taste is dry, harmonious with a delicate bitterish aftertaste.
Alcohol Content: 12,5 %
The Leverano PDO Nouveau Red, produced with the same grapes as the Leverano P DO Red in carbonic maceration, in the glass has a more or less intense ruby red colour, a vinous and fruity aroma which also comes from the carbonic maceration, a dry, sapid and characteristic taste.
Alcohol Content: 11 %.
Leverano PDO Negroamaro Red requires at least 85% of this vine. In the glass it fascinates with a more or less intense ruby red colour, tending to garnet red with ageing, the aroma is vinous, ethereal and characteristic, the taste is full, dry, velvety with a pleasant bitterish aftertaste.
Alcohol Content: 12%
The Leverano PDO Negroamaro Superior Red and Riserva is for wines made from at least 90% Negroamaro and must age for at least 12 months. Its charm in the glass is already released by its more or less intense ruby red colour tending towards garnet with ageing, with a vinous, ethereal characteristic, pleasant and intense aroma, a full, dry, robust, warm and well balanced taste.
Alcohol Content: 12,50%
Leverano PDO Rosé is made, like the Red, from at least 50% Negroamaro and then Lecce Black Malvasia, Montepulciano and Sangiovese alone or together up to a maximum of 40%.
In the glass it has a rosy colour tending towards pale cherry, a slightly vinous and fruity aroma, a dry, fresh, well balanced and pleasant taste.
Alcohol Content: 11 %
Leverano PDO Chardonnay requires at least 85% of grapes coming from this international vine that in Apulia has found an ideal habitat. In the glass it has a more or less intense straw yellow colour and a vinous and characteristic smell, a dry, fresh, well balanced and characteristic taste.
Alcohol Content: 10,50%
Leverano PDO Fiano reminds us how this vine has always been present in Salento. For this delicate wine it is required that Fiano grapes are at least 85%.
In the glass, it has a more or less intense straw yellow colour, a pleasing, slightly vinous, delicate aroma and a dry, mellow, well balance, distinctive taste.
Alcohol Content: 10,50%.
The Leverano PDO Malvasia Bianca is dedicated to wines obtained for at least 85% from grapes of this variety. In the glass, it has a more or less intense straw yellow colour, a vinous, distinctive aroma and a dry, fresh, well balanced, distinctive taste.
Alcoholic Grade: 10,50%.