Tormaresca’s estate is located in the countryside of Minervino Murge in Apulia, in the DOC region of Castel del Monte, renowned for the beauty of its wild, untamed landscapes. The passion and trust in the enormous potential of the terroirs of Puglia, especially the areas of Castel del Monte and Salento, inspired the Antinori family to invest in the region. From the very start, their philosophy has been to produce wines that best expressed the unique quality of the indigenous varietals, and today, 26 generations later, the core values of respect for Apulian traditions while maintaining an innovative approach to winemaking are still at the heart of the vineyard’s projects.
Nestled at about 300 metres above sea level, Murgia is an area with challenging climatic conditions that throughout time have always forced its inhabitants to work with great devotion to overcome the region’s harsh winters, extreme temperature fluctuations, steep ravines, thick fogs and proximity to the Vulture, an ancient volcano.
Although local varietals like Aglianico, Nero di Troia and Fiano Pugliese represent the heart of Castel del Monte’s history, today, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay have adapted to the area’s calcareous clay soils and cool breezy climate.
Vino & Cucina Tormaresca Restaurant
Via Benedetto Cairoli 25, Lecce
Tel : +39 0832 300456
Menu : http://www.tormaresca.it/restaurant
The countryside around the vineyard is dotted with perfectly preserved medieval villages whose harbours long ago witnessed departures of armies towards the Holy Land and the coming and going of merchant vessels to the major Mediterranean ports. The Castel itself is a splendid and unique medieval military castle built under the Roman Emperor Frederick II that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. A walk in the castle’s breathtaking domain also affords unforgettable vistas of the mesmerizing patterns of alternating olive groves and vineyards.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.