Masseria Borgo dei Trulli

It is here in the Southern region of Puglia – and its vineyards – where Orion Wines has found the ideal conditions to develop and practice its main philosophy – to produce interesting and excellent wines which can be made accessible to a large audience of consumers.

Over the years Orion Wines has established strong relationships with many growers who have embraced the Orion Wines’ philosophy of vineyard management and cultivating techniques.

Excellent winemaking has been made possible by selecting wineries equipped with the most modern, state of the art equipment, in order to maximize the proper handling of the grapes. Orion Wines’ winemaking team created all the protocols for the transformation of the grapes based on the final objective and in full respect of the high quality fruit that has been carefully cultivated.

With the passing of time and an even better understanding of this beautiful region, Orion Wines realized that the potential in Puglia is tremendously high. The quality of the grapes obtained from old, low-yielding vineyards, cultivated both in the Alberello Pugliese method or the Espalier method, is excellent. The resulting wines display a unique personality and can easily become some of the best that Italy, and indeed the globe, has to offer.

The areas between the towns of Manduria and Sava and the Ionian Sea is where Orion Wines saw the greatest potential. The unique soil, the micro-climatic conditions and the older age of the vineyards all combine to make this small patch of territory which Orion Wines found to be an absolutely ideal scenario and focused its attention here, creating long-lasting friendships and cooperation with many small local growers in this specific area.

With the acquisition of all this expertise and experience, and with an ever-growing and profound understanding of the territory, Orion set out to divulge, both to the trade and the consumer, its research in this area, the wines that it has been able to produce, and the strong link these wines have with this territory, its food and its culture.

It is at this point that Orion Wines decides to team up with Giuseppe Bino - a local but extremely well-traveled and experienced Winemaker - to build its own winery in the heart of this blessed region called Salento: Masseria Borgo dei Trulli

The objective? To maximize the use of this land, its climate and its vineyards in order to produce some of the best wines that this land can offer.

Masseria Borgo dei Trulli has purchased vineyards in the best viticultural areas. Specifically in the communes of Sava, Manduria and Maruggio – in the province of Taranto – where the primary grapes cultivated are Primitivo, Negroamaro, Vermentino, Malvasia Bianca, Fiano and Sauvignon Blanc, and in the commune of Guagnago, in the province of Lecce, where Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are grown for the production of Salice Salentino.

It then found an old Masseria surrounded by old vines, and decided to use this unique location to build its new State-of-the-Art winery where it can produce excellent wines from the proprietary vineyards.

The winery is in the Commune of Maruggio, in the subdivision of Roselle. It lies approximately 5 km from the Ionian Sea and in the heart of the Primitivo di Manduria DOP area.

In Puglia the Masseria was once the heart of vast land Estates, surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. Similar to a Spanish “hacienda”, they used to be self-sustaining and included several buildings for the housing of livestock and fodder, winemaking and oil pressing.

Also, in this particular area of Puglia, spread between vineyards and olive groves, you can find numerous ancient dry stone dwellings (huts) called Trulli (Italian plural for Trullo). The “Trulli” in this area are better known as Saracen Trulli, as they differ from the more traditional Trulli found in the Itria Valley (north of where the Masseria lies) as they have a domed rather than coned roof.

This is where Masseria Borgo dei Trulli gets its name.

The winery has been built in full respect of the land, its surroundings and its traditions, next to an old run down Masseria which has been rebuilt and incorporated into the winery itself. A beautiful contrast has been created by combining the main winery, built in a modern style and using the best materials available, and including the best winemaking equipment currently available on the market, to the classic and old Masseria, which has been re-built in the style typical of the area, including the gorgeous and local TUFO stone, arched doorways and vaulted ceilings.