This DOP boasts just one city, Leverano, but many denomination wines utilising numerous grape varieties, testimony to the extensive and historic viticultural culture on the province of Lecce. Negroamaro is once again the primary grape in the red wines, with a required minimum of 85% if listed on the label and of 90% for the Superiore version, which also stipulates a lower yield per hectare, a higher minimum alcohol, and 12 months’ maturation. Riserva, on the other hand, both for Leverano Rosso and for Leverano Negroamaro Rosso, requires 24 months’ maturation, with 6 of those in large oak ovals. The white wines, including the Dolce Naturale and Passito versions, are based on Malvasia Bianca partnered with Vermentino. Malvasia Bianca, Chardonnay, and Fiano may be listed on the label; in this case, minimal presence in the blend is 85%.
Categories: Rosso (red), Bianco (white), Rosato (rosè), Superiore (superior), Dolce Naturale (naturally sweet), Passito (dessert), Novello (nouveau).