Apollonio Casa Vinicola is an estate in Monteroni di Lecce in the Salento region of Puglia, Italy. It produces wines under the IGP SalentoCopertino DOCSalice Salentino DOC, Squinzano DOC.

Owner: The Apollonio family’s history took root here in 1870.

Contact: Antonio Massimiliano Apollonio.

Vineyards: Planted with the  Salento’s main grape varieties: mainly Negroamaro and Primitivo, but also Malvasia Nera, Susumaniello, and Bianco d’Alessano.

White wines

IGP Salento Bianco, Elfo: 2014 100% Bianco d’Alessano. 12%. Lighter, herbier style of white, feels a bit watery on the nose. Whiff of sulphur. Palate is spritzy, cool fermented, with sulfur/matchstick too. Simple, dilute really (Radici del Sud 13th June 2015).

Pink wines

IGP Salento Rosato, Elfo: 2010 Elfo Negroamaro.

Red wines

IGP Salento Rosso2010 100% Negroamaro. 15% alcohol. Modernist nose, lozenge cherry. Well done, bit sappy for me, but smooth, has that Negroamaro character but in a modern interpretation (cultured yeast I guess). ‘Balanced’ says Ole Udsen (Radici del Sud 13th June 2015).

IGP Salento Rosso, Elfo2010 Negroamaro. 

IGP Salento Rosso, Terragnolo: 2004 Negroamaro aged in American oak. | 2007 50% Negroamaro and 50% Primitivo. 

Copertino DOC2004 70% Negroamaro, 15% Montepulciano, 5% Malvasia Nera di Lecce, 5% Malvasia Nera di Brindisi, 5% Sangiovese.

Salice Salentino DOC Rosso: 2006 80% Negroamaro, 10% Malvasia Nera Lecce, 10% Malvasia Nera Brindisi. 

Squinzano DOC: 2003 70% Negroamaro, 15% Sangiovese, 10% Malvasia Nera di Lecce, 5% Malvasia Nera di Brindisi. Six months in French oak.


Apollonio Casa Vinicola

Via S. Pietro in Lama, 7

73047 Monteroni di Lecce (LE), Italy

Website: www.apolloniovini.it