Background | The Martucci family is originally from Greece. Around 1340 a Martucci arrived in Italy in the wake of the Duke of Athens and then settled in the province of Bari in Conversano when the fortunes of the Duke turned for the worse. Later the family settled in Altamura while still possessing the fief of Massanova in Calabria, maintained until 1595, when Baron Scipione Martucci sold it to the Magnificent Antonello di Costanzo. The House boasts numerous ecclesiastical dignitaries and talented soldiers, so much so that on 15 October 1797 the Domenico Cavaliere was admitted to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and in 1831 the Domenico and Pietro Knights were gratified by the Constantinian Order.
From documents preserved in the Naples State Archives as well as the Calabria Archives of the 16th century we learn that Teodoro Martucci until 1564 was Baron of Massanova. 1806 Pietro Aurelio Martucci (son of Domenico Eletto of the Nobles of Altamura and Caterina Filo of the Counts of S. Susanna) Benemerito della Patria, Elected and Patrician of Alatamura, became the Baron of Valenzano, purchasing the feud. The successors of the latter are still owners of the ancient Castle. The Baron Pasquale Martucci in 1923 married the noblewoman Maria Galluccio Balsamo (daughter of Barone Galluccio di Galatina and Anna Balsamo of Lecce). The noblewoman Maria thus brings the Masseria Lamia in S. Pancrazio and Sandonaci in the Province of Brindisi to over 40 hectares of the vast Martucci estate. The Martucci therefore transfer their commitment as winemakers and wine producers to the Brindisi area, which is particularly suited to this production. The Lamia farm, probably founded in the 16th century by the Basilian monks – and currently protected by the Superintendency of Cultural Heritage – is spread over about 3700 square meters and constitutes, within the history of the Terra d’Otranto, an important reference point both from a historical and architectural point of view.
Vineyards | 75ha, most of which is classified Salice Salentino (Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera, Chardonnay). Other grapes include Primitivo, Susumaniello, Aleatico and Fiano di Puglia.
Other crops | Olive oil, cereals.
La Vigna dei Baroni Martucci
Production: Via Lecce 65/69, I-73018 Squinzano (LE = Lecce), Italy
Website | www.lavignadeibaronimartucci.com