I veri intenditori non bevono vino: degustano segreti. Salvador Dalí
the luxury of slowness
The property is also home to the beautiful Masseria Li Reni, a completely renovated historic farmhouse now used as luxury accommodation, about a hectare of forest, gardens, and about three hectares of olive groves which boast traditional Apulian varieties like Cellina di Nardò, Ogliarola and Leccino.
Immersed in the splendid setting of the Apulian countryside, Masseria Li Reni is located in the heart of Salento, less than four kilometers from Manduria.
Founded as a noble residence of the Troiani family in the second half of the 16th century, it was donated to the Monastery of San Giovanni Battista delle Benedettine of Casalinuovo, as the monastic dowry of the two daughters of the physician Giacomo Antonio Troiani in 1674. In 1861, the Unification of Italy led to the confiscation of ecclesiastical goods, and the estate was sold at auction, passing to Sir James Lacaita, an Italian-English gentleman in 1866 who held it until his death in 1895. The following year his son Charles sold it to the Selvaggi family, owners of a historic palace in Manduria.
In 2015, glass artist Francesco Selvaggi, transferred the property to the Vespa family who has brought the structure back to its former glory through a series of important conservation and restoration projects.
Just a 15 minute drive from the beautiful beaches of San Pietro in Bevagna, Porto Cesareo, Punta Prosciutto, Torre Lapillo and Torre Colimena, the structure enjoys the peace and silence of the rural surroundings of Salento, cradle of a thousand-year culture and repository of the food and wine heritage of the southern Apulia.