Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio, Italy

Published Date Author: , June 19th, 2014

Carlos Melia in MaruggioRight after our visit to the “La Citta Bianca” of Ostuni, in Puglia, South of Italy, we carried on to our next hotel for the night, this time we not only where staying at a Masseria (local farm house) but also, a working vineyard and olives plantation, which promised a great afternoon overlooking the sunset over local wines and olives, and dinner.

The estate called Le Fabriche covers about 20 hectares of grapevines, centuries-old olive trees and Mediterranean Maquis. From the panoramic position of the “Serre Tarantine”, the 17th century farmhouse, the Masseria, overlooks this rural amphitheater designed by nature and by men over the centuries. The Masseria offers stunning views of the Ionian sea which is only 4 km far.

Masseria Le Fabriche is located in the countryside near Maruggio, a small rural village whose origin are linked to the medieval chivalric order of the Knights of Malta who received the village in commendam. Maruggio is in the heart of the Ionian coast of Salento, south of Manduria, and within short driving distances from the most important south and central Puglian touristic sites like Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Taranto, Ostuni and Alberobello.

The Fabriche project starts at the end of the nineties, with the aim of using local grapes to produce quality wine within an environmentally responsible framework. Organic farming and close collaboration with the best agronomists, winemakers and Universities are part of this practice.

In 2007, following careful restoration work, the estate was turned into an elegant relais. The junior suites, which are located between the grapevines and olive trees, have been designed to provide a sensory experience of peace and relaxation in a timeless place.

The luxury of simplicity and an atmosphere so intimate it is almost familial, a slow food cuisine made by women, keepers of the secrets of Puglian traditional cooking. The rich variety of fresh ingredients offered by a generous soil is the basis for the preparation of recipes preferably made with seasonal vegetables, keys of an healthy, balanced and natural diet which brings out the flavours of our Mediterranean shrub lands herbs. Le Fabriche cuisine leitmotivs are extra virgin olive oil and wines, organic products from farm to fork.

The wonderful panoramic terrace offers guests an opportunity to dine outside whilst contemplating the beauty of the surrounding nature and a stunning sunset. The gentle breeze from the sea is welcome on hot summer evenings.

I truly have mixed feeling about this Masseria. I really liked and enjoyed the old original main building and the stunning vineyards. BUT when it comes to the rooms, despite they were beautiful and comfortable, the modernity of them, kind of ruined my whole vineyard in the middle of the South of Italy vibe.

Not sure if I explain myself. I was expecting something more rustic, more real, more Italian. But that was me, since some of my fellow travelers, really fell in love with it. My absolute favorite moments of my stay at Le Fabriche, where: watching the sunset from the terrace, zipping local wines, dinner at their restaurant, and my 6.30AM run along the vineyards.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Apulia Gay Travel Resources

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