The story of this beautiful estate began at the turn of the 19th century when Antonio Leo started to vinify the grapes grown on his estate, Masseria Monticello. In the early 1980’s, Paolo Leo of the fifthgeneration of the family, who was still very young, had a dream – to follow the footsteps of his father and great grandfather and build a modern, state-of-the-art winery in San Donaci. In 1985, Paolo married Roberta D'Arpa and asked all invitees to the wedding not to bring presents but cash! In this manner Paolo raised his first 30 million liras (approximately $15,000) and soon after purchased 6 additional hectares of land on the outskirts of San Donaci, where the winery stands today.
Paolo Leo’s philosophy is to be in perfect harmony with nature, intervening only when absolutely necessary, thus ensuring that each grape expresses its natural and unique personality.