The big vineyard of Negroamaro located next to Masseria Li Veli, surrounded by a perimeter of big pine trees, is just beside a forest called "Passamante". The reason for this name is that in the past, people who wanted to “have a tumble in the hay” with their lover, especially if not allowed, used to pass by this grove. As a consequence, this started to be considered The Forest of Lovers and took on this name from the words “Pass” (to pass) and “Amante” (lover)… The peculiar scent of the vegetation in this maquis is perfectly in harmony with the organoleptic properties of the wine. Italy’s Salento region lies in the southern part of Apulia between the Ionic and Adriatic seas. Masseria Li Veli is situated just outside Cellino San Marco, half-way between Brindisi and Lecce. The historic 8-acre estate was founded by economist and professor Marquis Antonio de Viti de Marco (1858-1943) as an ambitious project to create a model cellar for the region. The Falvo family purchased the estate in 1999 and restored it.