Torre Coccaro is a Masseria set in a vaste estate overlooking the sea dating back to XVI century. Surrounded by olive groves more than 800 years old, almond trees, carob trees, this tower used to be part of a line of defense of towers watching the invading Saracens, now has been restored in a 5 star country house.
In the main courtyard there is the original chapel from 1730, still holding mass and used has a point of pilgrimage for the fishermen living in the little coastal village of Savelletri.
Next to the courtyard we find the ortus conclusus a big vegetable garden surrounded by fortified walls that before used to be the place were they got the limestone to build the Masseria, you can walk under the columnade full of local grapes ripe in august and September and you can see the ingenious methods of irrigation made from old wells and channels using the gravity force.
On the terrace of the tower you find the old pigeon tower used for sending messages during the wars. In the huge caves there are the old olive mill and the sheep quarters dating back to the year 1000.
A superlarge suite ( 80 sq mt) next to the antique church in the main courtyard, a very large lounge room with vaulted ceilings lounge with fireplace, desk corner, a beautiful separated bedroom with seaview, a large terrace (60 sq mt) with view of the countryside covered by a pergola with a vine dating back to 1500 were in september you can eat your own grape, a dinner table sunbeds and a relaxing hammock.
Location for many movies and fotoshoot amongst them the “Barilla” advertising spot. Nespresso Coffe Tea & Coffe Facilities, Tivoli sound system, SAT & Sky TV & DVD, daily newspaper, cordless phone, minibar, safe Gazebo on the beach.
OLIVE SUITE WITH PRIVATE POOL
In a secluded area of the Masseria, close to the AVEDA SPA, a Suite (60 sq. mt.) with bedroom, living room with fireplace and desk, bathroom with bathtub and whirlpool bathtube. 60 sq. mt. beautiful terrace with private heated Swimming Pool, whirlpool bathtube, Gazebo, Sunbeds and breakfast table with chairs.
Olive groves view. Amenities: SKY TV, Nespresso Tea & Coffee, Tivoli Radio, DVD player, minibar, safe, cordless phone. Private Gazebo reseved for you at the Beach Club.
ORANGE GARDEN SUITE WITH PRIVATE POOL
Maximum of the confort with private heated pool, large whirlpool bathtube in the room, antique private orange garden more than 200 sq mt, the Suite is approx 100 sq mt.
Romantic fireplace and lounge area, separate large bedroom, Tv and breakfast table, Stereo Tivoli radio/cd/dvd ipod, portable telephone, Tv Sat SKY, Meteo station, Nespresso Coffe & Tea Making facilities, daily newspaper, Gazebo on the beach.
SAVOUR THE TASTE OF THE TERROIR
Restaurants at The Masseria we believe in Puglia Food, km zero and follow the seasons, above all our Organic Famr for fruits and vegetables and the crystalline Salento Sea.
Masseria Coccaro has 4 restaurants: Restaurant Egnathia puglia Cuisine, Restaurant Cabana by our Pool light fresh Menu, Coccaro Beach Club specialty fresh Fish, Sushi and Pizza.
Restaurant Egnathia under the star vaulted ceilings in the ancient stables from 1600 or in the warm season under a pergola of bougainvillea and jasmines or on the terraces with wonderful view of the estate and the olive groves.
A passion for the excellence of food in puglia always searching for local farms for meat and cheese, we have a network of people bringing seasonal specialties: mushrooms, berries, snails etc. and the wonderful fresh fish brought by our fishermen.
CABANA POOL RESTAURANT & GRILL
Restaurant Cabana by our swimming pool with fresh salads, pasta and live grilled fish and meat. Relax under a bougainvillea pergola or lounge on our soft sunbeds by the pool
LE PALME BEACH CLUB FISH RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA
The newest beach club LE PALME BEACH CLUB has a wonderful fresh fish restaurant and Pizzeria puglia style.
COCCARO BEACH CLUB
Coccaro Beach Club a wonderful terrace by the sea with a lounge cocktail bar and the luxury of eating directly on the beach on our sunbeds or in the exclusive restaurant, everyday fresh local fish, Pizza and sushi.
AWAKEN MIND AND BODY
The AVEDA SPA, with a romantic indoor pool, set in natural caves and our special treatments with natural products from the estate. Yoga and Pilates with expert Masters are set in Beautiful Olive Groves or on the Sandy Beach.
Masseria Torre Coccaro opens a new wellness space dedicated only to OLIVETHERAPY, the treatments are targeted towards the face and the body cures with several beneficial effects.
The treatments are manual and follow the rules of Ayurveda and Modern Beauty therapies. The focus is on the personalized cure of the person in order to have a much deeper effect.. They have several effects: antioxidant, firming and toning, drainage, fat reducing.
We use the fresh products from olives such as: olive paste, crushed sansa, oil of sansa, olive leaves) together with an exclusive line with high concentration of extra virgin olive oil. The project involves 3 body treatments and 2 face treatments.
DETOX TREATMENT WITH OLIVE PATE’
It has a detoxifying and restructuring effect on the skin and can be as a preparation for the body to receive more targeted treatments.
We start with a marine scrub with oil of “sansa” and crushed olive leaves, with this paste you will stay for a few minutes in the calidarium to receive a steam bath with extracts if olive oil and oleoeuropine (antioxidant agent from the olive leaves), after you will receive a remodelling massage with olive paste with multi-vitaminic creams.
The olive pâté will stay in place for 30 min, meanwhile we will make an anti-age massage to the face with sansa oil and vitamins. This treatment has a rimineralization and drainage action thanks to the presence of antioxidant agents and drainage manoeuvres.
We prepare the skin with a drainage massage with butter of olive oil and microspheres to have a delicate exfoliant action.
Next there will be an idrotherapy treatment to drain even more the excess liquids ( the water temperature of the bathtub will be of 38° and will be mixed with and extract of olive leaves that gives back minerals and antioxidant agents.
Then with a massage will be layed a film of 1cm of sansa which has a base of drainage extract. We will leave the layer of sansa for 30 minutes while we do a drainage massage to the face with sansa oil.
COCCARO BEACH CLUB
An exclusive luxury lounge on the cristal clear Salento sea. In a long stretch of private sandy beach with secular dunes, a long beach were to walk all the way to the local fishing village. A wooden teak terrace under white tents and private gazeboes for privacy.
A fantastic fish restaurant, fish and oyster bar and of course is possible also to taste the cuisine and the cocktails from the bar directly on you sunbeds on the beach. A lounge area under the palms were there are the massage and treatments pavillons under tents and canes.
A quiet mini club with babysitters for the kids. A trendy boutique with the newest clothes fro Milan, Paris, Formentera and Marakkech. Beach volley and Football small pitch.
Anchored facing the beach our private motor yacht with the skipper for water sky or for excursion to the sea caves of Polignano a Mare, the antique port of Monopoli for swimming in quiet bays and scuba diving.
LE PALME BEACH CLUB
The new trendy beach club, a long sandy beach, wonderful fish restaurant and Gourmet PIzzeria, cocktail lounge bar, SPA & massages, children playground, boutique
SPECIAL LUXURY LOCATIONS
Masseria Torre Coccaro a Rural Luxury farm incredible meetings in a Natural White Cave & Traditional Village Feast Puglia Style in the ancient Piazza
Coccaro Beach Club a long sandy beach, Amongst the 10 Best Beach Club of the Mediterranean great for Glamorous Beach Parties & Sports on the Beach
EXPLORE UNTOUCHED NATURE
The beauty of Puglia Land is best lived while doing open air sports:
- play golf in our estate or on the other 5 Golf Courses of Puglia,
- ride the long sandy beaches on a horse,
- discover the white roads of the countryside on a bicycle and stop at local cheese and olive oil farms,
- dive while sailing in the beautiful bays of Polignano,
- do Soul Running through the Trulli Hills to taste the primitivo wines in the local wineries or on the coast to reach the fishing villages.
A beautifully designed pool in the olive groves with sea view, a natural beach with a large whirlpool tub under the shade of the canes, the pool is HEATED from april to november.
VINTAGE CAR OR VESPA TOURS
visit ancient masserias and historic centres, the white villages of Ostuni & Locorotondo, The Baroque Town of martina Franca, stop in Beautiful wineries or Wine Museums & Dairy making Masserias
Use vintage italian cars: Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia or be more sporty in a Vespa, always with professional guides teaching you how to drive a vintage car and telling all the interesting stories about the history of Puglia
GOURMET BICYCLE TOUR
A wonderful Promenade with a BICYCLE and STEFANO our Guide through 1000 years old olive groves and farmland,
- Stop at an Ancient OLIVE OIL FARM for Tasting
- Stop in MOZZARELLA & BURRATA FARM to see how they make it and for a delicious tasting
- Stop in the Fishing Village fo Savelletri for a Tasting of Raw Fish Carpaccios and Fresh Crayfish
In the white cave learn how to make tipical Apulia dishes, home made pasta, fish and meat from the farms, and the local desserts. We use also our firewood oven from 1500 to learn how to make pizza and panzerotti also for the kids.
After all this work you can rest under a beautiful pergola covered by a vine dating back to 1600 overlooking the country and enjoy the apulian delicacies.
Only 400 mt far Rocco forte masseria Torre Maizza Golf Club. Immersed among 1000 years old olive trees, almonds and carobs, with many up and downs and split level greens, perfectly manicured, beautiful view of the sea from many holes. 1150 mt, par 27 course, driving range, putting green, pitching green, sand area.
In the large estate overlooking the mediterranean sea the Masseria has a farm were we produce, a huge variety of vegetables (Puglia is the garden of Italy producing 30% of all vegetables), local fruits, the Unfiltered Olive Oil hand picked and cold pressed the same day,the jams,the treatments with herbs of the herbarium, the tisanes made with wild herbs.
At the center of the estate there is the Ortus Conclusus completely surrounded by fortified walls, built by benedictine momks in 16th century,walk under a 1500 columnade covered by many varieties of grapes that you can eat, relax in the lounges or hammocks scattered around the estate.
Enjoy the view from the altar were they used to cut the stones for building the tower and eat the many varieties of figs black and white and prickly pears. Follow the paths of the irrigations from the wells trhough the garden or pick the wild capers like the women used to do 100o years ago
OIL & WINE ITINERARIE
The best food & wine tours in Puglia.
Minervino Murge is a recommended stop for lunch at Masseria Barbera, a building which dates from 1800, where tourists can admire stretches of olive groves and vineyards.
The recent restoration has transformed the barns, with the characteristic vaults a lamia, typical of the region, and the historic natural stone floors, into an inviting dining hall where you can enjoy typical dishes and products, served with wine and extra-virgin olive oil with the Barbera label.
Visit to Marchione castle, the historic hunting residence of Giangirolamo II Acquaviva d’Aragona, also known as “Guercio delle Puglie”. Dinner at a typical Pugliese country house dating from 1500, set in farmland at Conversano, in the historic feudal lands of the counts Acquaviva d’Aragona.
Once a sumptuous country residence where aristocrats used to practice hunting, it is now the perfect place to discover the culture, history and traditions of Puglia in a very comfortable atmosphere with a cosy family feel. Here you can sample the best of local cuisine paired with excellent regional wines.
In the town of Noci we recommend a stop at the pork factory L.i.best, to visit the production centre and wild-boar farm. Sampling of delicacies from Murgia such as Sfizietto, a pork sausage made with fennel seeds, or Coppa Murgia, seasoned raw.
A visit to the Barsento cellars, formed of two large rooms carved out of the limestone rock, one used for aging and the other for maturing of the wines. Tourists can enjoy the many quality wines produced by the Colucci family, like the Patruno, a ruby-red wine with an intensely fruity aroma.
Lunch in the restaurant annexed to the cellar, with tasting of typical dishes from Murgia paired with the best wines produced at the vineyard and extra-virgin olive oil with the Barbera label.
An important agricultural town with a good production of both oil and wine, which has received DOC (controlled denomination of origin) status. In the myriad of trulli found in the Valle d’Itria, a dominant feature is the cooperative wine cellar of Locorotondo, now a milestone in the production of Bianco Locorotondo.
At Fasano, you can visit the olive press at the country house S. Angelo de Graecis. The house dates back to the 12th century AD. To the left of the building stands a striking tower with merlons.
In the 13th century AD it became the property of the monastery of Monopoli (Santo Stefano), while in the 14th century it became part of the cardinal’s estate.
Until 1665 it was part of the lands of the abbey of Greek monks of San Nicola, Casole di Otranto. In 1693 ownership was transferred to the Imperial Cardinal who built the church there, introducing the worship of San Lorenzo Martire.
The country house, built with blocks of “carparo” (local tuff stone) with its typical yellowish colour, stands to the right of the complex, corresponding to the 16th-century and oldest part of the house. Opposite the manor house stands a brilliant white 18th-century oil mill, recently restored and home to the Olive Oil Museum.
Here we find the many tools of the olive production trade, the large millstone, the pools in which the pressed olives are deposited and, most importantly, the enormous wooden presses. Behind the main building is an elegant lemon grove.
Among the countless architectural and natural treasures of the house, the finest element is the chapel, the most splendid of all the rural chapels in the district. It was built by the imperial cardinal in 1693.
At Cisternino, at the oil mill Il Frantolio, visitors will be welcomed by the owner Pietro D’Amico, who offers tasting sessions inside charming 18th-century “trulli”. Here you can taste a quality extra-virgin olive oil known as “La Lacrima”, produced from a typical local pressing technique.
The main crop grown in this area is the olive. The imposing size of each tree make them a highly distinctive feature of the landscape in these parts. Olive trees alternate with almond trees, vineyards and to a certain degree seed crops, almost always part of the large farm estates.
At lunchtime, there will be a stop at the Masseria Montedoro, an estate which dates back to 1807, composed of trulli and an old building. Annexed to the country house is the fascinating “Museo della Civiltà del Trullo”.
The museum provides a valuable insight into what the farming folk of Messapica have produced in the past. Set inside a charming “trullo”, it presents a complete collection of tools and products which these people used in farming.
A visit to Ponte Viadotto dell’Impero is a must. It is an interesting construction which dates from the early twentieth century, made from finely worked Mazzaro stone, with a sequence of arches. From its highest point, visitors can admire a long, deep ravine, a carsic valley.
At the centre of the ravine, which can be reached along steep steps surrounded by green, typically Mediterranean vegetation, is the Trappeto del Duca, a large, historic underground oil mill where there will also be a chance to visit the folk museum.
There will be a stop for lunch at the agriturismo Sciaiami Piccola, a country estate formed of characteristic trulli surrounded by olive groves, fig trees and vineyards.
Visitors will be welcomed by a striking view, as the agriturismo is located on a “terraced” hill, and they will have the chance to take a leisurely stroll and be rewarded on their return with the excellent cooking of this establishment, in the best Mediterranean tradition.
Guests will also be able to buy souvenirs, like the organic extra-virgin olive oil DOP Collina di Brindisi and other natural local products, in memory of this enchanting place.
For nature-loving tourists, we recommend taking a walk through the countryside of the “The Nature Reserve of Torre Guaceto” at Carovigno. The park guides will accompany visitors along the footpaths in the protected area, on a discovery of its ecosystems.
The agricultural part of the Reserve is covered with seed crops and ancient olive groves which add considerable interest to the farmlands in the entire area.
The historic olive groves cover about 260 hectares, and lie in a uniform, well-defined area corresponding to the foothills of the hills around Murgia. The ancient olive trees belong to the Ogliarola Salentina variety.
Later, there’ll be a refreshing stop at the restaurant Settimo Cielo, in the little town of Carovigno immersed in the green countryside of Puglia.
This establishment offers an extremely quiet, tranquil setting for tourists, in a romantic atmosphere in which you can sample extra-virgin olive oils and liqueurs produced by the proprietor.
SAN VITO DEI NORMANNI
At San Vito dei Normanni, visitors will have the chance to visit two important museums located in a Dominican convent, the Olive Oil Museum and the Museum of Farming Culture, with implements, objects and relics of agricultural traditions.
Only 4 km further on, in the stunningly beautiful Pugliese countryside, the agriturismo “Tenuta Deserto” welcomes visitors in its 70 hectares of olive groves, pastures and woods of oak and live oak.
The ground floor of the main house is supported by large stone star vaults. It is the perfect setting for social events, conversation or relaxing. Visitors will be served tasty, typical local dishes. The proprietor will also let visitors into his wine cellar, for guests wishing to sample selected wines from the region.
Mesagne is famous for its imposing castle and a splendid underground oil mill which has been skilfully unearthed and transformed into a wine bar.
Here you’ll find the Primitivo di Manduria “Accademia dei Racemi”, which goes down a treat when paired with the best traditional local dishes, especially pasta with tomato sauces, main courses made from delicious local meat and almond desserts to finish off in style.
A fascinating trip through the land of the Primitivo with a video shown during the tasting session.
During the afternoon there is a visit to the Cantina della Riforma Fondiaria which stands at the centre of the historic Terra dei Messapi, part of Wine Route no. 7. Here tourists can enjoy the vineyard’s shop which sells its products, wines by the glass or bottle, virgin and extra-virgin olive oils.
At Manduria, l’Accademia dei Racemi, founded in 1992 from a partnership between vineyard owners and wine experts, who share a love for quality wine production. Tasting the vineyard’s excellent Primitivo is a delightful experience, thanks to its vibrant ruby-red colour, excellent aroma and seductive mouthfeel.
SAN PIETRO VERNOTICO
San Pietro Vernotico is home to the cellars of the farming cooperative “Santa Barbara”, in the heart of a land in which nature, bestowing a temperate climate on the region, has encouraged the untroubled growth of vineyards full of fine grapes.
At San Pietro Vernotico, some of the best quality vines are grown, which yield, (the pride of our production), “Brindisi D.O.C.” and “Squinzano D.O.C.”, whose inimitable aromas make them wines for true connoisseurs.
The pride and joy of the cooperative is the production of the typical wines of Salento: the “Bianco” and “Rosato” are extremely high quality wines produced using modern technologies.
But the real gem of these cellars, produced in limited quantities because of its unusual production technique and long aging in oak casks, is the “Barbaglio”: a red wine with the characteristics typical of the “Negro Amaro” and “Primitivo” varietals.
Further to the north-west of the Salentine peninsula, an area with a historic wine-growing tradition, lies Salice Salentino, a small rural community which has been home to a historic wine cellar for more than three centuries: the Leone de Castris.
The imposing, austere building welcomes visitors and gradually reveals its paintings and antique furnishings, almost like a journey through history to the present day, right through to the laboratories and the modern tasting room.
In the cellar, you can sample a varied range of products, red, white and rosé wines d.o.c. (controlled designation of origin – Salice Salentino, Locorotondo, Copertino) and rosé and white sparkling wines, an eau de vie and a particularly fine olive oil.
In this characteristic Salentine town, the wines produced include white, dessert and Late Harvest, Malvasia, rosé, red, also Riserva and Negro Amaro.
Places worth visiting are the Conti Zecca vineyard, with its noteworthy Nero IGT Salento, and the cooperative wine cellar “La Vecchia Torre”, founded in 1959 by about fifty partners.
It has now grown to become the largest organisation in the province. Don’t miss the Chardonnay Salento, a wine to be paired with hors d’oeuvres and fish dishes.