|Comune di Copertino|
|• Mayor||Sandrina Schito|
|• Total||57.76 km2 (22.30 sq mi)|
|Elevation||34 m (112 ft)|
(30 June 2017)
|• Density||420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||St. Joseph of Cupertino|
|Saint day||18 September|
Copertino (Italian pronunciation: [koperˈtiːno]; historical English: Cupertino; Salentino: Cupirtinu [kʊpɪɾˈtiːnʊ]), also known in English as Cupertino, is a town and comune in the province of Lecce in the Apulia region of south-east Italy.
Following Charles of Anjou's successful campaign in 1266, the Hohenstaufen tower of Copertino was held first by the de Pratis family and then by Walter VI of Brienne, Duke of Athens, Count of Lecce and Grand Constable of France.
Copertino became the centre of a County under the Enghiens, who were sovereigns of the land of Galatone, Leverano and Veglie. With the marriage of Mary of Enghien, Countess of Lecce and Copertino (later Queen of Naples and titular Queen of Sicily, Jerusalem, and Hungary) to Raimondo del Balzo Orsini, the county became part of the principality of Taranto. The French knight Tristan Chiaromonte (de Clermont-Lodeve) led the development of the county capital, having assumed power over the territory on his marriage to Caterina, daughter of Mary of Enghien. Tristan's daughter Isabella of Clermont, heiress to the Brienne claim to the Kingdom of Jerusalem, married Ferdinand I of Naples. With the conquest of the Salento peninsula by the Aragonese dynasty, effected jointly by the Spanish army and knights from Albania, the county was gifted in 1498 to Alfonso Castriota Scanderbeg, in gratitude for military support.
The Princes of Belmonte gained the Castle through the Squarciafico Counts of Copertino, to whom the fief passed from 1557.
The area around Copertino is permitted to make red and rosé Italian DOC wine. The grapes are limited to a harvest of 14 tonnes/ha with the finished wines needing a minimum of 12% alcohol. The wines are predominantly Negroamaro with no more than a 30% blend component of Malvasia, Montepulciano and Sangiovese (which is further limited to a maximum of 15%). Wines labeled Riserva must be aged for a minimum of 2 years prior to release and have a minimum alcohol level of 12.5%.
- Copertino Castle, built by architect Evangelista Menga in 1540 on a previous Norman and Angevin fortress, is one of the most massive fortifications in Apulia.
- Sanctuary of St. Joseph of Copertino
- Sanctuary and monastery of La Grottella
- Joseph of Cupertino (1603–1663), Christian mystic and saint.
- Cristina Conchiglia (1923-2013), trade unionist and politician, Mayor Emeritus of Copertino
- Giuliano Sangiorgi (born 1979), singer of Negramaro.
- Rosalba De Carlo (born 1939), Italian head chef.
- Graziano Pellè (born 1985), footballer.
- Adriano Pappalardo (born 1945), singer.
- Beatrice Rana (born 1993), pianist.
- "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- P. Saunders Wine Label Language pg 154 Firefly Books 2004 ISBN 1-55297-720-X