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While for many years, Puglia wine was used as a "blending wine" to strengthen wines from northern Italy, today producers have dedicated themselves to highlighting the region's immense potential, focusing on the quality of their products.
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Puglia, always among the most significant wine producers in Italy, boasts an enological heritage of immeasurable value. History teaches us that these regions have abundant cultivation of premium grapes. The fact remains that until a few decades ago, grapes from Southern Italy (Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicilia, and Campania) would journey to more renowned Italian wine regions like Tuscany and Piedmont.
Gradually, local farmers transitioned into producers, creating their own Puglia wines, bottling them, and garnering increasing recognition in both domestic and international markets.
Puglia has also attracted investments in the wine sector, as seen in the case of Tenuta Tormaresca, owned by the Tuscan company Antinori. The Marquis Piero Antinori, captivated by the Puglian landscape, decided to invest by acquiring an estate in the '90s.
Tenuta Tormaresca, divided into two estates - Bocca di Lupo and Masseria Maime - covers around 640 hectares of land and cultivates a wide range of grape varieties. The production of this estate spans from excellent Puglia red wines to sensational Puglia rosé wines and prestigious Puglia white wines made from fiano grape and chardonnay, exported worldwide.
Viticulture is a significant economic activity in the Italian region of Puglia, characterized by a terrain that ranges from hilly to flat. Starting from the north, the first wine-growing area encountered is Gargano, a promontory composed of limestone and volcanic rocks with occasionally steep surfaces, covered by lush Mediterranean vegetation.
Next is the Tavoliere, still within the province of Foggia, then the Murge, a vast area extending across the provinces of Barletta-Andria-Trani, Bari, and Brindisi, and finally, the Salento, encompassing the province of Lecce and parts of Brindisi and Taranto. In the area between Brindisi and Taranto, the most common trellising method is "Alberello," but it is gradually being replaced by espalier systems for greater efficiency and optimization of Puglia wine production.
Despite the vineyard area of the region having decreased by 50% compared to the years of the wine in Puglia production boom, reaching around 95,000 hectares in 2010, the annual wine production still exceeds 8 million hectoliters (2015 data).
Currently, the region is undergoing significant development in the Puglia wine sector, particularly because, after years of wine production focused on high yields per hectare, there is a concerted effort to enhance the territory and Puglia wines to achieve respectable levels of quality. This is being achieved through the use of indigenous grape varieties, marking a shift in the approach to Puglia winemaking.
The region of Puglia, located in the heel of the Italian boot, serves as a vital agricultural hub for the country, producing wheat, olives, vegetables, and fruits that supply much of Europe. It's no surprise, then, that wine grape cultivation is also a shining achievement in the region. Second only to Veneto, Puglia is a true powerhouse in the wine industry, accounting for about one-fifth of Italy's total wine production.
Despite its considerable quantity, the region is also gaining recognition for its quality, thanks to a growing number of small wineries in Puglia working to revitalize the area and shed new light on indigenous grape varieties that have thrived in the region for centuries.
Through the production of high-quality wines using native grape varieties like Negroamaro, Primitivo, and Uva di Troia, the revival of Puglia wine has garnered increasing attention and appreciation on the international stage. It's no wonder that some of the finest red, rosé, and even sparkling wines are gathering more and more enthusiasts, making Puglia wine renowned worldwide.
In Puglia, the production of high-quality wines has always been a tradition, thanks in part to the presence of some of the finest indigenous grape varieties. Among these, Primitivo stands out as one of the most important varieties, from which some of the famous Puglia wines are produced and enjoyed worldwide.
While the origin of Primitivo has been debated for a long time, recent studies suggest that this grape variety is indeed native to Puglia, although it has been exported to other parts of the world such as Dalmatia and California. Thanks to its excellent quality, the fame of Primitivo Puglia Wine has grown internationally, making it one of the symbols of Italian winemaking.
This black grape variety is cultivated throughout Puglia, but its heartland is undoubtedly Manduria, a region comprising 18 municipalities in the province of Taranto, with the city of Manduria at its center. It is here that the renowned Primitivo di Manduria DOC is produced, known for its rich and velvety wines.
The geographic location of the region is crucial for the quality of the wines produced. The red soil, sandy-clay texture, and presence of iron oxide give the area its reddish hue. Despite the limited elevation, the position between the two seas of Puglia is perfect for ensuring a climate conducive to grape cultivation. The winds blowing from both seas are essential for the quality of the red Puglia wines produced in this region.
Wind is a fundamental element in the production of Primitivo di Manduria DOC. The nocturnal sea breezes that sweep through the vineyards contribute to maintaining controlled temperatures during the summer months, creating an ideal day-night temperature fluctuation for preserving acidity in the wines. This is particularly important for balancing the ripe flavors of fruit and jam and the high alcohol content that often characterizes the excellent red wine produced from this variety.
The production of Primitivo di Manduria DOC also requires special attention to the terroir. The vineyards are mainly situated in red soil rich in iron oxide, which imparts the wine with its characteristic reddish color. The nocturnal sea breezes are crucial here as well, as they significantly reduce the presence of stagnant humidity, which can be particularly detrimental to Primitivo vines.
Wines made from the Primitivo variety are typically bold and saturated with rich flavors of plum and dark berries, accompanied by significant acidity and supportive tannins. The Riserva wines, in particular, are aged for at least two years, with a minimum of nine months in oak, creating full-bodied and complex wines that can benefit from further aging for up to ten years.
In addition to the classic version, Primitivo di Manduria can also be found in sweet and fortified variations, the latter available in both sweet and dry versions. Primitivo di Manduria liquoroso is a meditation wine, with an intense and complex flavor profile that pairs perfectly with aged cheeses and chocolate desserts.
The Gioia del Colle subzone, located in central Puglia within the province of Bari, is renowned for its distinctive expression of Primitivo. Situated at the foothills of the Murgia plateau, this region benefits from an altitude ranging from 100 to 500 meters above sea level and a temperature fluctuation that provides a less humid environment compared to coastal areas.
Moving westward, closer to the Murgia, the soils become lean and rocky, with a thin layer of red soil on the surface. These unique conditions yield Primitivo grapes that produce wines of great elegance, freshness, minerality, and longevity. The Primitivo Puglia Wine from Gioia del Colle tend to showcase the grape's more herbal and spicy characteristics.
The result is a balanced wine with a distinctive complexity that ages well. In fact, the DOC requires that wines be aged for at least two years before release, with a minimum of nine months in oak barrels. This aging process imparts a soft and velvety structure to the wine, which pairs perfectly with robust and flavorful dishes.
An ancient grape variety interpreted in a modern way, Negroamaro is considered a native grape of Puglia, with its origin often attributed to the Greeks. However, there is currently no evidence to support this claim, so Italy is established as its origin for the time being. The name Negroamaro is composed of "Negro," the Italian word for black, and "amaro," even though no bitterness is present in Negroamaro when fully ripe.
Negroamaro is undoubtedly one of the most important grape varieties in Puglia, finding its home almost exclusively in the Salento peninsula, within the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce. Alongside Primitivo and Negroamaro competes for the position of the most significant grape variety in the region, thanks to its remarkable versatility and ability to adapt to various production needs.
The climatic conditions of the Salento peninsula, with its warmth and endless sunny days, combined with limestone and clay soils, create the ideal environment for this variety. Negroamaro is highly heat-tolerant while maintaining elevated levels of acidity—two beneficial properties that have led to its prominence in Puglia.
Puglia wines produced from Negroamaro are highly appreciated, thanks to their wide range of styles, ranging from fruity and fresh red wines to rosés, and even to fine traditional method sparkling wines made from early-harvested grapes. However, it's in the classic production area of Negroamaro, spanning across northern Salento and the Salice Salentino DOC, where you can find the most impressive and long-lived Puglia red wines. These wines are characterized by intense color and a tannic structure of great personality.
In Salento, in addition to renowned designations like Salice Salentino DOC, there are also smaller appellations producing high-quality red and rosé wines from Negroamaro, such as Brindisi DOC, Squinzano DOC, Nardò DOC, and Lizzano DOC. But the true strength of Negroamaro lies in its versatility: it's commonly used in the production of wines labeled under the broader Salento IGP, which means there are numerous nuances of wine utilizing this grape variety.
The viticultural area of Salice Salentino, located in the province of Lecce, is renowned for producing high-quality red and rosé wines in Puglia. Here, winemaking focuses primarily on the Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera grape varieties.
Particularly, Salento stands as one of Italy's significant wine regions for the production of rosé wines in Puglia. It was in this area, in 1943, that the first rosé wine in Italy was bottled – the famous Five Roses by Leone de Castris. The Salice Salentino Rosso and Rosato DOC wines are crafted from the Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera grapes. Additionally, interesting white varieties like Salice Salentino Bianco are also produced, primarily using Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco grapes, resulting in excellent Puglia white wines.
The Malvasia Nera, another autochthonous grape variety of Puglia, is often blended with Negroamaro to create wines that are more full-bodied and richer in color. The result is a wine that bursts with berries and spices, featuring an inviting herbal aroma and a well-balanced character between the sweetness of the fruit and the freshness of acidity.
However, it's not only in red wines that Negroamaro excels: thanks to its high acidity and pronounced yet refined tannins, the variety is also perfectly suited for the production of bold rosé wines. These wines, commonly labeled under the Salento IGP, offer a value-driven taste experience, with notes of juicy fruit and a well-balanced freshness that makes them an ideal accompaniment to seafood and vegetable-based dishes of the region.
Frederick II, the illustrious Swabian ruler of the 13th century, left an indelible mark in the history of Puglia and humanity as a whole with his magnificent and enigmatic Castel del Monte. This breathtaking castle, seemingly floating on the hill of Andria, represents one of the greatest architectural treasures in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site that captivates visitors from all corners of the globe.
But his influence in the region doesn't stop there. Frederick II, in fact, deeply cherished the riches of Puglia, not only from an artistic and cultural perspective but also gastronomically. He was a great enthusiast of Puglia cuisine, often enriching it with the fruits, vegetables, and meats from the lands of his region.
There's no doubt that this illustrious sovereign also appreciated the local wines, including Nero di Troia, the grape variety that grew in the Alta Murgia lands and is still passionately cultivated in the Minervino area, producing some of the finest wine in Puglia. This intense and robust wine, with its ancient history and unique taste, might have accompanied the emperor's banquets, perhaps served by his court sommeliers.
In any case, Frederick II's love for Apulia and its riches, among which Castel del Monte shines, not only contributed to making this region an unparalleled cultural and tourist gem but also inspired a passion for Apulia's history, art, and culinary tradition that still persists and continues to grow to this day.
In the enchanting area of Castel del Monte, dominated by its namesake castle, breathtaking landscapes, and splendid vineyards can be found, producing the indigenous grape varieties Uva di Troia and Bombino Nero. These grape varieties are the undisputed protagonists of the production of fine Puglia red wines, known for their remarkable structure and aromatic intensity.
These wines have been awarded three of the prestigious four denominations of controlled and guaranteed origin for Puglia wines: DOCG Castel del Monte Bombino Nero DOCG, Castel del Monte Nero di Troia Riserva DOCG, and Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva DOCG.
Uva di Troia or Nero di Troia, this almost forgotten variety, flourishes in the southwest area of the city of Andria, in the heart of Puglia, where altitudes reach up to 600 meters on the Murgia plateau. It's a rather challenging grape variety to cultivate in vineyards, usually one of the last varieties to be harvested, typically in the last week of October.
The territory of Castel del Monte is characterized by approximately 6,000 acres of vines of the indigenous Nero di Troia grape and around 20 Puglia wineries dedicated to producing this excellent Puglia red wine. Among these wineries, Cantina Rivera stands out, a historic family-run winery established in the 1940s with the aim of highlighting the unique varieties of central Apulia.
The winery produces three red wines that beautifully showcase the Nero di Troia grape, emphasizing refined elegance, skillful structure, and the inherent sensual tones of violet and currant.
Apulia boasts an extensive wine production that also extends to the Trani area, where the Moscato Bianco grape is cultivated for the production of Moscato di Trani DOC.
This wine, available in both Natural Sweet and Passito versions, is characterized by a fragrant and intense aroma, with notes of ripe fruit and white flowers, making it a perfect Apulian wine to accompany desserts and pastries. Thanks to its high quality, Moscato di Trani has become a symbol of Apulian wines and an important expression of Italian wine culture.
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Candido Cappello di Prete Salento IGT: The flagship of the Candido winery, located in San Donaci, in the province of Brindisi. This fine Puglia red wine, IGT Salento, has an intense ruby color with purple reflections and a spicy aroma with delicate hints of vanilla. Its great structure, full and velvety taste, and aromatic notes make it an elegant and remarkably refined wine.
Candido Cappello di Prete is known for pioneering the aging of Negroamaro red wines in small wooden barrels. It's made from 100% Negroamaro grapes, subject to a long maceration in steel, followed by malolactic fermentation and aging in barriques. To fully enjoy its sensory qualities, we recommend pairing it with roasted or grilled beef, lamb, game, and hard cheeses.
Produttori di Manduria Lirica Primitivo di Manduria DOC: Another must-have among Apulian red wines. Full-bodied and intense, with an aroma of ripe fruit and chocolate with balsamic notes. A rich and persistent taste with spicy hints on the finish. It's matured in large oak barrels for 9 months before being bottled.
It can be enjoyed right after purchase or left to rest in the cellar for another 5 years for a harmonious result. How to serve it? It pairs well with various types of meat, flavorful vegetables, and substantial pasta dishes. It should be served at a temperature between 18°C and 20°C.
Rivera Cappellaccio Aglianico Castel del Monte Riserva DOC: Aglianico is one of the oldest grape varieties in the world, introduced by the ancient Greeks at least 3000 years ago to the Southern area of Italy, then known as "Enotria" or Land of Wine.
Currently, it's one of Italy's finest wines, widely recognized for its elegance and aging potential, often referred to as the "Nebbiolo of the South". This wine is part of Cantina Rivera's Cru. It presents an intense red color, a rich aroma with notes of fruit and leather, a warm and full taste, and a long finish with spicy undertones.
A unique grape grown only in these vineyards, then aged for 12 months in oak barrels. It can be aged for at least 5 years without losing its savoriness, if stored correctly in a cool cellar. How to serve it? It pairs well with flavorful dishes based on red meat or aged cheeses.
Puer Apuliae Castel del Monte Nero di Troia Riserva Docg: is a wine deeply connected to the history of Apulia. Its name, Puer Apuliae, recalls the nickname of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia, who left an indelible mark on the territory with Castel del Monte. This excellent and elegant Apulian red wine was created using a nearly forgotten clone of Nero di Troia, selected by the renowned Cantina Rivera in its Tafuri vineyard.
Modern winemaking and 14 months of aging in new French oak barrels have created a wine of great aromatic intensity, where characteristic notes of the grape variety, such as violet and star anise, emerge prominently. On the palate, this wine stands out for its density and elegance, with a persistent and very long finish.
With an aging potential of 12-15 years, Puer Apuliae is a perfect Puglia wine to enjoy with meat dishes, game, or hard cheeses. Its alcohol content of 14.0% makes it powerful and full-bodied, ideal for special occasions and fully appreciating the charm of Puglia.
Five Roses Leone de Castris: This elegant Puglia rosé wine immediately captures attention with its intense and bright coral pink color. On the nose, it emits a precise and well-defined profile, characterized by fruity and floral notes that harmonize beautifully.
On the palate, Five Roses presents itself as a light-bodied and fresh wine, very enjoyable to drink thanks to its fruity taste and pleasant saline undertone. Leone de Castris winery has paved the way for Puglia rosé production with this wine, becoming a benchmark in the national wine scene.
Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria: Produced in the classic area of the Primitivo di Manduria DOC, from the almost century-old vineyards of Cantine San Marzano. The grapes, hand-harvested when fully mature, are vinified and then aged for 12 months in French and American oak barriques.
This elegant and harmonious Puglia red wine is characterized by enveloping and intriguing aromas that take the taster on an intense journey. It represents the qualitative peak of Cantina San Marzano and is one of the most interesting expressions of the great Mediterranean grape variety. The color is deep ruby red, while the nose detects aromas of sweet fruit, spices, licorice, tobacco, and cocoa.
On the palate, it's rich, intense, explosive yet balanced and elegant, with an opulent structure and warm, soft, enveloping sensations. We recommend serving it in a wide glass to allow proper oxygenation. It can be enjoyed right away or left in the cellar for a few years, and it pairs perfectly with meat dishes such as lamb chops, braised beef, and roasted pork leg. In general, it's excellent for important preparations.
Tormaresca Pietrabianca Castel del Monte Chardonnay DOC: takes its name from the light rock present in the soil where Chardonnay grapes are grown. This Apulian white wine is produced at the Bocca di Lupo estate, one of Tormaresca Antinori's two estates dedicated to enhancing the ancient indigenous grape varieties of the region.
The Marchesi Antinori family has created a winemaking reality of great beauty in Apulia. The production process involves vinifying and aging Chardonnay grapes in barriques, while Fiano grapes are vinified in steel, giving the wine a light wood note while maintaining a pleasant freshness and acidity.
The bouquet of this Puglia white wine is complex and intriguing, with hints of citrus, white fruit, magnolia flowers, and vanilla notes. On the palate, the wine has a salty and mineral taste that makes it perfect for a delicate fish-based menu. This white Apulian wine expresses the Antinori style and the beauty of the Apulian land to the fullest.
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