Deeply rooted in local traditions, cultivating the grapes 20 years ago served to give “substance” to the wines produced in the rest of the Peninsula and even in France. But it is no longer like that, and now Puglia boasts of 25 different DOC areas.
Amaro nero and Primitivo
The most cultivated variety of wine for producing red wines is the Negroamaro (literally ‘amaro nero’ – ‘bitter black’), used to produce some of the best wines in the region, even is the title of the most famous grape goes to the Primitivo: the vines that are harvested are generally full of alcohol and full of body.
White wines in Puglia total less than 20% of the total production but are gradually increasing in importance. Local grapes like Bombino Bianco, Bianco d'Alessano and Verdeca are almost always paired with varieties of international fame like Chardonnay and Sauvignon to produce excellent results.
Tasting in local farms
One of the best ways to discover Pugliese wines is to try them in the farms and local wine cellars. It will make you feel like true connoisseurs and the welcome here, like anywhere, is an experience not to be missed.