Together with the beauty of the sea and good food, wine is one of the masterpieces of Puglia.
In the past, Apulian wines were considered suitable only for enriching the alcohol content of northern wines.
Today this custom has been abandoned and today Apulian wines are recognized everywhere.
Among the most famous red wines, also excellent whites and rosés emerge as a corollary of a wide pantheon of oenological proposals.
Here are some of the best:
1. Primitivo di Manduria
As the name indicates, the Primitivo di Manduria is mainly produced around Manduria, in the province of Taranto.
A dry primitivo has an alcohol content of 14% and is delicious when accompanied by cold cuts, strong cheeses, pork-based dishes or meat sauces, orecchiette pasta.
A sweet primitive, on the other hand, has an alcohol content of 16% and is excellent with typical local desserts and sweets.
2. Nero di Troia
Typical of the area around the town of Troia, in the province of Foggia, Nero di Troia is an austere wine with a spicy and woody taste, with hints of blackberry and licorice.
Together with Primitivo and Nero di Troia, negroamaro is among the main grape varieties of the region and dates back to the 6th century BC.
It has an intense garnet red color, a fruity aroma with hints of blackberries and tobacco and a full and round taste.
4. Salice Salentino
It is the most famous wine of Salento, the southern area of Puglia, a land of white, kilometer-long beaches and home of the very popular tarantella dance.
Its dark ruby red color accompanies an intense perfume with hints of plum and cherry.
It has a rich taste and a bitter aftertaste, which goes well with savory first courses, meats and cheeses.
5. Castel del Monte Aglianico
Apulian Aglianico is produced in the provinces of Barletta, Andria, Trani and Bari.
Its color varies from ruby red to garnet and has a delicate scent.
The taste is intense and should be served at 16 ° C with cold cuts, aged cheeses, pasta with meat sauces, baked poultry or rabbit.
NOT ONLY RED WINE: WHITE WINES FROM PUGLIA
Apulian white wines are also excellent, for example the Tufjano, characterized by an intense floral aroma, and the white of Castel del Monte, coming from the Murge area.
In Puglia, excellent sparkling wines are also produced such as the sparkling white IGT della Murgia and the Galetto sparkling wine.
In conclusion, we present below the complete list of the 25 DOC wines of Puglia: