Apulia is a region in Southern Italy that boasts 105,000 hectares of land dedicated to viticulture. Characterised by a territory that is half hilly and half flat, it has been considered since antiquity a flourishing and ideal land for the cultivation of vines. It is no coincidence that its wine-growing history is all uphill: when the Phoenicians arrived, they found a wine-making activity already well underway that they improved by introducing innovative techniques. Thanks to the Greeks, wine production expanded even further until it reached the height of its fame with the advent of the Roman Empire. In the 19th century, production continued to grow until the present day with ever-increasing demand. Undoubtedly, there is a prevalence of red grape cultivation with Primitivo and Negroamaro vines followed by Sangiovese, uva di Troia, black Malvasia and black and white Bombino. Thanks to xtraWine, you can choose your favourite bottle of Apulian red wine with the certainty of finding products that have received important awards from Bibenda, Gambero Rosso and AIS. Apulian red wines are all characterised by a dark colour and an enveloping, warm, sometimes bitterish flavour, especially with regard to Primitivo wine or Negramaro wine. You can count on the presence of the best Salento wineries such as: Antinori, Ognissole, Polvanera, San Marzano, Tormaresca (Antinori) and Tenute Rubino and wines from the best vintages.
Apulia, a long and narrow region, offers an infinite variety of cultivated grapes and local specialities. In addition to indigenous grape varieties, international varieties such as Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot and others are also successful, but the trend is to increasingly emphasise excellent local varieties. The best known Apulian wines are Primitivo and Negroamaro, exuberant, intense and rich in substance. These include Primitivo di Manduria in both dry and sweet versions, Primitivo di Gioia del Colle and the vigorous Salice Salentino.
In the Daunia and Gargano areas, Nero di Troia is widespread, a spicy and expressive red wine, exalted in the Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera denomination. In the Tavoliere, the D'Araprì winery produces excellent Metodo Classico sparkling wines based on international grape varieties and Bombino Bianco. In the Murge, alongside the famous autochthonous varieties, we find Aglianico, Bombino Nero, Fiano Minutolo and above all Moscato for the sweet Moscato di Trani, both passito and fortified. Other widespread grape varieties include Malvasia Nera, Sussumaniello and Verdeca, capable of producing expressive and pleasant whites.
The link between Apulia and oenology has ancient origins. For centuries, the abundance of production favoured the export of bulk red wine to northern Italy. Today, the situation has changed with richer quantitative and qualitative production. Producers focus on enhancing the typicality of the territory, making their wines of excellence known throughout the world. Apulia benefits from abundant sun and colour and the Mediterranean climate favours sustainable viticulture.
Apulian wines can be paired with various dishes or appreciated outside of a meal. The great reds based on Primitivo and Negroamaro go perfectly with structured dishes, while Mediterranean whites such as Bombino Bianco, Fiano Minutolo, Verdeca and Moscato Secco are ideal with fish dishes. The rosés of Salento prefer more structured dishes or tasty cheeses. The regional cuisine offers different combinations: orecchiette with turnip tops, baked rice Bari style, spaghetti with sea urchins, and much more. With the younger reds, horse meatballs and Murgia sausages, and with the more intense ones, barbecued red meats. Among the cheeses, Pallone di Gravina, mature ricotta and pecorino are recommended.
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