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Wine production in southern Italy and in Apulia in particular, can be traced back to Egyptian times. Phoenicians with whom the region had extensive trading links, were fully appreciative of the rare quality produced.

Later on the Romans had the chance to appreciate it, indeed they even wrote about it! : Tibullo 54 b.c. , Pliny the ” elder” 79 b.c. and Orace 65 b.c. were all complimentary of such strong wine, adding valuable information on the method of production of the time.

Frederick II of Swabia did much during his reign to promote the cultivation of such nectar in a land blessed with ideal climate.

Apulia is one of the largest producers by yield , in the world. In the past, because of their potency they were largely used to “cut” other wines. Fortunately in the mid 80′ this changed and instead of going for quantity, DOC was achieved by over twenty wines.
This has been possible with substantial investment and a sense of pride in what is a superb natural product, furthermore a sharp focus on quality and on some less known grapes has propelled the wines of this region to international recognition.

Today Apulia boasts 25 wines DOC with 52 reds, 28 whites, 22 rose , 17 sweet and 9 spumante.

Some of the best known wines are slowly finding their way to the UK and Ireland like : Primitivo di Manduria and others full bodied garnet coloured wines.

Follow the link to the next page for a closer look at the area of production of each wine and how best should be served.

25 apulian wines

In the right you can see the type of local wine...

Alezio Wine

The DOC certification has been recognised in 1983 it is prepared in the red and rose’ kind. The red one, if aged for 2 years and its alcoholic gradation is at least 12,5%, can be qualified as reserve. The grapes it is made of come from the areas o...

Brindisi Wine

The DOC certification is dated back to 1979. It is prepared as red and rose’, with grapes coming from Brindisi and Mesagne. In its preparation we used grapes of Negroamaro for at least 70%; the other 30% can be made of Malvasia nero of Brindisi, S...

Cacc'è Mitte di Lucera

The DOC certification has been recognised in 1975. Grapes come for a 35-60% fro Uva di Troia with the adding of Sangiovese ad Malvasia Nera (25 –35%) and, alone or in conjunction, grapes from Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia del Chianti e Bantino Bianco (...

Cerignola Wine

DOC certification is dated back to 1974. It says that this wine must be made of the following grapes: Uva di Trebbiano (at least 53%), Negroamaro (15-30%), Sangiovese, Barbera, Montepulciano Malbech e Trebbiano, up to 15 %, alone or mixed with other kinds...

Copertino Wine

DOC certification has been recognised in 1976; it is prepared as red and rose’ ad the grapes must come from the lands of Copertino, Carmiano, Arnesano and Monteroni; only a part fro Galatina and Lequile. You can obtain it fro Negroamaro (70-100%) b...

Galatina Wine

The DOC certification has been recognised to him, the youngest among the pugliesi wines with a DPR in 1997. It is produced in 5 different ways: White dry or sparkling Chardonnay Red Rose’ – dry or sparkling Negroamaro. It comes fro grapes cultiva...

Gravina Wine

The Doc recognition to Gravina wine is dated back to 1983. For its preparation, it is used Malvasia of Chianti (40-65%) and then Greco di Tufo and Bianco Di Alessano, alone or in conjunction, which can vary from 35 to 60 %. There could be a contribution...

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