Although they have always been appreciated and consumed locally, the Apulian red wines have in the past been considered suitable only to enrich the alcohol content of northern wines. This negative image has been completely overcome and today Apulian wines are awarded and recognized everywhere.
Although Puglia also produces rosé and white wines, it is the reds that establish themselves for quality and popularity. Below we present you some of the best:
As the name indicates, the primitive of Manduria is produced mainly around Manduria, in the province of Taranto. In this area the grapes grow on soils rich in limestone and clay, often located near the sand dunes of the Ionian Sea. Primitivo grapes ripen early, at the end of August, but this does not mean that the wine is weaker, quite the opposite. A dry primitive has an alcohol content of 14% and is delicious when accompanied by salami, strong cheeses, dishes based on pork or meat sauces with a typical Apulian pasta such as orecchiette. On the other hand, a sweet primitive has an alcohol content of 16% and goes well with desserts and hard cheeses.
- Nero di Troia
“Black” refers to the very intense ruby red color of this wine, so strong that it almost resembles black. Typical of the area around the town of Troia, in the province of Foggia, the origins of this wine date back to the 13th century, during the reign of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. Nero di Troia is an austere wine with a spicy and woody taste, with hints of blackberry and licorice.
Together with the primitive and the black of Troia, the negroamaro is among the main vines of the region and dates back to the 6th century BC The wine, like the two mentioned above, has long been used as a blend wine thanks to its excellent vigor and productivity. It has an intense garnet red color, a vinous and fruity aroma with delicate hints of blackberry and tobacco. It has a full and round taste.
- Salice Salentino
It is the most famous wine of Salento, in the extreme south of Puglia, land of kilometric beaches and cradle of the magic tarantella. Its dark ruby red color has shades of purple; its intense aroma includes a hint of plum and cherry. It has a rich and well-structured taste, with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste, and is an excellent accompaniment to tasty first courses, meats and cheeses.
- 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 the scent is typical of a delicate wine. The taste is intense, dry and harmonious. Ideally it should be served at 16 ° C and accompanied by cured meats, aged cheeses, pasta with meat sauces, poultry or baked rabbit.