Puglia: One of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2013

From classic regions to lesser-known corners, our editors select this year’s best in wine, food and cultural adventure. Published on Jan 8, 2013 BY WINE ENTHUSIAST EDITORS

puglia within top 10 best wine travel destination

A sense of place—the sights, sounds, smells and spirit of a travel destination—can endear that area to a person forever. For wine lovers, there is no better way to cement that connection than to explore the world around those vines. As the wine market becomes ever more global, packed with offerings ranging from the most storied wine regions to the most offbeat, so does the wine traveler’s itinerary.

Each year, our editors travel the world to experience the best wine and food, and in turn, discover the most exciting places to visit. Our list for 2013 represents the wide swath of cultural and culinary experiences on the must-see list.

Whether your tastes lean toward the rustic climbing trails of South Africa’s Stellenbosch or a tour of a Puglian castle, this list promises outstanding travel experiences and unforgettable wines.

1) Rioja, Spain

2) Danube, Austria

3) North & South Forks of Long Island, New York

4) Stellenbosch, South Africa

5) Monterey County, California

6) Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil

7) Willamette Valley, Oregon

8 ) Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

9) Douro Valley, Portugal

10) Puglia, Italy

 

More on Puglia Region… Flanked by two seas, magical Puglia is a thin peninsula packed tight with the same attributes that attracted us to Italy decades ago: It’s an undiscovered land with an enviable quality of life. The octagonal Castel del Monte, a 13th-century castle, inspires architects today, and the historic city of Lecce offers the purest expression of Moorish-Italian Baroque. Weathered stone and whitewashed buildings pop against green olive groves. Trulli are the mysterious cone houses in the Itria Valley, and all of Puglia’s stunning beauty is surrounded by some of the bluest waters in Europe.

Puglia Prominent Wines
Puglia excels at warm-climate wines made with indigenous grapes. Castel del Monte delivers red wines from Uva di Troia, Bombino Nero and Aglianico. Interesting work is being done with crisp Bombino Bianco white wines and sweet Moscato di Trani. Further south, the Primitivo grape (Primitivo di Manduria) is famously linked genetically to Zinfandel. Local wines show ripe berry nuances, inky concentration and soft tannins. Salice Salentino is planted to Negroamaro (sometimes blended with Malvasia Nera) for hearty reds. The past five years have a remarkable rise of crisp white wines from Greco, Fiano, Malvasia and Chardonnay.

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Mary Obering, an American artist between New York and Lecce

Mary Obering, an American artist between New York and Lecce
Everybody around Lecce from now until 3rd of December must not lose the occasion to see the Newyorker artist Mary Obering ‘s solo show at E-lite Studiogallery (free entry).

“Architecture of light” is the title of this exhibition which is curated by Marina Pizzarelli and, with more than twenty works, includes the latest never exhibited before where, curator said, there are clear suggestions of landscape and culture of Salento.
In fact, the artist has so deeply fallen in love with Puglia that she bought either a house and a studio and, as she said,  Salento represents for her an ideal place for inspiration and for living.

Article written by Sonia P.F. www.soniafalconieri.com

November, time for World Travel Market-ing!

World Travel Market , the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry. Almost 48,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL – London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.

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Marilyn of Andy Warhol on holiday in Salento

“The reason I’m painting this way is that I want to be a machine” A.W.

This is the first time that the most important icon of PoP ARt visits Puglia. A nice exhibition set in rooms of Aragonese Castle of Otranto, Salento, Puglia, Italy.

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Brand new villas with sea view for sale in Italy, Puglia

 Sea-view villa for sale in Italy, Puglia, Salento, Santa Maria al Bagno. Under-construction independent villa of approximately 100 sqm spread on 3 levels and boasting at the ground floor private court yard with parking space, veranda, living room, kitchenette, storage room, bathroom and garden; at the first floor a master bedroom with balcony and sea view, a second bedroom and a second bathroom, at the second floor it features an extra room with terrace and sea view. Great opportunity to buy a typical Italian house and a good investment if rented out as holiday home. Perfect located on the highest part of Santa Maria al Bagno only 1 km (12 mins walk) from the beach and the main piazza, 3 km (5 mins drive) from the sandy beaches of Gallipoli, 5 km (5 mins drive) from Nardò old town, 9 km (10 mins drive) from Gallipoli down town, 20 km (15 mins drive) from Lecce and 65 km (55 mins drive) from Brindisi international airport. Find more at http://www.sispropertyandtourism.co.uk 

 

 

 

Attached villa for sale by the sea in Puglia, Santa Caterina di Nardò

Villa for sale in Italy, Puglia, Santa Caterina di Nardò a sea-side village on the Ionian west coast. The villa is a part of a luxury complex of 4 independent units, each spread on 2 levels lower and raised ground floor with garden, car parking and terrace. At the raised ground floor it offers courtyard with car parking, veranda, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom, at the lower ground floor boasts a great sitting room, a second kitchen, bathroom, 2 more bedrooms, laundry and terrace. Continue reading

Italy, Puglia, Salento: Property market analysis

Puglia area has suffered during the last year not the real crisis but the weekness of the British Pound and US dollar against the Euro. UK Clients have continued to aks information about the properties for sale in Puglia but most of them decided to wait for a better exchange rate before to make an offer to buy. Now most of them are used to that exchange trend and from a couple of months are starting again to buy Puglia properties, which are more affordable than other well-known regions of Italy. Of course, the trends of the sales are lower than the latest 3 years but it is a fair and positive signal for us. In my opinion the crisis in this area have stopped the quick-raise of the prices and now most of the vendors decided to reduce their asking prices to the markets trends. Continue reading

Le département “Méditérranée, Culture et Tourisme” de la région de Puglia vous invite chaleureusement à la présentation de la région italienne comme destination touristique

mare di pugliaVendredi 03 Février 2012 à 12h00, Ufficio Delegazione di Regione Puglia

Rue du Trône 62 – 1050 Bruxelles

Découvrez Puglia, un endroit idyllique pour les amateurs de destinations touristiques riches et variées:
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