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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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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Nardò DOC Red and Rosè Wines – Ancient wine for a new market!

A table wine available as red or Rosé, the Nardò is mostly made from Negramaro grapes, which give the wine a distinctive bitter note, but other vines can be added, for instance red Malvasia of Brindisi and red Malvasia of Lecce, both of Greek origin. The Rosé is pale cherry pink in colour, the flavour is rich and quickly fading, winy, fruity with notes or raspberry and blackberry. The taste is pleasantly dry, warm, almost smooth, poorly tannic and tasty, full-bodied and well-balanced. The red has a nice ruby red colour, which can range from pale to dark, with some orange specks if aged. The flavour is winy and rich, the taste is well-balanced, slightly bitter, velvety and reasonably tannic. The minimum alcoholic strength of both wines is 11.5 degrees. With a minimum alcoholic strength of 12.5°C and two years’ aging, it can be labelled as “Riserva”.

 

Matches – How to consume it:
The Rosé should be drunk with moderately rich dishes, such as boiled sea fish with sauce, stuffed cuttlefish, pasta and chickpea soup, baked gilthead. The read instead is a good match for red meat, especially lamb, pork, mixed boiled meats and cold pork meats.

 

How to recognize it:
As well as mentioning the Registered Designation of Origin, the label must include all the information laid down by the law: native region; designation, in which the cultivar from which the wine comes is matched to the geographical area in which it is grown; nominal volume of the wine; bottler’s name or corporate name and address; bottler’s number and code; country; batch number; ecological information.

 

Notes:
The perfect serving temperature for the rosé is 12-14°C, in glasses for smooth rosé wines within two years of the harvest. The red should be served in long glasses at a temperature of about 18°C
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This is a noble and full-bodied wine that in the past has been used for cutting more famous wines. Now there are several wine producers in the area who are gaining a place in the sun in the wide list of Italian wines.

 

If you have a chance to spend your holiday in Nardò area or around its marinas Santa Caterina, Santa Maria al Bagno and Sant’Isidoro, you can free taste those kind of wines directly at the producers shops or winery.

 

The following is our suggested Nardò wine tour:

 

1) Cantina Sociale di Nardò – http://www.cantinanardo.it/azienda_en.php

 

2) Vini Bonsegna – http://www.vinibonsegna.it/INDEX.HTM

 

3) Schola Sarmenti – http://www.scholasarmenti.it/default.asp

 

4) Vini Gabellone – http://www.tenutegabellonevini.it/ita/azienda.asp

 

5) Vini Totò – http://www.vinitoto.it