wine in Puglia

Puglia da Bere: guide to Apulian wines

The link between Puglia and wine is very ancient and the wine production in this region has always been among the most important in Italy.
Even if it has always been appreciated and consumed locally, for many decades Pugliese wine has been used as a "blending" wine to reinforce wines from northern Italy, giving them a higher alcohol content and a more decisive structure.

For many years, however, the Apulian producers have dedicated themselves to exploiting the enormous oenological potential of the region by focusing on quality products.
Currently the Apulian wines, especially the reds, are known and appreciated all over the world.
To be tasted during a dinner in a typical restaurant, between a plate of orecchiette and a terrine of grilled caciocavallo, or in your own apartment, imagining yourself surrounded by olive trees after having bought a bottle like those of the wines from the Puglia region sold by SaporideiSassi, Apulian wines will be able to tell you about the most authentic part of the territory, made up of simple things, like drinking a good wine in company.

Here is a roundup of wines that you can find in Puglia, from Salento to the Gargano, passing through the Murgia and the Valle d'Itria:


Negramaro or Negroamaro, together with Primitivo and Nero di Troia, is one of the most famous native vines of Puglia. Its cultivation is widespread in Salento. Many wines are vinified from its grapes, including Salice Salentino.
In purity it is a wine with a slightly bitter but rather versatile taste: it is appreciated with typical Salento dishes and second courses based on red meat or roasted game.

Salice Salentino

The Salice Salentino takes its name from the locality of the same name in Salento from which it originates. The wine production here mainly concerns red and rosé wines, produced with . Negroamaro and black Malvasia grapes.
The origin of the DOC denomination of Salice Salentino can also be attributed to the “Leone De Castris” winery, which produced the “Five Roses” in 43, the first rosé wine to be bottled and marketed in Italy.


Like Negroamaro, the Primitivo vine is also native to southern Puglia, especially in the lower Murgia, between the provinces of Brindisi, Taranto and Bari. The most famous wine made with this grape is the Primitivo di Manduria DOC.
With a full taste, Primitivo is also particularly suitable to accompany the typical Apulian cuisine and second courses based on roast meat.

Castel del Monte

We go up the Alta Murgia park and arrive in the Andria area, where a DOC wine is produced which takes its name from the famous castle built by Frederick II.
The list of vines used for the production of Castel del Monte DOC is very extensive, the productions with Bombino Bianco, Aglianico and Nero di Troia grapes stand out, giving life to over 25 varieties of DOC and DOCG wines.

Nero di Troia

We move to the Foggia area and here we find another great native vine: Nero di Troia. It takes its name from a locality of the same name, although the legend links this wine to Diomede, the Homeric hero who is said to have brought the variety here after the Trojan War.
Nero di Troia is an imposing wine and for this reason in recent decades it was usually mixed with more gentle wines, even if in recent years excellent quality wines have begun to be produced in purity.

Cacc'e Mmitte

In the area of ​​Lucera, on the other hand, a red wine with a very particular name is produced, the "Cacc'e Mmitte'", (remove and put).
The name refers to the ancient winemaking procedure: the owners of the farms equipped with tanks for pressing the grapes rented the processing equipment by day to other winegrowers.
Once the pressing operation was completed, the winegrower had to remove his own must (Cacc'e) from the tanks to make room for the grapes of others which were thus inserted (Mmitte) inside the tanks.
For the vinification, Nero di Troia grapes are mainly used, but also other black grapes such as Montepulciano and white ones such as Trebbiano, Bombino bianco and Malvasia Bianca which make the wine perfect to accompany first courses with meat sauce.

San Severo

San Severo is produced on the slopes of the Gargano, in the red and rosé variants (with Montepulciano grapes and a small part of Sangiovese), or white (produced with Bombino Bianco and Tuscan Trebbiano, although white Malvasia and Verdeca can also compete). San Severo in its variations is perfect to accompany the typical Gargano cuisine made of cheeses, vegetables, fish and seafood.

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