Are You a Fan of Wine? If So, Puglia Could Be the Ideal Holiday Destination for You!

Are You a Fan of Wine? If So, Puglia Could Be the Ideal Holiday Destination for You!

 If you know a thing or two about Italy or wine, you’re likely to know that Tuscany is quite famous for its many amazing varieties of the beverage, so much so that many call it the “wine region”. However, what you may not know is that Apulia also has quite a rich history in the winemaking industry.

Whether you want to avoid the larger amounts of tourists that Tuscany tends to see during its busiest time of year, or if you’ve already been to the region and want to try something new and explore a wider world of wine, booking a holiday to Puglia in 2021 may well be fantastic idea.

A wine connoisseur’s dream destination

From the history in wine, to the incredible bottles you can try; there are many reasons why you should consider paying this part of Italy a visit for your next holiday.

In general, you’ll find that there are a wide variety of authentic red wines made here, as well as passionate and experienced wine makers who have been in the business for years, giving Apulia a good name in the industry. Not only that, but most pass on their knowledge to their children to continue the cycle of quality wines within the family business, so in general, the beverages that are produced today are just as good as they were hundreds of years ago.

There’s much more to it than just the drinks on offer, too. In most cases, the experience of touring vineyards and authentic, family-owned wineries can be just as impressive and exciting as trying the wines themselves. Since most cellars will have tasting sessions and shops to sell their wines anyway, it can often be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the beverages they create before having a taste of all the hard work and dedication in the form of a delicious fine wine.

With all this in mind, it’s hard to deny that Apulia could be the perfect place for essentially anyone to visit.

Where can you find the best wines in the region?

Not every city and town will have their own wineries and vineyards, so if you decide to come for a visit, you might want to learn a little bit more about some of the key locations to check out.

If you want to make the most of your wine tour, don’t pass up on the opportunity to visit locations like Duania, Itria Valley, Messapia, Murge and Salento – all of which are well-defined wine districts that have their own delicious varieties for you to try. Some other great areas to check out include Manduria, Gioia del Colle and Castel del Monte

Due to the variety of grapes that are local to different areas, each destination is likely to have a unique taste – something that any expert is sure to appreciate. Primitivo (common in Messapia), Negromaro (in Salento) and Nero di Troia (in the Daunia area) are just a few types that you’re certain to see quite a few times as you explore and immerse yourself in the wonders of the region. Here are a few of the wineries that we’d encourage you to check out if you get the chance:

  • Carvinea
  • Chiaromonte
  • Due Palme
  • Rivera
  • Viglione

The top 10 wines in Puglia

Want an idea of which ones you should go out of your way to taste during your holiday? If so, it might be worthwhile to take a look at some of the amazing bottles you could purchase here. In no particular order, here are the top 10 varieties you need to try:

  • Caldora Ortonese Sangiovese – Merlot Daunia IGT
  • Vignet del Salento ‘Zolla’ Primitivo di Manduria
  • Paolo Petrilli Il Guerro Nero di Troia Daunia IGT
  • Notte Rossa Primitivo di Manduria
  • Rivera ‘Il Falcone’ Castel del Monte Riserva
  • Luccarelli Negromaro
  • Masseria Altemura ‘Sasseo’ Primitivo Salento IGT
  • Masca del Tacco Susumaniello
  • Rivera ‘Puer Apuliae’ Nero di Troiu Castel del Monte
  • Leone de Castris ‘Donna Lisa Rosso’ Salice Salentino Riserva

There are hundreds more that you could enjoy while you’re visiting Apulia – but if you’re looking for the most popular, or just some of the best there are in this part of Italy, these are a few of the names that you might want to keep your eyes open for.

Why come on one of our Puglian wine tours?

If you’re hoping to enjoy the full Italian experience, you should take a closer look at what our team here at Travel Puglia have to offer.

We’ve been in the business for a long time and as the years go by, we only improve. From contributing to the local community, to providing guests with a chance to immerse themselves in the Puglian lifestyle; there are quite a few reasons why you might want to consider visiting Puglia next year with our team.

With itineraries centred around visiting Puglian vineyards, cellars and wine tasting, as well as more romantic trips (which are the perfect Italian getaways for those planning to on getting married in Puglia, or even just couples who want to spend a nice holiday together), we have a broad range of options for you to choose from.

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