Puglia Wine


Puglia (a.k.a. Apulia) is located in southeast Italy, or as many describe it, the “heel” of the boot. Flanked by the Adriatic and Ionian seas, it’s a spectacularly fertile peninsula, known for growing olives, figs, almonds, wheat and of course, wine grapes. Its Meditterranean climate is hot, with long sunny days cooled off by ocean breezes. The region has been inhabited for many centuries, with wines factoring in throughout. The Greeks, Romans, Goths, Lombards, Byzantines, Turks and Venetians all occupied the province at various stages from several centuries B.C. up until 1861, when it was officially recognized as part of Italy. 
Next to wine, olive oil is its biggest industry, accounting for half of Italy’s production. Red wine has come from Puglia in profuse quantities, and garnered the region a reputation for being a terrific source of “plonk” for a long time. Producers enjoyed success for this mass production, and happily churned out oceans Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Puglia View all

  • Primitivo

    History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or ...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Negroamaro

    History of the grape: The name is a combination of the Italian words for “black” and “bitter,” however, the latter de...

Subregions of Puglia

  • Puglia Igt

      The region of Puglia, located in southeast Italy, is divided into the growing regions of F...

  • Brindisi

    Brindisi is a town and coastal wine region in the Puglia province of Southern Italy. The growin...

  • Castel Del Monte

Popular Wineries in Puglia View all

  • Conti Zecca

    Conti Zecca winery in Puglia, Italy, has a five century history made up of passion, tradition and...

  • Vigne & Vini

    Vigne & Vini is located in Leporano (PUGLIA) within the Salento Area and prides itself on a three...

  • Vinicola Decordi

    Casa Vinicola Decordi was founded in 1921 by the Decordi brothers. With more than 80 years of ex...

  • Apollonio Winery

    Sitauted on the remote part of Italys ¨bootheel¨.

  • Castello Monaci

    The choice of grape varieties is a combination of local viticultural tradition–indigenous Negroam...

  • Cantine Due Palme

    Cantine Due Palme is a social co-operative situated in CELLINO SAN MARCO (BR), between the pro...

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Puglia on Snooth

  • A Mano Primitivo Puglia IGT 2007


    Had a glass of A-Mano at a new restaurant in Nordeast Mpls. last night. I wouldn't call it full-bodied (especially compared to big California Zins), but it's very food-friendly and well-balanced with a nice finish. At the price point it would make a great house red ($7.49 Surdyk's sale). Read More

    Wine review by boris813

  • Layer Cake Primitivo Jayson Woodbridge 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Muchkabouche

  • A Mano Primitivo Primitivo di Manduria 2005


    Perhaps I am only accustomed to the California version of Zinfandel. Although, I do LOVE the Layer Cake Primitvo, an Italian offering. Nothing like this one. It was very sharp and antiseptic at first sniff from the glass. The initial taste was the same, and hot with alcohol. Either this was much too young, or something went wrong with the w... Read More

    Wine review by Muchkabouche

  • Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT Piluna 2006


    I will not pretend to know what I am talking about by mentioning "notes" and "aromas", but the very first time I tasted this wonderful wine there was just one bottle to share between several people. It was so exceptional that I could not get it out of my mind. I had to have some more. I went from store to store looking for it in my area but w... Read More

    Wine review by MariaElenaAnaya

  • Antinori Neprica Puglia IGT 2007


    Hmm, personally, I cant smell fruit, to me it is a bit sour and alcoholic smelling, definately tastes earthy, leathery with a finish that is a little musty to me. I find it drinkable but not really savoring this one. Waited a long time to try this one, I'm disappointed. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5

  • Càntele Primitivo Salento IGT 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by jem141

  • Layer Cake Primitivo Jayson Woodbridge 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Burnsey

  • A Mano Primitivo Puglia IGT 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by jpiscionere

  • Layer Cake Primitivo Jayson Woodbridge 2007


    This is my house red, I always make sure to have several bottles on hand. Read More

    Wine review by winesimplified

  • Càntele Salice Salentino Riserva 2002


    I so enjoyed this wine - make sure it's the Riserva. Salice Salentino is the DOC and the wine is made from Negroamaro. A dark garnet color, nice berry fruit and long finish. We were lucky to see the 2002 on an Italian restaurant menu. We choose the pasta dish with a slightly creamy tomato sauce with ground lamb. Delicioso! Read More

    Wine review by thewineattic

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