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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  • Primitivo

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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

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  • Cantine Due Palme

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

  • Vinicola Decordi

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

  • Castello Monaci

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

  • Agricole Vallone

    The three estates cover a total of 600 hectares, with 170 planted to vineyard, 120 to olives, and...

  • Tormaresca

    Viticulture in Puglia is history and at the same time innovation. Cultivation of wines started...

  • Apollonio Winery

    Sitauted on the remote part of Italys ¨bootheel¨.

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Puglia on Snooth

  • Cortenova Primitivo Salento IGT 2007


    Good value. Nice, smooth, tannins, making it quite easy to drink while still displaying italian character (the oak, earthy dark cherries). Well balanced, good fruit, not the longest though. Well worth the price. Would go fine both with or without food. Read More

    Wine review by jookos

  • Primaterra Primitivo Puglia IGT 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by MillsandJills

  • Layer Cake Primitivo Jayson Woodbridge 2007


    For the price, this is an extremely good wine. Read More

    Wine review by valleyvillagefoodie

  • Layer Cake Primitivo 2011


    Very nice full body Zinn. Had it at a wine tasting and had to buy it. I like White Zinns and this has a heavy but enjoyable flavor Read More

    Wine review by katdogtazz

  • Rivera Moscato di Trani Piani di Tufara 2006


    Flavors of green apples (balanced with good acids), followed by lychee's in syrup. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • A Mano Primitivo Puglia IGT 2006


    A really nice drinkable primitivo. Not very alcoholic, subtle nose, delicate fruit flavours, reasonably full bodied, very good price. Not quite as spicy as a good Zinfandel. Read More

    Wine review by Willie Whelan

  • A Mano Primitivo Puglia IGT 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Willie Whelan

  • Casa Girelli Primitivo Puglia IGT Canaletto 2003


    It had an unclean, strange smell (dirty underwear?) at first, but with some airing it went away. The nose displays some ripe fruit aromas (plums, black cherries, blackberries) and some tertiary aromas (fur). The mouthful is very smooth and round, the wine is medium bodied and not jammy. Good fruit, yet dry. The finish is fairly long for a wine o... Read More

    Wine review by drgiovanni

  • Layer Cake Primitivo 2011


    Delicious! Read More

    Wine review by pager137

  • Primaterra Primitivo Puglia IGT 2007


    We've had this wine twice now. I'm drinking it as I write this. I have found it to be quite drinkable right away. I thought it had a very subtle nose for a red, with a nice, even flavor. Not too much of an alcohol taste (checking in at 13.5% according to the label). The only complaint (for lack of a better word) is a very short finish. I wis... Read More

    Wine review by myklbee

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