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Salento (Salentu) is located within the Puglia region of Italy, in the southeastern section of the “heel” of the boot. Many of the wines from this region transcend growing zone, blend or aging specifications of their propietary DOCs, and fall under this IGT heading when originating from within Salento. This allows producers more freedom of experimentation.
 
The Salento peninsula is the southernmost of three viticultural areas within Puglia, the others being Brindisi and Taranto. The dominant red grapes cultivated are Primitivo (genetically the same as California Zinfandel), Negroamaro, and Malvasia Nero. The IGTs are often released as rosso blends, sometimes with international varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, or as single varietals. There are also some excellent Salento rosato wines. Whites (biancos) tend to to be produced from Verdeca, Francavilla and international varietals such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 
 
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  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Negroamaro

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

  • Primitivo

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

  • Fiano

    Fiano hails from Campania, where much of Italy’s viticultural heritage remains preserved. The Romans used this grape ...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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  • Conti Zecca

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

  • Castello Monaci

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

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  • Leone de Castris Five Roses Rose 2013

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    90% Negro Amaro 10% Malvasia Nera4.8g/l Residual Sugar6.0 g/ l acidity3.5 PHEarthy with a slight baked edge to the nose which features lots of herb and pork fat aromas along with a nice base of candied strawberry fruit. in the mouth this has plenty of acid but also a nice round blanket of fruit which wraps nicely around the acid spine. Showing s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vigne & Vini Primitivo del Salento Zinfandel NV

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    Very different than a Californian Zin. Hearty and strong notes of fresh pepper. Distinct aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by juliannayy


  • Bartenura Malvasia 2012

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    A great little blush. Not too sweet and slightly carbonated. Great with pasta or alone. Read More

    Wine review by abeard42


  • Cantine Due Palme Rosso Salento IGT Susumaniello Serre 2012

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    blueberries, blackberries on the nose...full bodied lush mouthfeel with smooth tannins Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Bartenura Malvasia 2013

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    Light, delicious, and perfectly refreshing anytime of the year. Read More

    Wine review by fmdps


  • Tormaresca Primitivo Torcicoda Salento IGT 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cantele Primitivo 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Masseria la Rosa del Salice Primitivo 2007

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    Initial impression is prunes, raisins, slight smoke and medium to light tannins. Much of the fresh fruit is gone and there's a brown tint on the rim but there's still a bit of acidity left. Second night - this wine was definitely cooked. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Conte Ottavio Piccolomini d'Aragona Salento Primitivo 2011

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    This beautiful deep red wine opened up almost immediately after decanting into a wonderful full-bodied and complex wine. Very aromatic with clear notes of dark fruits and pepper. Full-bodied and a hint of sweetness. The attack is dominated by dark fruits followed by a jammy and peppery mid-palate. The tannins are strong but very soft and leaves ... Read More

    Wine review by MetteinCoMo


  • Masseria Altemura Negroamaro 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by InWineTruth


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