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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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  • Primitivo

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Doppio Passo Salento Italy Primitivo 2014

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    while this variety may be used for blending, it tastes just fine standing alone on its own merits. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Cantele Primitivo 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by knolld


  • Masseria Altemura Salento Primitivo Sasseo 2012

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    good wine at a excellent price point. Garnet color, nice cherry and plum notes and smooth tannins. Read More

    Wine review by ejaustin26


  • Bacca Nera Salento Negroamaro-Primitivo Red 2014

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    A Tasting Room selection. A dark ruby brown in the Glass. Opens with Cinnamon Peach Grape; then on to Black Cherry; finally a bit of Black Olive and ripe Fig. Medium well balanced finish with a long finish of earth and soil, honey and white pepper and fennel. Very impressive especially given the age and the pricing. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • If you want to find all the best wines of Salento visit: www.salentowineshop.com The real wine that you drink in Salento.

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  • Li Veli Primonero 2013

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    Soft-as-a-pillow florals, in a humble-price range. Good for sipping fireside on its own, or with a pasta dish. Chianti-like, with body, but lighter. Read More

    Wine review by singerpoet


  • Casa Contini Salento Rosso Verso 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by misspriss1


  • Tenute Rubino Primitivo 2011

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    Love the 2013 best; 2014 is good but not as good as 2013. Read More

    Wine review by kathypap


  • Li Veli Orion 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Kolaweste


  • Le Sciare Susumaniello Masserja 2013

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    Wine review by MichaelRex


  • Pietraluna Negroamaro Salento 2011

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    Dark, earthy and focused on the nose with a hint of pencil lead laying over a base of sundried tomato, licorice and brunt herbal aromas. rather full in the mouth and a touch extracted with tannins that are a bit dry and forceful early on the palate followed by bright acids that help add some definition on the palate. The fruit feels a bit raw, m... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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