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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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Conti Zecca Nero Rosso Salento IGT 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by info130

  • Caleo Primitivo Salento 2007


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    Wine review by phillips87

  • Liveli Passamante Salento 2007


    I was getting a bite to eat at bar resto in San Francisco and ask for recommendation for a wine with *gusto*. And boy what a surprise... absolutely delicious. bittersweet almost port like. New found respect for italian wines Read More

    Wine review by gimmelegs

  • Botter Primitivo Doppio Passo Salento IGT 2007


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    Wine review by jbs59

  • Mezzomondo Negroamaro Salento IGT 2009


    WOW!!!Rustic and fresh tannins with a mild acidity, popping flavors of plums and currants, pleasant linger of raisins and a flick of cedar... An amazing super-budget-priced wine!!!A perfect pizza wine. Flatbread crust pizza with mozzarella and sausage. A sip of vino to mingle with the sauce and sausage, crust and cheese Awesome. I can almost s... Read More

    Wine review by thevinoboy

  • Bartenura Malvasia 2012


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    Wine review by Nagirl

  • Angelo Rocca & Figli Donna Y Salento IGT 2005


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    Wine review by Andersromer

  • Tenute Rubino Primitivo Salento IGT Punta Aquila 2008


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    Wine review by smiggs

  • Càntele Primitivo Salento IGT 2005


    I opened this bottle last night. Let it breathe an hour. Poured through aerator. It was sub-par. Not much aroma other than alcohol. Taste was 90% tobacco 10% earth (aka dirt). It was better with dinner than alone (halibut). I recorked it and put it the fridge (56deg) overnight. Much better today. Smell of some berry and MUCH less tobacc... Read More

    Wine review by RexSeven

  • Santini Wines Trentatre Salento IGT 2008


    A steal from Trader Joe's at $5.99 a bottle. A blend of Cabernet, Montepulciano and Merlot. Tart cherry and berry flavors and some tannins, fairly dry but goes down smoothly. Extremely "hot" nose right out of the bottle which dissipates after some aeration. I liked it at first taste and liked it more after it breathed in the glass for a few ... Read More

    Wine review by biondanonima

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