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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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  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Vermentino

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

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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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  • Perrini Salento Negroamaro 2011

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  • Felline Salento Rosso Alberello 2011

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    Complex and nuanced on the nose with a hint of musky florality followed by some toasty soil notes, black tea, tobacco, and slightly medicinal vegetal aromas. Rather powerful but super well balanced in the mouth with great supporting acids and ripe, slightly chewy tannins covered with fresh black cherry and plum fruit that retains some of the bla... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Felline Salento Rosso Alberello 2011

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  • Wow, I've been missing a lot. I should post about the value wines I'm ... 90pts2011 Felline Alberello Salento Rosso 13% $12Complex and nuanced on the nose with a hint of musky florality followed by some toasty soil notes, black tea, tobacco, and slightly medicinal vegetal aromas. Rather powerful but super well balanced in the mouth with great ... Read More

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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


  • Leone de Castris Five Roses Rose 2013

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  • 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

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  • 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


  • Negramaro del Salento IGT Pietra Luna Accademia Dei Racemi 2010

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  • Cantine Due Palme Salento Tenuta Albrizzi 2010

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