Puglia (Apulia) is the one of the biggest producer of table grape and wine in Italy. Not so many people know about this because other regions have a longer history of bottling wine; Tuscany and Piedmont or Sicily have started long time ago, but also Puglia (Apulia) makes wine since the Greek age.
It was famous, especially during the XIX century, for producing a wine used to blend others that needed more colour, alcohol content or body.
Only about 20 years ago Puglia started having lots of new wineries bottling wine of a good quality and now there’s a great selection of different labels also reintroducing old local grapes.
Try some of the local whites, but especially reds and rosé and compare the local grapes like the two most famous Negramaro (NEGRUS in latin means black and MAVROS in greek also meaning black) and Primitivo (called this way because it is the first grape ready to be harvested at mid-august).
Basilicata (Lucania) instead produce way less than Puglia, but it has a great volcanic area called Vulture where a great grape is grown: Aglianico! It is deep red, strong, complex… just like its area!
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