Apulia

If we imagine Italy as a boot, Puglia represents the heel. Long and narrow, it has a fairly simple orography made up of plains and hills extending from the north, where it is connected to the mainland, to the far south. Like other southern regions, it benefits from almost unique climate conditions, close proximity to the sea and sunshine, which enable the cultivation of vines practically everywhere. The climate is typically Mediterranean, with warm, windy and dry summers and mild winters.

Salento, the southernmost part of the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea, is one of the most productive areas, in recent years become increasingly famous for the cultivation of Primitivo and Negroamaro vines. While remaining a major producer of blending wines, useful in increasing the alcohol content of Nordic wines, has gained a growing reputation in the production of DOCG and DOC wines with recognized quality features.

Native and local wines

  • 15% Sangiovese 
  • 14% Primitivo 
  • 14% Negroamaro 
  • 11% Montepulciano 
  • 7% Trebbiano Toscano 
  • 4% Trebbiano Giallo 
  • 3% Uva di Troia 
  • 2% Trebbiano Abruzzese 
  • 2% Malvasia Bianca 
  • 1% Lambrusco Maestri 
  • 1% Bombino Nero 
  • 1% Bombino Bianco 
  • 1% Avarengo 
  • 1% Verdeca 
  • 1% Cococciola 
  • 1% Enantio 
  • 1% Malvasia Nera di Brindisi 
  • 1% Malvasia 
  • 1% Ciliegiolo 
  • 1% Garganega 

International varieties

  • 1% Merlot 
  • 1% Chardonnay 
  • 1% Cabernet Sauvignon 

Region

  • population: 4.048.242 (2018)
  • area: 19.540 km²
  • mountains 2% / hills 45% / plains 53%

Vineyards

  • 2017: 85.200 hectares (stable)
  • 2016: 84.900 hectares (+1%)
  • 2015: 84.030 hectares

Wine production

  • 2017: 9.070.112 hectoliters - 106,5 hectoliters/hectare (+3%)
  • 2016: 8.791.925 hectoliters - 103,6 hectoliters/hectare (+20%)
  • 2015: 7.316.600 hectoliters - 87,1 hectoliters/hectare

Classification

  • DOCG and DOC wines 7% / IGT wines 22% / generic wines 71%
  • red wines 53% / white wines 47%
Source: Istat 2018

DOCG wines

DOC wines

  • Aleatico di Puglia 
  • Alezio 
  • Barletta ♦ 
  • Brindisi 
  • Cacc’è mmitte di Lucera 
  • Castel del Monte 
  • Colline Joniche Tarantine 
  • Copertino 
  • Galatina 
  • Gioia del Colle 
  • Gravina 
  • Leverano 
  • Lizzano 
  • Locorotondo 
  • Martina / Martina Franca 
  • Matino 
  • Moscato di Trani 
  • Nardò 
  • Negroamaro di Terra d’Otranto 
  • Orta Nova 
  • Ostuni 
  • Primitivo di Manduria 
  • Rosso di Cerignola 
  • Salice Salentino 
  • San Severo 
  • Squinzano 
  • Tavoliere delle Puglie / Tavoliere 
  • Terra d'Otranto 

IGT wines

  • Daunia 
  • Murgia 
  • Puglia 
  • Salento 
  • Tarantino 
  • Valle d'Itria 
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