Puglia wants little introduction as of late. The ‘heel’ of Italy’s ‘boot’ peninsula has emerged as an elegant and fashionable vacation spot for Mediterranean holidays. This as soon as remoted Salentine Peninsula, within the deep south of Europe, is a rural panorama of centuries-old olive groves punctuated with fortress cities, and medieval cities.
It’s a fashionably fascinating vacation spot. Understandably so, with an exquisite local weather; wonderful sun-drenched Adriatic and Ionian seashores (all the time a favorite with the Italians); and fabulous locations to remain, from elegant ‘Masserie’ manors; distinctive and historic ‘trulli’ conical spherical homes; or good vacation villas.
But what retains me coming again is the contemporary native produce and the more and more subtle native wines. Whether or not you eat at a easy beach-side bar or in a rural restaurant you could be assured of native meals ready with ardour and aptitude. In spite of everything, Puglia is thought to be the backyard of Italy, prized for its produce, vines and plentiful high-quality olive oil.
Once I journey to the Mediterranean I really like to go inland, away from the coast one can uncover a lot extra. That is very true in Puglia; and that’s how I obtained to learn about Salento’s Wine Nation. Listed here are 4 of my favorite wineries.
Rosa del Golfo
Puglia is a prime wine producing area; the second greatest in Italy. Boutique household wineries like Rosa del Golfo have contributed to the standard of Puglia’s wines. A few of chances are you’ll be acquainted with their award-winning rosé ‘Rosato de Salento’. It’s a superb deep rosé wine from Negroamaro and Malvasia grapes, that are native to Salento. A wine good to take pleasure in on a sunny terrace, savouring native seafood. A go to right here may introduce you to the property’s different wines together with sturdy reds, refreshing whites and a glowing rosé.
This household farm and vineyard, because the homeowners so eloquently clarify, is the place agriculture, oenology and gastronomy collide. This natural property is a celebration of a lot of what makes Salento so distinctive and compelling.
Cantine Menhir vineyard is a selected favorite of mine for the farm store and charming rustic restaurant, ‘Osteria Origano’. Their meals and wine philosophy seize the essence of the Salento Wine Nation. It’s a pleasure to share a meal right here, particularly on the pleasant backyard terrace, attempting a few of their wines that so completely complement the native delicacies. A lot of the produce served comes from the property’s natural farm. Additionally, if you happen to like meat, then that is the place, because it presents diners the chance to decide on their most popular lower immediately from the counter on the delicatessen retailer; and the kitchen will cook dinner it to your actual liking.
The property’s wine is various, a group of reds, whites and rosés which can be exported to over 40 international locations internationally.
A cellar tour and wine tasting at Tenute Rubino, at Brindisi, on the Adriatic coast, is to expertise the fruits of a contemporary, subtle strategy to wine making in Salento. Established half a century in the past, the vineyard works with grapes from 4 totally different estates, every with their very own character, that are then blended into top-quality wines. Tenute Rubino has received recognition not just for its wines and their work with the Susumaniello grape; but additionally, for his or her ‘ladies’s harvest’ initiative that helps the numerous ladies that work within the seasonal harvest.
Castel di Salve
One more Apulian vineyard with a powerful household custom and a ardour for wine. First established in 1885, the vineyard was re-launched in 1992 bringing again to life the imaginative and prescient of its ancestors. Its vineyards, situated on the coronary heart of the Greek Salento in Supersano, Parabita and Casarano, produce fragrant, elegant and delicate reds, whites and rose’.
Ten sturdy labels are produced right this moment by Castel di Salve, amongst which I vastly suggest the Cento su Cento labels and a black Malvasia from Lecce with a killer title, Girl Killer.
The wine cellar is located not removed from the white sandy seashores close to Santa Maria di Leuca, also called the “Maldives of Salento”, I allow you to think about why.
The baroque magnificence of Lecce is seductive. Town, generally known as the ‘Florence of the South’, is wealthy in ornate structure, the place the native limestone has been carved and sculpted with baroque splendour. It sits on the coronary heart of the fertile Salento countryside. Shut by one finds the village of Guagnano, and the elegant Cantele vineyard. After the Second World Warfare, Giovanni Battista Cantele and his spouse Teresa Manara fell in love with the realm, settling right here and establishing the vineyard that also stays within the household. Their wines, greater than 16, embody white, purple and rosé, utilizing the area’s hottest grapes, Negroamaro, Primitivo, Malvasia Nera, and Susumaniello; in addition to Chardonnay, Verdeca, Malvasia Bianca, and Fiano.
Puglia is such an appetising and noteworthy area. Right here’s to you making some great meals & wine discoveries in Salento; cheers!
Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande is Director of Passepartout Properties Ltd. Passepartout Properties Ltd. presents an unique portfolio of luxurious villa leases in Italy, France, Greece, Croatia, Thailand and worldwide.
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