Wine Guide: Apulia

The region of Puglia (eng. Apulia) is located in Southern Italy. According to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture Puglia is Italy’s biggest wine producer. Apulian wines have been laughed on for many decades but that changed in the last years as they slowly grew to fame.

Apulia Map

Most wines produced in Apulia are red wines. Many of them are classified DOC or DOCG. The four DOCG wines are : Castel del Monte Bombino Nero DOCG, Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva DOCG, Castel di Monte Nero di Troja Riserva DOCG, Primitivo di Manduria dolce naturale DOCG. Apulia counts 28 wines classified as DOC.

Apulia has been the first region to ever produce an Italian pink wine. The winery Leone de Castris produced and sold its first vintage of their famous rosato Five Roses in 1943.

Important grapes include: Aleatico, Malvasia Nera, Negroamaro, Primitivo and Uva di Troja (all red).

Important red wines: Below you find a list of Apulian red wines. Certain wines will have a hyperlink which will bring to a wine review.

Important dessert wines

  • Aleatico di Puglia DOC
    Produced in the provinces Bari, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto

Like with every other region Apulia has a lot of wines classified as IGT – their quality highly varies from flop to stunning. An example of an Apulia IGT is the five roses I mentioned above. 2011 Leone de Castris – Five Roses – IGT Salento.

What you should take from this guide:

  • Apulia is Italy’s biggest wine producer.
  • Many famous reds come from Apulia but the region is also known for their dessert wines.
  • In the past people laughed at Apulia for their wines – that changed recently and the region’s wines grew to fame.

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4 comments on “Wine Guide: Apulia”

    • vinibuoni Reply

      While I personally did not enjoy the Five Roses a hundred percent there are definitely great wines found in Puglia. My favorite wine from that region is for sure the Selvarossa -Salice Salentino DOC from Cantina Due Palme!

    • vinibuoni Reply

      For a long time vintners from Apulia did not care much for high quality wines therefore they shipped all their grapes to France and northern Italy. In France the grapes gave structure to the local wines and in northern Italy the grapes were used to produce Vermouth.

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