wine school in Lecce
Apulian Wine talks & beyond - An introductory wine course & holiday in Lecce (Puglia)
This wine course in Puglia is a unique opportunity to get introduced to the world of wine, designed for travelers that wish to learn more about wine and Apulian wine production culture and tradition, more about the local food and italian language, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. During the week a wine tour in Puglia of selected vineries will give us a chance to taste the local grape varieties, visiting small niche vineries in Salento and delighting the three senses essential to experience wine: sight, smell and taste. You will learn how to taste Puglian wine and and fully understand the structure and nuances and how to pair it with food. We will taste tens of different wines from different local producers, from Primitivo to Negroamaro, Verdeca and Malvasia nera di Lecce, Montepulciano e Sangiovese, just to name few, meeting and talking to the people beyond Apulian finest wine.
Italian DOCs from Southern Italy
|PUGLIA||Aleatico di Puglia DOC|
|Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera DOC|
|Castel del Monte DOC|
|Colline Joniche Tarantine DOC|
|Gioia del Colle DOC|
|Martina or Martina Franca DOC|
|Moscato di Trani DOC|
|Orta Nova DOC|
|Primitivo di Manduria DOC|
|Rosso Barletta DOC|
|Rosso Canosa DOC|
|Rosso di Cerignola DOC|
|Salice Salentino DOC|
|San Severo DOC|
|(Top of the list)||Squinzano DOC|
|BASILICATA||Aglianico del Vulture DOC|
|Grottino di Roccanova DOC|
|(Top of the list)||Terre dell'Alta Val d'Agri DOC|
|Greco di Bianco DOC|
|Sant'Anna di Isola Capo Rizzuto DOC|
|San Vito di Luzzi DOC|
|(Top of the list)||Verbicaro DOC|
|CAMPANIA||Aglianico del Taburno or Taburno DOC|
|Campi Flegrei DOC|
|Castel San Lorenzo DOC|
|Costa d'Amalfi DOC|
|Falerno del Massico DOC|
|Guardia Sanframondi or Guardiolo DOC|
|Penisola Sorrentina DOC|
|Sant'Agata de'Goti or Sant'Agata dei Goti DOC|
|(Top of the list)||Vesuvio DOC|
|Contea di Sclafani DOC|
|Contessa Entellina DOC|
|Delia Nivolelli DOC|
|Malvasia delle Lipari DOC|
|Mamertino di Milazzo or Mamertino DOC|
|Moscato di Noto Naturale or Moscato di Noto DOC|
|Moscato di Pantelleria, Passito di Pantelleria, Pantelleria DOC|
|Moscato di Siracusa DOC|
|Sambuca di Sicilia DOC|
|Santa Margherita di Belice DOC|
|(Top of the list)||Vittoria DOC|
Apulian grapes varieties
Light grape also known as Pagadebit and as Campolese in Abruzzo.
This Burgundy variety is so versatile and commercially viable at the same time, that it was widely introduced throughout Italy after the phylloxera annihilated most Italian vineyards at the end of the nineteenth century. Produced in many flavors all over the country.
Base of the Ostuni DOC wines.
Thought to be of Greek origin, Malvasia is among the most cultivated grapes in Italy. It comes in many varieties.
Also known as Muscatel, it is a large-berried variety of Moscato.
Italian name for the French Muscat Blanc à Petit Grain, The oldest known variety of Muscat. It is the most planted and most appreciated among the widely cultivated Moscato varieties grown in Italy. It is also known as Moscato Canelli.
German cross of Riesling and Sylvaner, at its best high in the Trentino Alps.
Light white grape used in the Castel del Monte DOC blend.
The Italian version of the French Pinot Blanc, this grape has been planted in Italy since the early 1800s. Arguably, the best variety is the Friuli-Venezia Giulia one also known as Weissburgunder.
Known in French as Pinot Gris, this is an extremely productive grape with highly variable characteristics.
Homonym of the French Sauvignon Blanc, it is made into a number of varieties throughout Italy.
Though not widely used, it makes interesting blends when mixed with Sauvignon.
Known in France as Ugni Blanc, Trebbiano represents the largest family of Italian white grapes and counts a large number of variations throughout Italy. It is an extremely productive grape used to produce generally light, pale white wines. Its origins are widely debated.
A Tuscan sub-variety of Trebbiano, it is by far the most cultivated of the family. It is used in countless blends throughout Italy, especially in Tuscany.
Used in DOC blends such as Locorotondo DOC and Gravina DOC, much of it is used in vermouth production.
An aromatic and plump French grape that is gaining popularity in Italy.
Light grape grown in Apulia.
French varietal widely grown in all regions, but especially in Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Produces very characteristic reds.
Originally from France, this grape is widely grown all over Italy and has become the base for some of the most appreciated and expensive Italian red wines. Similar to other original French grapes such as Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it was widely planted throughout Italy after phylloxera wiped out most of northern Italy's vineyards at the end of the nineteenth century.
Grown widely throughout Italy, it is vinified as Colli del Trasimeno DOC varietal in Umbria.
Also known as Malbec, it is a tannic, dark red Bordeaux variety used to beef up blends.
Malvasia Nera di Basilicata:
Dark and highly tannic red used for blending.
Malvasia Nera di Brindisi:
Major variety of the Salentine peninsula, it is used mostly in blends with Negroamaro grape to soften the latter's strong, bitter, chocolaty flavor in blends such as the Salice Salentino DOC and the Brindisi Rosso wines.
Malvasia Nera di Lecce:
Variety of red Malvasia unique to the Salentine peninsula, it is used mostly in blends with Negroamaro grape.
This highly productive and adaptable variety of Bordeaux was introduced in Italy probably at the end of the nineteenth century. Today, it is the third most planted red grape in Italy.
The name means "Bitter Black" and produces deeply-colored and brawny wines with strong hints of tropical spices. It is among the most planted red grapes in Italy and notably, it is the base for the Salice Salentino DOC and other flavorful reds produced in the Salentine peninsula.
Subvariety of Negroamaro
This prized blending variety of Bordeaux is well appreciated for its deep, dark color and tannic structure.
The Italian version of Pinot Noir is at its best in Piedmont, Oltrepò Pavese, and Alto Adige wines.
Dr. Carole Meredith, a California researcher, proved that the Puglian native Primitivo grape has the same DNA as the American Zinfandel and the Croatian Plavac Mali. Extremely popular among winemakers of soft, spicy, sun-baked reds produced in the Salentine peninsula.
Considered Italy's most noble red grape, it is the base for many prize-winning wines including Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, Morellino di Scansano and, last but not least, the increasingly known Sangiovese di Romagna. It is considered a native wild vine (vitis silvestris in Latin) that was first domesticated by the Etruscans in the Tuscan - Emilian Appennines. It has a characteristic black cherry aroma with scents of wood smoke, tar and wild herbs.
Blending grape used in Brindisi DOC wines.
Also known as Shiraz. Thought to be of Persian origin, this is a very popular grape in Australia as well as in the Rhone Valley. Given the resistance of this grape to intense heat, it is gaining popularity throughout Italy and especially in Sicily, the Tuscan Maremma, Latium, and other areas where the summer heat can be intense. It is used in both blends and varietal bottlings.
A grape originally from south-west France where it is known as Madiran, this is a very tannic, dark variety used for blending.
Uva di Troia:
Thought to have been brought over from Greece, it was named after the ancient city of Troia (Troy). Interestingly aromatic, it is used mostly in Castel del Monte blends.