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A wine tasting holiday in Puglia,
a discovery of the finest Apulian wine while touring Lecce, Otranto, Ostuni, Gallipoli and the Itria Valley

This wine tour is the best way to explore Apulian wine culture and heritage, following our direction and visiting selected boutique wineries with a self drive tour, discovering charming little villages and learning more about Puglian wine by getting close to the people that craft it.

A wine holiday in Puglia that offer the perfect combination of freedom and personalized, professional services to satisfy your specific interests and desires, combining along the way, cooking demos of traditional apulian local recipes, with guided cultural walks, to let you discover the best of Puglia at your own pace. This wine tasting holiday in Puglia and Salento suit all levels of knowledge, is aimed at the enthusiastic wine lovers and no previous wine knowledge is required.

This wine trip of Puglia is designed to let you tour the region and discover its culture and history through its wine, designed for travelers that wish to learn more about wine and Apulian wine production culture and tradition, more about the local food and wine, driving freely without the hassle about makiong your own reservations and finding your own hotel, as all the important choices are predetermined and there is little room for letdown. Touring Puglia and visiting all the main cities, you will have the choice to visit selected local wineries, and experience tutored and self guided tasting tours, getting to know wine 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 finest wine of Puglia.

Puglia Wine                       tasting tour program

Day 1 | ARRIVAL

Arrival, check in, briefing, and first optional visit of Alberobello Unesco world heritage site, with its wine museum, traditional round buildings with cone-shaped roofs and local boutique winery.

Day 2 | Locorotondo & the Itria valley

Cruise the itria valley, the land of trulli and visit Locorotondo clustered of white structures perched on a high ridgeand.
The wine produced in this area is light and extremely limpid and very different from the other Apulian wines, which often are characterized by high alcohol levels and assertive flavors. The Locorotondo wine is Straw yellow or greenish in color, delicately fruity and considered one of the best DOC wines of the region by the experts.

Day 3 | Lecce and the surrounding vineries
The vineyards of this part of Apulia have been planted almost exclusively in Negro Amaro since the 6th century BC. The wine obtained from Negro Amaro ranges in shading from ruby to garnet red and its flavor features a pleasantly bitterish vein. Today before visiting some of the local vineries you'll be exploring the old town center on a private guided tour, with one of our knowledgeable guides..

Day 4 | Otranto & the adriatic coast
A short transfer bifore the cristalline water will disclose the most eastern strip of southern Italy, and one of the oldest vineries of Salento, just a few km south of Otranto, little charming fishing village on the adriatic coast.

Day 5 | Departure

Please enquire for a detailed itinerary and program.

This is a sample program and all tours can be tailor made to suite your requirements. You can choose the number of days, the starting area, the accommodation standard, the number of vineries you wish to visit and the extra activities to include.

Apulian Wine

Although the wine production have remained unknown for long time, Apulia has a proud wine-culture of the most ancient tradition that dates back to the ancient Greeks. Apulia's land since the time of the early colonizations have been a sanctuary for the vineyards and the olive groves. Apulia is the region where "spring was eternal" as Homer reported, with climate conditions that have favoured the abundance and the variety of fine wines.

Cultivation of vineyards probably started with the colonization by the Greeks in the 8th century B.C.. gaining a true moment of glory with the romans, until the eventual fall of the Roman Empire determined the inevitable decline of Apulia's wine-making.

Only with the 7th century we note a rebirth in wine-culture and the return of autoctonic vines. Puglia use to be granary of Italy and the wine cellar of Europe, with its huge bulk wine production, but with the re-cultivation that followed, the emphasis is now placed on quality rather than quantity, for long time used to reinforce weaker wines all over the country. Now few local producers turned from high volume production to quality wine by reducing the yields and increasing the density of plantations gaining a growing reputation to the local production.

The range of Apulian wines is dominated by the reds, from the Salice Salentino to the primitivo di Manduria, that matures precociously, and the Malvasia nera di Lecce, from which full bodied vintages are produced. Some interesting and elegant white wines are also produced around Locorotondo and all around the Salentina peninsula from Verdeca, Chardonnay and Fiano just to name few.

Trip details

Start/End:Bari | Otranto | Lecce
Duration:tailor made
Dates:available year round
Price:€ enquiry
Accommodation:charming casual or Luxury

Trip highlights

  • Introduction to the local grapes and wine
  • Wine tasting and guided visit to selected local vineries
  • Extraordinary landscapes and scenerios
  • Cooking demo of local recipes and basic food matching
  • Introduction to local Grappa and visit to its producers

wine tasting tours and holidays puglia salento Italy

This trip includes

  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Detailed route instructions, maps and material
  • private wine tours and tasting with a professional sommelier
  • visit of local producers
  • food & wine pairing dinners
  • local support through the tour
  • PLEASE ENQUIRY TO KNOW THE FULL INCLUSION LIST

Not included

  • CAR RENTAL
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Flights & insurance
  • Everything not mentioned on the included list above

Beyond wine

  • Visit to local artist's studio
  • Guided food shopping
  • Cultural tours

Accommodaton

  • wide selection of charming casual & luxury accommodation available

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