Ideally located between the Adriatic and Ionian seas, Puglia is known as the garden of Italy for its food, olive oil and wine production. Being the second largest Italian wine-producing region, Puglia counts 25 DOCs (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) and new producers have been working on increasing the quality of the wines. Read on to discover our top 10 wineries to visit in Puglia.
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This winery is part of the Italian organic wine route and invites anyone who wishes to experience the rhythm of the Earth through their wines. After having restored a ruined farm, Raffaele di Tuccio and his family have been running the vineyard for decades producing a fine Puglian wine. Ideally located between the Adriatic and the hillside, Antica Enotria produces fabulous organic wines.
This is Giuseppe Montanaro’s creation. In Crispiano, the vineyard was designed by Fernando Caruncho to optimise the space as well as the fluidity of the land by creating vines waves. Together with his sons and spouses, they produce delicate organic wines expressing the unique terroir of Puglia. Their red Primitivo is well worth giving a try!
Since the 18th century, the vineyards at Terra Jovia have specialised in local Primitivo. This eminently Puglian story all started with a priest, Francesco Indellicat, who hailed from the small village of Gioia del Colle, the discoverer of this noble grape. With an extreme simplicity, the estate specializes in quality wines, finding harmony in every single bottle they make. The winery offers unmissable tours where you can learn about Puglian history while enjoying their wines and delicious Italian food.
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This award-winning winery is the gem of the Bruni sisters, Annamaria and Francesca. Working in Salento with dedication and passion, their respectful approach of the environment accounts for the quality and fineness of their wines. Try their red 2015 Passaturo which was awarded 85 points in the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards.
The story of Tenute Emera's success starts in Lizzano. Owner Claudio Quarta already had in mind to create unique, top quality wines when he bought his estate near Pulsano. Thanks to his hard work, determination and the help of his daughter, he has nurtured an exceptional winery. Indeed, the bottles, as well as the wines themselves could be compared to fine art. In 2016, they were counted in the top 100 wine producers list of the Wine Spectator.
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This winery has been producing wines for four generations in Salento in their 150-hectare private vineyards. Over the years, they have been looking for a balance to offer a modern expression of the ancient local grapes varieties. They have implemented modern techniques while preserving traditional winemaking methods. Their winery in Tuglie is open for tastings and tours around the vineyards.
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Paolo Leo inherited this winery from his parents and has been transmitting his passion and love for wine to his sons. Their authentic relation to the land leads to the creation of high-quality wines. While in Puglia or simply at home, try their delectably spicy red, Triade.
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Three Sicilian friends indulged their passion for winemaking together in the 1980s and this is what happened. From their friendship and love for wines, they began their own wine production during their studies in the historic city of Bastonaca. Named after their initials, they were the youngest wine producers in Puglia. Over the years, their estate has been growing to produce wines respected worldwide.
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Spreading along on the most iconic wine routes of Puglia with two estates - Castel del Monte and Masseria Maime - Tormaresca offers a modern Renaissance to Puglian wines by creating unique blends. The family's strong desire and commitment to producing quality wine has lead to excellence. They also own a restaurant in Lecce where wine tourists can enjoy delicious food with a glass of Tormaresca - not to be missed!
Located in Salento, this winery was created in the 80s of four distinctive estates, forming 275 hectares, to blend top quality wines. The Rubino-Leopardi couple has started a “productive philosophy” working with autochthonous grapes and have also developed a “women harvest project” to recognise manual labour and support female workers. You can enjoy a wine tasting in their cellar in Brindisi as well as a combined food and wine tasting at Numero Primo.
The best way to discover the soul of Puglia is on a guided wine tour. Experience the different winemaking styles in a day on a wine tour with passionate tour guides and regional experts.
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