Puglia is considered pure heaven by Italians and travellers from abroad and is seen as an authentic Southern Italian paradise set apart from the rest of the country. This is a land that rightly enjoys its reputation of being a place of great history, beautiful landscapes, warm people and stunning food. Puglia goes straight to the heart with its suggestive scenery, white uncontaminated sandy beaches, centenarian olive groves, and vibrant local residents. The nature of this area will strike you immediately with infinite views of olive trees, light-blue Ocean, an impressive countryside and the characteristic white colour of the homes in old towns. The sun, sea and wind are perfectly blended and make Puglia a special place of interest for those discerning travellers looking for a truly authentic southern Italian wine experience.
Puglia has an expansive coast and the land is covered with more than 60 million olive trees. There are many lovely medieval towns to visit including: Lecce, Alberobello, Martina Franca, Ostuni, Locorotondo, Grecìa Salentina villages, Gallipoli, Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca.
For winerists who love wandering and discovering churches and castles, Puglia has hundreds of baroque churches, striking frescoes, fascinating ornamental patterned reliefs, watching towers by the seashore and relics depicting the regions artistic and military history. Even an ordinary walk through the villages and streets within Puglia will turn into a magical journey through fascinating periods of history. The beautiful coast, rustic countryside, and superb food and wine, make Puglia the perfect place for a culinary and wine vacation. Your wine holiday can be complemented by other relaxing activities such as yoga and bike riding through the countryside.
The rustic Puglian cuisine is a healthy mix of vegetables, fish and homemade pastas with an emphasis on fresh seafood and locally produced olive oil which is a perfect accompaniment for Italy’s best bread (we recommend the famous focaccia pugliese).
Puglia has enlightening enogastronomic itineraries that can be easily experienced all year round. For those wishing to combine their wine experience with a swim in the Adriatic or Ionian Sea, the best time of the year is during the Spring and early Summer months (end of May, June, early July) and late Summer (September). August can get too busy but for those interested in rural experiences (grape and olive harvest) the best time to visit the region is between August and mid November.
Depending on which activities you wish to engage in, a minimum of five days is recommended; although one day Puglia experiences can be arranged as well (cooking classes, private extra virgin olive oil and wine tastings). Public transport is limited once you are out of the main urban areas therefore a form of personal transport is strongly recommended. There are many car hire companies in the region with very reasonable prices, or you can ask your personal host to drive you anywhere.