Where is Salento?
The region: Puglia
The Italian region of Puglia, also known as the "heel" of the Italian “boot", is a land full of stunning landscapes, diverse culture and wonderful cuisine. It is largely flat with extensive coastline and some of the most fascinating archaeology you will find in Italy.
This extraordinary region has long been a well kept secret, however its popularity worldwide is rapidly starting to increase since it has got everything tourists might want: the flat lands are great for biking or walking, the warm climate means summer lasts from may to october and the miles of coastline are perfect for swimmers.
Puglia is also famous for its charming towns and villages, such as Ostuni, the “White City” where you can get lost wandering the alleys, walking up and down the picturesque stairs and under its archways; or Alberobello, where you will find the famous domed dwellings “trulli”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To experience the true Puglia, you could stay in a “trullo” or in one of the historical family farms called “Masserie”.
Puglia is served by two international airports at Bari and Brindisi and most of the region can be reached from these airports within one hour’s drive.
Salento: Magical Wine destination
Salento is the southernmost tip of the region of Puglia, including the Lecce province as well as much of the Brindisi and Taranto provinces.
This splendid stretch of land is embraced by two seas, the Ionian sea and the Adriatic sea.
Salento is rich in history and traditions and boasts natural and architectural beauties: magnificent Baroque cathedrals, pristine beaches and glorious cliffs, centuries-old olive trees, warm hospitality and Southern Italian charm. And there is more!
Salento's gourmet gastronomy, fine wines, handicraft and local festivals ("sagre") all contribute to offering an unforgettable holiday experience.
But Salento is above all a fantastic wine destination!
"This magical wine destination is a thin peninsula packed tight with stunning beauty and surrounded by some of the bluest waters in Europe." - Wine Enthusiast
The area of Salento is famous for Top Quality Red Wines from Negroamaro, Primitivo, Malvasia Nera, Aleatico and Susumaniello. The Primitivo grape (Primitivo di Manduria) is notoriously associated with Zinfandel. Primitivo wines are rich, full-bodied and high in alcohol with flavours of black fruit, dried fruit and liquorice. Another important red wine is Salice Salentino, dominated by the Negroamaro grape (sometimes blended with Malvasia Nera).
Salento is also internationally known for premium rosé wines made from Negroamaro grapes. Over the past decade, the region has experienced a remarkable rise in the production of crisp white wines from Greco, Fiano, Malvasia and Chardonnay.