Continue the education with a focus on the South of Italy.
SALENTO, a sub-peninsula in the Puglia region of Italy, also known as the ‘heel’ of the boot gracefully encapsulates a host of beautiful towns and bucolic landscapes that attracts thousands of tourists year-round. Salento, despite lying in the most sunny and hottest part of Italy’s Puglia region, holds reserves of fertile soil suitable enough to grow almost anything. It gets this great property from the Puglian coasts that border the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. The seas provide limited but adequate amounts of water and the sea breezes provide a cooling effect that helps moderate the high daytime temperatures of the Salento. Brimming with large estates and extensive vineyards, the Salento has much to offer wine-tasting enthusiasts.
PRIMITIVO SALENTO TORCICODA Tormaresca
Tasting Notes: An intense ruby red color with light violet hues. On the nose, dominant notes of red uit, black cherries, and plums merge with spicy sensations of licorice, vanilla, and tobacco. Its entry on the palate is so and generous with good structure sustained by an elegant tannic texture. It closes with a long, persistent finish accented by a pleasant aertaste of liqueur cherries.
CAMPANIA is located in the southern part of the Italian peninsula, facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, in what might be called the shin of the peninsula’s boot. In the wine world, Campania is best known for red wines made from Aglianico such as Taurasi, and for white wines made from Falanghina, Fiano, and Greco. It has 4 DOCGs, 15 DOCs , and 10 IGPs. In 2020, Campania had 25,600 ha (63,200 acres) of registered vineyards, producing 1.4 million hl (15.6 million cases) of wine—mostly table wine with only 19% of it at the DOP level. The region’s primary grape variety is Aglianico (34%).
FALANGHINA Feudi di San Gregorio
Tasting Notes: The color is straw yellow that contains brilliant green reflections. The perfume is intense and persistent with sensations of delicate white flowers and uit. The taste offers eshness and balance, with a clean finish. Ideal as an aperitif, it can also accompany various types of appetizers, plates of simple fish and vegetables as well as esh cheeses.
ABRUZZO is located halfway down the Italian peninsula, across the Apennine range east of Rome. In the wine world, Abruzzo is best known as the home of the Montepulciano grape. It has two DOCGs, seven DOCs, and eight IGPs. In 2020, Abruzzo was down in production to less than 2.9 million hl (32.1 million cases) of wine after a few years above 3 million hl. About 58% of production is red and less than 30% is at the DOP level. The region had 32,685 ha (80,700 acres) of vineyards in 2020. Its primary grape varieties are Montepulciano (57%) and Trebbiano (29%).
MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO Valle Reale
Tasting Notes: Bright ruby-red in color, this youthful red offers explosive aromas of blueberries, cherries, licorice, and sweet spices. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with plentiful acidity and a pleasant finish. This wine can be served before a meal, but it pairs well with meatballs, tomato sauces, eggplant parmigiana, and risotto ai funghi.