Wines of Puglia

View of Polignano a Mare town, Puglia Italy

The two most famous wines of Puglia are both big bold reds with a huge following in the UK. These are Primitivo – more famously known by its American name Zinfandel – and the native grape Negroamaro. Local winemakers use them to create rich wines with aromas of blackberry, black plum, coffee and vanilla.

Primitivo wines are usually made from grapes grown in the centre of Puglia, between Bari and Matera. Negroamaro has been grown in Puglia for at least 1,500 years, and its name translates as "black and bitter". Some excellent examples come from the Salice Salentino DOC.

What does Primitivo taste like? Inky, rich and ripe, they're packed with tannins and alcohol and pack a powerful punch. Flavours include black fruit compote, leather, blueberries and fig.

What does Negroamaro taste like? Dark and savoury, Negroamaro tastes like ripe black fruit with spicy, herbal notes of clove, cinnamon and thyme.

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