Puglia, Italy’s biggest producer of wine.
Visitors to Puglia will be familiar with the Trulli di Alberobello – a World Heritage Site, but they will also discover that Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world, largely thanks to Puglia, which produces more than any other Italian region, about 17% of the total!
This month I have selected two fine examples, which are available in small or medium sized glasses, or by the bottle or carafe (equivalent of half a bottle).
In 1962, 19 vine growers from San Marzano, whose families had farmed the land for generations, combined their efforts to establish Cantine San Marzano.
Talo is the surname of one of the winegrowers that has supplied San Marzano for years. San Marzano recognises the contribution of the producers with whom they work closely and achieve the best from their land. The outstanding quality of these wines could not be created without them. The San Marzano vineyards are in Salento, Puglia. The area is approximately 100 metres above sea level and benefits from great diurnal temperature variation, which are ideal for promoting an extended ripening period for the vines and concentrating the flavours in the berries. The vines are grown in soft soils, that are thin with a fine texture and good drainage
Verdeca Puglia IGP Talo, San Marzano, Puglia 2016
A refreshing, dry Verdeca delivering exotic aromas of tropical fruits, sun-ripened peach with hints of and spice. Full flavoured, with a creamy texture and a thirst-quenching finish
Malvasia Nero Salento IGP Talo, San Marzano, Puglia 2015
An intense and complex bouquet of ripe red fruits, combined with hints of spice. A full bodied red wine with delicious flavours of blackberry jam and vanilla notes through to a smooth finish.
Taste the warm sunshine of Southern Italy, by the bottle, carafe, medium or small glass, both wines at the same price!
£27.50 (750ml), £14.95 (375ml), £7.95 (175ml), £5.50 (125ml)