Basilicata is the region around Matera

The current name is derived from the Byzantine word “basilikos“, which was a name used for the provincial lords who ruled here in the 9th and 10th century. The hilly highland area has mainly sedimented soils (clay, sandstone and limestone), and there are many rivers flowing through the area. The Greeks planted the predecessor of the currently dominant red grape Aglianico here in the 6th century BC, other important red varieties are Aleatico, Bombino Nero, Ciliegiolo, Malvasia Nera and Sangiovese. The most important white varieties are Asprinio, Bombino Bianco, Fiano, Moscato Bianco and Trebbiano.

Puglia wines are excellent, varied, and prolific. For as long as wine has been made, Puglia has produced it, and much is of exceptional quality. Unknown to most people, the amount of wine produced in Puglia is more than any other region of Italy, and is almost equal to the total amount produced in the whole of Australia. Recently, Puglian wine has been marketed as a distinct region, and is gradually becoming more widely recognised, appreciated and sought after.

Puglia features a great variety of grapes; furthermore soil and climate are all different from the northern districts of Bari & Foggia to the south, better known as Salento (Taranto, Brindisi, Lecce). The wines are very focused with fine acidity. The two main red grape varieties in southern Puglia are Primitivo (Zinfandel) and Negroamaro (‘bitter black’); they are both fabulous and have now gained a thoroughly deserved international reputation.

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