Here in Puglia the price of petrol is expensive, and despite the recent drop in oil prices, it is still one of the most expensive in Europe. Fortunately, wine by the pump is cheap! And fun! And surprisingly good! When you visit Puglia, make sure you put a morning aside to visit some of the ‘cantine’. Or, if you don’t fancy sampling wine before midday (this is just one of my little quirks; no alcohol before midday!) then you will have to plan a visit late afternoon as most places here still close from one until four or even five o’clock.
Where to go?
Manduria is renowned throughout the world as producing excellent wines, and fortunately for me, it’s right here in Puglia! So, this is a perfect place to sample some of the local produce. Why not try a co-operative, they buy locally grown grape varieties and produce some of the best wines in the region and sell them directly from the pump! One of my favourites in Manduria is the Consorzio Produttori Vini. You can even tour their museum at no extra cost. In the height of season, it is advisable to book ahead of time. Whilst you are there, why not sample their premium bottled wines, from their ‘Produttori Vini Manduria’ range. The best thing is, it doesn’t cost you a penny (or rather a centesimo!). Many of these wines have been recognised by International Wine Organisation and have been awarded medals.
Another favourite ‘cantina’ of mine is Brancasi. This is located outside Brindisi on the road to San Vito Dei Normanni, and their Chardonnay is exceptional.
If you’re looking for a wine tasting experience with a difference, then Schiena Vini offers unique tours that will ensure you have the most memorable holiday experience. They are located just outside the beautiful city of Francavilla Fontana. Please contact me directly to arrange a tour or mention my name when you book to ensure you receive that extra special service!
If you have already sampled some of the excellent wines of Puglian, please share your favourites with us in the comments box below. Salute!