Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Saturday, October 27 2018

An Italian Adventure: Puglia

By: Anthony Gismondi
At the ancient crossroads of food and wine

Each week, until December, we're releasing a short film in which we take a closer look at a renowned or emerging Italian wine region and we film it through the eyes of the people who are making the wines.

Our latest adventure takes us to Puglia, a region that historically was better known for its rustic red wines used to bolster the lighter wines of Northern Europe.

It’s been two decades since Marchese Piero Antinori took an interest in the wines of Puglia, an area rich in native varieties unknown to much of the world. Today, they farm 625 acres of vineyards tending chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, primitivo, fiano and negroamaro by the sea in the Salento region. Further north, at Bocca di Lupo, in the Castel del Monte DOC region, they farm 250 acres at some 800 feet of elevation on chalky soils growing chardonnay, aglianico, fiano, moscato, and cabernet sauvignon.

Wine has been made on the plateaus of the Italian boot heel since the time of the ancient Greeks. In fact, according to Vito Palumbo, Tormaresca's brand ambassador and unofficial cultural ambassador and cheerleader for Puglia, those who occupy the very southern regions of Italy feel closer to Greece than to most of Italy. The history is as rich as the food, wine and people of Le Puglie. Why the use of the plural? Vito explains in the video, which we promise won't disappoint.

Watch the other videos in this series: Italian Adventure Series

For further study visit their website: Tormaresca

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.