Apuglia / Puglia

Native Vines:


• Uva di Troia
• Primitivo
• Negroamaro
• Negroamaro Precoce
• Ottavianello
• Susumaniello
• Bombino Nero
• Malvasia di Lecce
• Ottavianello
• Susumaniello


• Verdeca
• Bombino Bianco
• Fiano Minutolo
• Moscato di Trani
• Impigno
• Bianco d’Alessandro
Important Wines
• Primitivo di Manduria
• Gioia del Colle
• Castel del Monte
• Copertino
• Salice Salentino


It used to be known as ‘Le Puglie’, the plural emphasising the disparity within this huge region, 400 km from north to south.

This is a region where generalisations are impossible (apart from this one). It is huge and its subtleties are endless. It is hot and much of the region is flat. The land is far less expensive than in the north and EC labour laws appear, possibly, to not apply.

Puglia is also home both to some of the most beautiful and most ugly cities in Italy, there are fantastically under-developed beaches and Trulli (odd little round buildings built from loose stones cleared from the fields). It is a wonderful place to visit, but could well drive any outsiders living there to the verge of madness.

The pace of life is either full speed or full stop, with not much in between. There is a continuing influx of money from all parts of Italy and from abroad, with people buying into what is now seen by many as Italy’s California.

The local growers and winemakers are having to change fast. There was once a time when sun-starved northern Europe would snap up their huge production for blending, but this is a dying industry. Now the big Puglian companies must take on the best the world has to offer. Fortunately, they have the raw materials: Primitivo, Uva de Troia and Negroamaro are all world class grapes.

There is work afoot to identify other indigenous varieties, whilst on loan from neighbouring Basilicata and Molise are Aglianico and Montepulciano. There really is no need for the French set, but they will crash the party, as, alas, they always do.


our Puglia selection by Winemaker / Estate...

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  1. Paolo Petrilli. 'Motta del Lupo' 2015

    Plum, cherry violet and basil, very authentic ripe fruit aromas, a touch of sweet cinnamon and clove.  Soft, open raspberry and bramble flavours, very easy and beautifully refreshing. Organic and Vegan Certified.

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  2. Sampietrana. Brindisi Riserva '1952' 2013

    A massive mouthful of ripe fruit, deep and plummy with soft rounded tannins.

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  3. Sampietrana. Salento Fiano 2015

    Sampietrana Salento Fiano 

    Beautifully floral, fresh as a winters’ breeze with lime, kiwi and passion fruit flavours, intense with a hint of wild honey, almond and orange blossom.

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  4. Paolo Petrilli. 'Fortuita' 2011

    Damson, clove and sloe on the nose, lithe tannin, mouth filling strawberry and black cherry fruit.

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  5. Sampietrana. Vigna la Cupa Salice Salentino Riserva 2012

    Sampietrana Vigna la Cupa Salice Salentino Riserva 
    Salice Salentino DOC Riserva

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  6. Sampietrana. Masseria del Gelso Squinzano Riserva 2013

    A supple and welcoming wine, perhaps too easy to enjoy with its deep cassis and currant fruit, lifted with roasted pepper and mocha flavours.

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  7. Savese. Primitivo 'Le Petrose' 2011

    As forthright as ever, roasted peppers, spiced damson and cocoa, herb and tobacco.

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  8. Masserie di Ugento. Negroamaro 2010

    Tight damson and blackcurrant fruit, intense and tannic.

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  9. Savese. Primitivo di Manduria 'Terrarossa' 2010

    This is a wine to savour, perhaps to be a little afraid of; it is incredibly mouthfilling, a raucous concoction of deep berry fruit, laced with lavender, chocolate and savoury roasted pepper and mushroom.

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  10. Paolo Petrilli. 'Agramante' Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera 2012

    Blueberry and cassis on the nose, fine ripe tannins and mineral core, mint and mocha an extraordinary and intense wine whose complexity comes unaided by oak.

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  11. Sampietrana. Salento 'Terre Cave' 2014

    Sampietrana Salento Terre Cave
    Salento  IGT

    Cocoa, damson, coffee, eucalyptus and mint on the nose. Round, soft and powerful, a touch of earthy vegetal grip from the Primitivo, deep liquorice and sloe fruit, big sweet tannins, complex and long.

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  12. Paolo Petrilli. Nero di Troia 'Il Guerro' 2010

    Pure, deep damson fruit, enveloping tannins with engaging spice, blueberry and floral nuances.  Majestic and powerful wine with the capacity to age for many years, one of the great full-bodied Puglian red wines.

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  13. Paolo Petrilli. Sangiovese 2010

    There is a fair amount of Sangiovese in Puglia, finding a pure Sangiovese is extremely rare, finding one of this quality does not happen, it is too hot.  This has the hallmarks of a Montalcino, muscular fruit, supple, woven tannins and fine floral nuance mingle with spice and herb.  A great wine.

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