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Valle d’Itria

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Valle d’Itria is the heart of the white wines of Apulia.

From the vine rows of bianco d’Alessano and Verdeca, delicious and famous wines are obtained. The natural environment is marked by the domes of the trulli (typical cone-shaped homes), which can be admired from the balconies of the fascinating districts of Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Cisternino.

A few kilometres away from these towns, white Ostuni, with its terraced fruit and vegetable gardens, surrounding the town walls, a thick system of manor farms and historical castles and a precious fully reborn ampelographic patrimony, thanks to the recovery of rare native aspects, such as the Impigno and Ottavianello wines.

The Susumaniello, a blackberry variety of wine, of Dalmatian origin, also made in purity, deserves special attention. Messapia, a historically and culturally rich territory, is the land of the Primitivo, which is a very old native wine variety, the grapes of which reach maturation in late August (where the name comes from), giving life to a full-bodied red wine, carrying particular characteristics and a fairly strong alcoholic level.

Fields of secular olive trees, vast cultivations of figs, and wide vineyards make up the territory embraced by Manduria, Sava and Lizzano, caressed by the breeze of the Ionic sea, where the picturesque vineyards of the Primitivo, some up to 80 years old, find the ideal microclimate to best express themselves, handing the famous Doc Primitivo of Manduria its name.

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