Food & Wine - Puglia

Food & Wine

Puglia

Italy in Style offers a wide range of customized food & wine activities and programs for individuals and groups. Here are some samples:

  • Wine tasting (Primitivo, Salice Salentino)
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Visits to local dairies and cheese tasting
  • Cooking classes and market tours
  • Visit to Altamura bakeries (first DOP bread in Europe)

Wine Tasting
Primitivo and Salice Salentino are typical wines of the region. On request and at selected wineries, it is possible to combine a wine tasting with cheeses, crostini with fresh tomato and almond sweets.

Lecce and Salice Salentino DOC wine
The tour starts with a visit to Santa Maria di Cerrate, an agricultural center of medieval origins. Admire the abbey, the hypogeum press and visit the Museum of Popular Traditions. Proceed towards the area of Salice Salentino DOC and visit an historical wine cellar. After lunch enjoy a guided tour of Lecce, capital of Baroque. Visit the impressive Santa Croce Basilica, the Cathedral and numerous churches displaying their rich detailed style. Stop at a local pastry shop to taste “pasticciotti” and the “pasta reale” (made with almonds).

Trani and the olive oil road
Visit Trani, considered the pearl of the Adriatic Coast with its beautiful noble palaces, ancient churches and a splendid Romanesque Cathedral that leans out towards the sea. Proceed along the Strada dell’olio extra vergine Castel del Monte and visit to a renown olive press facility located in Bisceglie.

The olive coast and the white city
In the morning travel through the beautiful Valle d’Itria, with its typical dry stone walls, red fields, vineyards and olive trees. After a visit to the historical center of Cisternino, visit to an olive press facility that produces Colline di Brindisi DOP olive oil. Proceed to Ostuni, known ad the "white city” because of its white –toned, mortar-covered buildings. In the afternoon, driving through a panoramic road that winds among twisted olive trees, reach the archaeological excavations of Egnazia, an ancient city built on the shores and well-known to the Greeks.

Cheese tasting
Enjoy a personalized tour of a cheese factory and see how mozzarella, ricotta and other cheeses are produced. Many of these cheeses are best savored within hours of production; others mature for months until they acquire a delectably pungent character. The tour will be followed by a tasting .

Altamura Bakeries
Altamura bread, a large chewy loaf, is possibly Italy's best bread. Already beloved by the ancient Romans, it is not made with commercial yeast, but with natural yeast. This dough is slower to rise than that made with commercial yeast and has a better flavor. Among other baked specialties you’ll find frisella, a traditional hard barley bread, the size of a donut, that is dipped in water to soften and then seasoned with olive oil, garlic and tomatoes; and taralli, a snack food, that are doughnut shaped, and moderately crunchy; they can be either somewhat sweet or slightly salty.

 

 
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