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After so many words and explanations, someone will probably be wondering: going around wineries with Puglia Wine Tour, what happens? I’ll tell you …

It is about 9.30 am: we go to take the wine lovers from their accomondations or we meet at Palazzo Belsanti in the case of departure from Lecce; with our private transfer, that is a means that I will not drive myself or my guests, we leave … we are sure to be able to drink at will!

During the first part of the journey, before arriving in the vineyard, we retrace together the stages of the Apulian wine history, in this way we begin to understand the origins of production and the commercial evolution of Puglia; once inside the vineyards, instead, we will have the chance to admire the work of the winemaker and our typical system of vine cultivation, the Apulian sapling, comparing it with the most modern breeding systems.

After admiring the vineyard and its peculiarities, we visit the winery, where we can appreciate production methods, traditional equipment and here, moreover, we begin to learn about the choices of the producer, the same ones that we will find again in the glass during the tasting. Depending on the cellar, there may also be the possibility of tasting the bulk wine, the true origin of our current wines and a type that is still very present, because it is linked to tradition.

Now we are ready: it is time for tasting, partly technical, but not too much, and exciting, always, because from here we start to really understand what is behind the production of a wine and above all how Puglia has come up to here.
When the tasting is over, we leave for the second visit, occupying the journey time, with questions and curiosity about what we have seen and drunk.

Arrived in the new cellar, we walk and discover other stories, places and wines that will accompany our light lunch; often it happens that the producer decides to give us some surprises: it’s the moment I prefer!
Wine tapped from a barrel, anecdotes or perhaps previews of new wines. It is time for lunch, it is the moment of taste and of the table, of good company and of the many laughs, while we taste we accompany some traditional dishes, totally abandoned among barrels, bottles and glasses of wine.

How much do you laugh now? So much! We know that wine helps in this.
What time is it? Wow, we’re at the end of the experience, now we still have a bit of road …
I bet you will now wonder if we had fun, I suggest you find out for yourself ..

Andrea

Puglia Wine Tour project, as well as that of Palazzo Belsanti, are designed with love and to promote my region and its companies. Waking up in the morning knowing what you are doing is great, doing it in your own land is incomparable.

Years ago, when I started going for wineries, I thought how incredible it could be to show and let people who visit Puglia, live what cultivation and wine have always represented for this territory; during the courses to become a Sommelier, I started to look at wineries, cellars and vineyards with their “Alberelli”, as one can admire churches, palaces and secular olive trees, far more famous than the centenary vines.

Puglia Wine Tour is an experiential means to communicate our history, which tells us that the region has always been vocated and predisposed to cultivation and all to its typicality, through vines and therefore autochthonous wines or grapes that here have found their home, becoming over time, a fundamental part of our territory and our excellente labels.

That said, I don’t imagine any other way to live this story of peasants before, and then wines and winemakers, just through historical, traditional and territorial companies, for this reason during my tours we always visit very small, characteristic cellars, manage from original family, where today are still used “cementini” (cements tanks); these great “wine’s rooms” are crossed finding places that tell of scents and colors always present in the Puglia’s life.

Still, suggestive and almost secret corners that today preserve important and precious wines that defy time, in silence.
With this project that I’d rather call an “ambitious dream”, I would like to officially invite you in Puglia!

We are authentic and extremely hospitable, as our roots and our fathers and grandparents have always been, to whom sincere thanks go, for having left us an important treasure to be protected, loved and jealously guarded.

Welcome to the Puglia of wine!

Andrea