If you are looking for rosé wines that are intense and complex, look to the wines from Southern Italy, in Puglia. There are many styles of rosés, from crisp and light to intense and bold. If you like deeply hued, bold, intense, savory, mineral-driven rosés, then Puglia rosés will steal your heart and palate. Rosé is a great summer sipper, but you can expect more from Puglia rosés. These rosés(also known as Rosato in Italy) are complex, rich, and food-friendly, making them the ideal rosés for year-round consumption.
Puglia is a dreamy destination with sunny blue skies, stunning beaches, endless miles of coastline, cute historical towns, and of course, amazing food and wine. You will fall in love with Puglia which is known as the heel in Italy’s boot. It lies between two seas – the Adriatic on one side and the Ionian on the other. It is a brilliant paradise that is set apart from the rest of the country.
Sipping rosé wine is a part of the relaxed culture of Puglia. A chilled glass of Puglian rosé makes for the perfect social hour aperitif, yet the wines are complex enough to pair with meals. What grows together, goes together is the philosophy of many wine lovers when it comes to wine pairings. So why not pair a Puglia rosé with Puglian cuisine and transport yourself to this magical paradise. For a simple snack, pair a Puglia rosé with local favorites like, fried polenta, pizzette, burrata and frisella. These bold colored pink wines also pair well with popular Puglian dishes like orecchiette with broccoli rabe, panzerotti, and fresh seafood from the Adriatic. The cuisine of Puglia is fresh, flavorful, and exceptional because everything is grown locally.
The Terroir Of Puglia
Puglia’s landscape is distinctly different in the north and the south, but one thing they share in common is the production of olive oil and wine. You will find three regions for grape growing in Puglia; Foggia(north), Bari(central), Brindisi(south), and Lecce(south). The region is fairly hot and dry with a Mediterranean climate that is tempered by cool ocean breezes. This allows for the ideal maturation of grapes, delivering wines that are expressive and intense. The proximity of the vineyards to the seas gives the soils a rich mineral and salty component.
Puglia in Rosé
Puglia is the historic birthplace for rosé wines from Italy. It was the first region in Italy to produce rosé wines, starting in 1943. Puglia rosés are widely popular in Italy, and the wines are slowly building a great reputation amongst wine lovers around the globe. These rosés stand apart from the rest of Italy with their fruity and savory characteristics.
Puglia delivers Italy’s most diverse range of rosés. With 25 local grape varieties to work with, Puglia has a large variety of rosés. There is a style to please every palate. Unique and local grape varieties are used to make rosé wines, from the traditional Negromaro to the exciting Aglianico, and the rare Bombino Nero – to name just a few.
One sip of Puglia rosé and you think you are in Itay. The wines are very distinct and tell a story of time and place. What can you expect when drinking a Puglia rosé? You have wines that are medium to full-bodied with intense color and fresh aromatics. There are red fruits aromas of cherries, strawberries, and pomegranate. What really differentiates Puglia rosés, is their savory qualities. With the proximity of many of the vineyards to the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, the soils have a high salt and mineral presence. This gives the wines nice sapidity and minerality.
Four Exceptional Puglia Roses To Try Now
Azienda Agricola Romaldo Greco is a family-run winery that was founded in 1973 in Seclì, a little village in the heart of the Salento peninsula. The company was founded by Romaldo Greco where he was a supplier to other wineries. In 2005, Antongiulio(Romaldo’s son) joined the business, bringing a strong innovative surge to the company.
The unique name, Duodecim is a Latin word that means “twelve”, which is how long(twelve hours) the wine has stayed in contact with the skin. A bold ruby-red hue shines in the glass. The wine is fresh and with notes of pomegranate, cherries, and raspberries. The sunny vineyards are close to the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea. The influences of these two seas gives you nice salinity and minerality in this rosé. Duodecim is an intense wine that is also velvety and well-balanced.
The D’Alessandro family has been making wine in Puglia since the beginning of the twentieth century. Today the winery is run by the fourth generation – Giovanni, Angela, and Arianna. Starting with their grandparents’ one hectare, today the winery boasts 55 hectares of vineyards, planted to indigenous varieties like Primitivo, Negroamaro, Uva di Troia, Verdeca, Malvasia, and Fiano.
Cattedrale has an ornate symbol on the label, one that you typically find in the churches of Puglia. This rosé is made with Sangiovese that has 48 hours of skin contact, giving the wine an intense coral pink color. There is wonderful freshness in this wine with a bright savory palate. Rich fruit flavors of cherries, strawberries, and baking spice coat the mouth. This is a wine with complex textures, freshness, and persistence.
Donna Viola is a brand of Petroni Vini, a wine-producing family since 1865. Maria Viola Petroni is the fifth generation, wine producer to head up this brand. Donna Viola produces quality wines made from autochthonous grape varieties of their land. All their wines are pure expressions of one specific grape variety.
The Tramonto Rosato is 100% Bombino Nero, an important grape variety of the region. A very beautiful label is displayed on the bottle, one that is unique and artistic. The label is painted by Piskv, a highly renowned contemporary artist. The name of the wine is Tramonto, which means sunset. The label represents the sunset with its warm colors. Inside the bottle, this rosé has a delicate coral color. On the nose. the wine shows aromas of rose, lavender, raspberries, and cherries. The palate is fresh with notable salinity and good persistence. This is a full-bodied wine yet easy to drink.
The history of Villa Schinosa is based on ancient winemaking traditions that have been handed down for generations. The estate spans 200 hectares on the outskirts of Trani. In addition to the vineyards, modern olive groves extend alongside the centuries-old olive groves to obtain high-quality extra virgin olive oils.
The color of the Pezza Galitta is intense, and you find typical features of rosés from Puglia – sapidity, minerality, freshness, and bright red fruit. There is a fresh bouquet of bright fruit, floral, and spice on the nose. The wine has complexity and concentration. This is a rich and bold wine that calls for food. A perfect wine to be enjoyed with lunch or dinner.