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Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Puglia

Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Puglia

Way down on the southern heel of Italy, the sun-drenched region of Puglia is blanketed with durum wheat fields, olive groves, and vineyards. Whether you’re a wine buff or a food lover, you’ll find plenty to tempt your palate in Puglia. Here are your options for food and wine tours.

Must-Try Dishes & Varietals

A typical rustic Puglian menu relies on an abundance of farm-reared lamb, seafood, extra virgin olive oil, and piquant salami. Puglia’s signature dishes include orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta) with a variety of sauces, maccheroni al forno (oven-baked pasta and meatballs topped with a pie crust), and tiella (a baked rice, potato, and seafood dish), as well as snack foods such as puccia (stuffed pizza dough sandwiches), panzerotti (mozzarella stuffed pastries), and pizzette (miniature pizzas). Other regional delicacies include burrata, cacioricotta, and canestrato cheeses; pasticciotto (a tasty dessert made from custard and black cherry); and plenty of seafood, including sea bass, red mullet, mussels, and anchovies.

Puglia is also one of Italy’s most important wine-growing regions, producing about 230 different types. Puglian red wines are the most renowned, including Primitivo, Salice Salentino, Negroamaro, and Nero di Troia. Rosés and chardonnay-style whites are also becoming increasingly popular.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Learn the secrets of Italian food with a traditional pasta-making, mozzarella-making, or Puglian cooking class in Bari, Ostuni, or Lecce.

  • Sample Puglian street food specialties such as burrata cheese, focaccia barese, and gelato on a bike, rickshaw, or walking tour of Bari.

  • Explore the beautiful vineyards and historic wineries of the Salento wine region on a wine tasting tour from Lecce.

  • Discover the cheese-making process and taste a variety of Apulian cheeses in the Itria Valley.

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Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting

Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting

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Visit Alberobello on a customizable half-day tour, and discover its famous ‘trulli’ houses with your own private guide. Built by peasants around 700 years ago, the whitewashed and cone-shaped dwellings are now UNESCO-listed treasures. Learn all about them as you explore, hearing how their drywalls were built, and then end the experience with a wine tasting. Sip on glasses of Puglian wine, and learn about the local grapes as you drink. Make use of round-trip transport from Bari, if you wish.
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  • 4 hours
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$241.34
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Puglia Bike Tour: Cycling Through the History of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Puglia Bike Tour: Cycling Through the History of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Bicycle tours are a great way to get out of plodding buses and go places they can’t reach. This bicycle tour near Ostuni has the added benefit of taking you to visit olive fields, mills, and farms while you learn about local olive oil history. Along the way, you also get a chance to bike through coastal dunes and wetlands. You can ask your guide to organize an olive oil tasting at tour’s end.
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  • 3 hours
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