The southernmost tip of the Mediterranean jewel region of Puglia has long been famed for its outstanding Rose' wines. Indeed in Italy word is that the Salento yields the absolute diamond tip of Italian pink production. The secret? Varietals, soils, climate and tradition. In other words...TERROIR. Hailing from the all famous TERRA ROSSA soils (red earth) rich in iron sediments that provide the wines with structure and complexity, made from the traditional and ancient grapes Negroamaro & Malvasia Nera, sun-drenched in one of Italy's most blessed and "comfortable" climates and steeped in a long tradition of summer, sails, seafood and beach...ROSA DEL GOLFO is a family owned winery that based it's entire name on the prized Rose' they have been making for generations. Mediterranean pink specialists !
From vineyards in the areas around Sannicola, Parabita, Alezio, Campi Salentino & Veglie, the bouquet of this dry rose is intense with the rich fragrance of blood orange, fresh berries and pink flowers, followed by hints of Mediterranean scrub. On the palate it is silky and generous with persistent fruit. Serve chilled with fish soups, elegantly grilled fish, poultry, vegetable soups and swimming pools.
The Italian peninsula is shaped like a boot, so they say—and if true, it is a woman's boot, for Puglia is the high heel. Triangulated by Molise, Campania and Basilicata, the terrain consists mostly of broadly sprawling plains and low-lying hills. Famous since classical antiquity as an essential theater of the Second Punic War, activities there lead to the final drama where Hannibal got his comeuppance and the Roman general Scipio won his badge of honor "Africanus."
Just a short cruise across the Adriatic from modern Albania, Puglia was settled by the Greeks in the eighth century BCE, and had developed grain- and olive-growing on a grand scale by the time they joined Italy in the early 19th century. Recently, their wines have moved beyond the village to achieve even international appeal. Sunny and warm, popular grape varieties include Primitivo, which is closely related to the Zinfandel of Sonoma and the Plavac Mali of Croatia, along with the Negroamaro (literally "black and bitter") and the Malvasia Nera.
Salento is the high-heel on the boot known as Italia, a limestone outcropping dividing the Adriatic and Ionian seas. It includes the entire administrative area of Lecce, along with parts of Taranto and Brindisi, and is home to the famous red wine Salice Salentino.
The main red grapes grown in this area are Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nero. Rosso IGT wines are often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. The region is furthermore known for its excellent Rosato wines, as well as being home to the white wine varieties Verdeca and Francavilla.