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San Severo is one of the main wine centre in the territory of “Daunia”; once it represented the administrative headquarters of Capitanata and Molise.
The old town was partially destroyed by several earthquakes but it still preserves the wonderful baroque Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
Also of great interest is the visit to the Museum of “Alto Tavoliere” where tour guides explain the history of the area showing archaeological and photographic materials.
Lastly, you can not forget a visit to the “Teatro Verdi”, the most beautiful “Italian” Theatre in Apulia.
Especially the city of San Severo represents the wine tradition of the Daunia territory thanks to the numerous wineries that produce wine by the classical method.
The visit to the cellars is a fascinating journey through ancient tunnels and caves under the city.
Along the highway SS89 you reach the municipality of Apricena, a town situated between “Tavoliere” and “Gargano”.
The surrounding landscape is characterized by the presence of vineyards, olive groves and caves from which is extracted the world-famous stone, now exported anywhere.
In the old town are also worthy a visit the “Palazzo Baronale” and the “Parrocchia di San Martino”.
There are numerous local gastronomic delicacies to be enjoyed at any time that well accompany the wines produced in this area.
From Apricena, in a few minutes you reach the municipality of San Paolo Civitate.
The town, located on a hill, has a great view of the mountains of Gargano and of Daunia Sub- Apennines.
The surrounding area is fertile and lush thanks to the presence of Fortore River and thanks also to the presence of the following streams: Civitate, Staina and Radicosa.
The natural beauty of this place meets points of touristic and historical interest like the Archaeological Museum, the site of “Teanum Apulum”, the Cathedral, the Chapel of “Madonna di Belmonte”, the Chapel of “Madonna del Ponte”, the Baron’s Palace and the Public Gardens.
From San Paolo Civitate to Torremaggiore.
Torremaggiore is one of the most densely populate town in the area of “Daunia”, second only to San Severo. The town is located on a hill and enjoys spectacular views.
Within the old town there is Palazzo Ducale, the administrative headquarters of the Wine Road “DOC-Daunia”. The Doge’s Palace is characterized by singular cylindrical and battlemented towers.
Is also worth a visit the Church of ” Maria Santissima della Fontana”.
The territory of Torremaggiore, also known as “The court of Wine”, is well-suited to the cultivation of vineyards. The municipality of Lucera is about 20 km from Torremaggiore.
Lucera boasts a very ancient history that begins with the Romans, continues with the flourishing time under Federico II and finishes with a period of decline after the Angevin conquest.
The old town is rich in valuable historical artifacts: the Castel-fortress built by Federico II is the largest Castle in southern Italy after that of Lagopèsole.
Other places that well worth a visit are: the Cathedral of the city built on the ruins of an ancient mosque, the small church of “San Francesco” built in the Gothic-Byzantine style and the Archaeological Museum of “Urbana Fiorelli” that preserves artifacts dating back to the Neolithic period and to the Middle Age.
The Roman Amphitheatre (Augustan age dating), restored in 2009, is located in the eastern part of the city and, thanks to the large size, it represents the most important roman site in the region.
There are many local craft shops where you can find objects produced through the processing of “bricks baked in kilns”.
Lucera is for this reason called “the city of the kilns”.
For wine lovers, there are numerous wineries in the area that organize wine-tasting tours focused on the most important wine of Lucera: “DOC Cacc’e Mmitte di Lucera”.
Apricena web site
Lucera web site
San Paolo Di Civitate web site
San Severo web site
Torremaggiore web site
This DOC wine covers the entire regional territory.
It is a sweet tasting wine made from Aleatico grape (minimum 85%), with the possible addition of Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Primitivo.
It is necessary an aging for three years in order to obtain the recognition as Reserve.
The production area of this wine covers the municipalities of Lucera, Troia and Biccari.
The grape varieties used in the production of this DOC wines are: Sumarello (35-60%), Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera from Brindisi alone or together with the above-mentioned wines (25-35%), Trebbiano toscano, Bombino Bianco and Malvasia del Chianti alone or together with the above-mentioned wines.
Ruby red in colour, good olfactory characteristics, a wrapping and harmonic taste. It accompanies red meat dishes and mature cheese.
The production of this DOC wine, the most notorious in the territory of Daunia, covers the municipalities of: San Severo, Torremaggiore, San Paolo Civitate, Apricena, Lucera and Lesina.
This DOC wine has the following typologies: white, red, rosé and sparkling.
San Severo DOC wine uses the following grape varieties: Bombino bianco (40-60%), Trebbiano toscano (40-60%), with possible addition of Malvasia bianca or Chianti and Verdeca (maximum 20%). Both wine and sparkling spumante are served with fish appetizers.
Red and rosé San Severo DOC wines contain: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (70-100%) and Sangiovese (maximum 30%).
Ruby red in colour towards orange hues if aged, this is an interesting whole meal wine. Its scent is winy and pleasant.