We are in “Valle D’Itria”, an expanse of vineyards, olive and oak groves, dry stone walls, white houses, Trulli and manor farms. An area situated on a gentle hill kissed by the sun, from which you have an enchanting view.
“A land of travellers” this is a territory voted to agriculture thanks to the typical, partially sandy and clayey, red soil.
The eastern part of the Murgia plateau, also called “Murgia dei Trulli” is a very charming region that holds, such as a treasure chest, evidence of many ancient civilizations.
This is a land that bears the scars of fatigue of peasants, which managed to fertilize patches of rocky ground.
The Wine Road “Doc-Locorotondo and Martina” develops along a way that goes through historical centres, vineyards, hills and terracings of great charm. The first stage along this way could be the town of Locorotondo.
Locorotondo, situated in a privileged position, enjoys an enchanting view over the surrounding vineyards and the old town, one of the most beautiful in Italy, offers visitors the opportunity to get lost between narrow stone streets and small white houses with peaked roofs.
There are many prominent buildings such as the monumental Mother Church or the beautiful Church “Madonna della Greca”.
There are also numerous folk and cultural events, especially during the summer for the delight of tourists.
In less than 10 km from Locorotondo is the town of Martina Franca that with its beautiful baroque historical centre represents one of Valle d’Itria’s precious jewels.
There are many noble palaces with ancient carved portals; among these is the wonderful Doge’s Palace, Town Hall today.
The area near Martina Franca, within a radius that goes from Crispiano to Ceglie Messapica, preserves numerous historical evidence such as the rock settlements in Crispiano and the medieval Caste in Ceglie Messapica.
Furthermore, this is a land where you can easily notice the switch from a territory (Valle D’Itria) to another (Salento) because of the presence of different Trulli; with roofs like steps in Salento and dome-shaped in Valle D’Itria.
The white city of Ostuni lies on three hills not far from the coast and enjoys a spectacular panorama.
Ostuni is another Apulian gem.
The old town is a tangled maze of narrow streets lit by white buildings where it is nice to enjoy the beauty and simplicity of the ancient village.
The old town is defined by people of Ostuni “The earth”; it is placed on the highest part of the hill and offers a magnificent Cathedral.
The following archaeological sites in the area are well worth a visit: the Dolmen of Montalbano in the quarter of Piscomarano, the Archaelogical and Natural Park of Santa Maria D’Agnano that preserves finds of a Messapian settlement, the sighting tower of San Leonardo and the Castle of Villanova.
There are many didactic manor farms in the area.
Along the highway SP17, for about 30 km, you reach the town of Alberobello.
Walking through the historical centre of this town is like being part of a fairytale.
This is the city where the “Trullo” is perfectly integrated into the urban context and rightly considered as “Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.
The Valle D’Itria is a place rich in history, art and culture. Many cultural events take place in this area and among these the most important is “the Festival of Valle D’Itria”: a kermess of music and theatrical representations which attracts a worldwide audience since almost 40 years.
Alberobello web site
Ceglie Messapica web site
Crispiano web site
Fasano web site
Locorotondo web site
Martina Franca web site
Ostuni web site
The production area of this white wine refers to the municipalities of: Locorotondo, Fasano and part of Cisternino.
It contains Verdeca (50-60%), Biano d’Alessano (35-50%), with possible addition of Malavasia Toscana, Bombino bianco and Fiano (5%).
Greenish in colour with straw-yellow hues, it is dry and pleasant to the palate and accompanies many types of appetizers.
This wine is also present in the sparkling version.
The production area of this wine covers the following municipalities: Martina Franca, Crispiano, Alberobello, Ceglie Messapico and Ostuni. The “Martina Franca DOC wine” contains: Verdeca (50-65%), Bianco d’Alessano (35-50%), with possible addition of Malvasia Toscana, Bombino bianco and Fiano (maximum 5%).
Greenish in colour with straw-yellow hues, it is dry and pleasant to the palate and accompanies appetizers and light dishes.
The sparkling version is also present.