The Road of “DOC Wines- Murgia Carsica” covers a variegated area rich in history and tradition.
Numerous are the municipalities affected along this way.
The territory is characterized by the presence of thin and white chalky slabs called “chianche” which embellish not only the subsoil but also the roofs of manor farms (“Masserie”) and Trulli.
The substratum of “Murge Orientali” is a mysterious tangle of tunnels, narrow passages and stalactites that shape the wonderful natural landscape of “Grotte di Castellana” (Caves of Castellana).
All around you the show that appears in your eyes is full of white buildings, ancient farm houses, conical roofs and typical country houses built in tuff or local stone and called “lamie”.
Because of special climatic conditions, the entire territory of Wine Road “Doc-Murgia Carsica” is particularly suited for growing grapes. Numerous are the wine and food events, tastings, markets and wine festivals that all around animate this area during the weekend.
The town of Noci is especially suited for the organization of wine and food events of big success while the Mother Church is a great touristic point of interest.
Castellana Grotte is primarily known because of a complex of caves in the subsoil.
Inside the complex, the most exciting show is without any doubts the view of the “white Cave” (la Grotta Bianca) with its thin and sharp stalactites of alabaster.
Thanks to its characteristic Carnival accompanied by funny paper mache parade float, the town of Putignano is famous all over the world.
Carnival events begin on december 26. and, not a simple case, this is the longest Carnival in the world as well as the oldest; documents dating back to 1394 already talk about this Carnival.
When you arrive in the town of Gioia del Colle, you can taste the excellent diary products and visit the old town.
Of special touristic interest are, in the old town, the following places: the Municipal Theatre, the Church of “la Madonna della Neve” ( our Lady of snows) and the impressive Swabian Castle, considered one of the most beautiful in Apulia.
The Castle houses the National Archaeological Museum which exhibits, among other things, the archaeological finds discovered in Monte Sannace.
The archaeological site of Monte Sannace is near the Museum and can represent an opportunity for visitors of a short walk in the countryside Murgia.
13 miles from Gioia del Colle, along the highway SP82, is Acquaviva delle Fonti, the city of “perennial springs”.
In the old town you can pleasantly walk among churches, noble palaces and, if you are visiting the centre at the end of October, you can also enjoy the characteristic wine festival of “Calzone delle Cipolle locali”.
You can also visit the green oasis of the “Foresta Mercadante” which houses the Sanctuary of “our Lady of the Angels” up to the town of Santeramo in Colle.
Santeramo in Colle welcomes visitors in an interesting medieval village in which stand out the ruins of a Benedictine Monastery and the beautiful Romanesque Church of “Carmine”.
Afterwards is worth a visit the city of Altamura to visit the oldest bakery “Il Forno di Santa Chiara” dating back to 1423 or the bakery of “Santa Caterina” dating back to 1724 and to taste, at the same time, the famed loaf.
Not to be missed is the “Pulo of Altamura”; a big depression in the northern part of the city that reaches a depth of 90 meters and a width of 550 meters (due to the action of water).
The surrounding territory, up to the city of Gravina is particularly interesting for the presence of rock churches, archaeological sites and caves, that create a perfect balance between natural beauty and art.
The old town of Gravina offers different tourist attractions. The Cathedral, a wonderful Renaissance-style building that also preserves ancient Gothic- Roman elements and the Museum Pomarici-Santomasi with its wonderful collection of ancient rock frescos.
Other towns in the area have very ancient origins: the town of Sannicandro with its thousand-year old Castle, the town of Rutigliano with its artistic craft related to the production of terracotta whistles, the towns of Adelfia and Grumo Appula.
They are all towns that offer pleasant historic centres and especially in the city of Adelfia there are many rural churches.
The town of Adelfia is the synthesis of two distinct ancient villages: Montrone (of Greek origin) and Canneto (of Norman origin) and still at the present time you can distinguish the two historical centres.
Adelfia has also another record: 70% of its agricultural land is designated for vine growing.
The city of Conversano has a well-preserved old town and a wonderful Norman Castle with a spectacular view.
The Council Chamber in Tawn Hall preserves 10 canvases painted by Finoglio and inspired by the theme of “Gerusalemme Liberata” (Jerusalem Delivered).
From Conversano, along the highway SP102, for about 20 km is Sammichele di Bari.
If you visit the town in the last weekend of September you can participate in the wine festival of “Zampina” where you can taste a typical specialities of the area: “the Zampina”, a sausage grilled meat seasoned with tomatoes and spices; the “ghiemeridde”, stuffed rolls of meat and the “fecazze a livre”, a cornbread dressed with olive oil, salt and oregano.
Apart from wine festivals , the Museum of “Civiltà Contadina” (of Rural Life) is also worth a visit; inside the Museum you can look through an interesting documentation about the daily rural life of past times.
Casamassima is the last stage of the Wine Road “Doc-Murgia Carsica”. You reach the pleasant historical centre of this town through “Porta Orologio” (The Clock Door) and then you get lost among narrow medieval streets, alleys, low houses and courtyards.
Outside of the built-up area there is the Abbey of San Lorenzo, a former monastery situated in the area crossed by Lama San Giorgio and built using large blocks of stone.
Acquaviva Delle Fonti web site
Adelfia web site
Altamura web site
Casamassima web site
Cassano Delle Murge web site
Castellana Grotte web site
Conversano web site
Gioia Del Colle web site
Gravina In Puglia web site
Grumo Appula web site
Noci web site
Poggiorsini web site
Putignano web site
Rutigliano web site
Sammichele Di Bari web site
Sannicandro Di Bari web site
Santeramo In Colle web site
Spinazzola web site
Toritto web site
Turi web site
The production area of this DOC wine covers 16 municipalities between the provinces of Bari and Bat. “Gioia del Colle red wine” is made from different grape varieties: Primitivo (50-60%), Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Malvasia nera (maximum 10%), Negroamaro (40-50%).
Ruby red in colour with garnet-red hues if aged, this is a whole meal wine. Dry, harmonic, slightly tannic-tasting, it accompanies meat and cheese dishes.
The following versions are also produced: rosé, white, Primitivo and a sweet and often fortified Aleatico.
This DOC wine is one of the most notorious white wines in Apulia. Its production area covers the following municipalities: Gravina, Poggiorsini and part of Altamura and Spinazzola.
This wine contains: Malvasia del Chianti (40-65%), Greco di Tufo and Bianco di Alessano (35-60%), with possible addition of Bobbino bianco, Trebbiano toscano and Verdeca (maximum 10%).
Straw-yellow in colour with greenish hues, this wine presents itself to the palate as dry or pleasant.
There is also the sparkling version that perfectly accompanies meat dishes and mushrooms.