The “Appian Wine” (from Appian Way) winds through a territory once called by the Greeks “Enotria” ( “land of wine”).
This name is due to the boundless expanses of vineyards and to the special vocation of this land for these crops.
This land can be rightly considered “the land of wine” thanks to the great variety of autochthonous black grape varieties to which are added, over time, white grape varieties.
In this are the wine-making tradition is very old.
Just thinking about the fact that the poets Orazio (Horace) and Plinio il Vecchio (Pliny the Elder) discoursed, in their writings, on wine produced in the Province of Brindisi as well as archaeological reminds attest the use of coins minted in Brindisi on which are imprinted scenes related to wine-making.
Certainly the land of Brindisi has an ideal climate for the production of wine and the art of wine-making has become, over years, ever more perfect.
Today this land can boast wines whose quality is widely recognized in the world.
Brindisi is the door of Salento and the point where the sea meats the Appian Way.
For this reason the city is considered a shopping mall of great interest and of strategic importance.
There are many evidence left by pilgrims and soldiers in transit like the Temple of St. John (pattern of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem).
In the old town there are many points of particular touristic interest: the Granafei Palace that is a wonderful Renaissance-baroque palace, the Italian Sailor Monument and the Alfonsino-Aragonese Castle, built on the island of St. Andrew and also called, the Sea Castle to distinguish it from the Swabian Castle that is located in the city.
A walk in the old town is a very pleasant experience.
Mesagne lies just 14 kilometres from Brindisi.
Mesagne is an elegant Baroque town that preserves a very interesting historical centre.
This old town makes it a real city of art. The access to the historical centre is trough “Porta Grande” (The Big Door) or “Porta Nuova” (The New Door).
The old town is like a precious chest full of jewels such as the Norman Castle, the Scazzeri Palace, the Mother Church and the Church of St. Mary of Bethlehem.
Latiano is located near a Messapian centre, as evidenced by numerous archaeological finds discovered in the area of Muro Tenente.
The historical centre offers the opportunity for a pleasant walk. Nearby is the lovely natural oasis of Torre Guaceto.
Perched on a green plain, we found the town of San Vito dei Normanni.
The area represents an interesting combination of natural landscape and history thanks to the presence of an archaeological site nearby the district of Castello d’Alceste; a messapian settlement of about 23 hectares.
There are numerous rock artifacts such as the Crypt of St. Biagio and the Crypt of St. John.
In the old town, a very interesting place to visit is the “Dentice di Frasso Castle” with the beautiful stone stairway and the richly decorated rooms but also the “Torre Quadrata” (the Square Tower) with Guelph battlements is well worth a visit.
An excellent example of Baroque architecture is the Church of St. John.
The area of Carovigno offers a rare example of unspoiled territory thanks to the presence of the nearby land (marine reserve).
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.
Brindisi web site
Carovigno web site
Latiano web site
Mesagne web site
Ostuni web site
San Vito dei Normanni web site
The production area of this DOC wine is Brindisi.
Red and rosé wines use the grape variety Negroamaro with possible addition of “Malvasia nera di Brindisi” or Sussumaniello, Montepulciano and Sangiovese (maximum 30%).
The production area of this wine encloses the following municipalities: Ostuni, Carovigno, San
Vito dei Normanni, San Michele Salentino and part of Latiano, Ceglie Messapico and Brindisi.
The different kinds of wine produced are :“Ostuni bianco doc” with addition of the following grape varieties: Impigno (50-85%), Francavidda (10-15%) with possible addition of Bianco d’Alessano and Verdeca (maximum10%) and “Ostuni Ottavianello doc” that contains Ottavianello with possible addition of Negroamaro, Malvasia nera, Notar Domenico and Sussumaniello (maximum 15%).