As the flight descends into Bari, what unexpectedly strikes the first-time visitor’s eye is how flat the Puglian landscape is and how vast its olive groves are. Some 60 million olive trees grow in Puglia. I love extra virgin olive oil. And I also love wine.
Native to northern Puglia, this ancient bloom dusted, dark blue/black grape, with its relatively compact bunches of thick-skinned, round berries, has for centuries been more associated with being a ‘BLENDER’ than with ‘100%’ varietals.