Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Puglia

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Way down on the southern heel of Italy, the sun-drenched region of Puglia is blanketed with durum wheat fields, olive groves, and vineyards. Whether you’re a wine buff or a food lover, you’ll find plenty to tempt your palate in Puglia. Here are your options for food and wine tours.

Must-Try Dishes & Varietals
A typical rustic Puglian menu relies on an abundance of farm-reared lamb, seafood, extra virgin olive oil, and piquant salami. Puglia’s signature dishes include orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta) with a variety of sauces, maccheroni al forno (oven-baked pasta and meatballs topped with a pie crust), and tiella (a baked rice, potato, and seafood dish), as well as snack foods such as puccia (stuffed pizza dough sandwiches), panzerotti (mozzarella stuffed pastries), and pizzette (miniature pizzas). Other regional delicacies include burrata, cacioricotta, and canestrato cheeses; pasticciotto (a tasty dessert made from custard and black cherry); and plenty of seafood, including sea bass, red mullet, mussels, and anchovies.

Puglia is also one of Italy’s most important wine-growing regions, producing about 230 different types. Puglian red wines are the most renowned, including Primitivo, Salice Salentino, Negroamaro, and Nero di Troia. Rosés and chardonnay-style whites are also becoming increasingly popular.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Learn the secrets of Italian food with a traditional pasta-making, mozzarella-making, or Puglian cooking class in Bari, Ostuni, or Lecce.
  • Sample Puglian street food specialties such as burrata cheese, focaccia barese, and gelato on a bike, rickshaw, or walking tour of Bari.
  • Explore the beautiful vineyards and historic wineries of the Salento wine region on a wine tasting tour from Lecce.
  • Discover the cheese-making process and taste a variety of Apulian cheeses in the Itria Valley.
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