Puglia is the ""heel"" of Italy and the country's third largest producing wine region. This region is hot and flat, but that is mitigated by constant sea breezes - especially from both sides of the southerly Salento peninsula - and long-established bush vines offer some resistance to drought. Primitivo is the most widely planted and well-known grape variety, but Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are also widely planted.As important as it is as a wine producer, Puglia is perhaps more famous for growing olives -- it produces more than 40% of the country's olive oil. They also grow vast amounts of Durum wheat, which is made locally into orecchiette, a flat ear-shaped pasta. Another speciality is maccheroni al forno, pasta mixed with meatballs, hard-boiled eggs and various other other ingredients. topped with a pie crust and baked in the oven. Roast lamb, from sheep which graze on the rocky hills, pairs well with the region's robust reds.

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  • Schola Sarmenti Nerio 2016

    Schola Sarmenti Nerio – Nardo DOC Riserva 2019

    A statement of tradition and terroir, this wine is derived from old vines planted in the region’s traditional Alberello style (free standing bush vines).

  • Schola Sarmenti Primitivo Critera 2020

    Despite its youth, this wine really delivers on the palate, bursting with sumptuous dark cherry and blackberry fruit. Rich, round, juicy, and expressive with a silky edged finish. Drink now, but be sure to save a few bottles to see how it develops.



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