Easily identifiable on the map as the “heel” of “Italy’s boot,” the Italian region of Puglia stretches across a long, narrow peninsula at the top of the Mediterranean. It lies — quite literally — at the very edge of the western world: On a clear day you can see Albania across the

southern Adriatic Sea from its eastern shores. And it’s one of Italy’s oldest centers for the production of fine wine, a legacy that stretches back to the ancient Greeks who colonized the native peoples and started making wine there many centuries before the Common Era.

Thanks to its temperate climate, maritime influence, and abundance of limestone and clay soils, Puglia is one of Italy’s most productive regions in terms of quality and quantity.


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