Alto Salento, the cradle of Negroamaro

Alto Salento

Mid-way between the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce, this land celebrates the fascinating world of rural life in its museums, events, traditions and – especially - at the dining table. This is where you can see some of Puglia’s oldest living olive trees, and the luxuriant Mediterranean macchia vegetation as it plunges into the crystalline waters at Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve, surrounded by rows of what is one of Italy’s oldest vines - Negroamaro. The simple flavours of the local food allow you to discover, the truly genuine nature of the farming towns of the Upper Salento.

Don’t miss:

  • a guided tour of Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve
  • a stroll through Mesagne’s old town and a visit to its Castle
  • the underground olive oil press at the "Abbazia di Cerrate" Folk Museum
  • the Fòcara, the Mediterranean’s biggest bonfire, burns Vineyard prunings

What to try:

  • a sensory experience in “I Sensi” synaesthetic workshop
  • Guagnano’s Wine Museum, in a barrel cellar with underground cisterns and archaeological remains of Ancient Greece
  • the Museum of Puglia’s first winery to bottle its wine, home of Negroamaro rosé
  • wines and olive oils in the territory’s wineries and olive oil presses


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