Salento IGT area is located in the southernmost part of Puglia. The territory corresponds to that part of Puglia, once known as Messapia, which was once inhabited by a population, called Messapi, who settled in the area around the 8th century BC.
Salento territory is a land between two seas, the Adriatic on the east and the Ionian on the west. It is mainly a flat territory apart from some areas in the south, corresponding with that part of the territory called "Serre Salentine", and some territories on the north, corresponding to the final part of the Murgia hills.
The area has a typical Mediterranean climate, with long summers and never too rigid winters.
The territory is home of different grape vine varieties such as Negroamaro, a symbol of Salento itself, Primitivo, Susumaniello, Malvasia, Verdeca and Fiano.
In the whole area of Salento there are several DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) wines including Alezio, Brindisi, Copertino Leverano, Negroamaro di Terra d'Otranto.
The Salento Protected Geographic Indication area is reserved for wines produced from vines of the white grape type in the following version: frizzante, spumante, passito; and for red grape types in the following version: red, frizzante, passito, novello, rosato, spumante.
Grapevines of Salento IGT zoneMalvasia Nera di Lecce Negroamaro Notardomenico Ottavianello Primitivo Susumaniello Francavidda Impigno