The wine production has always been thc activity identifying the farmland in and around Brindisi. In this area, the Salento, during the Ancient Roman campaigns and the Crusades, the people leaving for those missions were saluted by good luck lunches, wishing them to come back viclorious. From here the tradition to have a “Brindisi”, meaning toast in English. During the roman empire, Apulia was Lhe emperor’s cellar, for both wines and olive oils. Till some time ago, most Apulia wines were used to “cut” more prestigious wines, thanks to the outstanding color, structure and intensity they could add, but nowadays, thank also to the most expert winc makers, the Apulia wines are gaining recognition all over the world.
Apulia is one of the richest archaelogical rengions in Italy. It was first colonized by Mycenaean Greeks.
Puglia, long with other sites in Egypt, Greece and the Middle East was a major source of wine and olive oil in prehistoric and ancient times, and is one of the oldest wine and olive oil producing regions in the world.
Apulia is a region of Italy in Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto to the south. Its southern most portion, known as the Salento peninsula, forms a “tacco” heel on the “boot” of Italy. The region comprises 19.345 square kilometers (7.469 sq mi), and its population is about four million.
Cuisine plays an important role throughout Apulia. The key locally produced ingredients used there include olive oil, artichokes, tomatoes, aubergine, asparagus, and mushrooms.