Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2017 – Stage 7: Castrovillari — Alberobello (Valle d’Itria)

I was not really much that happened yesterday. I had ekspected some more attacs in the peloton. But it seems that we do not get that the first week in grand tour. Today, we can expect another sprint.

Today, we start in Calabria, in the wine district Pollino. We weill go down to the arc, that we will follow through Basilicata, before entering the heel and Puglia.

Pollino is not a very interesting wine district. I was a DOC classified district, but i lost its DOC status in 2011, and is now part of Terre di Cosenza. It is located at a fairly high altitude, at the foot of the Pollino massif. The altitude and proximety to the sea, has a cooling effect.

Loosing or not obtaining DOC-status, does not mean that on cannot find good wines, classified at the level below DOC, IGT. But these wines are much harder to find, at least without beeing in the area.

Basilicata is not amont the leading wine regions in Italy. The most well known wine from Basilicata is Aglianico del Vulture. But this wine is produced further north, and we will not make this detour today.

We end in the town Alberobello, know for its Trulli-houses, small stone houses with round stone roofs. This has put Alberobello on the UNIESCO world heritage list.

We are in the wine district Martina DOC in Puglia. Puglia is the wine region in Italy with largest production. As in so many aother areas with large production, they have been turning form quantity to quality. Today we get very good wines at reasonable prices from Puglia.

Puglia is mainly producing red wine, often from Primitivo. Primitivo is the same grape called Zinfande in California. Now we can see red primitivo from Puglia sold as Zinfandel, which I do noe like. I see no reason to americansie italian grape names.

But here in Valle d’Itra, where the stage finish is, the tradition is to produce white wine. One has recently rediscovered the native grapes Bianco di Alessano and Verdeca, which give very promising results. It is not a wine that is easy to find. But I think this should be the wine of today.

We will remain in Puglia tomorrow, and I will come back to some reds then.

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