The Salento is the southern part of the Apulia region of Italy, a sub-peninsula of the main Italian peninsula, sometimes described as the “heel” of the Italian “boot”. The wine tends towards strong reds, most often based on Negroamaro, Primitivo or Susumaniello.
The food is robust and genuine, the pasta brown from the addition of barley flour and the seafood almost always consumed within hours of being pulled from one of the nearby seas. It’s the presences of these two seas that makes the Salento different that the rest of Puglia, three of the four sides border on ‘the Mediterranean’, historically a source of exportation and animal protein but also entry point of foreign invasion, further increasing the complexity of the water’s presence.
The region’s vibrant cultural capital is Lecce, considered a national treasure, it remains of the one of the prettiest towns in all of Italy.