About Il Salento

The Salento is the most southerly sub-region of Puglia, marked principally by the fact that il Salento in bounded in fact by the Mediterranean on three of its sides. (J’Ionio to the west and south, l’Adriatico to the east and south).  Due to its lack of elevation, the region has no real dairy or pork industry, the ingredients are classically absent from the diet. Which is why the region is famous for its so-called ‘Mediterranean Diet’, which only a fraction of those that live on the Mediterranean actually eat. High in fish, green-leaved plants, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, the diet of The Salento is now protected by law.  Its principle oil olive is l’ogliarola salentina. Its three principle red wine grapes are negroamaro, primitivo and to a lesser extent, susumaniello. Its primary white wine grapes are fiano and verdeca.