Discovering Puglia through its produce – grapes and wine, olives and oil, the intense yellow of its wheat – all of which have been cultivated since antiquity. It’s a journey through time and the five senses.
GRAPES & WINE
The perfume of ripe grapes being handpicked in September and the effervescent wafts of fermenting grape is an unforgettable experience. Whether you are here on vacation in May or July, in June or August, immerse yourself in a long, peaceful walk amidst one of the orderly vineyards and discover this enchanted landscape. And then, abandon the light, and descend into the cool cellars that protect the great oak barrels in which the wine silently ages. Participate in one of the many organized wine-tasting tours. Salento is a land of wine: Negroamaro, Primitivo, Malvasia Nera … powerful, full-bodied red wines with spicy, zesty and fruity personalities or elegant wines that leave your palate fresh and clean. For a full immersion into Salento’s wine tradition during your relaxing vacation, we recommend you visit the ancient Azienda Agraria Duca Carlo Guarini, with its 18th century building in Scorrano or the Azienda Agricola Santi Dimitri in Galatina.
OLIVE & OIL
In Salento, olive trees extend as far as you can see, beyond the horizon. These hundred-year-old trees still bear their ancient fruits. Olive picking is one of the most poetic ways to bid goodbye to the summer, whilst enjoying the magical light of autumn shining amongst the olive tree branches. It is tiring, but the sight of paniers full of olives is a reward of itself. Just imagining that those tiny green fruits will become the precious oil used in our kitchens is magical. And if you’re not here during the harvest season, just move right on to olive oil tastings! Your palate will be wooed by the variety of tastes that each different bottle can reserve, besides its luscious dense consistency, range of colours and intense and delicate perfumes. While you’re in Salento for a relaxing vacation, we recommend you taste olive oil at the traditional Azienda Agraria Duca Carlo Guarini in Scorrano or at the Azienda Agricola Santi Dimitri in Galatina, which is just a few kilometres away from Vivosa Apulia Resort.
WHEAT & FRISA (also known as FRISELLA or FRISEDDHRA)
Puglia has always been a land of grain and the “Frisa” has extremely ancient origins. Legend has it that already in Phoenician times, in the tenth century, merchants would dampen them with sea water and then dress them with olive oil. Popular tradition, instead, refers to them as the “bread of the Crusaders” a staple of all those who left from the ports of Leuca, Otranto and Brindisi for the Holy Land. It was a long trip at sea and they needed food that wouldn’t spoil. In fact, the hole at their centre is said to have been used to transport them more easily on a rope.
Frisas are produced by drying and toasting whole wheat or barley bread through a double baking process. Then, softened with water and dressed with tasty oil or enriched with red tomatoes in summer, a Frisa has a taste to be remembered.