A Puglia wine has gained international recognition from one of the most prestigious and influential voices in the wine industry.
The American online and print magazine Wine Spectator is the industry benchmark with over three million readers, including key buyers in the wine and spirit industry, business leaders and connoisseurs.
Every year since 1988 the magazine has published its Top 100 list. The wines on it are selected from the thousands and thousands the magazine reviews each year. In short, being on the list is a very big deal indeed.
The 2015 list is described by the magazine as “a diverse group—ranging from emerging labels and regions to traditional estates exploring new directions—and all generated the excitement we call the ‘X-factor.’ ”
Twenty wines in the list are from Italy which is no great surprise. Almost all of those are from Tuscany. There are three versions of Brunello di Montalcino 2010 in the top 20.
Puglia wine is less well known, although has been steadily improving in quality for a number of years and slowly getting the recognition it deserves. It is therefore a huge achievement for it to making it to number 67 in the Top 100 with Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria LXXIV – 2013.
Southern Italian wine is also represented at 74th place with D’Angelo Aglianico del Vulture – 2012 from Puglia’s neighbouring region, Basilicata.