Through constant occupation by Byzantines, Goths, Normans and Bourbons, Puglia remained Italy’s most bountiful source of wine and olive oil. Abundance was hard to resist on easy working plains where grapes generated greater profits than in any other region. In recent years, however, an emphasis has been placed on premium wines and Puglia is forging a reputation based on excellent bottlings of dry balanced reds, whites and roses rather than staggering exports of bulk juice. Although Puglia makes 1/6 as much classified wine as Tuscany, Puglia rates the same number of DOCs.

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