Castel del Monte DOC is one of the most important appellations in Puglia. Named after the medieval castle that dominates its skyline, the area is known for the production of full bodied, fruit forward red wines from Aglianico, Bombino Nero, Montepulciano and Uva di Troia.
Alezio is a red wine producing area close to Gallipoli in the south of Puglia. It produces wines from a minimum of 80% Negroamaro, while Malvasia Nera, Sangiovese and Montepulciano can make up the rest of the blend. We know of no producers currently bottling their wines under this DOC.
The hilly Daunia area is located in the north of Puglia, close to the borders of Basilicata and Molise. Here a continental climate of cold winters and hot summers suits both Aglianico and Nero di Troia. Few producers use the appellation but it could well gain in appeal as fashion for cooler climate wines grows.