The Uva di Puglia PGI refers to the table grape belonging to the Italia b., Regina b., Victoria b. (white), Michele Palieri n. (black), Red Globe rs. (red) varieties, cultivated in Apulia at an altitude of 330 m above sea level.
In order to create vineyards for table grapes it is necessary to use an arbour with horizontal trelliswork. Dry pruning must be carried out between December and the end of February of the following year. The vines can be protected with polyethylene and/or plastic film nets and greenhouse cultivation is permitted to protect the bunches from atmospheric agents such as hail, wind or rain, which could damage the fruit; it also encourages early ripening or a late harvest (depending on the period in which the vines are covered). Harvesting begins the moment in which the bunches are considered to have reached the minimum qualitative requirements for sale. The period therefore varies according to the variety: harvesting of the Victoria white grape variety begins during the first ten days of July and finishes at the end of August; the Regina white grape variety is harvested between the second week of July and the end of September; the Michele Palieri black grape variety between the end of July and the end of October; between mid-August and the end of September for the Red Globe dark red grape variety and, finally, the Italia white grape variety, which is harvested between September 1st and December 15th.
Appearance and Flavour
The colour of Uva di Puglia PGI varies according to the variety: pale straw yellow for the Italia, Regina and Victoria varieties; the Red Globe variety is pink-doré, whereas the Michele Palieri variety is intense velvety black. It has a sweet taste and strong aroma, especially in the case of the Italia variety, and is particularly sugary.
The production area of Uva di Puglia PGI is within the territory of all the provinces in the Apulia region, at an altitude of 330 m above sea level.
Apulia is the ideal region for the cultivation of table grapes, both for the pedoclimatic conditions and the specialisation of the farmers, who have carried the tradition on for more than two centuries, continuously guaranteeing the high quality of the product. It is no coincidence that over the years Apulia grapes have seen a progressive increase in production and, above all, in exportation. In fact, on the contrary to other varieties, it was already being exported outside of Italy at the end of the 1800s, thanks to its long shelf life.
Uva di Puglia PGI should be kept at a low temperature, thereby maintaining the organoleptic qualities for a longer period of time. This product is particularly sought after and mainly eaten fresh. The sweetness and intense aroma also make Uva di Puglia PGI an ideal ingredient for various dishes, from desserts to savoury recipes: fruit flans, puddings, ice-cream, starters, pasta and salads. It is also possible to make excellent distillates from the seeds.
The product is marketed as Uva di Puglia PGI in the following varieties: Italia b., Regina b., Victoria b. (white), Michele Palieri n. (black), Red Globe rs. (red). It is sold in bags of 0,5 and 1 kg or PET or propylene boxes of 0,5-0,75-1-1,5 and 2 kg, closed in plastic, wooden or cardboard packaging; cardboard boxes of 2-2,5 and 3 kg and cardboard, wooden, plywood or plastic crates of 5 kg. Each confection must contain bunches of the same variety. The commercial varieties are Extra and First.
As well as the undeniable aesthetic qualities – the uniformity of the bunch and the intense and vivid colour of the skin - Uva di Puglia PGI is also extremely appreciated for its crunchy flesh, which gives it a longer shelf life.