Dispatch from Puglia: The Italy-America Chamber leads a culinary tour of Southern Italy

This week, as part of its ongoing True Italian Taste campaign, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce is leading a culinary tour of Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s boot.

For decades, Americans scarcely knew of Puglia’s gastronomic treasures but today the region is one of the most in-demand destinations for food and wine tourism.

Puglia is perhaps best known for its extra-virgin olive oil, which is considered to be some of the best in the world, and its many different olive cultivars, like the famed Cerignola (below).

But for centuries, Puglia has been one of the most important producers of fine wine, in terms of both volume and quality. Even as early as the 19th century, when the vineyards of continental Europe were being decimated by the scourge of phylloxera, Puglia had already begun to emerge as one of the most important European hubs of wine production.

This week, the chamber is accompanying the above group of journalists, food and wine bloggers, and food and wine trade members from the U.S. as they attend olive and olive oil tastings, wine tastings, lunches and dinners featuring traditional Pugliese food products and wines, as well as sites of cultural significance, like the famed Castel del Monte (below).

Not only will the group be visiting Puglia on this trip but it will also be making stops in Campania. Stay tuned for more updates!

There are literally countless opportunities to participate in trips like this one sponsored and organized by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce. If you are a food and wine or lifestyle writer or blogger or if you are an established restaurateur or food and wine professional currently working in the United States, please send us an email (by clicking here) to learn about upcoming opportunities to travel to Italy and learn more about its rich gastronomic culture and history.



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