The Wine Side of Italy (Part 1)

Throughout 2021, food and wine critic Luca Iaccarino travelled across Italy to discover more about four delicious but less known Italian autochthonous wines. He visited some typical Italian taverns while travelling through the regions of Piemonte, Veneto, Marche and Puglia. During his visits he had the chance to learn all about the Arneis, Tai Rosso, Pecorino and Susumaniello grape varieties. Throughout his journey, Iaccarino tasted these wonderful wines during guided tastings with the help of certified sommeliers. Local tavern owners joined him and shared their own recipes and food pairings and explained the characteristics of each wine. A team of videographers followed Iaccarino across Italy in order to create a web series about his experience.

This web series was organized in collaboration with the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (Italian Sommelier Association) for the True Italian Taste project.

Join us and discover more about these four extraordinary wine varieties!

Part 1 of 4 – Puglia

Iaccarino visited the city of Lecce, in the region of Puglia, where he sat down with certified sommelier Giuseppe Baldassarre to get to know the Susumaniello grape variety, also known as “Susy”, which only grows in this Southern Italian corner of paradise.



  • Paula Stanghetta
    January 13, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    What a great video! Loved learning about Susumaniello and can’t wait to try it next time in Puglia. Will also visit Tabisca “Il Vico dei Tagliati” in Lecce!
    Thank you and I’m looking forward to the other videos.

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