This extra virgin olive oil is produced in the province of Foggia. It has a maximum acidy of 60% and comes in four versions.
- Alto Tavoliere: This is the highest quality, made using at least 80% Peranzana or Provenzale olives. It has a mild fruity aroma with hints of fresh fruit and sweet almond and a fruity flavour.
- Basso Tavoliere: This oil is made using at least 70% Coratina olives. It has a fruity aroma and flavour and is spicy and slightly bitter.
- Gargano: This oil is made using at least 70% Ogliarola Garganica olives. It has a mild fruity aroma and flavour with grassy hints and an almond aftertaste.
- Subappennino: This oil is made using at least 70% Ogliarola Garganica, Coratina and Rotondella olives. It has a mild fruity aroma and taste with a hint of fresh fruits.
Terra di Bari
The Bari region has a long history of producing olives, dating back to Neolithic times. The production of olive oil became the main source of wealth in the region during Roman times, when it was exported all over Italy. This oil is produced in the provinces of Bari and Barletta-Andria-Trani. There are three varieties:
- Castel del Monte: This oil is made using at least 70% Coaratina olives. It has an intensely fruity aroma and a strong taste. It is spicy and slightly bitter.
- Bitonto: This oil is made using 70% Ogliarola Barese olives and 30% Coratina olives. It is soft and balanced with hints of fresh grass and artichokes. It has an aftertaste of sweet almonds and spicy pepper.
- Murgia dei Trulli e delle Grotte: This oil is made using at least 50% Cima di Mola olives. The aroma and taste is intensely fruity, with a spicy and slightly bitter aftertaste.
Collina di Brindisi
This oil is made in the province of Brindisi and must contain at least 70% Ogliarola Salentina olives. It has a pleasant yet slightly bitter taste with a spicy aftertaste.
This oil comes from the provinces of Lecce, Taranto and Brindisi. It is made using at least 60% Cellina di Nardò and Ogliarola olives. It has a slightly bitter and spicy aroma, and a fruity taste.
This oil comes from the Taranto provice, where olive oil has been produced for at least 8,000 years. It is made from using 80% Leccino, Coratina and Ogliarola and Frantoio olive. It has a lightly bitter and spicy aroma with a fruity taste.
The olive oil that is produced in Puglia is among the finest quality found anywhere in the world. For the people of Puglia, the olive represents far more than a source of food. It is deeply rooted in their culture and has a romantic and even mystical symbolism.