The first impression you receive entering the magnificent historic facilities of “Produttori Vini Manduria”, the association of wine producers of the area of Manduria, is exactly like approaching a gas station: a number of locals filling handful of 5-liters plastic bottles by pumps offering “secco” (dry), “vivace” (sparkling), “amabile” (semi-sweet) and “moscato” wines produced by the local cooperative and provided by the staff from dispensers humorously mimicking a fuel pump.
MS Anna Gennari guided us through the “Museum of Primitivo wine culture” hosted in the renovated underground cellars of Produttori Vini Manduria: an entertaining and stimulating glimpse into the everyday life of the farmers until just a few decades ago, and a time.travel through the wine-making techniques and equipment. Particularly charming are the carriages, on which it is easy to imagine characters from “Il Gattopardo” or “The Godfather”.
After stocking up on your favourite bottles, just head towards the sea, stop on the way to grab a melon hurled from a tractor, slide your foot in the door of the local shop going to close for the ritual 3-hours afternoon break and get a few slices of Prosciutto di Parma and fresh mozzarelline or burratine. Your picnic basket is now complete for a swim in “Punta Prosciutto”.