Panettone, an Italian Tradition

As we are nearing Christmas, 5 weeks at the time of writing which is a scary thought, a part from the rush for last minute presents and preparations there are things to look forward to and one example is the return of the Panettone!

Panettone arriving in the shops is one of the main signs that Christmas is just round the corner, being only produced in the couple of months before Christmas. There are many different types of panettone found throughout Italy and here in Puglia it is no different. There is a wide selection ranging from Pandoro, a basic plain golden on the outside and fluffy soft on the inside, to chocolate covered or fruit filled panettone.

Panettone is generally agreed to have originated in Milan at the beginning of the 1900s and the light fluffy inside texture was achieved by raising the dough three times, 20 hours before cooking.

As with all Italian cuisine and regional cuisine there are arguments over which is the best panettone or the most traditional panettone. The truth is that, as with everything, it comes down to individual taste, what you can be sure of is that a panettone is a perfect way to finish a Christmas meal, be it served simply on its own, accompanied by or stuffed with ice cream or my preference served with a light coating of Sambuca…

To purchase a traditional panettone baked by a family owned Pasticceria in Ostuni, Puglia click here. A welcome addition to your Christmas Hampers or just to your Christmas table, Buon Appetito…

Panettone Mandorla VicinoPlease leave comments about your favourite Panettone or the best way you like it served!


Italian Christmas Hampers from Puglia

Christmas is one of the most important times of year here in Italy and Christmas hampers are exchanged back and forth between friends, family and work colleagues. Food and drink are two of the main aspects of eveyday life and at Christmas under the majority of trees you will find a range of hampers containing the best Puglia has to offer…

Italian Christmas Hamper

This year we have decided to offer a range of Christmas hampers with a selection of our high quality products from Puglia. There is a choice of hampers to match all needs and budgets. We also give you the option of purchasing a hamper with the filling and all needed to make it beautiful, then all you have to do is choose your products to add to the hamper. The Christmas gift hampers from Puglia can contain any of the products we offer for sale including Award Winnning Wines, Sparkling Sweet or Brut Spumante, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as well as products from our Handmade Ceramic collection. No hamper is complete without a Panettone, the traditional soft cake eaten at Christmas.


Please click to view the range of Italian Christmas Hampers from Puglia

Please visit Puglia Shop Online to view our whole selection of high quality products from Puglia.

A day harvesting grapes with Botrugno…


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Sergio Botrugno kindly invited us to see the grape harvest which takes place every year in September.  His team of workers start hand picking the grapes before dawn and finish at 11:30, we arrived at 8am… The grapes are carefully … Continue reading

It’s time for tomatoes…

The other day we were visiting a winery and saw how the grapes were being hand picked and selected… The “donne” (women, even though some are men, all are called donne) start work at 5:30 just as the sun rises… we arrived at about 8!!

Near the winery there was a whole team of “Donne” who were picking tomatoes. This is one of the hardest harvests as under the 30 degree heat you have to bend down and pick pick, pick and pick…

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Riva dei Tessali Golf Tournament

On 11th August 2013 we at Puglia Shop Online sponsored our first golf tournament in Riva dei Tessali Golf Club at Castellaneta Marina.

Riva dei TessaliOver 70 people took part in the competition with us providing the prizes and a buffet in the evening.


We used the buffet and prizes to showcase wine from Botrugno in Brindisi as well as Centrovignali wine. The food which provided the inspiration for the buffet featured antipasti products from La Cerignola di Una Volta, including the famous “La Bella di Cerignola” olives, peppers stuffed with tuna, artichokes and much more.

Preparazioni Buffet

BuffetBuffet 2We would lke to thank the golf club and everybody who works there for helping us make it a special day and we hope that all those who took part, and who were lucky enough to win a hamper had a great time.

Cantine Due Palme


Cantine Due Palme is one of the most famous wineries in Puglia and is consistently producing award winning wines. The winery is led by Angelo Maci and is based in Cellino San Marco between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Angelo Maci is the third generation of wine producers and started the Cooperativa Cantine Due Palme in 1989. The mission was and still is to produce high quality wines from the grapes prepared by the 1200 partners in the local area with a total of 2,400 hectares of vineyards.

Cantine Due Palme produces a wide selection of wines with including Selvarossa Riserva, which is a combination of Malvasia and Negroamaro grapes, Sangaetano is Due Palme’s Primtivio di Manduria while Anthea is one of their best known white wines made with 100% Falanghina grapes. Melarosa is a rose’ extra dry spumante which is perfect for an aperitivo or to accompany a fish dish.
If you would like to buy Cantine Due Palme wine please click here

Press Trip to Puglia

We are working with a selection of local town councils here in Puglia to promote the area and showcase all that it has to offer. This includes Extra Virgin Olive Oil producers, following the whole process of producing olive oil with tasting. Award Winning wineries, where grapes are harvested and then magically turned into wine. We will also visit Masseria Mea, Albano Carrisi’s Masseria, one of Italy’s most famous recording artists. We will also hold a cooking course when you can learn to make fresh pasta and then enjoy the fruit of your labour….

The trip is being planned to allow people to discover one of Puglia’s less known areas, just a short drive to the Adriatic and the Ionian coasts. The trip is being organised for October from the 3rd to the 6th.

This press trip is being funded by the Gal – Terra dei Messapi, whose aim is to promote the area.

The trip is open to journalists or people in the olive oil, wine or tourism industry.

For any further information please contact us

Presenting our range of flavoured salt

Himalayan Salt Block

Salmon and Squid cooked on a Himalayan Salt Block

We are very proud to announce our new range of luxury flavoured salts.

We have the opportunity of offering a whole selection of flavoured salts, which can be used to add flavour and decoration to every dish.
The range goes from Himalayan Pink Salt, which is a healthy alternative to regular table salt, to Black Velvet which is a salt produced by faithfully following an ancient Sicilian recipe, mixing sea salt with black squid ink.
The salts can be purchased individually or can be bought in a selection pack, ideally suited to meat or fish dishes.
For the more adventurous chefs why not try our Pink Himalayan Salt Blocks. The salt block is the ideal party piece as you heat the block and then cook meat or fish directly at the table. Your dinner guests can cook their food to their taste and it is guaranteed to be a conversational piece. The salt block can also be used as a serving platter for cold dishes such as sushi. Each block is individually hand mined and appears more like a block of marble than salt.
Please click here to view our selection of luxury salts.

Puglia Sea and Countryside

One of the best ways to see the beautiful countryside and sea that Puglia has to offer is to go for a simple bike ride…

We are based in San Vito dei Normanni, just 10km from the Adriatic coast and Torre Guaceto Nature reserve and Specchiolla. A relaxing ride through the countryside to the sea, downhill all the way, with the knowledge that you have to carefully plan the return journey to avoid the worst uphills!

A few photos of the sights to enjoy while in Puglia:

After Vinitaly…

So we have covered Vinitaly, which was days spent sacrificing ourselves tasting wine accompanied by Taralli, Italian biscuits, or Salami or anything else to absorb the wine (you are supposed to spit the wine out… but let’s say that I didn’t want to risk getting my shirt dirty!)

Living in Puglia, about as far South as it is possible to go in Italy, it was best to make the most of our trip to Vinitaly in Verona. So what do you do? A short dive to Venice before facing the 9 hour drive back the following day to Sunny Puglia. Fortunately we had great weather and were able to wonder the streets, those that there are, of Venice…

A handy tip for anybody traveling by car to Venice, you can park at the airport for just 5.50 euros a day and take the water taxi in. It takes about 40 minutes but you see practically the whole whole city and can step of at Piazza San Marco.

Water taxi from airport to Venice

Water taxi from airport to Venice

Saint Mark's Square from Water TaxiIf you are feeling rich, or at least want to seize the moment, sit outside and watch the world go by…

A few photos to whet (no pun intended) your appetite…