The Salice Salentino DOC denomination was created in 1976. Initially, it included only red wines, but first, in 1990 and then in 2010, extensions were made to include white and rosé wines as well. The area pertaining to the denomination is located in the town of Salice, in the Salento Peninsula, and from here it extends north and west. The denomination was recognized in the same year as the nearby Squinzano DOC, and a few years before Leverano (1979). The vines have lived in this area since at least the sixth century BC and have been the object of praise from poets and agricultural historians.
Often in the past, the robust red wines produced in this area have been mentioned for their ‘sweetness’, suggesting that they may have been similar to the sweet red wines of Manduria (object of the first DOCG of Puglia, recognized in November 2010). The modern wines of Salice Salentino DOC are mainly red and rosé. White types have been gaining momentum in recent times, thanks to global market demand for high-quality white wines.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.