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LAG "Terre del Primitivo"

LAG “Terre del Primitivo” is a Local Action Group based in Manduria (TA), Apulia Region, Italy. It is a public-private limited liability consortium.
It includes 11 municipalities (Manduria, Avetrana, Lizzano, Maruggio, Torricella, Sava, S.Marzano di S. Giuseppe, Fragagnano, Erchie, Oria, Torre Santa Susanna, belonging to the provinces of Taranto and Brindisi) and 62 private members (professional organisations, trade associations, private parties).
The LAG “Terre del Primitivo” has been created thanks to the Leader + Puglia 2000-2006 programme.
Its aim is to spread information about the benefits and opportunities offered by the communitarian initiative “Leader +” to local citizens and implement the Local Development Plan.
Our LDP strategy aims at developing a complex, diversified and integrated system of actions in order to build and spread a clear and recognizable identity of the area where the “Primitivo Wine” is produced. Innovation, aggregation, access to the market, development and promotion of eno-gastronomic tourism are the tools which will enable us to carry out our task.
The adopted strategy allows us to achieve the LDP objective which consists in strengthening the “Terre del Primitivo” local economic system and foster an integrated sustainable development based on the improvement of competitiveness and quality of typical local products and rural tourism.

 

SERVICES

The Local Action Group “Terre del Primitivo” works as a service agency for the development of the local economy. It was created thanks to the communitarian programme Leader Plus 2000-2006. Its main objective is to make a concrete contribution and give support for the development of the economic sectors of the territories included in the LAG Terre del Primitivo area.
The LAG acquires Know How and transfers it to the territory in order to promote the following actions:
-IMPROVEMENT OF THE QUALITY OF PRODUCTS
-FOSTER ACCESS TO MARKET
-INCREASE THE TERRITORY’S ATTRACTIVNESS

 

LAG STRUCTURE

The LAG Terre del Primitivo aim is to spread information about the benefits and opportunities offered by the “Terre del Primitivo” Local Development Plan which was created thanks to the Communitarian initiative Leader + Puglia 2000-2006.
Our LDP strategy aims at developing a complex, diversified and integrated system of actions in order to build and spread a clear and recognizable identity of the area where the “DOC Primitivo Wine” is produced. Innovation, aggregation, access to the market, development and promotion of eno-gastronomic tourism are the tools which will enable us to carry out our task.
The adopted strategy allows us to achieve the LDP objective which consists in strengthening the “Terre del Primitivo” local economic system and foster an integrated sustainable development based on the improvement of competitiveness and quality of typical local products and rural tourism.

 

IL TERRITORIO DEL GAL

Surface 640, 10 Km2 (central statists institute 2004)-Inhabitants 125.428(central statists institute 2006)-Population density 195, 82-people per Km2 (central statists institute 2006).
Municipalities included:
Manduria, Avetrana, Fragagnano,Lizzano, Maruggio, Torricella, Erchie, Oria, Torre S. Susanna, Sava, San Marzano.

See LAG map

The territory which benefits from the “Leader+” Local Development Plan is constituted by the south-eastern part of the Province of Taranto which includes the municipalities of Manduria, Avetrana, Fragagnano, Lizzano, Maruggio, Torricella, Sava and San Marzano di San Giuseppe. The Leader+ area also includes three municipalities of the Province of Brindisi: Erchie, Oria, Torre S. Susanna.


The area is located in the middle of three Apulian Provinces (Taranto, Brindisi, Lecce) and includes municipalities with many architectonic, artistic and cultural-historical treasures. Many are the civilizations that have inhabited this area over the millennia and of which the traces can still be seen in the archaeological sites, rupestrian churches, castles, baronial palaces, old town centres, coastal sighting towers and in the extra urban landscape.
Many ancient treasures are stored in several museums of the area.
Patronal and food and wine festivals, historical commemorations and tournaments, theatre shows and fairs are part of the very interesting cultural heritage of the “Terre del Primitivo” area.
Among the peculiarities of the “Terre del Primitivo” is the presence of some of the most valuable naturalistic areas in Apulia (Torre colimena, Duna di Campomarino, Palude del Conte, Foce del Chidro, Bosco Cuturi). These areas have been classified as Sites of Community Importance and, as such, worthy of protection. In the extraordinary botanic and faunal habitats it is possible to explore Mediterranean salty steppe with natural salt ponds, juniper dunes, Mediterranean maquis and garrigue.
The local agricultural produce is of an extraordinary quality.
Beside our already greatly appreciated D.O.C. wine, "Primitivo di Manduria” there also are other important productions: extra virgin olive oil, typical fresh fruit(figs, prickly pears, quinces, almonds, pomegranates, local apples and pears), dairy products (mozzarella cheese, sheep milk cheese, ricotta cheese), bakery products and handicraft(twig baskets, tambourines, glass paintings and decorations).
Other important business sectors of the area are wood carving, the textile and clothing sector and the construction sector.