Altamurana Sheep

Slow Food Presidium

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Puglia

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Altamurana Sheep

This native sheep breed was commonly found in the past throughout the Murgia and part of Salento, and especially in the Altamura area, now protected by the Alta Murgia national park. The extraordinary landscape is dotted with ancient fortified farmhouses, which used to house sheepfolds for Altamurana sheep.
These triple-purpose sheep are medium-sized with a white fleece and are well suited to the Murgian pastures. The sheep graze on wild herbs like thyme, mint, sage, rue, borage, wild fennel and wild beet leaves, giving the meat a unique flavor.

Season

The meat is available year-round.

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In the 1970s, there were 100,000 Altamurana sheep, and they represented an essential source of income for the local shepherds, who produced cheese, meat and wool. With the passing of the years and the clearing of stones from the Alta Murgia park to make way for intensive cultivation, the area available for sheep to graze gradually grew smaller and smaller. The Presidium wants to raise the profile of the breed and revive its farming, to avoid its extinction.

Production area
Bari Province, especially within the Alta Murgia National Park

Presidium supported by
Alta Murgia National Park
Cooperativa Verde Murgia
Minervino Murge (Ba)
Largo S. Arcangelo 3/A
tel. +39 339 0053723

Dibenedetto & C.
Altamura (Ba)
Contrada Madonna dell’Assunta
tel. +39 338 35599680

Masseria Castelli di Tortorelli Rosa
Altamura (Ba)
Contrada Ceraso
tel. +39 339 35599680

Masseria Viti De Angelis Altamura (Ba)
Strada per il Pulo
Parco La Mena
tel. +39 333 6729237
a.viti@masseriavitideangelis.it
www.masseriavitideangelis.it

Masseria La Calcara
Altamura (Ba)
Strada provinciale 151, km 6,500
Tel. +39 080 3145365
388 1254601
Presidium Producers' Representative
Angelantonio Tafuno
Tel. +39 333 8313778
info@stelladicecca.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Nicola Curci
Tel. +39 347 6527228
info@nicolacurci.com
In the 1970s, there were 100,000 Altamurana sheep, and they represented an essential source of income for the local shepherds, who produced cheese, meat and wool. With the passing of the years and the clearing of stones from the Alta Murgia park to make way for intensive cultivation, the area available for sheep to graze gradually grew smaller and smaller. The Presidium wants to raise the profile of the breed and revive its farming, to avoid its extinction.

Production area
Bari Province, especially within the Alta Murgia National Park

Presidium supported by
Alta Murgia National Park
Cooperativa Verde Murgia
Minervino Murge (Ba)
Largo S. Arcangelo 3/A
tel. +39 339 0053723

Dibenedetto & C.
Altamura (Ba)
Contrada Madonna dell’Assunta
tel. +39 338 35599680

Masseria Castelli di Tortorelli Rosa
Altamura (Ba)
Contrada Ceraso
tel. +39 339 35599680

Masseria Viti De Angelis Altamura (Ba)
Strada per il Pulo
Parco La Mena
tel. +39 333 6729237
a.viti@masseriavitideangelis.it
www.masseriavitideangelis.it

Masseria La Calcara
Altamura (Ba)
Strada provinciale 151, km 6,500
Tel. +39 080 3145365
388 1254601
Presidium Producers' Representative
Angelantonio Tafuno
Tel. +39 333 8313778
info@stelladicecca.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Nicola Curci
Tel. +39 347 6527228
info@nicolacurci.com

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StateItaly
RegionPuglia

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CategoriesBreeds and animal husbandry