Puglia 1 day wine tasting cellar tour of boutique winery & vineyard

Puglia                        1 day wine cellar tasting tour

1 (one) day wine cellar tour of Puglia growing wine region, a daily excursion to small boutique wineries of Salento tasting fine primitivo & negroamaro while touring the Salento vineyards surrounding Lecce, Otranto, Ostuni, Gallipoli and the Itria Valley

This one day guided and escorted wine tasting tour is a unique opportunity to discover Salento through its primitivo and negroamaro wine, designed for travelers and wine lovers, that wish to learn more about wine and Apulian wine production culture and tradition, more about the local food and wine, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

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During this wine excursion and trip of southern Puglia small wineries, you will be introduced to the local grape varieties, such as Malvasia nera di Lecce, Primitivo (Zinfandel), Verdeca, Susumaniello, Aglianico and Negroamaro, visiting small boutique vineries in Salento, and delighting the three senses, essential to experience wine: sight, smell and taste. You will learn more about Puglian wine and and fully understand the structure and nuances. While touring Puglia and visiting the local producers, we will taste different wines from different wine makers, a wine holiday that focus on small producers and wines with a soul, from Primitivo to Negroamaro, Verdeca and Malvasia nera di Lecce, Montepulciano e Sangiovese, just to name few, meeting and talking to the people beyond finest wine of Puglia.

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A wine tour designed to be memorable, informative and fun. This wine tasting holiday in Puglia and Salento suite all levels of knowledge, is aimed at the enthusiastic wine lovers and no previous wine knowledge is required.

For those that desire to further indulge and have more fun, cooking demos of traditional apulian local recipes, wine cooking workshops, to learn how to pair food with wine or comparative blind tasting, can be added to convivial lunch and dinners. Wine games and exercise can be organized for a groups of friends passionate about wine, or companies looking for team building opportunities, educating your perceptions and responses while having fun.

Self drive tailor made wine tours also available.

Apulian Wine

Although the wine production have remained unknown for long time, Apulia has a proud wine-culture of the most ancient tradition that dates back to the ancient Greeks. Apulia's land since the time of the early colonizations have been a sanctuary for the vineyards and the olive groves. Apulia is the region where "spring was eternal" as Homer reported, with climate conditions that have favoured the abundance and the variety of fine wines.

Cultivation of vineyards probably started with the colonization by the Greeks in the 8th century B.C.. gaining a true moment of glory with the romans, until the eventual fall of the Roman Empire determined the inevitable decline of Apulia's wine-making.

Only with the 7th century we note a rebirth in wine-culture and the return of autoctonic vines. Puglia use to be granary of Italy and the wine cellar of Europe, with its huge bulk wine production, but with the re-cultivation that followed, the emphasis is now placed on quality rather than quantity, for long time used to reinforce weaker wines all over the country. Now few local producers turned from high volume production to quality wine by reducing the yields and increasing the density of plantations gaining a growing reputation to the local production.

The range of Apulian wines is dominated by the reds, from the Salice Salentino to the primitivo di Manduria, that matures precociously, and the Malvasia nera di Lecce, from which full bodied vintages are produced. Some interesting and elegant white wines are also produced around Locorotondo and all around the Salentina peninsula from Verdeca, Chardonnay and Fiano just to name few.

Trip details

Duration:2/3 hours
Dates:available year round
price: pricing available on request

This trip includes

  • pick up & drop off
  • chauffeured service
  • full service of sommellier for the duration of the tour
  • vineyard walks
  • private visit of 2 local boutique wineries
  • tutored wine tasting of selected wines
  • wine shopping at discounted price
  • optional lunch with wine pairing

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Trip highlights

  • ∗ Introduction to the local grapes, wine and wine production methods
  • ∗Extraordinary landscapes and sceneries
  • ∗tips and suggestions about how to taste and evaluate a glass of wine
  • ∗vineyard walks

Not included

  • Flights & insurance
  • Everything not mentioned on the included list above

Beyond wine

  • Visit to local artist's studio
  • Guided food shopping
  • Cultural tours

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