Puglia wine tours and holidays - Italy
A luxury guided wine tour and holiday of Puglia, growing wine region to discover the finest Apulian primitivo and negroamaro wine while touring Lecce, Otranto, Ostuni, Gallipoli and the Itria Valley
This escorted wine tasting holiday in Puglia is a unique opportunity to discover Salento through its native primitivo and negroamaro grapes, designed for travelers 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. A perfectly balanced escorted wine vacation, that will let you discover more than what you could possibly find on your own, with plenty of time for individual sightseeing. During this wine trip of Puglia and southern Italy, you will be introduced to the local grape varieties, visiting small boutique vineries of Salento 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 all the main cities, we will taste different wines from different local producers, 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 real people beyond finest wine of Puglia.
A wine tour of Puglia, designed to be memorable, informative and fun. You will experience cooking demos of traditional apulian local recipes, and learn how to pair food with wine. This wine tasting holiday in Puglia and Salento suit all levels of knowledge, is aimed at the enthusiastic wine lovers and no previous wine knowledge is required.
Comparative blind tasting, convivial lunch and dinners, cooking demos, wine games and exercise are also available to groups of friends passionate about wine, or companies looking for team bulding opportunities, educating your perceptions and responses while having fun.Self drive tailor made wine tours also available.
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.
|Start/End:||Bari | Otranto|
|Duration:||tailor made |
|Dates:||available year round|
|Wine tour price from:||€ 150 per day|
|Accommodation:||casual or Luxury|
- Introduction to the local grapes and wine
- Wine tasting and guided visit to selected local vineries
- Extraordinary landscapes and sceneries
- Cooking demo of local recipes and basic food matching
- Introduction to local Grappa and visit to its producers
This trip includes
- Accommodation & breakfast
- full service of local guide and somellier
- private wine tours and tasting with a professional sommelier
- local product tasting
- most meals with wine
- 1 cookery workshop with lunch and wine
- private cultural tour
- all transfer as per itinerary
- Flights & insurance
- Everything not mentioned on the included list above
- Visit to local artist's studio
- Guided food shopping
- Cultural tours
- wide selection of casual and luxury accommodation available