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Apulian Wine talks & beyond - An introductory wine course & holiday in Lecce (Puglia - Italy)

Joning our wine school in Lecce is definetly one of the best way to discover Apulian wine culture and heritage, visiting charming little villages and learning more about Puglian wine by getting close to the people that craft it.

This wine course in Puglia is a unique opportunity to get introduced to the world of wine, designed for travelers that wish to learn more about wine and Apulian wine production culture and tradition, more about the local food and italian language, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. During the week a wine tour in Puglia of selected vineries will give us a chance to taste the local grape varieties, visiting small niche vineries in Salento and delighting the three senses essential to experience wine: sight, smell and taste. You will learn how to taste Puglian wine and and fully understand the structure and nuances and how to pair it with food. We will taste tens of different wines from different local producers, from Primitivo to Negroamaro, Verdeca and Malvasia nera di Lecce, Montepulciano e Sangiovese, just to name few, meeting and talking to the people beyond Apulian finest wine.

This wine holiday in Puglia is designed to be memorable, informative and fun. You will experience cooking demos of traditional local recipes, and learn how to get the perfect mach. The courses 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 will help you to educate your perceptions and responses while having fun.

Every day we will have a theoretical session, followed by a dedicated tasting of apulian wines locally produced, were through comparative analyses of smells and tastes and blindfolded sampling under the guide of our sommelier you will get familiar with the local wine production. A selection of Apulian local specialities will be always served along with the wine tasting. Daily field trips and visit to local wineries, producers and places of interest will enrich this unique wine holiday.

Apulian Wine & holidays

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

Start/End:Lecce
Duration:7 Days | 6 nights
Dates:2 October
13 March
Casual inns Price:from € 1300
Accommodation:Villa Giuliana Lecce
Private departures & dates:this wine holidays is also available year round, please enquiry for a specific date or a private group departure

Trip highlights

  • 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

  • All the wine used during the tasting
  • All material
  • Most lunch and 3 dinner
  • All transports during your stay
  • Cultural tours
  • All museum entries
  • Guided wine tasting
  • Visit to local wineries and grappa producer

Not included

  • Accommodation (B&B)
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Flights & insurance
  • Everything not mentioned on the included list above

Beyond wine

  • Visit to local artist's studio
  • Guided food shopping
  • Cultural tours and visit to all main cities

Accommodaton

  • The recommended accommodation for this trip is Villa Giuliana elegant b&b in Lecce

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