Здравствуйте! Я уже несколько лет пишу для сайта статьи об итальянских винах, а сегодня хочу предложить вам встречу "лицом к лицу". Приглашаю вас в авторский винный тур по Италии, который начнется 22 мая и приведет в южный регион Апулия.
Мир итальянских вин уникален прежде всего потому, что Италия дарит богатейшие возможности для производства его вариантов. Винами занимаются все 20 регионов страны, -- это Пьемонт, Тоскана, Сицилия, Кампанья, Апулия и другие, -- и каждый поделен на территории с совершенно разными характеристиками, где растут редкие сорта винограда, которые вы больше не сыщете ни в самой Италии, ни за ее пределами.
Лучше всего помогает понять "личность вина" его правильное сочетание с типичными продуктами, происходящими из тех же территорий, а в более общем смысле слова -- с "высокой итальянской кухней". В ходе нашего тура у вас будет возможность насладиться не только вином, но и гастрономическими достопримечательностями Апулии, -- все вместе должно привести вас, по нашей задумке, к полнейшему единению с миром итальянского вина и еды.
Вино на протяжении последних столетий является в Италии неотъемлемой частью каждодневного рациона жителей (не будем забывать, что оно имеет довольно солидную калорийность). А если вернуться по времени еще дальше, например в Древнюю Грецию или Рим, -- то и там без вина не проходил ни один день. Более того, уже в ту эпоху работал так называемый "винный бизнес", -- в этом можно убедиться, гуляя по древним Помпеям, доступным в наши дни для экскурсий.
В общем, пить итальянское вино -- значит не только дегустировать ценный сам по себе продукт (и с исторической точки зрения тоже), но и приобщиться к итальянской культуре и нашему lifestyle.
Вот почему становятся все более популярными винные туры по Италии, спланированные и проводимые профессионалами. Мы не только поможем вам распробовать сорта винограда, характерные для каждого региона, но и погрузим вас в ту атмосферу гордости, которая движет производством и продвижением локальных вин на рынок Европы, а может быть и на мировой.
Поездка спланирована при помощи одного из ведущих операторов Италии, чей опыт в организации эногастрономических и художественно-культурных туров гарантирует вам наивысшее качество.
Puglia is a charming region that offers a wide range of places that tell the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Magna Graecia, from the imperial age to the Renaissance, to the splendor of the Baroque of Lecce and Salento.
Puglia also offers some of Italy’s best food and wine. With respect to wine production, Puglia is such a geographically long region with highly differentiated territories from the less known plain at north (province of Foggia) up to the notorious ‘sunny and windy’ Salento at south, especially known for its savory rosato (rosé wine), among the best ones in Italy; going throughout the province of Taranto with the most popular and plush red of the region: Primitivo di Manduria and its sweet counterpart (Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale DOCG) as well as the Murge plateau (province of Bari) with well 3 of the 4 DOCG of the region (the best classification foreseen by the Italian wine legislation) along with the other version of Primitivo (Primitivo of Gioia del Colle) and finally Itria Valley, the area truly specialized in the production of white wines in Puglia which range from the most neutral versions to floral and aromatic ones.
The wine tour has been professionally developed with the aim to give the opportunity to taste the best wines of the main appellations as well as the niche ones, to discover some of the most charming and typical estates as well as the family businesses in order to really capture the local philosophy; yet, the most historical producers who have relaunched the image of a region whose rich grapes, in the past, were all exported to enrich the pale and light wines of the north.
The tour has been designed and will be guided in collaboration with a freelance wine critic, wine educator and judge for some prestigious wine competitions in Italy and abroad; Italy Academy Chair for WBV – World’s Best Vineyards (global wine tourism competition); certified WSET and AIS Sommelier in Italy.
Day 1: Meet our Italian tour leader in Bari airport, transfer by private minibus to the enchanting village of Conversano, located just behind the coast between Bari and Brindisi, featuring a lively and wellpreserved historic center. Accommodation at the 4 star hotel. Welcome Reception and dinner at the gourmet restaurant of the hotel which offers terrace seating with panoramic views and specializes in fresh seafood and delicious regional cuisine.
Day 2: Pick up from the hotel. This morning we will travel early to the picturesque city of Matera in the Basilicata region where we will meet our local guide. On the way to Matera we will stop at Altamura to discover the local and precious bread tradition. We will visit a place where the owners will show us the big oven, will give us some explanations. And we will have a tasting of that amazing bread. Matera is a remote and timeless corner of Italy, now a bustling tourist destination, it remains one of Europe’s hidden gems. Known as "la Città Sotterranea" (the Subterranean City), Matera is well known for its historical center, the "Sassi di Matera" (meaning "stones of Matera"). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. The Sassi are houses dug into the calcareous rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Apulia. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and have been featured in films such as Christ Stopped at Eboli and in The Passion of the Christ. We will enjoy lunch on our own in one of Matera's charming restaurants and we have time at leisure in the afternoon. Transfer back to Conversano.
Day 3: Meet your guide at the hotel then travel to the Itria Valley. We will first visit Alberobello, where nearly 1,000 trulli dwellings cluster the cobblestone streets. A UNESCO world heritage site since 1996, Alberobello is a picturesque architectural gem. In Alberobello we will meet our private guide for a walking tour of the neighborhoods of Aia Piccola and Rione Monti where we will find some of the oldest dwellings, still preserving the original features of construction. The trulli are white dry-stone houses with conical roofs made of lapidary stones.
Inside, the trulli have a square central room adjoining the other rooms of the house via arches. These dwellings are found only in the southern region of Apulia and were built using prehistoric building techniques still employed today. From Alberobello we will drive throughout the Itria Valley accompanied by our private guide. We will make stops in the charming and beautifully preserved villages of Martina Franca and Ostuni. We will stop on the way for the visit of a flagship winery, wine tasting and light lunch. Then we will visit Ostuni. The ancient town of Ostuni's history dates back to 600 BC and it is certainly one of the most beautiful cities of Apulia. It is situated on the largest Murge (the hills of Apulia) offering stunning views of the countryside and the Adriatic that alone make the trip worthwhile. The white-washed houses have been painted for centuries with lime giving the town its nickname, "The White City. Then we will drive to Martina Franca. The Baroque Village of Martina Franca is well known for its marvelous historic center, for its Baroque architecture, including its stunning palaces. It’s a true jewel positioned on a hillside with a wonderful panoramic view of the Itria Valley. Dinner will be in Martina Franca to discover the tradition of “fornello pronto” (butchers where you choose your own meat and they prepare it right there, just for you) at a local butcher. From Martina Franca we transfer back to Conversano.
Day 4: Today we will drive by minibus to Castel del Monte where we will meet our guide for a tour of the unique 13th century octagonal citadel and castle built by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Castel del Monte's octagonal design is said to symbolize the transitional phase between Earth and the heavens. Then we will drive to a flagship winery for a guided visit, wine tasting and a light lunch at the winery. Then we move to the Masseria in Conversano where we will take part in a hands-on cooking lesson led by two professional chefs. There we will prepare typical Apulian dishes including panzerotti, doughnut stuffed with small tomatoes and ricotta forte; pasta with the local traditional pesto made with ricotta, almonds and baked tomatoes; vegetable quiche with gratin vegetables; and pasticiotto, a typical cake filled with cream and black cherries. We will enjoy dinner "al fresco" in the courtyard of the masseria. Following dinner we will transfer back to Conversano.
Day 5, Salento area: The Salento area is a land rich in history and tradition and renowned for its natural and architectural beauty, its hospitality, its magical atmosphere, it’s delicious regional food, its warm sun, its crystalline sea, and its dreamlike coast. Salento was a land of conquest with the Romans, Greeks, the Byzantines and the Barbarian pirates, the Spaniards, the Turks, all having had dominance over the area and each having left their mark. The area is considered part of Magna Grecia, the region of Southern Italy that includes Apulia, Campania and Sicily where you will find magnificent examples of Greek art and architecture. The area is also rich in Leccese Baroque masterpieces. Far off the beaten track for most of Italy's art-loving visitors, Lecce sits on the southeast tip of Italy's boot, waiting to demonstrate its little-known magnificence. Today we will meet our private guide in Lecce, also known as "The Florence of the South," for a walking tour of the historic center. After that we will have a time at leisure in Lecce. Lunch on our yown. You should try the local and typical dessert “Pasticciotto leccese” (with custard and sour cherry) at the best pastry shop in town. Then we will journey to our next accommodation: a 4 star Masseria in the countryside around Lecce. Surrounded by olive trees, the masseria offers a comfortable retreat with a relaxed ambiance where you can enjoy a true taste of Apulia. This evening we will enjoy a dinner hosted at the restaurant of the Masseria.
Day 6: Our day begins with an excursion by minibus and our guide to the historically rich towns of Otranto and Specchia, some of the most beautiful sites of the Salento area.
You will marvel at centuries-old olive groves, rich red-colored fields, and the many small Baroque villages so rich in art treasures. Otranto, also called "The Door to the Orient," is an ancient maritime city that sits on the eastern most point of Italy. Of Greek origin, and an important embarkation point to the East during Roman rule, Otranto offers its visitors interesting sites like the Cathedral, considered the largest church in Apulia, it was finished and opened to prayer in 1088. There we see one of the best preserved Christian-Byzantine floor mosaics in Italy. Otranto is also home to the Aragonese castle with its towers, bastions, and fortified walls. Following our visit to Otranto we will drive through the enchanting Salento countryside and visit the charming village of Specchia, recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, where we will have lunch at a gourmet restaurant. After lunch in Specchia we will drive to Galatina, one of Puglia’s many hidden gems, where we will visit the historic centre and the Basilica of Santa Caterina a rare example of gothic architecture in Salento and, with its wonderful frescoes, tells the story of the man in relation to his love for God. On the way back to Lecce we will visit an excellent winery in Copertino for a tour, wine tasting and light dinner. This winery is a reference point for the whole territory and the father of the current owners has been a consultant (winemaker) for many wineries in Puglia (and even in other regions of Southern Italy) contributing in rising the quality of the territory. They are also based in a nice Masseria.
Day 7: This morning we will drive by minibus for a full day excursion to two gourmet temples of Italian food and wine. First we will visit an ancient pastificio (pasta factory) in Maglie where pasta is still prepared and dried according to ancient methods. Our next visit will be at another flagship winery, where we will have a private cellar tour and wine tasting and lunch. Then we will drive to Gallipoli, an enchanting seaside village , where we will have dinner at a truly special restaurant owned by a winery producing some truly rare wines such as a niche DOC Apulian appellation and even a white wine from the local red grape Negroamaro, the restaurant is “young” and offers high quality food: we will have wine & food dinner with their wines.
Day 8: We will drive to Primitivo di Manduria wine area. We will first stop for a Wine tour at a superb winery for tasting. Then we will drive to another winery located in Gioia del Colle area , for tasting and light lunch. In the afternoon we will visit an Olive oil producer, tasting of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and light dinner. Transfer to the 4 star Exclusive Hotel close to Gioia del Colle.
Day 9, departure: Check out and transfer as a group by minibus to the Bari Airport.
Prices based on 18 participants
Price per person in double room €3560
Price per person in single room €3980
- 4 nights at the 4 star hotel in Conversano, breakfast included
- 3 nights at the 4 star Masseria in the countryside around Lecce, breakfast included
- 1 night at the 4 star Masseria in Gioia del Colle, breakfast included
- Private transfers and excursions by minibus as per program, including airport transfers
- 3 half day guided visits: Matera, Lecce, Castel del Monte
- 2 full day guided visits: Alberobello, Ostuni and Martina Franca; Otranto, Specchia and Galatina.
- 6 dinners, drinks and wines included on: May 22,26,27,28,29. Dinner on May 24, drinks not included.
- 5 lunches /light lunches, drinks and wines included (on May 24, 25, 27, 28, 29)
- Cooking class and dinner, drinks and wine included (on May 25)
- Visits to the Wineries and Wine tastings as per program
- Visit to the olive oil producer and tasting
- Our Italian tour leader, wine critic and certified sommelier, leading the group from May 22 to May 30.
Not included: city tax to be paid at the hotels