Umbria, Abruzzo & Le Marche
a Grapetrotters Adventure in June 2023 - 5 nights
This is a Grapetrotters Adventure that involves 3 central Italian regions, usually overlooked by the regular traveler visiting Italy so this trip is perfect for adventurous wine & food lovers. It's an area full of fantastic grape varieties from deep reds to mineral whites and many a great local dish to be paired with them. Learn all about them as we go from area to area to taste all the different flavours.
Monday, June 24 - 2024
We meet at our Grape Tours office in central Florence at 8 am and we head towards Umbria stopping in the first of Umbria's two DOCG wine regions, Torgiano. We will taste our first wines and hear how Lungarotti started in this region. We then head to visit two wineries that produce delicious Sagrantino wines, one large and famous, the other small and boutique.
That evening we stay in Montefalco village, in the center of Umbria, and have a lovely dinner featuring the specialties of the region.
Tuesday, June 25 - 2024
SPELLO, SPOLETO & NORCIA
We travel further into Umbria and stop in picturesque villages Spello & Spoleto where we will stroll, and then we head into the mountains close to Norcia with lunch in a local restaurant in a quaint village along the way.
We arrive in Norcia, famous for Prosciutto and black truffles and settle into our countryside residence.
Drinks on the patio overlooking the beautiful valley and dinner will feature delicious local foods and wines.
Wednesday, June 26 - 2024
CASTELLUCCIO, GOURMET LUNCH & PICENO
We have a little time to explore Norcia, famous for some of the best Prosciutto in Italy before we head over the mountains. We head up the Apennines and reach Castelluccio, paradise on earth - a completely unthinkable valley area high up in the mountains where flowers bloom into patchworks of colours.
Gourmet lunch in a hidden gem!
In the evening we will be in Le Marche in the area of Piceno in a gorgeous winery relais where we will enjoy a light dinner with wines.
Thursday, June 27 - 2024
DIPPING OUR FEET IN ABRUZZO
After breakfast and a morning stroll around Ascoli Piceno we head towards Abruzzo. We will eat traditional foods at a local restaurant before heading to the mythical Emidio Pepe winery, with a visit to the amazing cellars.
Offida will be on our way back and we will then visit the Cocci Grifoni winery where we will have a lovely dinner and try the Pecorino & Passerina varietals.
Friday, June 28 - 2024
CONERO & CASTELLI DI JESI
We head towards the seaside to discover a region in Le Marche quite famous for red wines, Conero. It's a beautiful coastal region, right by the industrious port of Ancona. We'll tour the region with a lovely winery visit followed by lunch on the beach.
In the afternoon we head into Castelli di Jesi where Verdicchio is made and visit one of the emerging wineries of the region.
We check into our hotel and enjoy a last lovely meal together.
Saturday, June 29 - 2024
We depart after breakfast and further inland we visit a small wine producer who is rocking the world of Verdicchio. We then drive back to Florence where we will end the tour around 3 pm.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES:
Transportation from Florence on Day 1 until the morning of Day 6 (back to Florence).
Accommodation in charming hotels with en suite bathrooms (5 nights)
Winery visits & tastings, group activities & guided visits.
All meals in lovely local restaurants or farms (wine included).
Grape Tours personally (Rebecca - Italian Wine Scholar)
Airfare & travel to and from starting/departure point, meals not specified in the itinerary. Drinks not host-ordered, and personal shopping.
Cost per person (based on double room occupancy): 2900 euro
(single occupancy 3400 euro/p.p.)