23 - 28 June 2025
6 days / 5 nights
From € 3,850 p.p.
Umbria & Marche
a Grapetrotters Wine & Cheese Adventure in June
Embark on a Grapetrotters adventure exploring two central Italian regions often overlooked by conventional travelers visiting Italy. Tailored for daring wine and food enthusiasts, this journey reveals remarkable grape varieties, ranging from rich reds to mineral whites, complemented by an array of delectable local dishes.
Immerse yourself in the diverse world of wines, cheeses, and gourmet foods as we traverse from one captivating region to the next, experiencing a symphony of flavors unique to each locale. Our tour is curated to provide a comprehensive understanding of the intricate tapestry that defines the culinary and viticultural heritage of these hidden gems.
It's worth noting that our tour is scheduled for late June, allowing participants the rare opportunity to witness the breathtaking spectacle of flowering in Castelluccio di Norcia, adding an extra layer of enchantment to this extraordinary journey.
Monday, June 23 - 2025 (day 1)
We gather at our Grape Tours office in the heart of Florence at 8 am, setting off towards the picturesque region of Umbria. Our first stop is the charming village of Spello, where you can leisurely stroll along cobbled streets adorned with flower-filled pots and indulge in window shopping for exquisite Umbrian ceramics.
Continuing our journey, we proceed to visit two distinct wineries renowned for crafting delectable Sagrantino wines. Our itinerary includes both a larger, well-established winery and a more intimate boutique winery, offering a diverse perspective on Sagrantino production.
Our overnight stay is nestled in the enchanting Montefalco village, positioned at the heart of Umbria. Here, we conclude the day with a delightful dinner featuring the region's specialties, allowing you to savor the authentic flavors of Umbria.
Tuesday, June 24 - 2025 (day 2)
SPOLETO & NORCIA
We explore a nearby cheese-making haven, where a knowledgeable artisan guides us through the intricacies of his farm. The highlight includes indulging in the delectable raw milk sheep cheeses.
Continuing our journey through Umbria, we make a stop in the enchanting village of Spoleto. Take a leisurely stroll through its magnificent streets, and if the cheese has left you with an appetite, enjoy a quick bite or treat yourself to some delightful gelato.
Our next destination is Norcia, renowned for its Prosciutto and black truffles. Here, we embark on a visit to the village, still bearing the scars of the 2016 earthquake. Settling into our rustic countryside residence, the evening unfolds with a dinner showcasing exquisite local foods and wines.
Wednesday, June 25 - 2025 (day 3)
CASTELLUCCIO & GOURMET LUNCH
We ascend into the Apennines and arrive at Castelluccio, a celestial haven nestled high in the mountains. This valley, a surreal landscape, transforms into a breathtaking mosaic of colors as vibrant flowers bloom.
Indulge in a gourmet lunch at a hidden gem, recently honored with its inaugural Michelin star!
As the evening unfolds, we find ourselves in Le Marche, specifically in the picturesque Piceno region. Our abode is a panoramic winery relais, where a delightful evening awaits, featuring a light dinner paired with exquisite wines.
Thursday, June 26 - 2025 (day 4)
CHEESE, VILLAGES & WINERY DINNER
Following breakfast, our journey takes us an hour north to explore an exceptional cow's cheese maker.
On our return route, we pass through the charming town of Offida, providing an opportunity to appreciate our picturesque residence. Later, our visit to the Cocci Grifoni winery awaits, offering a delightful dinner experience where we can savor the distinct Pecorino and Passerina varietals.
Friday, June 27 - 2025 (day 5)
CONERO & MORRO D'ALBA
We embark on a scenic drive along the Adriatic seaside to explore the renowned red wine region of Conero in Le Marche. Nestled by the bustling port of Ancona, this coastal area unfolds its beauty. Our itinerary includes a delightful winery tour, followed by a seaside lunch.
In the afternoon, our journey leads us to Morro d'Alba, a quaint town celebrated for the unique Lacrima grape. Our accommodation for the night is a charming olive oil farm inn, offering panoramic views of the rolling hills.
Later, we venture to a local winery, concluding the day with a visit to the village for a casual pizza dinner.
Saturday, June 28 - 2025 (day 6)
CASTELLI DI JESI & BACK TO FLORENCE
Following breakfast, we set out on our journey, heading inland to explore a small wine producer making waves in the realm of Verdicchio.
During our return drive, we indulge in our final delightful meal.
Anticipate arriving back in Florence in the afternoon, around 5 pm, providing you with the option to seamlessly continue your travels.
5 nights' accommodation with breakfast in various charming hotels, B&Bs with ensuite bathrooms & airconditioning
Private mini-bus & driver-guide for 6 full days
All meals as specified in the itinerary
6 winery visits with tastings
2 cheese makers
City lodging visitor tax (called Tassa di soggiorno)
Airfare & travel to and from starting/departure point.
Drinks at meals unless noted
Personal charges, laundry, phone calls, internet, mini fridge consumed items
Gratuities for maids, baggage handlers, drivers or guides
Other trip details
🗓️ When? 23 - 28 June 2025 - see the flowering in Castelluccio di Norcia!
🌍 Where? Roundtrip from Florence. We go through northern Umbria and tour southern and central Marche.
🎟️ Limited Spaces Available (min 6 - max 8 people)! Reserve your spot for an unforgettable journey.
All-inclusive cost per person (based on double room occupancy): 3850 euro
(single occupancy 4250 euro/p.p.)