Umbria, Abruzzo & Le Marche -
a Grape Adventure in June 2022
- 5 nights (5 FULL DAYS)
This is a Grapetrotters Adventure that involves 3 central Italian regions, usually overlooked by the regular traveller 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.
Day 1 – Monday, June 6 - 2022
MONTEFALCO AND THE SAGRANTINO
We meet at our Grape Tours office in central Florence at 9.30 am and we head towards Umbria stopping in beautiful Spello, a village on the border of the Montefalco wine region. We enjoy a nice lunch and then head to visit two lovely wineries that produce delicious Sagrantino wines.
That evening we stay in Montefalco and have dinner with Mark & Giselle Stafford, experts in the wines of the region.
Day 2 – Tuesday, June 7 - 2022
SPOLETO & NORCIA
We travel further into Umbria and stop in Spoleto where we will stroll and have the best pistachio gelato ever, and then we head into the mountains close to Norcia. Lunch in a local restaurant in a quaint village.
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.
Day 3 – Wednesday, June 8 - 2022
CASTELLUCCIO & ASCOLI PICENO
We have a little time to explore Norcia, famous for some of the best Prosciutto of 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. Truly one of the wonders of the earth!
Gourmet lunch in a hidden gem!
We stop for an aperitivo in Ascoli Piceno and then head to Offida where we will stay at a winery resort. Visit of winery followed by wine-pairiing dinner...
Day 4 – Thursday, June 9 - 2022
OFFIDA & MONTEPULCIANO
After breakfast and a morning stroll around Ascoli Piceno (for those who feel like it), we head towards Offida and visit the Cocci Grifoni winery where we will have a delicious lunch and try the Pecorino & Passerina varietals.
We then head down to Abruzzo to visit the mythical Emidio Pepe winery, with an amazing visit and dinner to really get to know the potential of the Montepulciano grape. We sleep at the inn of the Emidio Pepe winery with views of the Gran Sasso mountains of Abruzzo.
Day 5 – Friday, June 10 - 2022
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 and enjoy a lovely lunch.
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 which is also an olive oil producer and enjoy a last lovely winery visit with pairings.
Day 6 – Saturday, June 11 - 2022
RETURN TO FLORENCE
We depart after breakfast and drive back to Florence where we will end the tour around midday.
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)
Cost per person (based on double room occupancy): 2800 euro
(single occupancy 3200 euro/p.p.)
The Umbria/Abruzzo & Le Marche trip will be for max 8 guests.
Please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you may be interested in signing up, or if you're ready to sign up follow the link to register below.
Airfare & travel to and from starting/departure point, meals not specified in the itinerary.
Please notice that this tour could also be organized for a group of 6-8 for a different week - but please enquire in good time & contacts us for a quote.
Originally scheduled for June 2020, the trip got postponed and postponed. Finally, we ran it with a very small group in September of 2021, at harvest time.
It will next be available in June of 2022 when it will be possible to admire the flowering in Castelluccio, and after that in June of 2023.