Umbria, Abruzzo & Le Marche -
a Grape Adventure in late June 2022
- 6 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 – Sunday, June 26 - 2022
TRAVEL TO UMBRIA VIA CORTONA
We meet at our Grape Tours office in central Florence at 10.30 am and we head towards Umbria stopping for our first winery visit outside Cortona, a region that's famous for its international varietals, especially Syrah and Merlot.
After lunch at winery Tenimenti d'Alessandro, we head towards Montefalco. That evening we stay in Montefalco and have dinner with Mark & Giselle Stafford, experts in the wines of the region.
Day 2 – Monday, June 27 - 2022
MONTEFALCO & SPOLETO
This morning we will have time to explore Montefalco, famous especially for the grape Sagrantino that makes one of Italy's most full-bodied reds. We will tour the region and visit two lovely wineries. The first is the famous Arnaldo Caprai winery, and the second is a small family-owned Romanelli who will serve up a fabulous lunch. That afternoon we will then travel further towards Spoleto where we will stroll and have the best pistachio gelato ever, and then we head into the mountains close to Norcia. Dinner will be at our inn and will feature delicious local foods.
Day 3 – Tuesday, June 28 - 2022
NORCIA, CASTELLUCCIO & AMAZING LUNCH
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! Onwards into the mountains, we'll stop for lunch at an amazing restaurant where we will enjoy a 5-course tasting lunch. In the evening we check into our lovely hotel in Ascoli Piceno and will enjoy some delicious whites & Olive Ascolane (fried stuffed olives)!
Day 4 – Wednesday, June 29 - 2022
ASCOLI PICENO, 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 will 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 – Thursday, June 30 - 2022
CONERO & RELAX
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 and lunch on the beach, and that night we'll enjoy a relaxing stay in the countryside at a lovely countryside resort and go for a pizza if there's the mood for it.
Day 6 – Friday, July 1 - 2022
CASTELLI DI JESI
We check out of our hotel and go back towards the inland, this time to hit one of Italy's most beautiful hilly wine landscapes. Castelli di Jesi features the famous Verdicchio grape which we will discover during the day. We'll visit the Mattioli winery and Riccardo at La Staffa to feature two different but excellent wineries of the region. Finally, we'll reach our 4-star hotel in an adorable village where we will also dine for our farewell dinner.
Day 7 – Saturday, July 2 - 2022
END OF TOUR
With the possibility of a drop-off in Perugia (train station) at around midday, and onwards towards Florence in the afternoon.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES:
Transportation from Florence on Day 1 until the morning of Day 7 (back to Florence).
Accommodation in charming hotels (6 nights)
Winery visits & tastings, group activities, guided visits and tickets
All programmed meals (all except 1 dinner) in great local restaurants or farms (wine included).
Grape Tours personally (Rebecca - Italian Wine Scholar)
Cost per person (based on double room occupancy): 2500 euro
(single occupancy 2800 euro/p.p.)
The Umbria/Abruzzo & Le Marche trip will be for max 8 guests.
Please shoot us an email on 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 private group 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.