A 7-DAY TOUR. A celebration of the local award winning wines, in particular the full bodied Sagrantino traditional wine.
The Sagrantino dry red won Italy's award for the best wine of 1998. This unusual grape grows only between Medieval Montefalco and the ancient Roman town of Bevagna. Its production in local monasteries can be traced back to the early middle ages, and a sweet version produced from Sagrantino raisins was the favourite of the Vatican for the holy wine of their mass.
Staying in an exclusive hotel in the main piazza in Montefalco, visiting local cellars, private home wine makers, farms, large commercial and smaller vineyards, cheese makers and olive oil mills, as well as traditional Umbrian family kitchens, fabulous local restaurants and exclusive villas. Your days include relaxed lunches and seasonal ventures into food foraging, truffle hunting, cheese or wine making or oil pressing according to the time of year.
Sun: Montefalco, Wine Tasting (L D)
Meet at Foligno railway station at 11.15 am. Transfer to your accommodation near Montefalco. After lunch we travel up to the medieval town of Montefalco where you will be introduced to the food, wine and artisan traditions of the town including a wine tasting at a family run enoteca in the town's delightful piazza. Montefalco reds have won prestigious awards for the best red wine in Italy.
Dinner is in the piazza at L'Alchimista, a family run restaurant and one of the town's best restaurants.
Mon: Wine massage, spa & cellar visits (B L )
We begin the day taking turns at a Sagrantino grape skin massage or facial and bathing in an underground spa. The salt water pool is in an ancient water tank, where you can relax sipping a good wine or a herbal tea.
The underground "Hammam"is built in slate and gilt “bisazze” with crystals suspended over the water, and is the ideal place for pleasurable and relaxing detox wrapped in the beneficial effects of the steam and chromotherapy.
You can also spend time wandering the cobbled streets of Montefalco while waiting for the others to regain consciousness.
Lunch is at Oleum, an excellent small venue featuring their own olive oil and a series of very traditional local tastings.
Free time for dinner in the town
Tue: Bevagna, Caprai & Castelbuono (B L D)
In the valley and just a short distance from Montefalco, Bevagna is one of Umbria's most evocative towns. An optional walk taking approximately 2 hours can be arranged. The town contains Roman ruins and has a beautifully evocative piazza encircled by three churches. There is some free time to enjoy the ambience of this delightful Umbrian town and we visit a medieval house and roman mosaics as part of the guided exploration of this small gem.
In the afternoon we visit to of the prestigious local cellars for tastings of Montefalco's award winning Sagrantino wine, Arnaldo Caprai and the extraordinary contemporary estate of Tenuta Castelbuono
Wed: Olive oil tasting, Torgiano Wine Museum (B L)
We visit a local oil mill for a tasting of "the verdant elixir, the base of all Umbrian cuisine and Trevi is the olive oil capital of Umbria. Olive groves strewn alongside Trevi’s rocky hillside must persevere to grow. It is said the heartiness of the olives is a trait shared by the Umbrian people. They are a people of the land and they are more than happy to share it. Many of them do so by transforming their family homes into agriturism or licensed tourist farms. Here visitors can eat and drink off the land and taste some of the best produced olive oil in the country. We are treated to a professional taste-testing of this liquid magic. Just like fine wine, olive oil has distinct characteristics. As the sweet thickness oozes over our tongues we learn to search for positive tastes of green grass, mature tomato and fresh almond. We swirl our glasses, smack our lips and come away with a new appreciation for the complexities of one of Italy's greatest treasures." (text by Anna Ceraldi, a Canadian Journalist).
We have lunch at an excellent restaurant packed with locals in Torgiano and visit the Torgiano wine museum. We then travel on to the Tabarrini estate for a wine tasting on their terrace.
Free time for dinner in the town
Thur:Truffle hunt & Spoleto (B L )
(cheese making in season)
An extraordinary and exhilarating day where we travel high in the hills up to a mountain forest where we first watch them making cheese and then accompany a professional truffle hunter on his wanderings through his own private forest on his daily quest for truffles or ‘black gold’ as it is know in these parts.
We enjoy a simple meal of wine, bruschetta, pasta, truffles and his own wine, in the hunter's home in the mountain village.
On the way home there is some free time in the town of Spoleto.
Free time for dinner in Montefalco
Fri: Norcia (B L D)
In the morning we visit another local cheesemaker then drive through the Valley of the river Nera to the walled roman town of Norcia, the sausage and salami capitol of Italy.
In the afternoon we visit the Cantina Colle Ciocco cellar owned by the Spacchetti family, and then the delightful Fongoli family estate and enjoy a relaxed dinner and tastings on their grape covered terrace overlooking the Umbrian countryside.
The Azienda Fongoli is in the heart of Umbria, set amongst the gently rolling hills of Montefalco. The Fongoli family have been dedicated their lives to the production of wine for over 80 years, since Decio Fongoli Calvani acquired the Saint Marco estate and began producing wines made from the local Sagrantino and Sangiovese varieties. Today, the Fongoli estate comprises of 40 hectares, 26 hectares of which are vineyards, with another 14 hectares given to olive groves, oak and walnuts. In the centre of the property is a large villa where the winery is housed along with the barriques and caratelli for ageing the wines.
Robert Parker on Fongoli Sagrantino
2006 Fongoli Montefalco Sagrantino
The 2006 Montefalco Sagrantino is, without question, impressive. The aromas and flavors are beautifully articulated, and the wine shows terrific poise and balance.
This is undoubtedly a very elegant Sagrantino. Clean, mineral notes frame the long, refreshing
finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016
Sat: Deruta Ceramics, Perugia (B D)
Deruta has been a major ceramics center since medieval times. No culinary exploration would be complete without a venture into eating's decorative accessories. Here you will be shown through a selection of some of the 300 outlets selling plates, bowls and anything else that might be made of terracotta. We then travel on to Perugia to a workshop of traditional fabric weavers still using ancient hand built wooden looms in a beautifully restored gothic church. The designs are from traditional church fabrics and local symbolism, much of it involving wine. The afternoon in the town is free for shopping or individual sightseeing.
A final dinner is included in Montefalco this evening
Sun Tour ends
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to Foligno Station.
A Private Itinerary
STARTING FROM: Rome Fiumicino
TWIN SHARE: EUR 3142 pp
SINGLE ROOM: EUR 3450 pp
A 7-DAY TOUR. Staying at an exclusive hotel in Montefalco, visiting private homes, farms, vineyards & olive oil mills, traditional Umbrian family kitchens, fabulous local restaurants and exclusive villas.
On request for min 2 pax
The program may be altered to accommodate seasonal variations and activities, including local festivals. However the essential content of the itinerary will remain the same. B L D means that breakfast, lunch and/or dinner will be included that day.
• Foligno station or Foligno hotel transfers
• All land travel by air-conditioned coach
• Accommodation for 7 nights. 5 days full board and 2 days half board
• A truffle hunt and lunch in a mountain village
• cheese making demonstrations (in season)
• Visits to cellars with tasting of Montefalco's award winning Sagrantino wines including Caprai, Tenuta Castelbuono, Fongoli, Saraceno, Colle Ciocco and others
• An olive oil tasting & a visit to a biological farm
• Cheese and prosciutto tastings in Norcia, Italy's salami capitol
• A visit to the famous ceramics centre of Deruta
• Short informative talks on the food and wine of Umbria
• The services of a tour leader
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