Where to meet: Brindisi Airport in the morning. ( there are several flights with Alitalia coming in from Milan Linate or Rome Fumicino each day)
1st day: 30 minutes by car and we’ll reach a real paradise. Our stay will be a fantastic old “masseria” close to Ostuni. Masserias are typical Apulian old farms. Here we will experience the most authentic rural Italian lifestyle. During our stay we will enjoy the silence and relaxed atmosphere of this magic place and of course we will taste the best of local food and wine delicacies.
After some time for the check in we will be ready for a magnificent lunch in a cozy restaurant in
Ostuni, one of the most famous Apulian little towns, also known as “The White City”. We will have
the chance to taste a “gourmet menu”, made by the “cuochi”, the resident chefs, that run the kitchen of this lovely osteria. Get ready for an incredible journey among the most delicious and
ancient traditional Apulian flavours. The gourmet menù will be accompanied by excellent wines,
carefully selected form the best producers of this area. The territory of Ostuni is highly suitable to
the production of delicious wines. After lunch, some free time to freshen up at the hotel and to
enjoy the surroundings of this gorgeous property. We will meet again in the late afternoon, when
we will visit one of the best wineries of this area, it will be fascinating discovering this peculiar
place, where history embraces the knowledge of local farmers in order to give us excellent wines,
that of course we will taste. Then back to the masseria for free time to do your own wandering. We have left the evening free as it will have been a big day of food and wine, so enjoy the serenity.
2ndday: Are you ready for a very special and fun Apulian cooking class? Today we’ll learn how to
make “orecchiette alle cime di rapa”, without any doubt the most famous Apulian recipe in the
world. And of course we will have it for lunch. It will be a new journey among the infinite
deliciousness of Apulian cuisine. Our lunch will end with a unique “Rosolio” tasting. Rosolio is a
traditional home-made liqueur made with rose petals, very typical and friendly but…be careful .
Then some time to rest, we will meet again at 5 pm, this evening we’ll visit the beautiful small town
of San Vito dei Normanni. This is a stunningly gorgeous medieval town, with origins back in the Bronze Age. Our day will end with a “typical Apulian Aperitivo” with a surprise! Only one clue…San Vito is known as the capital of traditional Apulian music
3rd day: This morning we will leave our masseria for our new destination, the beautiful Ostuni,
there a small, lovely boutique hotel just in the heart of the “White City” is waiting for us! A day of walking and exploring. Ostuni is a white pearl situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy, famous for its picturesque, historic centre,consisting of white washed houses and buildings that date back to the Middle Age. The historic, architectural and cultural appeal of Ostuni lies in its thin, characteristic alleys, adorned by beautiful flowers, where you will find an incredible number of deli and gourmet stores. We will spend our day there, discovering the hidden secrets of the city. We will introduce you to the best places for aperitivo or dinner for later as the night is yours to enjoy.
4th day: : Today we are going to visit the hilltop town that is known as the pearl of Apulia, the beautiful Alberobello (the “Trulli” town, part of UNESCO Heritage). There we will experience the flavours of the famous “Apulian salumerie”, the cheese and salami jeweleries! In the afternoon we will visit an incredible Millennial olive orchard, one of the most famous in the world, get ready for a breathtaking experience! There we learn the essential stages for producing an excellent organic olive oil . We will get to know know the varieties of the unique olive trees they have and how they take care of this precious heritage. Our visit will end with a unique olive oil tasting. Then back
to Ostuni. In the evening we will pack our cases, tomorrow we will leave to the beautiful Matera,
the gorgeous “Città dei Sassi (the “Stone City”).
5th day: We’ll leave in the morning to Matera, we will cross the borders of Puglia to enter Basilicata.
Along the way we will stop at a traditional farm, where, guided by the farmer we will attend the cheese making process of mozzarella and burrata mozzarella.
You will be astonished by the beauty of this amazing city, which this year is the European Capitol of Culture. We will be there before lunch. You will be immediately in love with the beautiful, romantic landscapes you will enjoy from the balcony that embraces the city. Our stay will be a historical old mansion, where you will breathe the cosy, magic, unique, particular atmosphere of the city. We’ll have a traditional lunch in one of the most traditional restaurants of the city, with a special tasting of Apulia super wines, as for example Primitivo di Manduria, Aglianico and Aleatico, as well as the delicious cured meats produced locally.
In the afternoon we will explore the city and discover the most facinating hidden corners of it,
and of course its history. Dinner is free, ask us some suggestions for a typical local pizzeria where
you can taste the delicious Pizza Lucana, a real delicacy!
6th day: after breakfast we will say “arrivederci” to the beautiful Matera, the perfumed Altamura
is waiting for us. Why perfumed? Because Altamura is famous all over the world for its gourmet
bread, “il pane di Altamura”, renowned to be the best bread in the world. Once there, after a visit
to the gorgeous downtown we will meet one of the artisan that dedicated all this life to the
production of this delicious bread, we will hear the incredible story of his hard life and of course we will taste its unique bread. For lunch a special suprise is waiting for us. Then free afternoon to enjoy Matera by your own, we will meet again for our “arrivederci dinner”, get ready!
7th day: we will be at Bari Airport at about 9.30 am. Also from Bari airport we have several daily
direct connections to Rome and Milan Linate.
Period of availability: all year round .The following periods excluded: from 15 December to 15 January, from 15 July to 31 August.The dates we have chosen are the best times for travel into this region.
- 16th June 2019
- 30 September 2019
- 18 April 2020;
- 18 May 2020
- 3rd June 2020;
- 17th June 2020.
- 1 September 2020;
- 1 October 2020;
- 1st November 2020
Group departure prices from €2470 per person.
We meet you at the selected airport and deliver you back to the airport at the completion of the tour. Relax and enjoy.
Meet and greet at the airport at 1130am
Personal English Speaking Food & Wine Expert Guide
Transportation private chauffeur from the collection point to the final tour destination (Transfers will be operated by car for couples and by minibus for groups)
Meals breakfast, and all meals stated in the itinerary.
Accommodations for 6 nights
All the activities included in the highlights
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS NOT INCLUDED. We suggest you take out your own travel insurance to cover health, travel delays, and loss of personal items. Our tour operator is fully covered for the tour inclusions however it is best practise to have your own insurance.
This wine and food tour has been designed for those who want to explore the authentic rural Italian Lifestyle. Enjoy the best local food, meet the characters , the growers and the artisans of this “just being discovered” region of Italy. Without a doubt Puglia is the hot destination in Italy, and with people like Jamie Oliver talking it up on his Cooking with Nona series it is no wonder this is our most popular Italy tour.
We go off the beaten track, discover bleached hilltop towns, taste amazing wines, oils, cheeses and stay in Massaria ( the typical farms ) that have been converted to meet the demands of the new wave of foodie travellers who are finding this incredible Italian region. Slow Food lovers will enjoy this wine and food tour.
We have been travelling to this region on a regular basis and its a pleasure to take guests into the rural villages through Puglia and Basilicata. The region produces excellent wines, Burrata cheese originated in Puglia, and the Slow Food osteria are steeped in tradition.
This Italian wine and food tour has been our most popular, with most business booked via referral, so if you want some references from our past travellers just email me from the button below and I will forward details.
History shows Puglia has been predominantly an agricultural region, producing around 40% of Italy’s olive oil and a large proportion of its wine. Vast tracts of the region’s territory are given over to farming, whether it be crops or livestock, and many inhabitants continue to grow their own produce.
This essentially agricultural nature means that the region’s cuisine is home-country inspired, predominantly using the abundant local produce such as artichokes durum wheat, tomatoes, fava beans, rocket, courgettes, beans, fennel, peppers, onions, beef and lamb.
In terms of pasta, Puglians pride themselves on their orecchiette, little ear-shaped shells that are still produced by hand on a daily basis by many signore. It is usually served with tasty sauces such as meat ragu, broccoli and lard, mushrooms or turnip tops. The pasta itself is made rigorously from durum wheat flour, water and salt.
If Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world, it is largely thanks to Puglia, which produces more than any other Italian region, about 17% of the total!
Viticulture is deeply rooted in local traditions but until 20 or so years a large proportion of Puglia’s grapes were used to add “substance” to wines produced in the rest of Italy and France. Thankfully this is no longer the case and Puglia now boasts 25 different DOC areas and some excellent vintages of its own.
The most widely grown grape variety is Negroamaro. Almost exclusively cultivated in Puglia, Negroamaro is used to produce some of the region’s best wines, including Salice Salentino. The epithet of most famous grape, however, goes to Primitivo, whose wines, including the Primitivo di Manduria, are generally high in alcohol content and full in body. The Primitivo grape shares its genetic make-up with California’s Zinfandel varietal.
White wines in Puglia count for less than 20% of the overall production but are gradually growing in importance. Local grapes include Bombino Bianco, Bianco d’Alessano and Verdeca.
To read some more on my wine experiences in Puglia go to my travel blog