Where to meet: Bari Airport at 1130am.
1st day: 1 hour by car and we’ll join a real paradise. Our stay will be an old “masseria”. Masserias are Apulian typical old farms, where you can experience the most authentic Italian rural lifestyle, enjoy the beauty of the amazing olive oil trees groves, and taste the best of local food and wine, and obviously, olive oil.
Some time to check in and we will be ready for lunch, which will take place in the restaurant of the masseria, there we will have the chance to taste a “homemade menu” made by the “cuoche” (they like to be called like this), the wonderful ladies that with love and care run the kitchen of the cosy restaurant of the farm. Get ready for an incredible journey among the most delicious and ancient traditional recipes these women had as a precious gift from their grand-mothers. All of this will be irrigated by Ostuni local wines, one of the most famous Apulian towns, also known as “The White City” and which territory is highly suited to the production of delicious wines. Then free time to rest and to enjoy the green of this gorgeous property. We will meet again for dinner, that will consist in a special local cheese tasting, accompanied by the fragrant home-made traditional Apulian bread (rigorously cooked in the wood oven) and by the well known, delicious “Negramaro” red wine.
Meals included: lunch, cheese tasting and other delicacies.
2ndday: after breakfast we will have the honour to spend some time with the farmer of the masseria, who will lead a professional “passeggiata”(walking and talking) in the amazing organic olive grove of the property. He will explain the essential passages an excellent organic olive oil production must respect. We will understand the variety of the autochthonous olives they have in the property and how they take care of this precious heritage. Our morning will close with a unique “olive oil tasting”, accompanied by the tasting of the mouth-watering specialties produced in the masseria (as the delicious olives pâté and much more). For those travelling in the harvesting season, we’ll participate to the harvesting process with the farmers and at the end we will have a little taste of the precious result of our work (the farm only produce organic olive oil).
Then some time to relax above the shades of the beautiful olive trees, listening to the swish of the branches brushed by the gentle breeze and we will meet again later to travel into the beautiful Ostuni. Ostuni is a white pearl set on the Adriatic coast, famous for its picturesque historic centre consisting of whitewashed houses and buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. The historic, architectural and cultural appeal of Ostuni lies in its thin alleys, adorned with perfumed flowers and sprinkled by an incredible number of deli and gourmet stores as well as cosy souvenirs shops. Our dinner will take place in one of the most typical and characteristic trattoria in Ostuni.
Meals included: olive oil tasting + other delicacies, dinner. Wines with dinner
3rd day: are you ready for a peculiar, funny Apulian cooking class? Today we’ll learn how to make “orecchiette alle cime di rapa”, the most famous Apulian recipe in the world, without any doubt! And of course, we will have it for lunch, and of course a good bicchiere di vino! Then some time to rest or wander in the afternoon, we will meet again at 5 pm, this evening we’ll visit the beautiful little town of San Vito dei Normanni, you’ll be delighted by the beauty of this gorgeous medieval town, with origins dating back to the Bronze Age, get ready for fantastic pictures! Our day will finish with a “typical dinner” with surprise…only one clue…San Vito is well known as the capitol of traditional Apulian music J.
Meals included: lunch + dinner. Beverages with meals.
4th day: Today we are going to visit 3 of the most beautiful pearls of Apulia, they are among the most beautiful towns in Italy: Locorotondo, Alberobello (the “Trulli” town, UNESCO Heritage), Cisternino (awarded as one of the most beautiful traditional village in Italy) and Noci. Today we will experience the “Apulian Street Food”, we will be back for dinner, after some shopping, of course! This evening we will pack our cases, tomorrow we will leave to the beautiful Matera, the gorgeous “Città dei Sassi (which in Italian means the “Stone City”).
Meals included: lunch + dinner. Beverages with meals.
5th day: we’ll leave in the morning to Matera, crossing the borders of Puglia to enter Basilicata, we will be there before lunch. You will be astonished by the beauty of this amazing city and by the beautiful, romantic landscapes you will enjoy from the balcony that embrace it. We’ll have a traditional lunch in one of the most typical restaurant of the city, with a special tasting of Apulia wines. Then free afternoon to explore the city, dinner will be free.
Meals included: lunch including wines.
6th day: today we will visit a traditional local cheese laboratory, known for the production of some of the most typical Apulinan cheeses, as stracciatella, burrata and scamorza, of course we will taste them! We’ll then have a stroll among the fascinating Matera alleys. For lunch we will taste a special pizza pugliese, a real delicacy! After lunch we experience a special coffee in a renowned cafeteria of the City. Then back to the hotel for some rest. We’ll meet again for our “arrivederci aperitif”, accompanied by local mouth-watering finger food.
Meals included: lunch + aperitif and other delicacies.
7th day: after breakfast, we leave to Bari Airport, where we will say “arrivederci”. We’ll be there at about 11 am. From there you can take your direct flight to Rome Fiumicino Airport (1 hour flight), to Milan Malpensa Airport (1 hour 30 min flight), to Milan Linate Airport (1 hour 25 min flight) or to Venice (1 hour 30 min flight, NB: it is not a daily flight);
Period of availability: all year round the following periods excluded: from 15 December to 15 January, from 15 July to 31 August.
Group departure prices from €3125 per person. Referrals available once you enquire.
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, lunch, dinner, beverages included during the meals), when guests have free time, meals are not included.
Accommodations for 6 nights
All the activities included in the highlights
This Italian wine and food tour has been designed for those who want to explore the authentic rural Italian Lifestyle. Enjoy the best local food, taste Slow Food, meet the characters , the growers and the artisans of this “recently discovered” region of Italy.
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.
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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.