7 Day Premier Wine, Food and Trekking Tour
A Trip of a Limetime
Join Southern Visions for a vacation like no other. WHAT YOU GET!!!
Live the life of a wine professional for 7 days and
6 nights while exploring the diversity and An outstanding culinary travel experience
exceptional quality of the wines of Puglia. Puglia Peace of mind you are with the most
is the largest producer of wine in all of Italy and
professional travel and tour company in
their wine renaissance in the last 25 years has
made Puglia the region of choice for wine Puglia
professionals from around the world. With a Local, native guides with knowledge of
maximum of only 14 guests and 2 full time guides the secrets and mysteries of the region
including a 15 year wine professional you will live 6 nights lodging at 5 star hotels and
the life of wine royalty with this unique and resorts
intimately luxurious experience.
Trip Highlights 6 Dinners
Private wine tastings and classes All luggage transfers
Winery tours of Rivera, Aglianico del Guest Shuttles
Vulture, Cantine due Palme and Leone de Daily professional wine and culinary tours
Orcchiette pasta class
€999.00 Single Supplement
Manduria tour and Primitivo tasting
7 Day Premier Wine, Food and Trekking Itinerary:
Day 1 – Arrive at the Bari Airport and meet your guide before shuttling to Bari for a traditional, light lunch
of Puglia with Giancarlo at Babbo wine bar in Bari. After lunch we head to the first hotel, the Borgo Bianco,
for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. This evening we have a Puglia meet and greet with the other guests
and a wine seminar on the wines of Puglia hosted by your wine representative and the Hotel Borgo Bianco.
Dinner will be a traditional Pugliese feast and wines from all over the region. Welcome to Italy!
Day 2 – We drive north to the Castel del Monte region and our first winery, Rivera where we will taste an
enormous range of wines including those made with the local and divine grape, Nero di Troia. We will walk
in the vineyards and enjoy time with winemaker Sebastiano de Corato We will then have a full tasting of
unreleased wines in the barrel room, followed by a regional feast with the wines of Rivera. After lunch we
will shuttle to the site of the famous Castel del Monte, the archaeological symbol of Puglia and one of the
most unusual and interesting buildings in all of Italy. We will return to the hotel for an afternoon rest with
an evening stroll through beautiful Polignano a Mare ,and dinner at Chichibio followed by an evening stroll
along the cliffs and a gelato at the famous Il Super Mago del Gelo (the super magician of ice cream).
Day 3 – Today we head to a local cheese making shop for a demonstration and tasting of the amazing fresh
mozzarella of Puglia. After we have our fill of cheese, we move to the UNESCO heritage site of Alberobello
and walk amongst the 1500 ancient trulli homes, stopping for a tasting of local artisanal products with local
superstar, Mimmo, and a lesson on making orecchiette pasta with Mimmo’s mother, Cosima. From
Alberobello we head to the hilltop town of Cisternino for a detailed tasting and food pairing, at the famous
Il Cucco Enoteca. Enjoy your afternoon in the lovely city of Ostuni, and rest well for an eight (8) course
dinner with matching wines at the outstanding Il Frantoio.
Day 4 – We travel to Altamura to taste some of Italy’s best breads before heading to Matera and Basilicata
for a meeting with one of the region’s best winemakers and a guided tasting and lunch of the outstanding
Aglianico del Vulture. After lunch we will have a guided walk of the stunning ancient Sassi of Matera. We
return with a walk through the olive groves near our hotel and a wonderful dinner along the sea.
Day 5 – Today, we visit La Citta del Vino (the city of wine) and Cellino San Marco. Our first stop will be the
enormous Cantine Due Palme which has claimed awards for their decadent style of winemaking which is
changing the way the professionals accept Puglia. You will see the winemaking facilities, and taste
numerous wines with their leading enologist. Next, we will drive to the amazing Masseria Liveli, where we
will have lunch and taste some of Puglia’s most beautiful, up and coming wines. After our long lunch and
tasting we will relax before dinner at a local restaurant famous for grilled meats and wines of the region.
Day 6 –We have a morning visit to the famous Leone de Castris for a tasting of some of Puglia’s most prized
wines. We then head to lunch with the phenomenal Paolo Cantele in Lecce for some of the most amazing
local cuisine in Puglia. After lunch we will drive over to Cantele for a tasting and walk through the winery.
We end the day with a drive to Manduria for a tasting of the beloved and decadent Primitivos of the region.
Day 7 – We return to Lecce and on the way we stop for one final winery Vallone for a taste of the exclusive
and most prized wines of the Salento. In Lecce you have the option to depart to Rome, catch a shuttle back
to Bari airport or stay on for a walking tour of the city with our art historian and local guide and the chance
to extend your stay in Puglia.
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