Masseria Li Veli

We start the count down to Cantine Aperte 2017 with a review of the first of the cantina that we will be visiting on our fully inclusive tour. Situated in the countryside just outside Cellino San Marco, Masseria Li Veli was purpose built as a winery in the mid/late nineteenth century.  After being abandoned for…

Cantine Aperte 2017 – Sunday 28th May

After plenty of discussion (and under a lot of pressure to live up to the success of last year) we are delighted to announce our planned itinerary for Cantine Aperte 2017!! This year we have decided to head east and focus on the wines to the south of Brindisi.  We have selected four fantastic vineyards…

Wine Tasting – 18th November

Yesterday evening witnessed a special wine tasting event, organised by our partner Puglian Pleasures, at the fabulous Enoteca Argentieri.  The focus of the evening’s event was the wine made by the Tinazzi family who we first came across last year at their Feudo di Santa Croce vineyard.  The family own estates in both Puglia and Veneto and this evening…

Wine Tour – 4th July

Where in the world can you be enjoying a delicious glass of red wine when an 86 year old local introduces himself to your group, starts serenading you with local traditional songs and then insists on dancing with everyone in the party – well the ladies anyway?  Puglia of course!  A region where complete strangers will…

Cantine Aperte 2016

The last weekend in May is an important date in the calendar for the Italian wine industry as it plays host to Cantine Aperte, the largest wine tourism event of the year.  The event is now in its 24th year and saw (if I counted correctly!) 663 wineries across the country open their cellars to the…

Vinitaly 2016: Fall in love with Wine

Having friends in the wine business has many advantages, not least the opportunity to buy exceptional wine at cost, but it also opens up many other doors to exceptional experiences. Vinitaly was one such experience, that I will not forget in a long time! This annual event which takes place in Verona, Northern Italy, celebrated…

Primitivo Wine Tour Day

Today we had the pleasure of attending a special event to discuss options for promoting wine, food and cultural tourism in and around Manduria.  The event was hosted by Cantina Produttori Vini a Manduria and provided a great opportunity to meet other people promoting this region and to discuss ideas / potential collaborations.  We certainly left feeling inspired…

Feudo di Santa Croce

This week we had the pleasure of visiting Cantine San Giorgio to sample some of their fantastic regional wines under the Feudo di Santa Croce label.  We arrived at the beautiful masseria, surrounded by typical Puglian countryside of olive groves and vineyards, and met our hosts Claudio and Serena.  They explained some of the history of the estate…

Bolonero – Torre Vento

Name: Bolonero Producer: Torre Vento Grape Variety: Nero di Troia (70%), Aglianico (30%) Vintage: 2012 We were recommended this wine today at a lovely restaurant in nearby Ceglie Messapica.  The owner assured me that it was an exceptional wine and pointed out that in 2015 it was awarded Tre Bicchiere by Gambero Rosso (which is their…