Our Discover Manduria wine tour provides an interesting overview of wine making in this region by visiting three very different wineries.
Our tour begins with a visit to a one of the oldest wine estates in the region. The winery is based around an amazing castle (dating from around 1500 and originally built as a monastery) which is now one of the premier wedding venues in the area. Our visit is based in the winery’s old production building, which now houses their small museum dedicated to wine making in Puglia and the tasting room. Here our host will provide a brief overview of how the Puglian wine industry has changed over the last couple of generations and the history of the estate. He will then guide you through a tasting of some of their premium brand wines and explain some of the stories behind their names.
We continue our tour to one of the region’s newest wineries, which was only established in 2014. This is a great example of an old family run business where the next generation have proposed and adopted a new approach to wine making. Here the brothers will explain their vision for the business over a glass (or two) of their delicious wine. We then retire to the tasting room where you will be treated to a tasting of some of their award winning wine over lunch lovingly prepared by “mamma”. The menu is a celebration of Puglian cuisine – based around fresh, seasonal produce which is entirely home grown (including the grain for the bread / pasta and the olive oil).
We conclude our journey with a visit to the home of the Primitivo di Manduria grape variety. We begin with a guided tour around the superb Museum of Wine and Rural Life housed underground in the original wine cellars of the city’s co-operative. This is followed by a Wine Tasting centred around the Primitivo grape that will provide an excellent overview of how the age of the vines, quality of the grapes and wine making processes influence the structure, aroma and taste of the wine.
This is one of our most popular tours and provides a real insight into wine making in this region.
€125 per person
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