Testimonials / Reviews

Please find our recent Guest Reviews below:

“Hand Picked Puglia did a wonderful job from start to finish. I requested a custom trip of the Puglia wine country starting and ending at the Brindisi port. It was a stop on a cruise ship, so we had a limited amount of time and strict start/end times. Ian did a wonderful job of sending over a few potential itineraries to pick from, and was very responsive. We were picked up promptly and had a wonderful abbreviated tour of the region. It was really fun to explore this up-and-coming region, and everything went very smoothly. Lunch at “mum’s” was definitely a favorite! We were extremely happy with the tour, and if we ever end up back in the area, we would definitely like to explore some more with Hand Picked Puglia.” – Kelly H (October 2017)

“We really enjoyed our day tour with Ian and Valerie. Both our guides were very knowledgeable about the local area and wines. The highlight for us was the home made lunch and wine at Nigro wines. The brothers who run the family estate were really interesting and welcoming, and the food prepared by their mother from produce grown on the property was fantastic. Overall, we tried a lot of great wines and learned a lot about Primativo and Negroamaro, and Puglia. I would definitely recommend! Thanks Val and Ian!” – Sally V (October 2017)

“My wife and I were looking for a tour that would give us an overview of primitivo and negroamaro wine production in Puglia. Ian and Valerie provided us with exactly what we wanted and more. They picked us up at our apartment promptly at 9:30, handed us an agenda for the day, which included stops at a highly regarded vineyard owned by a family from the north, a small family vineyard changing methods with the younger generation, and co-op that has been in business since the 1930’s, and began our introduction to Puglia. Our guides were very friendly and down to earth. They clearly have developed positive relationships with the vineyards we visited In addition to the tour of the three vineyards, we also enjoyed a nicely appointed lunch on the sea. Ian then dropped us back at our apartment at 6 p.m. The bonus was sitting in the backseat of the car and listening to Ian’s and Valerie’s insights into the land, wine, and people of the region. I highly recommend choosing Hand Picked Puglia if you are interested in learning about the region.” – Robert S (September 2017)

“We were staying in Puglia and Hand Picked Puglia arranged two separate tours for us. One was an all day tour to three different types of wine companies. The other was a single visit with a tasting and meal pairing.
Both of these were excellent, because of the timing of our visit (harvest) we got to see what happens at the start of the process. All parties were very informative and helpful despite it being their busiest time. The information about the wine was very informative and all the people were very knowledgeable, and the Wine was yummy.

The wine and Meal tasting was absolutely fantastic with wonderful food to match the fantastic wine. We bought several bottles but there was absolutely no pressure to buy it. The only problem we had was not enough to time to drink while we were in Italy and no room in luggage as flying with Ryanair. Thank you for a wonderful experience.” – Joanne G (September 2017)

“Ian and Valerie organized a full day wine tour to Castello Monaci and Li Veli (including a fabulous lunch!). First, they were the best operators in providing quotes and responding to my 1000 emails. Most importantly, the experience was phenomenal: they picked us up at the hotel and drop us off which meant my husband and I could enjoy the wine tastings. Furthermore, it was great to learn from them about the region and why they chose to move to Puglia. I recommend 100% working with Hand Picked Puglia on your next trip to the region!” – Gabriela V (September 2017)

“Thanks for a wonderful day out.  We were just reminiscing how great the day was.” – Jean L (May 2017)