Puglia and Basilicata Wine + Culture Tour
Seven Days | Six Nights
2018 Dates: June 4 - 10 | September 24 - 30
Welcome to Puglia + Basilicata
The "heel" of Italy is no such thing. An endless crystal blue coast, ancient olive groves, fields of golden grain, sun-kissed hilltop towns, opulent Baroque architecture, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites abound in every direction. Its natural and historical beauty is startling.
Tasting through these two regions is a real treat too: On our 7 Day - 6 Night Wine + Culture Tour of Puglia and Basilicata, we will get to know the full-bodied and unmistakable Primitivo, Zinfandel's rowdy Italian relative, as well as Aglianico (Basilicata's vinous claim to fame), Negroamaro, Bombino Nero, Malvasia Nera, Aleatico and Uva di Troia—all wonderful and expressive reds. In the white wine camp, your palate will be pleased by the brightness of Verdeca and Falanghina, the complexity of Fiano and the beautiful floral fireworks of Malvasia and Moscato. Each of these will be enjoyed with the local gastronomic treasures: mouth-watering cheeses like burrata and scamorza, Altamura's acclaimed bread, one of the most respected olive oils in Italy, incredibly fresh seafood, the native orecchiette pasta...for starters. For the main course, you will have to join us!
Puglia + BasiLicata Highlights
TASTE the most important wines FROM PUGLIA AND BASILICATA at prized wineries with your sommelier guide
Private tour of the ancient city of Matera, THE EuropeAN Union's Capital of Culture for 2019
Learn how to make focaccia as well as other regional specialties in a hands-on cooking class
EXPLORE the enchanting towns of Alberobello, Lecce AND Ostuni
Visit to Castel del Monte, aN IMPRESSIVE octagonal, thirteenth-century castle
Your EXTRAORDINARY AccomModations in Puglia + Basilicata
The uniqueness of the boutique hotels La Dolce Vigna has found for your week-long wine + culture tour will leave you breathless. For the first three nights, we stay in Matera's sassi—the labyrinthine historic center carved into a canyon. Our home for the last three nights is an elegant masseria—a typical Pugliese farmhouse—complete with its own trulli (the iconic conical huts of Puglia!)
ALL-INCLUSIVE $4600 / person based on double occupancy
Meet Your Sommelier Guide + Founder of La Dolce Vigna
After a decade of working in the art world for eminent institutions and artists in New York, London and around the globe, Leslie moved to Italy, fell in love with Italian wine, and became a certified sommelier with the Associazione Italiana Sommelier. She has lived in Tuscany (Siena) and the Veneto (Venice) and has traveled extensively throughout the country, seeking out small wineries that have a story to tell, local gastronomic wonders, cultural gems and experiences that exude the good life to share with you.
La Dolce Vigna Difference
- Small Groups. Our tours are always limited to a maximum of 10 people to assure you an intimate experience.
- Sommelier Guides. You will always have a certified sommelier guide to answer all of your wine-related questions on the road.
- Family-Run and Historic Wineries. Our tours are centered around small, eco-conscious, family-run wineries that make truly outstanding wine, and packed with cultural insights.
- Foodie Central. Be prepared to eat. A lot. We've picked out amazing spots for you, from the small, loved-by-locals osteria to the Michelin-starred restaurant
- No Cookie Cutter Tours. Depending on the season and local events, we will custom organize the best and most insider experience for each group.
- All-Inclusive. Rest assured that your tour price includes all meals (except for one dinner), activities, hotels, transportation from the moment we meet until our fond farewell.
- Downtime. For those of you who have been on other group tours, you know what we're talking about. Part of living la dolce vigna is taking the time to truly savor your experiences and surroundings. We've built in time for you to do just that at your own pace and on your own terms. Long live slow travel!
- Helping others. Besides helping local, artisanal economies through visiting small wine and food producers, eating at traditional trattorie and staying at charming agriturismi, a donation on behalf of each individual that takes one of our tours will be made to 10,000 Gardens in Africa, a Slow Food initiative aimed at cultivating sustainable and healthy communities throughout Africa.
Looking for a Private wine tour of Italy?
Look no further! In addition to the intimate group tours above, La Dolce Vigna also curates private tours — with or without a guide — based on your dates, interests, and budget in the Veneto, Tuscany, Sicily, Piemonte, Puglia and Basilicata. We will open the doors to an authentic dolce vigna experience complete with exceptional food and wine, colorful personalities, warm hospitality, cultural sites not to be missed and many, many photo-worthy moments. (Trust us.)