Summer Wine Tour in Southern Italy
Irpinia is the new Tuscany for wine tours complete with gorgeous views, green, lush mountains and spectacular DOCG wine. But unlike Tuscany, you won't find busloads of tourists in Irpinia. The food is local, authentic. July is hot in Southern Italy, but not in Irpinia which enjoys much cooler, drier summers due to the high elevation.
This 7-night, 8-day food and wine tour includes visits to fine dining restaurants, local, Slow Food restaurants, wine tastings with some of Italy's most prestigious wine makers and visits to ancient sites including Aeclanum and Herculaneum.
Traveling with you is Christian Galliani, co-founder of Feast On History. Christian is a sommelier and writer who worked on the wine team at Del Posto and served as lead sommelier at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's Tarry Lodge and Eataly. He is an expert on Irpinian wine and loves to personally introduce guests to his favorite winemakers including Salvatore Molettieri and Luigi Moio.
Day 1: Welcome to Irpinia
We'll pick you up at the Naples train station or airport. Then transfer to the 4-star Hotel De la Ville in Avellino, the capital city of Irpinia.
Enjoy a lunch buffet at the hotel's restaurant and an afternoon to relax or take a dip in the swimming pool. In the evening visit the village of Mercogliano for a wine tasting and dinner at Osteria i Santi, a restaurant dedicated to the finest expression of local ingredients.
Day 2: Medieval villages, wine and a very special cheese
We'll visit and explore the medieval village of Taurasi and and see the 11th century Longobard castle. Next we'll visit Cantine Caggiano, one of Italy's most prestigious vineyards. We'll have lunch on their farm accompanied by a wine tasting.
After a rest at the hotel, we'll spend the evening in the village of Borgo San Felice where the unique "carmasciano cheese" is produced. Dinner will be at La Ripa - a Slow Food restaurant which is also a food museum.
Day 3: Wine and ancient ruins
Sleep late, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before then drive to Mastrobernardino, the oldest and most prestigious vineyard in Irpinia. We'll enjoy the tour of the vines and lunch and a wine tasting at their luxury resort and restaurant, Morabianca.
After lunch we'll visit the ancient Samnite ruins at Aeclanum (pre-Roman!) and then Quintodecimo for a wine tasting with master winemaker Professor Luigi Moio.
Day 4: "The best meal of my life"
After breakfast departure to the beautiful town of Bagnoli Irpino. We'll explore the medieval streets with a historian and learn about the famous black truffles that are for sale throughout the town.
Read all about Irpinia in the November issue of Dream of Italy.
For lunch we'll go to Nonna Pina Country House for the "summer truffle" specialty which several guests from our 2016 food and wine tour described as the best meal of their life.
We'll return to the hotel to relax before an evening visit to the vineyard of master winemaker Salvatore Molettieri's. Dinner will be a 5-course tasting menu at Il Vecchio Mulino restaurant, built inside a mill on the Calore river.
Day 5: Montevergine and Feudi di San Gregorio
Enjoy a free morning to relax by the pool, take a walk in Avellino and have lunch on your own. In the afternoon we'll travel to one of the highest points in Irpinia to see the church and monastery of Montevergine. During World War II, the shroud of Turin was brought here to hide it from the Nazi's. There we'll also see the famous "Madonna of Transformation" which has been sacred to the gay and transgender community since the thirteenth century. We'll also visit the monk's distillery which has been open since the Middle Ages.
In the evening we'll visit Feudi di San Gregorio, the largest winemaker in Southern Italy with a contemporary tasting room designed by Hikaru Mori and interiors by Massimo Vignelli.
After touring the cellars, we'll have dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant Marenná.
Day 6: Welcome to Naples
We'll transfer to Naples and check-in to our hotel overlooking the bay of Naples in the Posillipo hills. We'll then have a tour of the historic center of Naples, sample Italy's best coffee and then have dinner at Antica Pizzeria Brandi, where pizza margherita was invented in the 1860s.
Day 7: Visit to Herculaneum
We'll visit the ruins of Herculaneum, a city destroyed along with Pompeii in the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius with an art historian. We'll return to Naples for the evening promenade of Naples for Caracciolo to Mergellina and enjoy gelato or babbá at the famous chalet situated on the Lungomare. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 8: Arrivederci
After breakfast, transfer back to the train station or airport
Discover Irpinia Food & Wine Tour Pricing and Reservations
$3,750 per person double occupancy
$3,900 per person single occupancy
Tour strictly limited to 14 guests
- 4-star hotel accommodations in Avellino and Naples
- Breakfast daily
- Five lunches
- Five dinners
- All wine tastings
- All ground transportation via private coach and drivers
- Enrichment program of history and wine lectures
- All entrance fees, tours and local guides
- Transfers from Naples airport and train station
- Taxes and service charges
NOT INCLUDED IN RATE
- International airfare
- Mini-fridge charges or room service
- Trip insurance
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