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Italian Autumn Wine Crush 2024

Happy Memorial Day and a thank you to all who served and gave all.

We've had some questions regarding our upcoming October wine tour and we thought this is a great place to answer some of them. If there's anything else you'd like to know, please get in touch!

Do I have to drink wine to have fun on the tour?

Absolutely not! What draws us to the wines and food of Italy is that it offers an opportunity to learn about people, history, and a sense of place. The terroir of a land encompasses all of these things and it's an excellent way to hear stories from the people who live there.

What areas of Italy are included?

We will be visiting Lazio, Tuscany, and Umbria. Each region offers different and interesting wines and cultures. Lazio is home to young, crisp whites and Frascati, a bubbly red wine. The super reds of Tuscany are famous all over the world and Umbria offers a bit of both. October is when grapes are traditionally harvested and the beauty of the autumn countryside is unparalleled. The trees turn golden and the morning light shines through the leaves onto the changing landscape. Driving through is a treat in itself.

What will the weather be like?

Early October is typically still very warm during the day and cooler at night. It will be warm enough for us to enjoy the pool at the Tuscan Villa we've rented. Nights and early mornings will require a light sweater.

What towns will be seeing?

This trip is all about the countryside and we won't be spending time in Rome or Siena. This is a chance to take a glimpse of small town life and the beauty of Italy's agricultural land. For example, Casperia is a small and charming medieval hilltop village made of stone built homes that line the winding walking paths. There are no cars and walking around offers views of quaint homes and gardens along with incredible views of the valleys below. It's a quiet town, full of colorful and friendly locals.

Montepulciano is a mixture of medieval and renaissance and Pienza is a model of a traditional renaissance village. Charm is plenty and the streets are filled with wonderful shops and restaurants. The fairytale setting of both transports one to a different time.

Orvieto is perched atop a mountain of tufa and tunnels. It's rich with history- from Etruscan times, to Roman rule and renaissance art- Orvieto offers beauty, famous white wines, ceramics, and it's world famous duomo. The shopping there is also highly recommended.

What are the accommodations like?

We stay in a variety of locales including hotels, agriturismi, converted palazzos, and Tuscan estates. We choose our accommodations for experience and convenience to our guests.

The tour is scheduled October 4-12 and we have a few spots left! Read the full itinerary here. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the tour.

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