Wine Route With Cooking Experience Holiday

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Duration: 4 Nights in a Contemporary Hotel
Best For: Foodies, Exploring the Countryside
Added Benefits:

Welcome Dinner, Cooking Class, Wine Tasting & Car Hire

Puglia alone has over 30 different varieties of grapes and this tour is only the beginning of your wine journey in this beautiful region!

In this short break, not only will you have the opportunity to stay in a charming, lovingly restored boutique hotel dedicated to wine but also discover southern Puglia’s small wineries at your own pace. You will you be able to discover local grape varieties, such as Malvasia nera di Lecce, Primitivo, Verdeca, Susumaniello, Aglianico and Negroamaro, visiting small boutique vineries in Salento, and delighting the three senses, essential to experiencing wine: sight, smell and taste.

We know wine lovers are always keen to explore Puglia’s native grapes and they have a lot to choose from, as unlike other parts of Italy, Puglia alone has over 30 different varieties of grapes.  This wine tour is designed to be memorable, informative and fun. This wine tasting holiday in Puglia and Salento suits all levels of knowledge. It is aimed at the enthusiastic wine lovers and no previous wine knowledge is essential.

Vinilia Wine Resort is the result of an imaginative restoration of an ancient house dated back to the early '900, similar to an old manor house with towers, turrets and decorations of monumental proportions. The main body that appears like a small medieval castle offers a refined and comfortable environment suitable for reading a book and sipping a tea in good company. Nooks for reading in the shade of the trees and the quiet of the surrounding countryside allow you to enjoy beautiful sunrises and unforgettable sunsets in total privacy.

You can expect an authentic dining experience with the best wines of the most renowned wineries of Salento and a refined lounge bar is used for the breakfast service, the light lunch, cocktails, and where you can taste fresh seasonal fruit and homemade pastry. Vinilia takes you far away from everyday life.

Day 1:

Arrive at Bari/Brindisi Airport (this hotel is closer to Brindisi Airport) collect your hire car at the terminal and start driving to Vinilia Wine Resort for your four nights stay. Check-In and enjoy your welcome aperitif. Depending on the arrival time of your flight you will then have free time to relax and enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, a typical tasting menu excluding beverages which will be payable locally to the hotel. If your flight is arriving late your welcome tasting dinner will be arranged for another day based on your trips planned.

Day 2:

Morning at your leisure, relax and enjoy your charming hotel or drive to nearby small towns and start exploring. Suggested trips: Visit Manduria, enjoy the famous local beaches in the area. Afternoon: Your introductory wine tasting at the hotel with a wine expert followed by a short (90 min) cooking class, either at the hotel or at Masseria Trullo di Pezza. Enjoy the food you have cooked with local wine.

Day 3:

Morning at your leisure. Suggested trips today will be a visit to the Lecce, or Nardo, Gallipoli & Otranto. En-route to Otranto you can also visit a small charming town called Maglie, and try their famous chocolate. Afternoon: Your first wine cellar visits in the area. Name of the winery will be confirmed at the time of booking as this will depending the time of your travel and availability of the cellars in the area. Salento is very well known for its' wines so there will be plenty to choose from. Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Day 4:

Morning at your leisure. Suggested trips for today are Martina Franca, Alberobello & Ostuni. Afternoon: You will be able to visit two cellars in this area. Based on their availability we will plan your day accordingly and confirm the timings of your visits.

Day 5:

Depending on the departure time of your flight, return your hire car to the airport and check in for your flight home.

Where you will stay:
•   4 nights stay at charming Vinilia Wine Resort in a deluxe Room based on B&B basis
Superior Room upgrade also available at a supplement.

Hire car:
•   Economy hire car is included (excluding excess waiver protection)

•   Flights are available from London Gatwick, Stansted & Manchester (on selected days only) and a supplement may apply to some departures depending on the price of the flights on the chosen date. Package price is based on London Gatwick Easyjet flights and given as guidance only. An up-to-date price will be given to you at the time of your enquiry.
•   Hand luggage only (check-in bag can be added at a supplement)

Optional Extras:
•   Extend your stay at the hotel
•   Add a 2nd hotel from different parts of the region such as Conversano, Torre Canne or Matera.
•   Chauffeur driven private tours to include wine cellar visits on all days
•   Add private airport transfers instead of hire car

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