Puglian Pleasures
Puglian Pleasures
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Puglian Pleasures offers you the opportunity to sample the real Pleasures of Puglia. We offer food, wine and cultural tours, including: *Wine Tasting with lunch at a boutique, family run vineyard. *Cooking with Mamma, lunch and wine. *Guided tour of an old castle by the Prince himself who lives there! *Olive oil tasting and cheese making. Check out our blog or Facebook page for more details.
Brindisi, Puglia, Italy

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Kelly S
Camden, ME6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A fantastic evening with Valerie and the Prince of San Vito leading a fascinating tour of the castle. We were able to ask a MILLION questions, enjoy the drinks for an extended time, and leave feeling like we had a sneak peek into a life and home that is normally so private. My sister is already asking me which will be our next tour with Puglian Pleasures!
Written August 3, 2022
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It was a pleasure meeting you all and I'm thrilled you enjoyed the experience of meeting the Prince, touring his castle and the extended aperitivo on the terrace. I look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written July 15, 2023
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WillHetherton
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We had a wonderful time with Valerie watching local cheeses being made - and tasting them - as well as tasting local olive oil and enjoying an aperitivo. A really fun morning and a great way to learn a little about the area. Thank you so much.
Written June 30, 2023
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I'm very pleased you and your family enjoyed it. I think your eldest son could become a connoisseur of extra virgin olive oil, he was brilliant at picking out the flavours and realising that we try the same one twice. 😀
Written July 15, 2023
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Richard W
San Francisco8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
Thanks Valerie for organising a fun , informative and feast of home made wine and lunch.
Great hosts , cheering company and positive wine and food experience.
‘Mama’ showed us how to make various varieties of pasta; her English speaking son described the delights of the great, award winning wines which we then sampled extensively!
My compliments to all involved ; definitely recommend !!
Written September 5, 2018
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You certainly added to the fun Richard! Although I didn't see you getting stuck into the pasta making,,,,,,,maybe next time!
Written November 6, 2018
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Susan P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Really enjoyed our wine and lunch tour,Vito,our guide was really informative on the different vines and the wine they produce
Lunch was very enjoyable,we sampled 5 different wines to go with lunch,which was excellent.
I would recommend this tour and give it 5 stars
Written July 21, 2023
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whidden39
Boston, MA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
We were being hosted by a true prince!
Our small tour group met at the castle in San Vito Dei Normanni just outside the big entrance gate. We were all English speaking folk and Valerie Rice, was the event organizer through her tour company, Puglian Pleasures. Valerie and the prince did an admirable job bridging the slight language barrier. I thought we got off on the wrong foot when one guy actually took his dog! Appalling, I thought. Only as we were invited into the castle, did I realize the guy with the cute beagle was the prince himself!

Great tour of a castle that was still furnished and occupied by the same family for only the last two hundred of the castle’s 500 years of existence. There is a princess, but she was in absentia (not another Italian castle, LOL). Her hobby is etching glass and her works on view in a small workshop off the courtyard showed off her obvious talent.

The prince was gracious and unassuming. Like his residence — very charming. The property has its own chapel, a beautiful courtyard, a peaceful garden where a moat was filled in, a rickety tower where prisoners were once kept, and once-sumptuous tall rooms with patinated ornamentation, art and antiques. It has its own brand of faded elegance that you would expect after a long tenure. One feels privileged to witness firsthand the many artifact that evolved slowly in these spaces over a very long time. This made the tour a very personal experience indeed.

We ended with a Prosecco reception including light antipasti on the vast roof terrace overlooking the quaint piazza below. The friendly butler in uniform lent an air of elegance and service to this mystical home.

This tour was a great find and well worth the very modest fee. Valerie Rice at Puglian Pleasures deserves accolades for a unique visit to San Vito Dei Normanni. Fun!
Written September 2, 2019
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Thank you soooooooooooooo much for your fabulous, detailed account of your experience on this new cultural tour. The Prince loves opening up the huge, wooden doors of his castle and explaining the history and heritage of his home. Hope to see you both again soon..... Next time on a wine tour perhaps? Or cooking with mamma?
Written September 3, 2019
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Cazmond
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
We have just had a lovely afternoon being hosted by a very generous family & Valerie. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived with a tour of the vineyard, followed by wine tasting, delicious lunch & pasta making! The food was exceptional - everything made by Mamma & from the garden - even the flour for the home-made bread. The wines were so delicious, we couldn’t decide on our favourite. Thanks for a fantastic afternoon!
Written August 20, 2019
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It was a pleasure to meet you all. So pleased you enjoyed it. I'm still chuckling about your husband not wanting to offend 'Mamma' by leaving some of his parmigiano because he was so full and him dishing it up to your parents 😂 Hope to see you some time..... Maybe at one of the festivals or next time 'Cooking with Mamma'.
Written August 21, 2019
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Lorraine S
Marina Di Ostuni, Italy31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
The Prince and Valerie from Puglian Pleasures took us on a tour of his lovely castle.
It was fascinating to see and hear about his home, family and ancestors who have occupied the castle since around 1750.
The castle is beautifully kept and he is obviously very proud of his heritage.
We had a very informative tour and also saw the glassware that his wife etches.
Also very beautiful.
Afterwards we had aperitifs and Prosecco on the rooftop terrace.
Valerie was very friendly and knowledgable about the area and I look forward to taking part in some of her other tours in the future.
Written August 2, 2019
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It was lovely to meet you, your husband and friends from America, Lorraine. So pleased you enjoyed the tour with the Prince and I. Hope to see you all again soon. Alla prossima!
Written August 5, 2019
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Vezza
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is a must do wine tour... a beautiful setting, great value for money, good fun (particularly pasta making with Mamma x), the most delicious three course lunch and of course some pretty special wines. We couldn't have been made to feel more welcome by this lovely family 😍 ... Thank you Valerie for organising xx
Written June 28, 2019
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You're very welcome Verity! The family of the vineyard really enjoyed your enthusiasm at the pasta making session and mamma was delighted you loved the her homemade Pugliese lunch (even though you couldn't quiet managed it all) having you girls here was a lot of fun! Hope to see you again someday soon!
Written June 29, 2019
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italiantraveller49
united kingdom14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Today we had the opportunity to sample a cookery and wine experience organised by Puglian Pleasures. Owner and guide Valerie met us at Don Camillo winery in Santa Susanna, an easy 25 minute drive from our Villa in San Vito dei Normanni. We were greeted by the family headed by 'mamma' who guided us through our cookery class. We started with orecchiette, making the pasta the traditional way on a wooden board. We soon got the hang of it and surprisingly made enough to take home with us for lunch the next day. Next we watched whilst a delicious sauce was made for our lunch followed by a 'hands on' demonstration of bread polpette, which we all devoured hot and crispy from the pan. , Lunch was served in the attractive room where the cookery class was held; an authentic Puglian lunch based on the famous cucina povera, it was meat free so suitable for those following a vegetarian diet. Three of the vineyards award winning wines were served during the day, a class of sparkling white to start followed by two reds, all available to purchase if you wish. A thoroughly enjoyable day that would be enjoyed by anyone visiting Puglia and wanting to sample the excellent food and wines of the area. No need to worry if you don't speak Italian, Valeris translates anything that you might not understand. A good time was had by all!
Written February 6, 2019
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Thanks for taking the time to review your recent experience with Puglian Pleasures. It was an absolute pleasure having you and your husband at our first 'Cooking with Mamma' class. I'm thrilled you both enjoyed it.
Written February 9, 2019
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392louisee
Esher, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
We had a great day organised by Valerie and very much enjoyed her company. We were greeted by the family and given an excellent glass of chilled dry white wine from their vineyard. Mamma then gave us a demonstration of pasta making which we then tried ourselves. We were then taken through the vineyard to a table where we were treated to a superb 5 course lunch accompanied by wines from the vineyard. The food was a fine example of cucina povera. We were able to purchase their homemade olive oil and wines. We would highly recommend this Puligian experience.
Written September 5, 2018
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I'm so pleased you enjoyed your wine and dine experience, we all certainly enjoyed hosting you all.
Written November 6, 2018
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