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Review of Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio

Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio
Ranked #16 of 134 things to do in Perugia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: From June 2010 there is one more reason to visit Umbria: Monte Vibiano's eco-tours are the key to discover the secrets of its worldwide-famous wines and olive oil while touring its spectacular estate in central Italy. All tours are conducted aboard electric vehicles around Monte Vibiano, the first 0 greenhouse-emissions farm in Italy. Visitors gather at the wine cellar in the valley and from here they board electric vehicles for a ride to the nearby hills and fields, across hectares of vineyards and olive groves. There is always something happening here, no matter the time of the year: from picking grapes for Monte Vibiano's refined red and whites, to hand-picking olives from century-old trees, the eco-tours are always a chance to observe exciting aspects of life in the fields. The highlight of the visit is a stop at 'vigna Lorenzo', a jaw-dropping vineyard extending for several hectares, a natural jewel that takes its name from that of Monte Vibiano's CEO, Lorenzo Fasola Bologna. From 'Vigna Lorenzo' visitors can see the historic Monte Vibiano castle towering over the valley: it is 2,000-year-old and currently the home of the Fasola Bologna family, owners of Monte Vibiano. With a descent to the valley, the electric vehicles return to the wine cellar and the brand new "Green Wine Bar", made of recycled materials. Here it is possible to taste Monte Vibiano's exquisite wines and bruschetta, seasoned with the company's signature frozen olive oil. The "Green Wine Bar" is inspired by Monte Vibiano's ecological mission and designed by Monte Carlo designer Maryam Fasola Bologna with old woods and hundreds of unused corks.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
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“great experience, great wine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

today we had the pleasure of spending a morning at this vineyard, although described as an eco tour it is more of a winery tour. our terrific guide Melaine took us up the mountain in an electric jeep. She described the winery and told us about the grape and olive production. She was both pleasant and informative and spoke both in English and Italian. The trip up the hill has great views, we then went back to the winery where she explained the process of turning the grapes into wine. The best part however was tasting the different wines and olive oils produced here. The tasting room is wonderful, decorated with the wine barrels that have been used. The view is great, I would love to attend a wedding there. We tasted one white, three red wines relaxed listening to music . We tasted olive oil and cheese from Todi. There is no charge for this great tour. We did however purchase some wine and olive oil. If you have a car and enjoy great wine, be sure to go

Visited September 2011
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“fun, classy and tasty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

We went to Monte Vibiano Vineyard on our first day in Umbria, and it set us up for the best week of our lives. The tour of the vineyard was very informative. It was great going into the barrel rooms where they age the wine. We loved the electric jeep rides to the vineyards and olive groves and the views were breathtaking. But by far the best part was the tasting room. It sat in a beautiful spot where you could see the countryside. We tasted the variety of grades of wine that the vineyard offers and tasted the olive oil as well. We purchased two cases for our drinking pleasure during the week and went back for two more. The wine was great, and the tour and tasting was a terrific way to get into the region. For some reason it all looked even better after we left the tasting room.

Visited July 2011
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“Truly An Amazing Experience! Children Loved the Vineyard Tour on Electric Jeeps.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

This turned out to be the highlight of the trip to Umbria! Unexpectedly, the children in our group loved the Eco-Tour on electric jeeps right through the ancient olive groves and into the special vineyard, called Vigna Lorenzo. This is a carbon-neutral grower and organic. A very unique experience to see where the olives and grapes are actually grown and then to tour the Cantina and learn how wine is made. Sitting out on the wine terrace with panoramic views of the sunflower fields and vineyards is absolutely beautiful. The staff is very knowledgeable and generous with their pours of one white wine and the three red wines plus bruschetta with their olive oil. Generous seconds of bruschetta were graciously offered to the children. The wines are truly some of the best we have ever tasted and discounted pricing enabled us to really stock up on two weeks' worth of wine and olive oil. We actually shipped some back home it was so good. Recommend this highly! And the tour and tasting were free!

Visited August 2011
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“The Best Vineyard Experience in all of Umbria”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

You should not miss the opportunity to stop at Monte Vibiano to experience an eco-jeep tour of the olive groves and vineyards as well as a tour of the winery and tasting room. Their commitment to carbon neutrality is commendable and their wines can be wonderfully enjoyed in the outdoor tasting area. Their staff is very knowledgeable and made the experience pleasurable even for the non-drinker in our group. We have a holiday home in the area and this will be a highly recommended attraction for all our guests.

Visited July 2011
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“Delicious wines and oil, set admist rolling Umbrian vineyards - with ultra welcoming staff and owner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2011

All the staff at the "Green Wine Bar" room, including the owner Lorenzo, were utterly charming and went to great lengths to explain the wine, the history of the region and of the family. Impressively, they have set out to achieve a negative Carbon emissions score and not just by the vines along. The ride through the vineyard on an electric buggy was fabulous. And the wines and oils delicious. Definitely worth a visit if in the area.

Visited July 2011
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