We enjoyed an excellent day out with Barbara visiting wineries in Tuscany. Following exchanges of emails before our trip she created a customized itinerary which, as requested, focused on wine. We love wine and have traveled quite a bit in Tuscany and Umbria in the past but had always found winery visits to be rather difficult to arrange by ourselves – the wineries here are certainly not set up in the way you see in Napa or the Hunter Valley!
Barbara solved that problem for us, arranging visits to four small but varied wineries – two near Montepulciano, home of the well-know Vino Nobile, and two near Cortona, where the much less well known to Italy Syrah grape is cultivated. Barbara had arranged personalized tours of each winery – in one case with the owner himself – and each included a walk through of the wine making process, discussion of the various techniques used and, of course, a sampling of the products. Each of the wineries was fascinating to see, and the passion of those working there shone through clearly to us.
Pace of the day was leisurely and we never felt hurried, but somehow Barbara managed to ensure that we kept to schedule. At the halfway point we stopped for lunch at a delightful trattoria where we enjoyed a simple tasty lunch at a very reasonable price.
All in all a very enjoyable and memorable day. We would certainly use Barbara again if we come back to Umbria or Tuscany in the future.
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