Keeping pace with the cyclists as they complete stages 8-10, we will taste through the regions of Puglia, Molise, and Umbria.
Puglia is known for two things; olives and wine, in that order. The region of Puglia is responsible for over half of Italy’s olive oil production and has an outstanding reputation regarding their wine industry. They are best known for their red grape varietals: Nero di Troia, Primitive, and Negroamaro. And to make this region more unique, the majority of vineyards are primarily owned by local families, passed down from generation to generation. Cheers, to keeping it in the family!
One great word to describe the region of Molise is obscure. Since around 500 BC Molise has been producing wine influenced by the Samnites, Etruscans, and Romans. However, even with a long history of making wine, Molise was only just recognized as an independent wine region in the last half of the 20th century. And until recently, started to produce wines for the global market and not just wines for local consumption. Just because they are not well known however, does not mean they don’t produce some savory wines that everyone will enjoy.
Umbria is the only region in Italy that does not have access to either the sea or international borders and is generally overshadowed by its famous neighbor, Tuscany. Regardless of its smaller size, Umbria grows grape vines in almost every territory creating unique, modern wines that set it apart from its larger sister regions. And something that really sets Umbria apart from the others is the fact that non-native varietals seem to thrive here. If you’re traveling through Umbria make a point to try their prized, local specialty, Vin Santo, made from Grechetto or Malbasia grapes and dried on straw mats! Absolutely superb!
Walking in, you arrive at a sit down, interactive, wine tasting during which we provide for tasting six to eight new wines to taste and discuss over the one and a half hour period of time allotted to the class. At these gatherings everyone attending brings their own level of knowledge and experiences, adding to the conversation on the wines, regions, and varietals. All levels of wine lovers are welcome! What brings is all together once every week is simply that we LOVE wine!