Bella Umbria Food & Wine Tour - September 21-28, 2019

Bella Umbria Food & Wine Tour - September 21-28, 2019

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Food, Wine, and Friendship
in Beautiful Umbria

September 21-28, 2018

Keli and team are headed back to Umbria for a fantastic week of fabulous food, cooking classes, and wine tasting at L'Antica Vetreria a restored glass factory in the medieval village of Piegaro. Our group will taste our way through the charming hilltowns of Umbria including Spello, Assisi, Montefalco, Bevagna, and Orvieto. We'll visit Deruta, famed for it's Italian ceramics, and meet one of Poggi Bonsi's suppliers to see how these exquisite pieces of art are created.

Price includes:
  • Ground transportation to and from Roma Termini or Fiumicino Airport.
  • Charming Double-occupancy Rooms with king or twin beds (most with ensuite bathrooms). 
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 Dinners including local wines. Some evening meals will be prepared by our personal chef, one will be enjoyed at a local eatery, and a few will be group-prepared antipasti buffets.
  • All field trips, winery tours, and ground transportation.
  • Two Cooking Classes. 

Registration: This tour is limited to 14 people.

A non-refundable $500 deposit reserves your place. Balance is due June 15, 2019.

Price does not include:
Airfare which can be arranged through Bob Kerr at Travel House.

NOTE: Trip insurance is strongly suggested, this can also be purchased very reasonably from Travel House or through AAA.

Email or call Keli Sim DeRitis at 206-714-8278 for more information.

Below is a working itinerary, some things may change based on scheduling.

Saturday, September 21

2:00 pick up Rome Termini - in front of the Termini (the main train station)

6:00 Aperitivo party welcome

8:00 Welcome dinner prepared by Chef Jennifer

Sunday, September 22

9:00 Breakfast at the villa

10:00 Bus to Orvieto - Food and Wine Tour

A "must see" for many reasons. Orvieto is one of the most dramatic hill towns in Italy, perched on a plateau atop huge tufa cliffs created by an ancient volcanic eruption. Orvieto has a stunning Duomo (cathedral) and its monuments and museums cover millenniums of history starting with the Etruscans. Later, during the Middle Ages, many popes lived here for refuge from the many sackings of Rome, since it was so easily defended. The magnificent mosaic facade of the Duomo was created by the glass artisans of L'Antica Vetreria who were famous and sought after for their glassmaking.

1:00 Lunch on your own

4:00 Return to the villa

8:00 Dinner prepared by Chef Jennifer

Monday, September 23

8:00 Breakfast at the villa

9:00 Bus leaves for a Shopping Tour of Spello

1:00 Lunch

3:00 Bus leaves for Assisi

We'll tour the village and see the Basilica with a professional guide.

7:00 Torta al Testo Cooking Class

We'll learn to make this fabulous flatbread filled with vegetables, meat and cheese, it's a specialty of Assisi and lots of fun to make. 

Tuesday, September 24

8:30 Breakfast at the villa

9:15 Bus to Castello Monte Vibiano Winery
Colleen and Tom, our hosts at L'Antica Vetreria, will guide us on a tour of this a very special winery!  It is the only winery in the world that is completely "green" and certified as carbon neutral.  Powered by sophisticated solar panels, they store energy to run the farm and cantina equipment which is electric. For many generations, the Sereni and Fasola-Bologna family, who come from ancient nobility, have tended the vineyards of the castle. Our group will enjoy specially designed Eco-Tour; we get into electric jeeps, passing the family's Castello and through ancient olive groves along the way to the most precious vineyard of the Fasola family, Vigna Lorenzo, that dates to 217 B.C.

Back at the winery we learn how wine is made, visit the barrel room and then relax on the beautifully designed wine terrace for a free tasting of their four wines (a white, a pure rose and two reds) accompanied by freshly toasted bruschetta drenched in cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil. Yes! You can buy wine and have it shipped home at a reasonable cost.

1:00 Lunch at Lillo Tatini in Panicalle
Afterward, we'll indulge in gelato in the piazza.

7:00 Olive Oil Education and Cooking Class with Keli
We'll taste and evaluate several local olive oils and use our favorites in the meal. The menu includes homemade foccacia bread with assorted cheeses and spreads, a traditional salad, and strigozzi pasta made by everyone. For dessert we'll create a fruit crostata.

Wednesday, September 25

8:00 Breakfast at the villa

9:00 Leave for Deruta

The Art of Deruta - A feast for the Eyes, the Soul, and the Palate
We'll tour the ceramic studio of GP Deruta and watch a master potter work his magic. Learn about the Majolica painting process and see skilled artists practicing their craft. Tour the show room and enjoy a 40% discount (off Poggi Bonsi retail prices) on anything you purchase.

A stop at the Madonna del Bagni Santuary will calm and center us before we indulge in a world-class lunch  L'Antico Forziere where every dish is a work of art.

Italian Grocery Store Shopping Experience
Exploring an Italian grocery store is a foodie's dream! Who knew there were so many types of pasta and cheese? Each traveler will receive some Euros and a shopping list to buy ingredients for our cooking classs. Practice your Italian because the lists will be in Italian!

7:00 Group-prepared Antipasti Buffet

Thursday, September 26

7:30 Breakfast at the villa

9:00 Leave for Montefalco and Bevagna

Today, we'll tour some Family Farms in Montefalco and sample salumi and cheese in Bevagna

8:00 Group-Prepared Dinner at the villa featuring Sagrantino di Montefalco

Friday, September 27

8:30 Breakfast at the villa

10:00 Umbrian Cooking Class & Lunch 
This hands-on class Terre Margaritelli winery in Torgiano is based around the best local ingredients in season, and includes making antipasto, primo, secondo and dolce followed by a lunch (eating what we just made, of course!)

Afternoon free to relax and pack

7:00 Farewell dinner at Vitology

Saturday, September 28

8:30 Breakfast at the villa

9:30 Bus to Rome