Monthly Archives: January 2010

January Activity in Umbria

Although the weather is really changeable at this time of year, there’s still room for some glorious sunny, blue-skied days – perfect for getting out and exploring the beautiful hills in our area of Umbria. It’s January and the vineyards and olive groves are alive with activity.  This is the time that the vines and olive trees are pruned back ready for the new seasons growth.  Bonfires are everywhere, they gather all that precious olive wood and burn it!!  I guess it could’ve been used to make some chop sticks, but normally they just burn twigs!  I just know how...

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The grape harvest – Vendemmia 2009

The vendemmia is the busiest time of year for the cantine and it’s best to watch the proceedings from a safe distance to avoid all the equipment that’s snaking over the ground! The cantine usually take on extra people to help over the grape harvest and everyone works incredibly hard to get the grapes in while they’re perfectly ripe – each grape variety is harvested at slightly different times starting – in Umbria – around the end of August. Up at dawn and finishing as the early autumn light is fading -you learn never to invite a wine grower to...

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Gusto’s journey, continued…

….. It was a simple idea, take small groups of folk around the cantine (vineyards) of this area and introduce them to the delights of Umbria – the fabulous award winning wines, the authentic rustic cuisine, the delightful people and the incredible countryside. We’d been on a wine tour in the summer in Napa Valley, California and although it was good, we knew we could improve on the experience! Firstly we decided that everything would be included in the price of the day. The only exception to that would be anything that folks bought during the day! We wanted to...

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The Idea – Gusto revisited!

I’d like to repost this, my first ever attempt at blogging,  as we celebrate our first ever tour a year ago today!   What a FANTASTIC year it’s been! A few years ago we started doing wine tours for our friends and family whenever they came to visit us in our chosen home of Umbria. They all enjoyed the experience and it was a chance for us to show off this relatively unknown area of Italy. We know that people are starting to be aware of it, but it still seems to be talked about as Tuscany’s poor relation! Everyone knows...

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