Author: gustowinetours

We are Mark and Giselle and we live in the green heart of Italy - Umbria. We have a simple philosophy in life: Work at what you love, then, you never work a day in your life! We love the wines, the food, the people, the countryside, the culture, the history of this little corner of the world and we want to share this love with you!An intimate approach to tasting the delicious wines of Umbria. Small groups of no more than 8 adult wine lovers (over 16 yrs old)! We go into the Umbrian countryside and take you to the lesser known, usually family owned and run cantinas in the gorgeous rolling hills. Meet the wine makers and their families, taste their freshly made delicacies, sample their fabulous wines. Mark will guide you through the day and keep you entertained with stories of the cantinas! If you want a day to remember, a fun experience with like-minded folks and plenty of wine-tasting memories to take home, then this is the wine tour for you!
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Looking back, to look forward …. Our Loves and Life in Umbria.

Sometimes all it takes is to flick through past photographs to relive the loves, laughs, the memories, the friendships …… I took a peek at just the past few months. Here’s what I came up with …..   There were, of course, so many more photos I could have included, but perhaps there should be…

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Our Transplanted Life in Montefalco, Umbria – Gusto style …

Life is funny sometimes – the longer you stay in one place, the more you can take it for granted. Then something happens or you see something that brings you right back to why you chose to be in that particular place way back when! Home Life Simple pleasures, walking right near our house with…

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Bevagna – Il Mercato delle Gaite.

A little snapshot of the festival. WE try and go every year ….. Every June Bevagna, in central Umbria holds a 10 day medieval festa – the whole town gets involved and dresses up as medieval folk.  They dress the town up too, hiding modern day paraphernalia with hessian sacking where possible! The various quarters…

Blessing! All In A Gusto Wine Tours Day!
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Blessing! All In A Gusto Wine Tours Day!

We get enquiries sometimes that cause us to do a double-take! This year we had a request from a very nice man from the States asking if we could organise a blessing for him & his fiancé while they were on a wine tour with us. He wanted to surprise her with a little chapel…

A Memorable Gusto Day … Typically Untypical!
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A Memorable Gusto Day … Typically Untypical!

Making Memories! What makes a memorable day out? We are asked all the time “What can we expect from a day out with Gusto?” We don’t like to give too much away, as part of the pleasure, we have found, is in discovering those particular pleasures along the way! So, why don’t I tell you…

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VINITALY 2013 April 7 – 10 – ‘Verona Fiere Fairground’

INTERNATIONAL WINE EXPO – VINITALY, VERONA. THE most important international wine event of the year here in Italy. Thousands of wine producers together under one roof to show off their range of wines, make contacts, talk amongst each other, compare technologies …. There will be a mass exodus towards Verona next weekend, the various vehicles…

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A walk in the vineyards of Terre Margaritelli to discover wild herbs and greens.

OH!  This is going to be GREAT!! Sunday 14th April 2013   PROGRAMME:  10:00 Arrival at Terre Margaritelli and a guided tour of the winery.  11:00 Meeting with the “Erbaroli” (herb experts) to learn to recognize the herbs of     the field with a walk and collecting the herbs in the vineyard.  12:00  Aperitif:  Tasting…

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****STOP PRESS****Wine Tourism and the Future of the Montefalco Wine Industry

LATE NOTICE!!! Thursday 28th March 2013 Wine Tourism and the Future of the Montefalco Wine Industry (Translated from the Strada del Sagrantino events page.)   The American wine tourism is one of the segments of the wine industry in Europe with the most rapid growth. But what are the needs of the tourists who come…

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A Very Personal Post … From a guest post on Gloria’s ‘At Home In Tuscany’ Dec 2010

 At Home In Tuscany  Thanks to Gloria for giving me the opportunity to write from the heart! Gloria asked me to write a post  for a series about what it means to be ‘home’…. here’s my take on it ……. Home Is Where Your Heart Is. I’ve been following this wonderful series of Guests Posts…

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New Occasional Feature – The Wineries (we know) of Umbria…..

I wrote this back in 2010, but I’d like to include it here and say that this is the start of our local Umbrian Wineries features! We need to introduce everyone to the delights of Cantina Tabarrini, they are, to our minds and taste, one of the best, most innovative,  local producers Umbria has to offer….

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