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!

Gusto Wine Tours and the story of the slightly mad winemaker!

One of the perks of our business is that we never stop trying to find new cantine (wineries) to add to our growing list of artisan wine-makers. The winemakers are real characters and each one brings something a little different to the winemaking process.  Each one has their own ideas and their own quirks that…

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Emilia Romagna & Tuscany Sangiovese Tasting – 27th March 2013.

I know, I know!  It’s not about Umbria – but it is about WINE!  Italian wine at that!  So, it goes in! If you’re close to Bologna on Wednesday 27th March, head towards the nearby Regionale Enoteca Emilia Romagna, south of Bologna.  You will need to reserve a spot, so here’s where I found the information: http://www.italianwinesandfood.com/events-festivals-italy/romagna-and-tuscany-in-a-sangiovese-tasting-0884….

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Gusto news and views!

Busy, Busy, Busy!! No apologies for not writing for a while, we have a great excuse! In only our second year, we are exceeding even our own expectations and we’re wonderfully busy and each day brings us new friends along with a daily reason to show off Umbria and a little of what she has…

(Originally published in Castiglione del Lago’s newsletter) Snapshot of Sagrantino.

We have the perfect job!  We love wine and we do wine tours concentrating mostly on the Montefalco area of Umbria. Why Montefalco?  Well, we think the wines produced in this small area of Umbria are nothing short of spectacular – and they’re right on our doorstep! The king of the wines here is the…

Gusto’s take on – The Last Sunday of May – Cantine Aperte.

We originally thought when we first started Gusto Wine Tours that this would be the busiest day of the year – Cantine Aperte (Open Wineries).  We were also under the impression that only Umbria did this open day. We were wrong on both counts.  The world and his wife descend on the cantine on this…

My Favourite Time Of Year in Umbria …
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My Favourite Time Of Year in Umbria …

The Colours of Autumn What’s your favourite time of year?   When you’ve watched the vines bud, flourish, produce bunches of grapes, see the grapes being picked … I wait with impatient anticipation for the autumn colours to unfold. … Especially the Sagrantino leaves.  When you look across the gently rolling hills with the rows…

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Up close n personal with the Vendemmia…

I couldn’t believe my eyes on the 1st September – there I was wasting time on the computer as usual and, of course, occasionally gazing out the window – I do have a rather spectacular view of Montefalco and the rows of vines at the back of the house – when suddenly there appeared a…

L’Infiorata – An amazing flower festival.. With a twist!

L’Infiorata di Cannara The community effort of the Infiorata in Cannara is truly something special to see!  We were introduced to the Infiorata back in 2002 when we were in our campervan and staying by lake Trasimeno.  A fellow camperisti told us that we simply MUST see the flowers and that there would be a…

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The Big Wine Adventure….. Continued…

WINE has been with us for thousands of years, and, fortunately, shows no signs of going away soon. But the way we drink and see wine has changed quite dramatically. A few hundred years ago, it wasn’t unusual for an English breakfast to consist of a lot of roast meat, washed down with a flagon…

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