Gusto Wine Tours

Sagrantino – Unique Grape of Montefalco, Umbria
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Sagrantino – Unique Grape of Montefalco, Umbria

The Vendemmia is upon us!! We are very fortunate to live right smack bang in the middle of the Sagrantino area in and around Montefalco. Wine-lovers who take a Gusto Wine Tour  at this time of year (September/October) are often lucky enough to see part of the vendemmia  (grape harvest). Sometimes, they might even be able to…

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Cantine Aperte – Last Sunday in May – Ground Rules.

Party Time in The Umbrian Wineries! Cantine Aperte Umbrian Views   The nationwide Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars) in Italy is always the last weekend of May. This is one of the few days in the year we DON’T work!  We use part of the day to go to new cantine that we normally don’t have time to visit in…

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Venice here we come! Gusto Wine Tours On Holiday!

Venice is always a great city for a celebration! Although we have missed the Carnevale, we can’t wait to get to Venice next week and try some of the local wines of that region! While we have never been big fans of fizz, we are keen to have a sip or three of the Prosecco!…

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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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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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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….

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…

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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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