Category Archives: Personal

Appeal For Donations not Birthday gifts!

My blog, my rules! I can do a personal appeal if I want to!  😂 I’d like everyone who reads this to think about supporting a cause that is very close to my heart. In 2016 there were devasting earthquakes in central Italy and many lives were lost, still more were made homeless and in all this chaos were the animals – not just the pet dogs and cats, but also rabbits, chickens, goats and other farm animals. Many people moved away from their area and simply abandoned their animals to fend for themselves with a brutal winter approaching.  Two...

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Addition to our Auction appeal – An article in The Local by Catherine Edwards.

‘After the earthquakes, we must pull together and show that central Italy is open for business’ Sarah & Mark. “Our little valley spoke to us like nowhere else had before and we both said together “This is it!'” said Sarah Topps, who set up a holiday rental business in Le Marche in 2007. Together with her husband, Topps spent six years renovating a derelict farmhouse into The Hideaway, a set of self-catering holiday apartments in the idyllic rural town of Amandola. Then last year, a series of earthquakes damaged both their home and the apartments. To keep their home from collapse,...

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Auction to raise funds for Earthquake affected friends in Le Marche.

This upcoming Auction is to raise enough money to pay for a temporary home for Mark and Sarah. Save the Date!  Sunday 19th March at 9 am Italy time!  Running for one full week and ending on Sunday 26th March at 11.30 pm Italy time https://www.32auctions.com/SarahandMark2017    We have amazing donations for the auction… From original works of art to fantastic breaks in Italy and England!  There are tours, workshops, wine tastings, vintage items, designer goods, Umbrian wine and more, all ready for your bids!  We hope to raise as much as possible for Mark and Sarah so they can...

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Certificate Of Excellence 2016 !

  Thank you to all our wonderful Gusto Wine Tours guests! We have won the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the FIFTH year in a row – and it’s all because of you! We continue to strive to exceed your expectations and we hope that we do just that.  We love what we do here in beautiful Umbria and knowing that you love what we do too, makes it all worth while! If you haven’t been on a Gusto Wine Tour yet, check us out on Trip Advisor, then book your flights to Italy!  If you live in...

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**UPDATE**Not Wine Related! A Shelterbox Appeal!

  WE raised a massive €1,768.15 at the end of play!  Plus there were other donations made for this appeal, but not through my Just Giving page – I don’t know what those amounts were, but if I know my friends at all, they were generous!  😀   We raised enough for the TWO #Shelterboxes plus quite a good chunk extra.   THANK YOU!!  There will be two families who will be able to start putting their lives back together again because of YOU.   On the 1st November, I will turn the big FIVE OH! I am a complete spoilt brat...

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Gusto Wine Tours – Grand Prize Draw! *** WONDERFUL UPDATE****

13th March 2015   We are DELIGHTED to say that we have now sold 101 tickets!! This means that the Grand Prize Draw will take place after midday (Italy time!) on Friday 3rd April!  Now we want to reach 200 tickets!  Only €5 per ticket!  A bargain … and to sweeten the deal, we have a THIRD prize on the table now!!  We have such fantastic and generous friends!   THIRD prize offered by Monteolivo-Umbria run by the charismatic Yo & Jan…    You could win 6 bottles of fantastic award winning  Omero Moretti Grechetto organic wine – and have...

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A Very Happy and Exciting 2015 for us all!!

I’ve put together some snapshots of our lives in 2014 and look forward to creating more fabulous memories this year!  It’s a big year for us!  We are celebrating five years doing what we love to do!  I (Giselle) turn the big FIVE .OH. later in the year, and I plan on having many adventures to celebrate that! So, Happy New Year from Gusto Wine Tours in beautiful Umbria! Do pop by and say hello!    

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Business e Via Italy’s Case Studies – Expats in Italy.

Business e via Italy’s exclusive series of case studies featuring expats starting businesses in Italy. This week – Gusto Wine Tours Thank you to Fiona Tankard for this interview with us at Gusto Wine Tours – This is a a little snapshot of why we are here and why we do what we do!   Gusto Wine Tours in Umbria             It was just after their wedding in Falmouth, Cornwall in 2000 that Mark and Giselle Stafford decided life was too short to spend on the usual nine-to-five routine. Neither had a serious career (Mark...

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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! We are booked aboard a galleon ship and seafood will be high on the agenda with a magnificent fish laden dinner . We will be cruising around the lagoons of Venice while we eat. Mark and I will be meeting virtual friends, who, we hope will become...

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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 a part 2 instead!   Finally, if you have got this far – if you like our photos, please don’t steal them – if you ask me, I’ll in all likelihood say yes as long as you credit me for it!  😀  Contact us here...

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