BloGusto!

Winter Warmer Tours with Gusto – Umbrian-style!  

Fancy a Winter Warmer Tour with Gusto? We are fast approaching the end of 2018!  Now we’re looking forward to those crisp, azure-skied winter days in Umbria.  The vine leaves are starting to change colour from their vibrant green to the stunning hues of reds and yellows, a truly beautiful sight and a mecca for photographers the world over. Wine lovers are discovering that Umbria is a fabulous winter destination, with the robust Sagrantino di Montefalco warming the cockles of their hearts!  But there isn’t just an abundance of full-bodied, elegant reds, the white wine scene in Umbria is undergoing a...

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Meet The Wine-Maker!

‘Rock Star’ Wine Makers!   Umbria seems to have more than it’s fair share of Rock Star wine-makers!  Young, enthusiastic and innovative guys! We’d like you to meet Roberto Dionigi from Cantina Dionigi near Bevagna, Umbria. The family Dionigi have been in the wine & olive oil making business since 1896.  The care, passion and attention to detail have carried on through the generations. Cantina Dionigi was one of the very first wineries we visited when we moved to Umbria and years later, we continue to love our many visits there! There’s something about the combination of the soil, the...

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Enologica Montefalco 2017 – 25 years of DOCG Sagrantino

This year’s Enologica Montefalco celebrates 25 years of the DOCG Sagrantino This year’s Enologica Montefalco is from Friday 15th September to Sunday 17th September when Montefalco once again opens its doors for a weekend of bacchanalian fun! Umbria Domani – (In Italian) Shows the partaking wineries. (I put this link here as a result of unknown motives, the official site for Enologica Montefalco hasn’t been updated from last year yet!) The highlight of the weekend comes after lunch on the Sunday with the Festa della Vendemmia (Grape Harvest Festival).  We love this afternoon of fun most of all! The summer of...

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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 pick a bunch of grapes or two! When do you get to see Sagrantino being harvested? The Sagrantino grape is one of the last of the grapes to be harvested, usually around the middle of October. The bunches are carefully picked by hand, and brought...

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Another Typically Non-Typical 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 special event for him & his fiancé while they were on a wine tour with us. He wanted to surprise her with a little chapel blessing in honour of their forthcoming wedding in a small, out the way place, preferably with a view…..  Could we rise to the occasion? At first we didn’t think it would be possible – this is Italy, after all, the home of the beloved...

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Cantine Aperte May 26th 2013 … Ground Rules….

THIS weekend – Always the last weekend of May will be the nationwide Cantine Aperte in Italy ……. This is one day we DON’T work!  We use part of the day to go to new cantine that we usually don’t have time to visit normally in Umbria.   The latter part we go local – so we can get home easily! So, if you’ve never been, how do you go about it?  I’m here to tell you how! This is an event for everyone! There’s amazing wine, great food, entertainment galore, picnics in the vineyards, jazz in the barrel rooms …...

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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 make each wine from each cantina just that little bit diverse, a little different from the next. We came across a cantina a couple of years ago, right in the heart of the Massa Martana hills and we made an appointment to meet the owner/winemaker...

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