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3 Days Verdicchio Harvest Culinary Holiday in Italy

3 Days Verdicchio Harvest Culinary Holiday in Italy

  • Cantina, Cupramontana, Pesaro and Urbino, Italy

Food and Wine Tours in Italy

Join this unique experience and witness the grape harvest first-hand. During this holiday, you will have the opportunity to witness grapes being pressed barefoot inside traditional vats and enjoy a day in the countryside, among the grapevines, and in the winery, surrounded by a marvelous view. The Verdicchio harvest experience is the discovery of life in the country through its smells, flavors, and the tales told by those who, for generations, have passionately devoted their lives to wine and Verdicchio grapes.

Highlights

  • Press wine barefoot
  • Grape harvest experience
  • Learn about the winemaking process
  • Tour wineries and taste delicious local wines
  • Lunch in the country among the vines
  • Receive inside tips from locals
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 1 day with instruction
  • Italian, English
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During this holiday, you will stay in a shared room in a lovely bed and breakfast accommodation.

Start your holiday at the headquarters of Cantina, in the Pesaro and Urbino Province, where you will meet the group. Your experience will start by harvesting grapes. This will be accompanied by group members' tales, recounting ancient traditions and customs linked to grape harvesting.

You will enjoy a whole day dedicated to wine, learning about its birth, vinification, and tasting. A delicious lunch will be served among the vines, before you return to the winery and press the wine barefoot, in vats from the 1930s, and visit the winery to witness the various stages in winemaking. During this holiday, you will also have the opportunity to taste some of the best wines produced there.

The aging cellar tour

This tour is a path dedicated to the classic method to sparkling wines and old vintages in Verdicchio. The duration of this tour is approximately 20 minutes.

The way of the wine tour

This tour is a full path, where you will trace all stages of the winemaking process, starting with the arrival of the grapes in the cellar to the bottling. The duration of this tour is approximately 45 minutes.

This holiday will be held at the Cantina vineyard in the Pesaro and Urbino Province in Italy. Pesaro and Urbino regions are located in Le Marche region.

Le Marche

Le Marche is a glorious and unspoiled region of Italy. It is full of wonderful scenery, lovely beaches, and a plethora of places of interest that range from historical sites, such as Loreto, to the stunning caves of Frasassi, and Villa Prati; all offering a unique holiday villa experience in the heart of this region. The fact that it is still a relatively unknown area in comparison to Tuscany and Umbria, is a significant part of its charm; with few souvenir shops, less crowds, and yet so much to see and do.

Le Marche’s wonderful geographical diversity has led to it being labelled as "the whole of Italy in one region". It remains a largely undiscovered gem in the heart of Italy, located between the stunning Apennine Mountains on its western fringes and the beautiful Adriatic coast to the east.

Perhaps because Le Marche has historically been an isolated region, sheltered as it is from intrusion by its natural mountain borders to the north, south, and west, and by the Adriatic Sea to the east, it is only slowly gaining rightful recognition overseas; although the Italians have long favored it for their own holidays.

Often overshadowed by its better known and more touristy neighbors, Tuscany and Umbria, and strangely overlooked by the travel media, Le Marche can justifiably claim to be Italy’s very own garden of eden and hidden secret at that. Boasting lush greenery and an enchanting mixture of vineyards, olive groves, sunflower fields, abundant woodland, and rivers, which wind their way down to a beautiful coastline, topped off with stunning mountain scenery.

Pesaro

Already a Roman city, Pesaro hosts the yearly Rossini opera festival and is home to the Fondazione Rossini, a foundation dedicated to the composer Gioacchino Rossini, one of the most important Italian composers of opera for the theater.

Not to be missed are the Palazzo Ducale, the Diocesan Museum, the Rossini House, and the Liberty Square, in front of which, the Large Sphere floats on a mirror made of water and cast in bronze, which was made in 1998 by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.

The pride of the city are the civil museums, full of paintings and ceramic works, among which, the famous Holy Conversation by Giovanni Bellini stands out; a masterpiece of Italian painting of the 15th century. The S. Giovanni public library, and the Museo Archeologico Oliveriano are also places that you must not miss.

Urbino

Urbino was a focal point of the Italian renaissance and the birthplace of Raffaello Sanzio. In 1998, it was declared a UNESCO heritage city. It is situated between the valleys of the rivers Metauro and Foglia, from which it is possible to enjoy a breathtaking view which embraces the surrounding hills, immortalized by Piero della Francesca in his paintings.

An absolute must see is the Palazzo Ducale; a masterpiece of the Renaissance period. It is full of works of art and you will be able to find Studiolo, by Federico da Montefeltro, and the national gallery of Le Marche, a unique sequence of extraordinary works, including pieces from the 13th century to Gothic sculptures, from Piero della Francesca to Raffaello, and from Titian to Federico Barocci.

In Urbino, it is also possible to visit the Home of Raffaello Sanzio, known both for being his family house and as an eloquent example of a fifteenth-century mansion. The cathedral and the Parish recreation center of S. Giovanni, frescoed by the brothers Jacopo and Lorenzo Salimbeni in 1416, are also recommended places.

Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Diving nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
Services
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Board rental nearby

During this holiday, you will be served one breakfast and one delicious traditional lunch among the vines, with typical local food, water, and wines at the winery. You will also enjoy a magnificent wine tasting tour.

Extreme sports

For those who wish to satisfy their need for movement and thirst for adventure by practicing high adrenaline level sports, more demanding activities are available both along the coast and inland. These activities include gliding, hand gliding, and paragliding. Rivers offering entertaining surprises are a must for those loving more courageous and daring water sports.

Hiking

The mountains and hillsides of Le Marche offer the possibility to live great experiences. While taking a walk, or between one slope and the other, not to be missed is the opportunity to visit the enchanting villages scattered across the territory in order to discover the authentic beauty and to learn about the great historical and artistic value of the country, while savoring the typical cuisine of a consolidated and genuine tradition.

Lovers of hiking cannot miss out on the opportunity to follow even just a short distance of the Grande Escursione Appenninica, which follows the spine of the peninsula, an enchanting trail in Le Marche. All trails are marked and modulated according to the different levels of difficulty in order to satisfy the demands of true experts as well as simple amateurs.

Horseback riding

Green woods and hills with beautiful views are the backdrop for experiencing the thrill of horseback riding in Le Marche countryside. Horse riding is not only a sport, but it is a way of getting in touch with nature and the animal world. There are many opportunities to try these activities, ranging from small, local riding schools in the many holiday farms for passing visitors, to the larger riding centers that offer quality courses and trekking, accompanied by an equestrian guide.

Marine water sports

The 180 kilometers of coastline offer the opportunity to practice all water sports. The rocky shores at the mountainside of Monte Conero, for example, are deemed as being the best for lovers of scuba diving. In the many ports dotted along the coast, it is possible to rent sail and motor boats, as well as their utilities, such as water, electricity, toilets, and showers. It is also possible to take surf, swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, and windsurf courses.

Play golf

Le Marche is an excellent destination for golf lovers. It comes as no surprise that recently many golf clubs have opened and whose high level of quality is certified and periodically checked by the competent sports committees. Furthermore, the landscape transmits its intrinsic quietness and serenity, favoring concentration; a fundamental element in order to play this sport.

Practice bike riding

One of the most enjoyable ways to visit the region is by bicycle. It offers the possibility to appreciate at the same time the beauty of nature, as well as those of art and history, and to savor the typical cuisine of the territory, while practicing your favorite activity.

While not too challenging from a technical point, Le Marche offers magnificent views to bikers and cyclists, where the green grass mingles with the thousands of colors of the crops and the blue of the sky or sea on the horizon, in order to lose oneself within the shadows of the mountains not too far away.

Shopping

Le Marche is a land of ancient craft tradition. Today, farming wheat, as well as top quality olive and grape cultivation for the production of excellent wines and oils is predominant.

You will be able to find the best brands of the shoe and leather, furniture, clothing, and toy industry. The hand crafting also has a significant role in this region, offering typical products, such as ceramics, pottery, copper, and lace.

Le Marche is also famous for its food and craft products, which are considered the best. This includes meats and cheeses.

Visit the archaeological sites

Archaeology is indeed relevant in the panorama of Le Marche’s cultural landscape. Starting from the prehistory, there has been some evidence preserved mainly in the Speleological and Archaeological Museum in Genga, also famous for the stunning Frasassi caves. In the exhibition space, housed in the old monastery of the Abbazia di San Vittore, there are areas of paleontology, geology, archaeology, and speleology.

Visit the fortress and castles

In the Marche region, the distance from the Imperial power center allowed the birth of independent municipalities. The historical background explains the great diffusion of fortresses and castles throughout the region, witnessing a lively cultural past, open to the experiments of the most renowned military architects of the time.

Visit the thermal baths

The land of The Marche is, by definition and because of its natural conformation, an authentic land that conveys quietness and serenity. There are many thermal bath locations spread out over the entire territory. The water that is pure and clear, muddy, boiling hot, and rich with precious mineral substances; the undisputed main element of each treatment.

  • 1 harvest and grape pressing experience
  • 1 traditional lunch with local food, water, and wines
  • 1 wine tasting tour
  • 2 guided winery tours
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Grape harvest equipment
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport and local transportation
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary