Abruzzo Grape Harvest Tour
Vasto, San Giovanni in Venere & Roccascalegna
Join us on a 7-day Italian cookery tour in Abruzzo, central Italy! You will be part of a small group of people and will be able to develop your passion for Italian food whilst exploring the region’s off-the-beaten-track. The highlight of this tour is the chance to experience and have fun picking grapes and visiting the winery while it transforms grapes to wine.
- 6 Nights accommodation at Hotel San Marco in the historic center of Vasto
- All meals & breakfasts (food, water & wine) in selected restaurants (except lunch on day 6)
- 3 hands-on cooking classes and associated food costs
- Daily trips and excursions
- Pick up and drop off at Rome Fiumicino airport
- Personalized cooking booklet and apron
- All transport for daily trips and excursions
- All entry fees for excursions, tours and wine, olive oil and cheese tastings
- English-speaking tour manager throughout the duration
- All taxes
What's Not Included
Air flights, travel insurance, tips, and anything not specifically mentioned in “What’s Included”.
2018 Itinerary (Subject to Change)
Day 1 - Airport Pick Up & Welcome to Abruzzo Dinner!
Rome Fiumicino airport pick up at 2:30pm and transfer to the ancient Roman town of Vasto on the Adriatic Coast after crossing beautiful Abruzzo mountains looking at amazing landscapes. After checking in at charming and family-run Hotel San Marco in the historical downtown, get to know your guide and learn more about the 7-day Italian cookery holiday. Enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.
Day 2 - Cooking Pasta With Mamma & Exploring Vasto’s Historic Center
Learn how easy fresh pasta is to make with a cooking class by Mamma and an introduction to her favourite seasonal sauces. An example menu includes Bruschette with meat sauce, Pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette (meatballs), Cavatelli with vegetables and Tarallucci (typical biscuits from Abruzzo). Lunch will consist of the scrumptious dishes that have been prepared in the morning. In the afternoon we’ll explore Loggia Amblingh, a promenade overlooking the fascinating crescent-shaped coastline, the old town with its medieval Castle, charming lanes, a tower, the Cathedral and Piazza Rossetti, dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, a poet from the town and father of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Before dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto, we’ll meet some local artisans.
Day 3 - Fish Cookery Class On A Trabocco, Visit To A 6th Abbey
Weather permitting, we’ll have a special fish cooking class on a trabocco that is constructed mostly from acacia wood and railway iron sleepers. Our host Rinaldo will show us how to fish from it and the secrets and history behind Abruzzo’s unique fishing platforms. His wife Maria who comes from a family of well-known cooks will give us our fish cookery class sourcing fish from the Adriatic where possible – Marinated fresh anchovies | Mariner’s-style clams | Octopus in tomato sauce with polenta | Stuffed mussels | Fish soup alla vastese and Pizzelle (typical sweets from Abruzzo) with home-made fruit conserve. In the afternoon after relaxing and trying our hand at fishing, taking some photos of the surrounding beautiful marinescape. To close the day we’ll visit the enchanting San Giovanni in Venere Abbey that sits on a hill dominating the coastline, surrounded by orange, olive, oak and pine trees. Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.
Day 4 - Grape Harvest, Wine-Tasting & Olive Oil Tasting
Following breakfast we will drive to a winery; we will walk through the vineyards and we will help harvest grape before visiting the cellars for a wine tasting and traditional picnic lunch in the vineyards. Next we will visit La Selvotta Olive Grove that has been farmed by Giovanni’s family for 3 generations to produce olive oils. He will unfurl the secrets of what Homer described as “liquid gold” and we will finish with an olive oil tasting. Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.
Day 5 - Learning To Make Ricotta Cheese & Roccascalegna Medieval Castle
After an early breakfast we’ll make our way to the farm where Pina and Dino will reveal the secrets of sheep farming to us and guide those that would like to learn how to milk a sheep ready for pecorino cheese. After a snack of cheese, we’ll learn how to prepare ricotta cheese in their creamery. A delicious traditional lunch will be prepared and served. This will be the time to savor just made warm ricotta cheese. In the afternoon we’ll explore the enchanting Abruzzo’s castle in the sky in Roccascalegna. Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.
Day 6 - Free Morning, Pizza Class & Tiramisu
Free morning for your own activities, which could be: to go to one of the many beaches, visit a natural reserve, biking, take part to some extra activities/excursions or whatever you prefer. Lunch at your leisure. After lunch we will have an homemade pizza cooking class that includes the teaching of traditional bruschette and tiramisu.
Day 7 - Goodbye & Departure
After breakfast, free time. Conclusion of tour.