Published on August 25, 2009
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exciting. educational. As Texas’ only full service wine tour operator, Block 7 offers awe- inspiring and educational trips to the world’s greatest wine regions that are sure to expand your horizons and excite your palate.
We have intimate knowledge of the history, the culture, the wine, the cuisine and the best kept secrets of our destinations. We do not take lightly that our elite travelers want to experience the wine world from a perspective in the epitome of luxury and service. We believe in excellence in service, lodging, cuisine, and experience and each trip is led by one or more of our wine professionals to guide the journey.
This unique approach allows us to offer an unmatched journey into the best of each destination both rustic and sublime, then retreat each afternoon to the welcoming arms of time honored hospitality and absolute luxury. Our wine travel programs anticipate the needs of our guests, have built in ﬂexibility to go off script when applicable, and offer a rare immersive experience into the soul of each location.
Puglia: Food & Wine Immersion A Trip of a Lifetime Departure October 18, 2009
Join b7 travel for a vacation like no other. • Live the life of a wine professional for 7 days and 6 nights while exploring the diversity and exceptional quality of the wines of Puglia. Puglia is the largest producer of wine in all of Italy and their wine renaissance in the last 25 years has made Puglia the region of choice for wine professionals from around the world. With a maximum of only 14 guests and 2 full time guides including a 15 year wine professional you will live the life of wine royalty with this unique and intimately luxurious experience.
Day 1: welcome to Italy, Babo wine bar & Hotel Borgo Bianco Arrive at the Bari Airport and meet your guide before shuttling to Bari for a traditional, light lunch of Puglia with Giancarlo at Babo wine bar in Bari. After lunch we head to the ﬁrst hotel, the Borgo Bianco, for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. This evening we have a Puglia meet and greet with the other guests and a wine seminar on the wines of Puglia hosted by the b7 representative and the Hotel Borgo Bianco. Dinner will be a traditional Pugliese feast and wines from all over the region.
Day 2: Rivera winery, Castel del Monte & the best gelato ever We drive north to the Castel del Monte region and our ﬁrst winery, Rivera where we will taste an enormous range of wines including those made with the local and divine grape, Nero di Troia. We will walk in the vineyards and enjoy time with winemaker Sebastiano de Corato. We will then have a full tasting of unreleased wines in the barrel room, followed by a regional feast with the wines of Rivera. After lunch we will shuttle to the site of the famous Castel del Monte, the archaeological symbol of Puglia and one of the most unusual and interesting buildings in all of Italy. We will return to the hotel for an afternoon rest with an evening stroll through beautiful Polignano a Mare, and dinner at Chichibio followed by an evening stroll along the cliffs and a gelato at the famous Il Super Mago del Gelo (the super magician of ice cream).
Day 3: cheese, ancient trulli, pasta, mangia! Today we head to a local cheese making shop for a demonstration and tasting of the amazing fresh mozzarella of Puglia. After we have our ﬁll of cheese, we move to the UNESCO heritage site of Alberobello and walk amongst the 1,500 ancient trulli homes, stopping for a tasting of local artisanal products with local superstar, Mimmo, and a lesson on making orecchiette pasta with Mimmo’s mother, Cosima. From Alberobello we head to the hilltop town of Cisternino for a detailed tasting and food pairing, at the famous Il Cucco Enoteca. Enjoy your afternoon in the lovely city of Ostuni, and rest well for an eight (8) course dinner with matching wines at the outstanding Il Frantoio.
Day 4: Aglianico, Sassi of Matera & by the sea We travel to Altamura to taste some of Italy’s best breads before heading to Matera and Basilicata for a meeting with one of the region’s best winemakers and a guided tasting and lunch of the outstanding Aglianico del Vulture. After lunch we will have a guided walk of the stunning ancient Sassi of Matera. We return with a walk through the olive groves near our hotel and a wonderful dinner along the sea.
Day 5: the city of wine & Masseria Liveli Today, we visit La Citta del Vino (the city of wine) and Cellino San Marco. Our ﬁrst stop will be the enormous Cantine Due Palme which has claimed awards for their decadent style of winemaking which is changing the way the professionals accept Puglia. You will see the winemaking facilities, and taste numerous wines with their leading oenologist. Next, we will drive to the amazing Masseria Liveli, where we will have lunch and taste some of Puglia’s most beautiful, up and coming wines. After our long lunch and tasting we will relax before dinner at a local restaurant famous for grilled meats and wines of the region.
Day 6: Leone de Castris, Cantele & Lecce We have a morning visit to the famous Leone de Castris for a tasting of some of Puglia’s most prized wines. We then head to lunch with the phenomenal Paolo Cantele in Lecce for some of the most amazing local cuisine in Puglia. After lunch we will drive over to Cantele for a tasting and walk through the winery. We end the day with a drive to Manduria for a tasting of the beloved and decadent Primitivos of the region.
Day 7: Lecce, Vallone vino, ciao We return to Lecce and on the way we stop for one ﬁnal winery Vallone for a taste of the exclusive and most prized wines of the Salento. In Lecce you have the option to depart to Rome, catch a shuttle back to Bari airport or stay on for a walking tour of the city with our art historian and local guide and the chance to extend your stay in Puglia.
The total package: • An outstanding culinary travel experience • Daily professional wine and culinary tours • Peace of mind you are with the most professional travel & tour company in Puglia • Local, native guides with knowledge of the secrets and mysteries of the region • 6 nights lodging at 5 star hotels • 6 breakfasts, local lunches, gourmet dinners • All luggage transfers
cost $5,800 Double Occupancy $1,400 Single Supplement
more upcoming departures Spring 2010 - Puglia, Italy; Toscana, Italy; Piemonte, Italy Summer 2010 - Bourgogne, France; Napa, California
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