New for 2015 – The Etruscan Way Gourmet Tour


1412431_380259655471411_3026905806078705963_oNew for 2015 – Orvieto  gourmet tours

We are very excited to bring you two new white wine tours set in the beautiful countryside surrounding Orvieto. There are so many excellent young vineyards producing  predominantly white quality wines in this area that we have decided to make the tours ‘pick & mix’ so that Clients can select for themselves the elements you want to make up your tour.

Tour 1 – The Etruscan Way

– 2/3 vineyards and/or a visit to a goats cheese farm

Between Orvieto city and Lago Bolsena there can be found many examples of the ancient Etruscan civilisation – Italy’s first known winemakers!  At the heart of this area lies the locality of Canale and here you will find our first vineyard ‘Custodi’, founded in the 1960’s by Gian Franco and now run by his two daughters.  They produce two DOC ‘Orvieto classico’ wines and two IGT rosso wines from 37 hectares of land.  You will tour the cantina, bottling and labelling plants and sample three of their wines, with the opportunity to purchase these and local honey and jams.

chamberFrom there just a short distance away is a second vineyard ‘Poggio Cavallo’ which is brand new, opened just last year and housed in an ecostyle Cantina half buried under a hill. When the building was being constructed two Etruscan burial chambers were excavated and these are now used to store some of their wine.  The Vineyard produces one rosso and two white IGT wines on 24 hectares of land and unusually has chosen to grow more internationally known varieties of grape such as malbec, shiraz, viognier and cabernet  franc rather than the indigenous varieties.

dapeppeJust a pretty drive away lies the delightful hamlet of Canonica where we will stop for lunch at ‘Trattoria da Peppe’, feasting on pasta ‘fatta in casa’ and home reared meats.  In summer we can eat al fresco beneath the vine covered pergola, at other times in the very pleasant restaurant dining room.



In the afternoon you can choose between visiting a third vineyard or a marvellous Goat farm.

goatsThe goat farm – ‘Fattoria il second Altopiano’

High above Orvieto, this wonderful place is set amongst woodland and paddock, produces 30 different cheeses from beautiful goats reared in the most natural conditions.  You will visit the farm, learn how goat’s cheese and milk are produced and sample several of their cheeses.  There will be the opportunity to purchase cheese and local honey and we can thoroughly recommend the blue cheese, wonderful on crackers or served hot over pasta.

Alternatively you can choose our optional final vineyard ‘Madonna del Latte’ which is situated at the edge of Sugano village, looking across the valley towards Orvieto. Founded in the year 2000 it enjoys a high reputation locally.  The vineyard produces five DOC wines -two Rosso’s, two Rose’s (one of which is a brut sparkling  wine) and a white single varital Viognier .  Here you will tour the cantina, view the mineral strata of the territory which gives the wine its unique flavour, visit an Etruscan burial chamber (now used to store wine) and sample three of the wines before having  opportunity to purchase the wines, estate olive oil and locally produced grappa.



Your tour ends here and we will transport you back to Orvieto city.