Casual inns means that the accommodations are all three stars hotels, or country resorts. This is the more affordable travel mode, appeals those who don’t see the room size as the highlight of their holiday, or that prefer to enjoy a longer holiday, or ship wine cases at home for the same budget! Daily schedule, food and wine tastings qualities are the same as the Classic.
Accommodations. We hand-pick charming, preferably small, hotels, in the historical center of town, with an eye on those with a nice family management. The choice, in facts, is not casual at all. Comfort, style, and atmosphere, are as good as in four stars, but the rooms are not as large. This choice allows to stay in the very heart of the country that we visits: the nicer wine towns -Montepulciano, for example, Barolo, or Gallipoli - are often medieval towns with narrow streets and no room for large buildings.
HOW THE TOUR WORKS
Daily shedule example. Start at 09 am, return to the hotel by 5 or 6 pm. The day includes 2 or 3 wine tasting, a relaxed lunch, and time for sightseeing, cultural visits, or shopping in case. The transfers are short, usually 2-3 hours total in the whole day. This schedule is the same for the three travel modes, but of course can be changed at your choice.
Wine tastings. On a typical day there is time to visit 2 or 3 wineries, and taste 10 to 15 wines. And 2 more during the meal included. In the older wine regions there is an great variety of ancient estates, castles, monasteries, noble mansions, and fancy designer wineries in the end. As well as boutique wineries and rustic farmhouses too. We select the best of each type, not necessarily famous, aiming to give you a complete range of experiences. A visit/tasting takes between one and two hours, depending on the estate’s size, on how many questions you ask, and, eventually on the winemaker’s mood that day! Altogether no less than 5 hours are dedicated to the wine experiences. If you prefer a more intensive tasting, like wine professionals do, just let us know.
Meals. We include one meal per day, one day lunch, the next day dinner for example. A full 4 courses Italian meal, with 2 local DOC wines, and we suggest what we regard as the more distinctive, seasonal, and local dishes. Yet you can always order at you taste.
Rates examples. See Inclusions and Rates
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