Using Monte Castello as a starting point, our excursions are organized according to passageways through Umbrian Wine Zones surrounding Monte Castello. These zones are traversed by officially identified wine routes, such as the Vini del Cantico Trail (passing through Monte Castello) and the Vini del Sagrantino Trail, or the Vini Etrusco Romana Trail. Each of these offers the opportunity to experience different grapes and numerous blends that are unique and specific to each area.
The routes also offer opportunities to experience rich history and culture. For example: on an excursion through the beautiful mountains flanking the Tiber river, tasting such varietals as Sangiovese, Grechetto, Trebbiano, Canaiolo, and Malvasia, we stop for an afternoon in the city of Orvieto to visit its extraordinary cathedral, St. Patrick’s Well (a masterpiece of medieval engineering) and the incredible underground city beneath the town.
Our location in the geographic center of Italy also makes it possible to easily make day trips to other famous wine-growing centers, including Montepulciano and the Chianti region of Tuscany. Florence and Rome are equally accessible—a short ride away on private busses, accompanied by our knowledgeable guides. These cities, along with others in Umbria, Tuscany, Marche, and Lazio provide us with many options for urban walking tours of enoteche (wine bars), where one finds the most up-to-date information about vintages, trends, and cutting-edge developments in viticulture.