Today I did a wine tour with Stile Mediterraneo. The company is owned by two sisters, Cinzia and Marika. They offer wine tours, olive oil tours and cooking classes. I just did the wine tour, but the rest of my group had a full week planned with the sisters. We started the day with an extensive tour of one of the oldest wineries in the region, Castello Monaci . They yield 11 products and about one million bottles of wine a year. They only use grapes grown on the estate — that’s a huge property.
We tasted two bottled wines, a rose and a primitivo. The grapes of the region are largely primitivo and negramaro, both big red wines.
A couple things I found interesting:
– There was no pressure to buy wine at the estates. In fact, it wasn’t even an option as we scurried out of both locations. It may have been because we were running late, but I didn’t expect no opportunities to buy.
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