Featured holiday Wine-tasting holiday in Umbria Italy

4 nights/5 days
This is a four-night wine-tasting holiday in Umbria for individuals where you stay in the wine village of Torgiano in a 5-star hotel owned by the Lungarotti winery and have a hire-car to explore the region. Included is a visit to the Lungarotti winery with a tour explaining the stages of wine-making and then taste three Umbrian Reserve wines.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Rome return, economy
  • Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
  • Full day tour of the Lungarotti winery, vineyards, tasting, 3 course-lunch with two glasses of wine, a visit to the MUVIT private collection about wine, and a visit to MOO housing artefacts and works related to the mythological origins of the olive
  • One three-course dinner in the trattoria restaurant ‘Alla Vecchia Fornace’
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury wine-tasting holiday in Umbria

This four-night luxury wine-tasting holiday to Umbria staying in the 5-star Hotel le Tre Vaselle in the wine village of Torgiano includes a tour of the famous Lungarotti winery (also the owners of the hotel you stay at) and a wine-tasting. You experience first-hand how wine-making works, as well as tasting some of the great wines of Umbria. At the Lungarotti Winery you will be shown the stages of wine-making, including the art of bottle-fermented sparkling wine and bottle-ageing in the reserve cellar. You also taste three Umbrian Reserve wines from the Torre di Giano, the Vigna il Pino, Aurente, Rubesco Riserva Vigna Monticchio, San Giorgio and Brut. In addition to tasting Umbrian wines, you can also taste the delicious olive oils of the region. You should also visit the Wine Museum and Olive Oil Museum in Torgiano, located very close to the hotel, to fully appreciate the history and culture of Umbria to the full. Within a short drive of Torgiano there are also many historic and cultural towns and cities such as Perugia and Todi you can visit.

Highlights

Visit the museum of wine in Torgiano • Tour of the Lungarotti winery • Wine-tasting of three Reserve wines at Lungarotti • One three-course dinner in the trattoria restaurant ‘Alla Vecchia Fornace’

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,380

Holiday Code FHIT14

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury wine-tasting holiday in Umbria

Arrive at Rome Fiumicino airport, collect your hire-car and drive to your hotel in the wine village of Torgiano. Your hotel is the 5-star Hotel le Tre Vaselle, owned by the Lungarotti family who have made the local wine world-famous. The building dates from the 17th century and is in the heart the village. There are 52 bedrooms, bars, a breakfast room and two restaurants: one gourmet restaurant ‘Le Melograne’ and an Umbrian trattoria ‘Alla Vecchia Fornace’. Menus are made using fresh produce from the Lungarotti farms, including their own label olive oil and honey. The wine list is extensive.

During your three full days in Torgiano, we have included a full-day tour of the Torgiano Lungarotti winery and vineyard with lunch and visits to the MUVIT and MOO museum and collection about wine and the olive respectively. Also included is one three-course dinner in the Tre Vaselle’s trattoria restaurant ‘Alla Vecchia Fornace’. The Lungarotti vineyards were founded by Giorgio Lungarotti in the early 1960s and from their estates in Torgiano and Montefalco they produce a number of red and white wines, including the famous Rubesco, a DOC, and its more illustrious Rubesco Riserva Vigna Monticchio, a DOCG. This wine is the history of the Lungarotti company in fact. Innovative for its time, it has a brilliant ruby colour and originated from a new way to grow the vine and from selected traditional varietals, scientifically vinified. The vineyards today cover 250 hectares (600 acres), with 230 hectares in Torgiano and 20 in Montefalco. Supporting culture has played a large role in the company since the 60s and Maria Grazia, wife of Giorgio Lungarotti, has been instrumental in developing the wine museum, MUVIT. This museum, through archaeological, historical and technical information presented in its twenty rooms, guides the visitor through 5,000 of years of wine history. MOO displays artefacts and works related to the mythological origins of the olive and the use of its oil as a source of light, in religion, medicine, nutrition and cosmetics. It is also possible to spend a day among the vineyards and the olive groves with the estate workforce, learning about the work, the vines, the harvest, the landscape. In your three full days in Torgiano, in addition to the wine-related attractions, there is the cultural city of Perugia, the mediaeval town of Todi, Assisi, the town of Deruta with its history of ceramics, Foligno with its jousting tournament in June and September, and Orvieto, perched on a rock with a cathedral dating from 1290 and housing a marble Pieta sculpture.

Depending on the time of your flight back to London, spend more time exploring Umbria or drive to the airport and return your hire-car ready for the flight back.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,380

Holiday Code FHIT14

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Rome return, economy
● 4 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Premiere superior double room at Le Tre Vaselle, in Torgiano
● Hire of a Group B car for the duration of holiday
● Full day tour of the Lungarotti winery, vineyards, tasting, 3 course-lunch with two glasses of wine, a visit to the MUVIT private collection about wine, and a visit to MOO housing artefacts and works related to the mythological origins of the olive
● One three-course dinner in the trattoria restaurant ‘Alla Vecchia Fornace’
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,380

Holiday Code FHIT14

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Rome return, economy
• 4 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Premiere superior double room at Le Tre Vaselle, in Torgiano
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of holiday
• Full day tour of the Lungarotti winery, vineyards, tasting, 3 course-lunch with two glasses of wine, a visit to the MUVIT private collection about wine, and a visit to MOO housing artefacts and works related to the mythological origins of the olive
• One three-course dinner in the trattoria restaurant ‘Alla Vecchia Fornace’
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are scheduled flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Rome Fiumicino, several a day. You collect a hire-car at Rome airport and the drive to Torgiano is about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Luxury wine-tasting holiday in Umbria

Expressions Holidays includes this hotel in this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour
Torgiano
Hotel Le Tre Vaselle

Hotel le Tre Vaselle is a 5-star boutique hotel in a beautiful rural location. Wine and gastronomy are at the centre of a stay here. It is superbly located to visit local wineries, and the hotel's spa offers wine-centred treatments.

Premiere superior double room

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,380

Holiday Code FHIT14

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Rome return, economy
• 4 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Premiere superior double room at Le Tre Vaselle, in Torgiano
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of holiday
• Full day tour of the Lungarotti winery, vineyards, tasting, 3 course-lunch with two glasses of wine, a visit to the MUVIT private collection about wine, and a visit to MOO housing artefacts and works related to the mythological origins of the olive
• One three-course dinner in the trattoria restaurant ‘Alla Vecchia Fornace’
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are scheduled flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Rome Fiumicino, several a day. You collect a hire-car at Rome airport and the drive to Torgiano is about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Luxury wine-tasting holiday in Umbria

About Umbria

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Umbria offers the chance to explore a lesser-known rural area of Italy. Umbria is a gentle, undulating land of hills, river valleys, a patchwork of fields, vines and olives similar in many ways to her better-known neighbour, Tuscany, yet in other ways so very different. Umbria evokes a deeper rusticity, a less ‘polished' feel than Tuscany, the secrecy and mysticism of the Middle Ages and yet because of this holds a charm and fascination for the visitor. The hill towns are superb in their own right; steep, narrow cobbled streets with overhanging arches, the grey stone enlivened here and there by pots of geraniums. Ancient crafts remain very much alive, with ceramics and woodwork in particular. Umbria abounds in Roman architecture with Gubbio and Spoleto being noteworthy and there are Etruscan remains too. The food is hearty and earthy too with truffles and porcini, sausages and salami being regional specialities. Yet Umbria also has some of the most important religious sites in Europe, such as the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi and throughout the region are to be discovered outstanding works of art by Perugino, Giotto, Pinturicchio and Gozzoli. Umbria is an intriguing region that awaits further discovery.

Highlights of Umbria

Shop for ceramics in Gubbio, truffles and cooked meats from Norcia. Dramatic landscapes of the Monte Sibillini and one of Europe's highest waterfalls called the Cascate delle Marmore near Terni. One of Italy's beauty spots is the Fonti del Clitunno south of Trevi. See carpentry and woodworking in Todi. Visit the wine museum in Torgiano. Forests of holm oak near Spoleto. Antique fair in April and a national craft fair in August and September in Todi.

Cultural highlights of Umbria

A mixture of religious and secular art and architecture makes Umbria fascinating. The cities of Perugia and Assisi are great centres but the smaller towns of Gubbio, Todi, Spoleto and Spello are also of outstanding interest. Highlights of the region include the Fontana Maggiore in the Piazza IV Novembre in Perugia. Perugia`s Galleria Nazionale containing works by Perugino and Pinturicchio. Gattapone`s Palazzo dei Consoli in Gubbio and his Ponte delle Torri in Spoleto. The `Adoration of the Magi` by Perugino in the church of the Madonna della Lacrime in Trevi. Frescoes by Matteo da Gualdo in the Pinacoteca of Gualdo Tadino. `San Sebastiano` by Luca Signorelli in the Pinacoteca at Citta di Castello. Frescoes by Giotto and Lorenzetti in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi.

Festivals in Umbria

Perugia has a jazz festival in the summer and the Sagra Musicale music festival held in its churches in September. Orvieto holds concerts in August and has a firework display on the 15th. Spoleto`s Festival of the Two Worlds, a world-class cultural event, takes place June and July. Spello holds its Infiorata in June when the streets are decked with flowers. Foligno holds jousting in September during its Giostra della Quintane.

Gastronomy in Umbria

Umbria's gastronomy is very much a product of its earth and waters: Mushrooms and truffles flavour many dishes, Game and wild boar, Trevi produces black celery, olive oil and black truffles, Pecorino cheese from Torgiano, Todi offers Panzanella, dried bread soaked and marinated in sliced tomato, basil, onion and olive oil, Sweet macheroni with walnuts, Salami and sausages are a regional speciality, Trout from the rivers and perch from Lake Trasimeno, Strangozzi and Bici are local pasta, often flavoured with porcini and truffles. Umbria produces some high quality robust red wines near Torgiano (Rubesco produced by Lungarotti for example) and Orvieto is known for its white wine.

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