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GRAPE STOMP IN ITALY WITH A WINEMAKER
Get ready to immerse yourself in traditional Italian winemaking and cooking. World-renowned vintner Emidio Pepe invites guests to participate in the Old World method of making wine at his winery and vineyard in Abruzzo, Italy. “They still make wine as it was made centuries ago—using your feet.” says Kimberly Minarovich, president and founder of Luxury Italian Tours. “There’s no stainless steel, conveyor belts or bottling machines, and no pesticides.” Grape harvesting at the Pepe estate is
an exciting and festive time, filled with music and laughter—like a big Italian party with three generations of Emidio’s family celebrating with their guests. Grandma Rosa offers cooking lessons of Abruzzo’s most popular dishes and serves the homemade meals paired with the highly acclaimed Montepulciano and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo wine. Guests stay on the estate and can join in the harvest and pick grapes right off the vine. After donning knee-high rubber boots, they hop in a large wooden vat and start stomping to crush the perfectly ripened grapes and release their juices.
BEFORE YOU GO Wear comfortable clothes for grape stomping and avoid wearing light-colored pants. Don’t forget your MP3 player, so you can stomp on grapes while listening to your favorite tunes. Trips are scheduled for late September to early October. Check luxuryitaliantours.com for specific dates. In return for his guests’ hard work in the fields, Emidio often rewards them with a few bottles of the handcrafted wine, custom labeled with their names and aged in his cellar ready for their next visit. luxuryitaliantours.com
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magine stomping grapes or taking a river cruise or train ride through the most picturesque wine country in the world. Whether you’re a casual drinker or wine aficionado, these wine adventures deserve a top spot on your bucket list.