Infinite spaces surrounded by nature, a journey through history and culture of the ancient wine and culinary traditions from Basilicata and Murgia region.
On Murgia plains, the road between Matera – European Capital of Culture in 2019 – and Gravina is a crossroad of history lost in the mists of time. The oldest archaeological finds date back to the Neolithic Age as well as the oldest resident of the area, the Man of Altamura.
What makes this a unique and fascinating area, are the endless fields of green grass, from which originates the Alta Murgia National Park and the Sassi of Matera, a Unesco World Heritage Site where cave dwellings are carved into the tufa rocks on the edges of the ravine; a landscape that is repeated with the same sensation in Gravina, a town only 40 km from Matera.
In these sunny places it is easy to see vast areas of hay bales, symbol of feudal agriculture origins transformed over the centuries in “anfiteusi”. In these areas of Alta Murgia you can find an important variety of very fine durum wheat called Senatore Cappelli, that takes the name over the man who financed the experimental research of this cultivar in the early twentieth century. Today small quantities are produced to obtain organic pasta and bread of high quality including Altamura Bread DOP.
Primitivo grapes is the second Excellence of this area, a vine of early maturation and controversial origins. Some people affirm that is the younger brother of Croatian clones, others declaim the birthright in Taranto area, it is however certainly the cousin of the American “zinfandel”. The fact is that historically, the first evidence of cultivation from primitive grapes is to be attributed to these areas, where the DOC Gioia del Colle was born, from Primicerius Indellicati…
A story to tell, enclosed in a glass of wine with ruby tones, that moves elegantly and consistently in the glass, delicate scents, robust flavor and pleasantly tannic. Perfect synthesis of a beautiful terroir.
Tour provide a guided tour of a winery and the vineyards; tastings of wine with expert sommelier and the owners of the winery; possibility of purchase of native wine;
stop at the Grave of Gravina and the Hill of Botromagno;
Guided tour in a farm with production of bread and dairy products;
Tastings of olive oil and lunch with local products.
Period of the tour: all year round on request
Itinerary and minimum number of participants: minimum 8 people.
Price: Euro 130 (per person)
Pick-up at the meeting point agreed: Matera
Duration Tour : 8 hours
Included in the price:
Apulia Emotions card valid for the whole year;
Transportation by bus or car for the food and wine tours