Wine Tour to Southern Italy: Campania’s amazing wines, South Italian cuisine and world-renowned mozzarella
— Welcome on a wine tour to southern Italy. We visit the exciting region of Campania where we get to know grapes like aglianico, falanghina, greco and piedirosso, and many others. This is where the best wines were made in the times of ancient Rome – Falerno, Greco, Faustiniano – and today they are at least as good! And did you know that the real mozzarella comes from the water buffalos in Campania?
The next wine tour to Campania in southern Italy:
Northern and central Italy have long been given all the spotlight for Italian quality wines, but now we think it is time for southern Italy to finally get some well-earned attention. On this trip, starting from Rome, we will travel through Lazio and Campania, two regions rich in ancient culture, exciting gastronomy and very interesting wines.
Campania is one of Italy’s most innovative wine regions. From primarily local vine varieties they produce a large variety of wines, both red and white. The best red wine is the region’s only DOCG, Taurasi, made from the distinctive and personal grape aglianico. Not far behind you have Aglianico del Taburno, Capri Rosso, Campi Flegrei Rosso and many others. They also make superb white wines made from the falanghina grape, such as Falerno del Massico Bianco.
Grapes are grown both on the coast around Naples and Salerno and inland. Climate varies as does elevation which gives rise to major style differences.
During our days here we will concentrate mainly on the area around Benevento and Avellino, a bit inland. This is where the great quality wines are made today and this was where the quality revolution started 30 years ago. One of the pioneers, maybe the most important, was Antonio Mastroberardino, today the most famous producer in Campania.
Local gastronomy includes delights such as mozzarella di bufala and delicious tomatoes, ingredients that appear in many Italian dishes, pizza not least. We will take a closer look at the buffalo and the mozzarella production in one of our days here. We will certainly also get acquainted with the extra-strong espresso, the caffè napoletano. As if a regular Italian espresso was not strong enough…
We will have Benevento as a base, a nice city with about 60,000 inhabitants, known throughout Italy for Strega, the liqueur, and its nougat. And also for his incredibly well-preserved triumphal arch from Roman times.
We eat three gastronomic luxurious lunches at wine producers’. The evenings are free to explore Benevento and the many restaurants in this charming city.
The tour starts and ends in Rome.
The tour is led by one of BKWine’s own wine and travel expert guides.
We have written a lot about the Campania and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.
Here you can find more about travelling in the Campania.
You can also find more information on the Campania wines on BKWine Magazine.
Program – wine tour to Campania, southern Italy
This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.
For more details, contact BKWine.
- Day 1, Wednesday — Arrival to Rome
- Day 2, Thursday — around Benevento
- Day 3, Friday — Irpinia and Taurasi
- Day 4, Saturday — Irpinia and Taurasi
- Day 5, Sunday — Home Travel
Wednesday, day 1 — Arrival to Rome
We meet at the main central station in Rome at 4 PM in the afternoon. Exact venue will be announced later. From here we will take our bus south to the city of Benevento in Campania, a journey that takes us a couple of hours.
Early evening we check-in at our very comfortable four-star hotel near the centre of Benevento. Here we will stay for four nights.
You get settled in your room and then have a free evening to stretch your legs after the bus trip. There are plenty of restaurants Benevento and good shopping.
Our hotel is very central, just a few minutes’ walk from the wonderfully well-preserved Roman triumphal arch, which is the city’s pride, built by Emperor Trajanus.
Take a stroll along the narrow streets and find a small bar for an aperitif before dinner. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants, many with nice outdoor dining where you can enjoy watching all the well-dressed Italians.
Thursday / Day 2 — around Benevento
Today we will try many wines, but we will also get more familiar with one of Italy’s great gastronomic delights. Which is best enjoyed here, as fresh as possible.
In other words, we begin the day with an introduction to the art of making mozzarella from the fat milk from Campania’s water buffalo. Any volunteer who wants to pat the buffalo? Mozzarella can be made with cow’s milk or buffalo milk, but the “real” mozzarella always comes from the water buffalo.
After this visit, you will never want to have “cow” mozzarella again! The difference in taste is huge. Why and how the water buffalo came to Campania is pure speculation, nobody knows for sure. Was it perhaps thanks to Hannibal?
We will then visit wine producer Mustilli in Sant ‘Agathe dei Goti, where we will taste wines made from grapes such as falanghina, greco, aglianico and piedirosso. This beautiful vineyard was created in 1960 by Leonardo and Marili Mustilli.
After the visit, it is time for lunch at Mustilli. It will be a typical Italian lunch with antipasto, pasta, primo and dessert and, of course, matched with the wines of the house.
After lunch, we will visit Agricola Oconevini in Ponte, a very interesting winery. It has more than 100 years’ of history but is very dynamic and ambitious.
It is a family property with around 40 hectares of vineyards planted with the aglianico and greco grapes. Different types of soil and microclimates make it possible to produce several different types of wines.
Late afternoon we will return to the hotel. The evening is free for your own discoveries in Benevento.
Friday, day 3 – Irpinia and Taurasi
After breakfast, we head south, towards the city of Avellino and the area known locally as Irpinia. Here you can find some of Campania’s best wines.
We will also visit the small historic city of Taurasi. Around this small town is where Campania’s only DOCG is made, from the very interesting grape aglianico. We will taste Antonio Caggiano’s excellent wines made from aglianico and piedirosso and we will visit his impressive cellar.
We will also visit Feudi San Gregorio today, a very high-quality vineyard. Here we also enjoy a delicious lunch. Feudi San Gregorio maintains an outstanding quality of its wines, not least its Taurasi. It is a modern facility with the latest technology and also many new French oak barrels.
At Feudi San Gregorio’s exclusive star-awarded restaurant Ristorante Marennà, we can judge for ourselves how well the wines pair with the local cuisine. The food here is extremely impressive. The restaurant has a star in the Michelin Guide. It is a blend of modern and traditional. Everything is delicious, elegant and of the best quality.
Late afternoon we are back in Benevento. Free evening.
Saturday, day 4 – Irpinia and Taurasi
Today we continue to explore Irpinia and we will learn, among other things, more about Greco di Tufo, a DOCG made from the grape of the same name. This grape has a rich past. It is already mentioned in an inscription in nearby Pompeii.
The morning visit will be with Luigi Tecce, at his winery, which is high up in the mountains. The soil is rocky limestone with volcanic elements, which is everywhere in Campania.
Luigi is an “anarchist” who makes wine entirely on his own terms. He has been experimenting, for example, with ageing in amphorae.
And then something completely different!
We have lunch at Mastroberardino’s beautiful and luxurious Radici Resort. From the restaurant, you have a wide view of the vineyards and the lush hills.
Mastroberardino is Campania’s most famous wine producer and one of the quality pioneers in southern Italy. Great Taurasi, Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino.
The afternoon visit will be to Azienda Contrade di Taurasi di Enza Lonardi. It is a small family-owned vineyard with five acres but with great ambitions. They began to bottle their own wine in 1998; before that, they were selling the grapes to the cooperative.
They aim to do quite traditional aglianico wines (as opposed to many who make a modern style). Not too much new oak and quite long skin maceration give a nice grape character with a lot of personality. And good ageing potential.
Late afternoon we are back in Benevento.
Free evening. A short walk from the hotel is the old town centre. Two wide pedestrian streets, lined with shops, cafes and restaurants, connect the city’s most important buildings: the triumphal arch, the town hall and the cathedral. In the evening, they are filled with people taking a stroll before dinner.
Sunday, day 5 – Heading back home
After an early breakfast, we go back to Rome and we will drop you off at the Central Station at 11 AM.
The program may be subject to modifications.
Tour Details — Wine tour to Campania in Southern Italy
Price per person: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.
Included in the price:
- 4 hotel nights, double occupancy, including breakfast
- Very comfortable four-star hotel in Benevento
- Meals as described in the program above (*):
- 2 gastronomic Italian multi-course lunches with local specialities, including wines, as guest at wineries
- 1 gastronomic multi-course lunch at Michelin star restaurant, including multiple wines
- Start and end point: Rome
- Bus transport during the whole trip
- All vineyard and winery visits
- Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
- Translation to English as needed. Most visits will be in English.
- Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide
(*) See below for more important information on our meals.
- Travel (flights) to the destination and back from your home location.
You organise your travel to Rome yourself. If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.
We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time! It is a very interesting place and well worth some “non-wine” tourism too! We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights if you want.
For this trip to take place we must have a minimum of 10 participants registered at the “book before” date.
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About the wine producers and wineries we visit
Our aim is that you shall experience some of the best and most interesting that the wine region has to offer, both of wine and food.
We put a big effort into finding and creating outstanding winery visits. Often it will not be the most “famous” and internationally well-known wineries that will give you the best and most unique experiences…
It is usually when you get to meet the winemaker or winery owner himself (or often herself) that the visits become really exciting. And perhaps we even meet the whole family at the estate.
You start discussing and start to understand what it is they do and why in the winery and in the vineyard. Maybe we will also have lunch in the winery or at their home. Need we say we invariably have private wine tastings at the wineries?
That is why our trips are not “jam packed” with visits at wineries. Nevertheless we often run short of time since the discussions – and the wine tastings – can easily become very engaging…
Our wine country tours typically include a mix of small family producers, exclusive boutique wineries and larger internationally well-known wine estates, all selected with great care so that it will give you a unique experience of the people and of the behind-the-scenes in the winery and a good understanding of the wine district’s characteristics, tradition and culture.
At the time of publishing a travel program not all visits have been finalised. We are continuously working on improving the program. The domaines / wineries / châteaux that we visit on a tour may therefore sometimes differ from what was written in the original program. Contact us if you want more details, or if you have any special requests.
On meals: food and gastronomy
Wine and food are intimately linked. That is part of our wine travel philosophy; wine is an integral part of the gastronomy.
A wine tour with BKWine will therefore also be a gastronomic experience.
The meals that are included in a tour with BKWine are on a gourmet level and of very high standard.
Sometimes we will have a meal with a winemaker, perhaps in the wine cellar or at the winery, or even in their home. This is a unique experience that is generally not open to other visitors to wineries. It is an occasion to experience exciting combinations of food and wine while discussing with the people who made the wine.
Sometimes we will have a luxurious meal at a gourmet restaurant. At other times it may be not at a prestigious luxury address but at a local restaurant selected for its presentation of local gastronomic specialities, its atmosphere and its quality – a place where locals go. Or perhaps it will be a buffet lunch made at home by the winemaker and his wife. In all cases we want to show you local gastronomic specialities and the local food and wine pairings.
Do not expect a picnic with salad and sausage from the supermarket and wine in plastic mugs… Think instead of a wine-and-dine experience with specially composed menu with three or four courses and delicious wines.
A wine tour with BKWine is also a culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A gourmet wine tour!
Why travel with BKWine?
We are experts and specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also in wine in a broader perspective.
No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tours and gourmet travel as BKWine.
We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours. This is what we love to do, because it is fun and exciting. What we want more than anything is to share with you all these wonderful experiences.
It does not matter if you are “a total novice” on wine and food or if you have a life-long experience in the wine sector. We will give you a very special experience, in a way that no other tour operator can do.
We write in specialised wine magazines and one of our books has won the prize as best wine book in the world. We are regularly called on to be part of judging panels in wine competitions.
We personally visit some 300 vineyards every year. We have organised several hundreds of wine and food tours with an experience going back more than twenty years. We are invited as speakers at wine tourism and culinary touring conferences.
We choose our tour destinations and winery visits with great care. Not because a winery happens to be carrying a “famous name” but because they will give our guests — you! — a unique and special experience. You may be looking for a short wine week-end holiday or a longer wine vacation; in all cases you can be confident that you will get a top quality tour, an experience of a lifetime. Or at least one that will last you until the next time you come on a wine tour with BKWine. Many of our travellers are returning clients.
A wine and food tour with BKWine is always guided by a knowledgeable and experienced BKWine guide and tour manager, someone who knows the ins and outs of wine, of the local gastronomy, of the culture and who speaks the language.
Some accolades we at BKWine and our wine and food tours have received:
- “World’s Top Wine Tours” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
- “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
- “Recommended Wine Tours” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
- “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year” in Sweden 2010 for the book The Creation of a Wine
- “Best wine book for Professionals” again in 2012 in Sweden, as well as silver, runner-up, as “World’s Best Educational Wine Book” for the book Wine and the Environment
- “Wine Personality of the Year” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
- On the Wine Media Power List by Wine Business International Magazine (Britt, 2012)
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Our groups are always small. The group size may vary, sometimes maximum 8, sometimes 20, but always of a modest size (we do not do “minimum 20, maximum 45”). Check the details in each program. This is important since it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.
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