Tuscany and Piemonte Uncorked:
25 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER 2017
24 SEPTEMBER – 4 OCTOBER 2018
Get ready to savour amazing wines and mouth-watering gastronomic delights as our Italy wine tours take you through the regions of Tuscany and Piemonte.
Uncorked and Cultivated delivers an exclusive experience for lovers of wine and food. What sets this Italian wine tour apart are the introduction-only visits to wineries not open to the general public. Peter Scudamore-Smith MW utilises his personal relationships with the many Italian producers in these regions for your taste benefits. Better still, Peter’s made sure that all Italian wines tasted at the wineries and in the restaurants are available for you to purchase in Australia.
Each day you can look forward to a themed lunch or dinner to complement your winery visits. You can expect the very best of region-specific dishes; traditional, contemporary and eclectic cooking styles; ingredients in season and wine varietals at each dining experience. Enjoy the enviable vineyard scenery and hip service delivery we offer on this relaxed yet informative 11-day wine and food tour of Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina, Montalcino, Maremma and Piemonte. In your free time, delight in the historical attractions and shopping of Siena, Florence and Alba.
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VISIT VINEYARDS SCOOP ARTICLES
Adelaide | 2014
“Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience of wine and food. The various venues – cities, towns, hotels, wineries and restaurants – so well researched and carefully chosen – were a great treat. To date I have been on five organised tours in Europe and I consider Uncorked and Cultivated to be by far the best dollar value and much more interesting.”
Brisbane | 2014
“This wasn’t a good tour; it was a great tour, from all aspects; organisation; accommodation (if you don’t get this basic right you’re gone); quality of wines tasted; quality of lunches/dinners; the right tour numbers; conviviality; but not just that, the attention to detail by both Peter and Denise and their obvious love of what they do underpinned all of this. Having undertaken in 2011 a wine tour of France by another organisation, I can say that in that case, although the quality of wines was high, in all other aspects it was inferior. I recommend this tour to all mature adults.”
Brisbane | 2014
“This was not just your average tour. Highest quality wines, introductions into the best wine houses in Italy … All in all, this trip was exceptional. Italy is a must. The food, history, art, wine shopping… It has it all. It has changed me and the way I view food and what I want to cook for my children. I was a strong advocate of Mediterranean diet before I went to Italy. This trip has ignited a passion inside me to remove the word diet and replace it with eating! This is Mediterranean eating – it is culture of food and of a healthy lifestyle (except the smoking!). There was no sign of Paleo and now discussion of it overseas. Italians have lived this way for centuries, they are slim and healthy. Australia this is the answer! It was truly inspiring!”
Warren | 2014
“What worked for me? Size of tour, pace and length. The detailed planning that you both put into it. Your knowledge and choices of menu and wine. The wonderful quality of both food and wine!! Sooo Good. Exceeded expectations. I was hoping we might get a little bit of what you presented. Best white wine I have ever had and the reds were ok too!! Quality accommodation. I am over having ordinary-to-poor rooms. I like a bit of quiet space now. Just love long lunches! What did not work? Well all I can think of is having a bit too good a night in Florence on our last night!! Sadly, I can’t blame you for that but gee it was a good night. I have come to enjoy long lunches now more so than late dinners, especially if there is an early start the next day. I realise that cannot always be possible.”
Rutherglen | 2013
“Travelling through Tuscany & Piemonte with Denise & Peter will be a lasting memory for us. Their attention to detail and friendly personalities made the tour an exceptional experience. The wineries, and the wine tastings gave us an insight into the Italian way with wine – and this was always complimented with exceptional regional food. Denise & Peter’s ability to network and source off the beaten track destinations reflects their ability and organizational skills. Peter’s knowledge of wine and his way of generously sharing this knowledge added tremendously to the tour. The accommodation was exceptional and the itinerary planning re several nights in one location provided a comfort zone and free time in beautiful places. Uncorked & Cultivated truly defines what is an amazing tour…and we would love to go again.”
Brisbane | 2013
“We’ve seen, and appreciated, the immense amount of skill and organisational ability that goes into making a tour like this a success, and to make it go off without a hitch. We’ve been awed by your knowledge of wines and wine-making, and we’ve learned so much – in addition to discovering new styles that we would never have learned to appreciate without your guidance. And finally, we’ve been impressed by the respect in which you’re held by the winemakers. Thank you for a memorable event!“
Melbourne | 2013
“The hotels were lovely – friendly helpful staff, well situated in the old towns where it was easy to stroll to the sites I wanted to see. All the transport was comfortable and timely. So nice to have all that ably handed to you. Since I was travelling by myself, I was a little concerned what the group would be like, but everyone was charming and so inclusive of “the singles”. Bright, fun-loving people who all share an interest in wine, food and travel.
“I was expecting to taste some wonderful wines, but was gob-smacked by the calibre of wine estates we visited. Thanks to your relationships with these wine-makers, Peter, we were made to feel like very special guests. Without exception, the wine-makers were incredibly generous with their time, their knowledge and their beautiful wines. Another delightful surprise was the consistently wonderful dining – 4 to 5 course meals highlighting local specialties at villas, terraced restaurants and even a castle. No wonder I felt like a contessa by the end of the trip!
“You were both such gracious hosts – really enjoyed your company. Thank you so much, Peter, for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for Italian wines, and making this one of the best holidays I’ve ever had.”
Victoria | 2012
“We found it the perfect combination of visiting very interesting and beautiful places, eating and drinking so well when we didn’t even have to think about what to order from the menu, relaxation and fun with good company. You are a good combination! Peter, your knowledge of wine, food and the regions which you have shared generously and your connections which we are lucky to be able to share and Denise, your knowledge of Italian and their ways and your great organisational ability made it just the best trip for us. We will happily spread the word and certainly plan to join you again in the future when possible. Please keep us in mind for Sicily 2014!“
“We felt very privileged to have the benefit of Peter’s knowledge and experience to guide us through the unfamiliar oenological territory. The selection of wines was wonderful, covering the traditional varieties for which the regions are famous and the modern varieties which they are challenging the rest of the world.”
Adelaide | 2011
“Denise and Peter have a fundamental understanding of hospitality and a generosity of spirit which underpinned the entire experience. We simply loved this holiday and would rank it as one of the very best we have ever had. They did a superb job of organising, paying attention to every detail. Peter is very generous in sharing his wine knowledge and we all benefited enormously from the combined research, extensive networks and passion of our tour leaders.”
Noosa | 2011
“The Tour led by Peter Scudamore-Smith was an excellent introduction to the important wines of Italy. His expertise in wine is encyclopaedic. He was generous with his time and knowledge. The tour was well organised by Denise, his wife, who chose a wide variety of food experiences. A friendly, relaxed atmosphere was maintained. In small numbers, comfortable transport and grand hotel accommodation, all facets combined to provide a memorable experience.”