Unique Tour Opportunity!
Tastes of Rome & Sicily:
6 – 16 SEPTEMBER 2018
Combining the talents of Travelling Divas and the expertise of Uncorked & Cultivated’s Master of Wine, Peter Scudamore-Smith, this tour will showcase some of the best these extraordinary destinations have to offer.
This fabulous tour combines the glamour and sophistication of Rome, with the beauty, culture and divine wine and food of Sicily. Two very different sides of this beautiful country – equally fabulous, always memorable.
At the very heart of Italian culture is its passion for food and wine (and fabulous fashion of course). On this divine new tour get ready to savour delicious wines, mouth-watering gastronomic delights, Roman glamour and a lot of fun….
Rome is the ultimate destination to start an Italian adventure – the eternal city, and the best to experience ‘la dolce vita’…..
In Rome delight in private shopping with access to local artisans and the boutique recommendations of an Italian fashion journalist (she is opening her little black book just for us). Enjoy private tours to the Gallery of Mirrors and the Vatican with our passionate guide, who loves all things Roman. Relax in the luxury of the Sofitel Villa Borghese, and indulge in authentic dining experiences from a local trattoria to a gorgeous catered picnic in the Borghese Gardens. Combine all of this with a vintage vespa tour of Rome where you pillion behind a lovely Italian, with plenty of time to create your own adventures, and you have the perfect ‘Roman Holiday”… and then we head to Sicily!
In Sicily, it is all about the wine, food and ‘introduction’ only exclusive visits to wineries that only Peter can gain entry to. We will be taken through some of the wine regions of the island’s east and south coast for a unique and exclusive experience for lovers of wine and food. We’ll discover Taormina, a jewel-like village tucked into the side of a hill, with sea views that go forever. This is followed by Siracusa an ancient city that is so divine and has so much history you won’t know where to look. We enjoy the high-altitude Etnean slopes, visit Michelin-starred restaurants, sample the traditional reds of the south and we have the chance to indulge in some natural and amphora wines.
Hotels are a mix of 5-star glamour in Rome to divine, luxurious old-world hotels in Sicily, with sweeping views of the sea and inland at a renovated Locanda. We offer quality experiences and plenty of time to explore and discover the history, architecture and traditions, creating your own memories to last a lifetime.
A mix of culture, history, ‘insider access’, typical food, local wine and shopping you will not want to leave and just linger for a little longer…
Join Andrea and Peter on this amazing journey where you will be cared for from start to finish with personalised attention and enjoy an incredible journey through Rome & Sicily.
Country NSW| 2016
I think what helped to make your tour of Sicily so successful for me was a combination of a wonderful group to travel with plus your usual understated professionalism. Your ability and knowledge to pick out high quality wineries, wine and restaurants never leaves me wondering what would ever be better. Matching the food and wine makes it such a pleasure to enjoy. I have a new found admiration for white wine but still have a deep down love of a red. The Mediterranean diet I simply can never tire of. 10 days seems to be the limit for my constitution. Not sure if a shorter time would work any better? Thank you both for such a great experience and holiday. I have purchased 6 Donnafugata Mille e una Notte.
What we both liked about your tours was the incredible places and settings we ate at, and the introductions to the top wineries that only Peter could access. They were certainly the top places to visit, maintaining ultra high standards in wine making, and at every opportunity I rave about our experiences. The standard of food and wine tasting, I feel, would be hard to improve, so alas no suggestions, just please keep up the fantastic work into the future. We would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending your tours to people interested in wine and food. The experience will be long remembered and reminisced into the future by both of us, and will be talked about around many a table, while enjoying a glass or two of wine, and great food. The work put in to source all these places over the years is a credit to both your dedication to provide the ultimate tour experience for your guests.
Peter and Denise’s knowledge of the local area and holistic approach to the information they imparted proved invaluable. This covers not only the food and wine but the local shopping and hot spots. Lists of sites in each area, from their experience, that are worth visiting were great time savers. The variation of the wine making styles and accompanied food served in beautiful locations was exceptional.
The Sicilian Food & Wine Tour was unique and memorable. Peters well earned respect in the Sicilian wine making fraternity becomes obvious at the quality of cellar doors, restaurants and service offered to the group. Each of these wineries greets Peter as a member of their family, and the group was made to feel just as welcome – Brilliant!
Adelaide | 2014
“The tour of Sicily was [predictably] great. I was entranced by the variety of architecture resulting from the various conquests through the centuries. As all accommodation was by the sea the full flavour of the various invaders was immediately evident. The tour took us to exceptional inland wineries as well, thanks to research by Uncorked and Cultivated. The variety was amazing – wine styles – restaurants – cities – villages – landscapes. Actually I ended up quite smitten with Sicily. After the tour I spent extra time in Palermo and found it very historically interesting, but can be limiting because of the problems of handbag/shopping bag theft.”
Rutherglen | 2014
“Here we are back in Rutherglen but still really in Sicily in our heads… how fabulous it all was and thank you both for the organising and effort you put into the trip. Every day was great, the food and wine were so good, and the landscapes and places we went to were so very special.”
Macedon | 2014
“Overall we once again had a wonderful trip! Peter and Denise you are the best people at organising tours. Your mixture of doing interesting things, visiting interesting and diverse wineries and wonderful restaurants is perfect for us. You chose a thoughtful selection of food for us to try with wines that are always good and interesting as well, and this suits us perfectly. Eating and drinking well without having to make decisions is a real treat! You also have the perfect mixture of organised events and free time and your advice as to what to do in the free time leaves us with no decisions to make ourselves. The perfect holiday! Peter, we loved the extensive information you passed on about Sicily and its history and the wine industry. Your passion for it is partly why we are still really missing being there. There is something about Sicily that was quite special for us. The food and wine? The lifestyle? The scenery? The mixture of cultures? The people? We would love to go again soon!”
Brisbane | 2013
“I felt completely ‘indulged’ during my wine tour with Uncorked and Cultivated. We were privileged to be welcomed – and accompanied – by experts who enjoyed discussing their favourite topics! Wine and Food. I appreciated too, the ‘free time’ which allowed me to reflect on our most important recent experience, shop… and prepare for our next highlight. Sicily was magnificent!!”
Canberra | 2013
“We were very happy with the whole experience. The trip was well organised and delivered, with the length of time of the wine tour as well as the number and duration of stays in the 3 cities, and the number of organised events and variety all just right. The hotels were all very comfortable and offered really pleasant home bases from which to explore. The wine tasting was tremendous, with a variety and quality standard that was truly impressive, and mouth-and-mind expanding! Peter’s daily tuitions on the tastings as well as his willingness at any time to talk about wine, the history and the industry were all greatly appreciated. The visits to the wineries were excellent, as we had a good introduction to each and an interesting tour before tasting many excellent and fascinating wines.
“Finally, both of you were great tour leaders and got the balance right, always available if required and friendly and engaged, as well as allowing tour members to have its own time and rhythm and a happy ‘tone’ all around. We will be recommending your tours to friends.”
Brisbane | 2012
“What a wonderful holiday. Not only Uncorked and Cultivated but also Unforgettable. The accommodation was excellent, the food superb and to experience the wine renaissance of Sicily in this manner was simply a Masterful touch!“