CALABRIA CULINARY VACATION -- ITINERARY
September 15 - 23, 2020
DAY 1 - Welcome to Calabria, Statti Winery
We’ll meet you at the Lamezia Terme International Airport at 10 a.m. or, if you arrive earlier, at the Bram Hotel near the airport. Our tour starts right off with a visit to the Statti winery nearby, where Alberto and Antonio Statti produce award-winning wines from grapes grown on land that’s been in their family since 1700. They’ll greet us at the winery and invite us to their estate for lunch paired with Statti wines, some of the finest produced in the Lamezia DOC.
After lunch, we head to the Cirò wine region. We’ll arrive late afternoon to the private estate that’ll be our home away from home for the next three days. We’ll have this luxurious property, along with its olive groves, vineyards and pool, all to ourselves for the duration of our stay.
We’ll start with apertifs and a feast of food and wine welcomes you in true Calabrian style. During the meal we will discuss what to expect in the coming days of our tour and answer all your questions.
DAY 2 - Cooking Class and Ceraudo winery
Enjoy a leisurely pace today. We'll gather in the late morning for a cooking class and have lunch
on the dishes we prepare. After lunch you can relax at the pool.
Next up, after a short rest back at our country estate, is Ceraudo, producers of truly notable wines that win top awards from the authoritative “Gambero Rosso” in Italy. Roberto Ceraudo’s story on why he pioneered organic grape- and olive-farming in Calabria is unforgettable. He’ll sweep you off your feet, as he shows us around his vineyards, winery and olive groves nestled between hills facing the Ionian coast. Dinner will be equally memorable, at Dattilo, their Michelin-starred restaurant where Roberto’s daughter, Caterina Ceraudo, is head chef. Of course, award-winning Ceraudo wines will flow throughout dinner.
DAY 3 – Librandi winery
After breakfast we head out to the Librandi vineyards set in the Neto Valley. Librandi is Calabria’s largest and most prestigious winery but, because they’re personal friends, we’ll be treated like family. We get to tour their spectacular vineyards with owner Paolo Librandi in off-road vehicles. Lunch is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience with mouthwatering local specialties prepared by Francesco, another member of the Librandi family. It goes without saying that Librandi wines will be served with lunch.
After our lunch, we’ll visit their winery, including the production and aging areas, followed by a professionally-guided tasting to Librandi’s top wines, including their Magno Megonio, Gravello, and Le Passule.
A gastronomic experience at a traditional restaurant set inside Torre Mellissa, an Aragon watch tower, will top off our day’s adventures. We’ll savor one-of-a-kind dishes made from recipes passed down through the generations. This evening, we’ll serve Cirò DOC wines from small producers.
DAY 4 - Rossano, Altomonte
Today after bidding farewell to our country estate, we head to the historic town of Rossano, the center of Byzantine culture in Calabria. We’ll visit the Cathedral of Rossano and museum to admire the Codex Purpureus, unique gospel believed to be the New Testament’s oldest manuscript, handwritten on red parchment in the 6th Century. Afterwards, my good friend will host a private lunch for us at the seafood restaurant on her farm surrounded by clementine and olive groves, weather permitting.
In the afternoon, we head north to Altomonte to check in at our luxury castle-hotel. Relax at the pool or wander through the farm. Dinner at the estate’s restaurant.
DAY 5 - Cheesemaking, Cooking class
We'll have an early breakfast so we can watch a local shepherd make ricotta. We'll taste it fresh as it is made and then bring some back with us to use in our cooking class. There we'll work with the chef to prepare local dishes for our lunch.
In the late afternoon we’ll take a walk before dinner around the old hilltop town to work up an appetite for what’s to come: a feast of amazing micro-local specialties prepared by the Barbieri family with produce from their farm, paired with wines from the Pollino area.
DAY 6 – Serracavallo, Pizzo
After check out, we head south to discover the wines of Serracavallo, a boutique winery that makes some of Calabria’s most amazing wines. Owner Demetrio Stancati takes full advantage of his vineyards’ 2,000-feet elevation above the sea with hot sunny days and cool nights, to produce elegant, unconventional Magliocco and Pecorello wines. He’ll treat us to a scrumptious lunch at his beautiful tasting room set above the Crati valley in Bisignano, with each course paired with a different Serracavallo wine.
On our way down to Tropea we’ll stop in Pizzo to explore this charming town and of course, enjoy the famous “Tartufo di Pizzo". We then continue on to our five-star resort, Porto Pirgos, near Tropea. After check in, enjoy
the breathtaking views of the sea, take a stroll on the white sandy beach or swim at the resort pool overlooking the Mediterranean. Dinner will be at the resort.
DAY 7 - ‘Nduja, Tropea
We start our day with a culinary discovery: ‘nduja, a spicy spreadable salami unique to the Monte Poro area. We’ll take a tour of the best ‘nduja producer in Spilinga and enjoy a local lunch where ‘nduja will be the star.
After lunch, you’ll have a chance to stroll around Tropea, considered the jewel of the Tyrrhenian coast. We’ll end the evening in Tropea at the oldest wood burning oven where they still prepare traditional Calabrian pizza and stuffed pizza in tin pans as they did in the old days.
DAY 8 - Reggio Calabria, Tramontana, Farewell Dinner
Today we drive south along the enchanting Tyrrhenian coast to the National Archaeological Museum in Reggio Calabria, home of Bronzi di Riace, world-famous ancient-Greek bronze warriors that were under the sea until 1972.
Our next stop is the Tramontana Vini winery, where the Tramontana family will welcome us with a delicious lunch paired with their fantastic Calabrese, Castiglione and Alicante wines for which Southern Calabria is known.
Back to Porto Pirgos resort to relax before we settle into our farewell dinner. With live Calabrian folk music as backdrop, we’ll enjoy local specialties with the best Calabrian wines.
DAY 9 - Arrivederci
After breakfast, a shuttle takes you to the Lamezia Terme International Airport by 10 a.m. for your return flight.