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“An Italian wine tour for the serious Oenophile”
Review of Wine Link Italy

Wine Link Italy
Reviewed 13 May 2014

This is not your typical expat wine tour, but the real deal. Not only is the backdrop one of the most scenic and rustic regions of Italy, but your native Italian tour guide is Barbara D'Agapiti, a certified Sommelier, is extremely personable and enthusiastic about sharing her inside knowledge of the best artisanal wine producers of the region, all of whom greet her upon arrival as a close family friend. We were a group wine professionals from NYC and Chicago who spent four fantastic days touring, eating, and tasting our way through the wine districts of Umbria, and thanks to Barbara came away with a deep appreciation of the terroir and unique indigenous varietals of Umbria, Procanico, Trebbiano Spoletino, Grechetto, Sangiovese, and of course, the luscious and powerful Sangrantino di Montefalco. All the logistics were expertly attended to so we could focus all our attention on the wine, food and landscape. I give this tour my unconditional and highest recommendation. In addition to Umbria, Barbara and WineLinkItaly offer similar tours in the wine districts of the Piemonte, Veneto, Friuli, Tuscany, Campania, and Sicily.

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Barbara D'Agapiti arrived at our hotel in Bevagna with a cute little white van and an itinerary for our day; a visit Decimi- a small family run olive oil production facility and several wineries. The wineries were interesting as we tasted the produce of the Sagrantino grape, but the olive oil tasting was a highlight. Barbara's local knowledge, her connections to the local producers, her recommendations on other things to do were excellent, and gave a sense of the real 'terroir' of Umbria. We had a great day with her. highly recommended.

Thank Marianne M
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We've just returned home after celebrating our anniversary by going on the Pasta e Vino tour put together by Barbara of WineLinkItaly in collaboration with the B&B Alla Madonna del Piatto near Assisi. Barbara arranged a wonderful week where we visited winerys, olive oil producers, and ate at wonderful local restaurants all around Umbria. We felt completely taken care of as each day was well planned and full of new tastes and experiences. We were there during the olive harvest and learned all about olive oil production and got to taste and therefore understand why high quality new olive oil is so special. We'd been to Umbria before, but on our prior trips we never achieved the understanding of the people and the culture as we did this time.

We were comfortable with Barbara from the moment we met her. It was as though an old friend was showing us around. A friend that is extremely knowledgeable about wine and food, and knows just exactly how to plan a day! Our visits to all these places were very personal and because of that we got a deeper understanding of Umbria and its culture of food and wine than we could ever have gotten on our own.

We've returned home with wonderful memories, new friendships, and two cases of wine and olive oil! We highly recommend Barbara as a guide whether in Umbria, or any other wine region of Italy. We intend to return to have her introduce us to the wines of the Piedmont region.

Thank KatyElla
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

We spent an incredible full day with Barbara in Umbria and could not have asked for anything more! She picked us up at our hotel and started us at a tiny artisanal olive oil producer followed by three wineries in the area. In the middle we had an incredible lunch at an awesome trattoria in Bevagna where we were able to get to know her and enjoy wonderful food and wine following her recommendations. She is smart, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to spend time with. We hope to see her again on our next trip to Italy!

Thank Scott O
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We enjoyed an excellent day out with Barbara visiting wineries in Tuscany. Following exchanges of emails before our trip she created a customized itinerary which, as requested, focused on wine. We love wine and have traveled quite a bit in Tuscany and Umbria in the past but had always found winery visits to be rather difficult to arrange by ourselves – the wineries here are certainly not set up in the way you see in Napa or the Hunter Valley!

Barbara solved that problem for us, arranging visits to four small but varied wineries – two near Montepulciano, home of the well-know Vino Nobile, and two near Cortona, where the much less well known to Italy Syrah grape is cultivated. Barbara had arranged personalized tours of each winery – in one case with the owner himself – and each included a walk through of the wine making process, discussion of the various techniques used and, of course, a sampling of the products. Each of the wineries was fascinating to see, and the passion of those working there shone through clearly to us.

Pace of the day was leisurely and we never felt hurried, but somehow Barbara managed to ensure that we kept to schedule. At the halfway point we stopped for lunch at a delightful trattoria where we enjoyed a simple tasty lunch at a very reasonable price.

All in all a very enjoyable and memorable day. We would certainly use Barbara again if we come back to Umbria or Tuscany in the future.

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