A friend and I returned yesterday from a girl's trip (also with my 8 month old son) long weekend in the south of Italy. She really enjoyed the primitivo variety of wine, and had arranged for us to attend two wine tastings in Manduria on our second day of the trip... Tenuta del Barco showed up as a unique, inexpensive place to stay that was relatively close to the town of Manduria.
As far as agriturismos go, this was the most affordable that I have stayed at during my year and a half living in Italy. There are two types of rooms that are offered-- the rustic "cabins" (small duplex-style cabins without a kitchenette), or the more conventional rooms that do come with a kitchenette.
The staff was incredibly friendly (some spoke English), the food was amazing (we had two dinners there, as well as breakfast every morning... breakfast was your traditional Italian fare of meats, cheeses, fruit, and baked goods and was included in the price of the room). There was never any pressure to buy any of their wine, but there were four or five varieties grown and produced in the region (6-12 euro per bottle) that you could drink or purchase to take home.
I would definitely return, and highly recommend this site to anyone heading to the south eastern portion of Italy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Masseria dating back to 1600, a short distance from a sea with a white private beach of the hotel, surrounded by a hundred acres of land to organic farming, with olive trees, vineyards, wheat, is an ideal retreat to carve out moments of relaxation in direct contact with nature. Renovated with great dedication by the owners Antonio and Virginia, who will welcome you with warmth and sympathy along with all the staff. ... more less
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