- Snacks and a glass of wine or fresh fruit juice
- Local English-speaking guide
- Food samples such as olive oil from D.S. Bio’s own farm
- Plus cheese and salami from nearby farms
- Transportation to the vineyard
- Additional food and drinks
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Experience tasting the best white wine In Italy' produced using ancient, indigenous Maturano vines
- Visit Danilo Scenna, the dynamic entrepreneur behind this successful agriturismo, and pick his brains on everything grape-related
- Enjoy local cheeses and salami that perfectly complement the wines you are tasting
This land has survived a hostile Roman take-over, a European vine plague, and mass emigration and yet somehow, the ancient vines have remained. It is almost a miracle that you have the opportunity to taste the fruits of these ancient vines. So this is truly an Italian wine tour that you'd be mad to miss. Learn about biodynamic wine-making from an entrepreneur who won Autochtona's Best White Wine in Italy award in 2017 for his purely native Maturano, and tastes some of his best bottles with a rugged Italian Vineyard as your backdrop. We're pretty sure life doesn't get much better than this. One hundred years ago, Danilo Senna's family planted their first vines amongst the olive groves and oak forests on the slopes of the Abruzzi Mountains, to produce wine for themselves and their close friends. Now, one hundred years later, he's using the same wine-making techniques used by his ancestors to cultivate some of the best wine in Italy, and on this tour, you'll get to try some with the man himself.
We will start your tour with a walk around the slopes of the vineyard, giving you an opportunity to not only admire the vines up close but to enjoy stunning views of the valley too. Production currently stands at an average of ten thousand bottles a year, but the goal is to grow this to over fifty thousand in the next few years. We’ll stop at the small wine cellar to see something you might not expect large tanks made from concrete. These were originally used during Ancient Roman times to help keep the wine at the right temperature. We’ll also meet some of the beautiful indigenous horses that Danilo is currently breeding and re-introducing to the Valley. Now on to our favorite part of the tour — the wine tasting itself. Take a seat at the tasting table and delve into Danilo’s biodynamic experiment with a glass each of Arcaro, Matre and Voluminia.
There will be some tasty accompaniments available to snack on, so you won’t be drinking on an empty stomach. As we taste, we’ll learn more about the different vine varieties that originate from this special region, including Marturano and Lecinaro, and discover the unbroken lineage between Etruscan and Greek viticulture that still thrives. Before you go, don’t forget to ask for more food and drink recommendations to try while you’re in the area. Aside from food, we’ve got Benedictine Abbeys and Monasteries to explore, hills to trek through and nature to be appreciated. Plus, a seemingly endless stream of food and culture festivals over the summer months. Just let us know what you’re looking for, we’re always happy to advise our new friends.
What to bring
Hat and sunscreen.
What to wear
Please wear comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers that you don't mind getting dirty for walking up mildly steep and rocky vineyard paths.
- Please note, there is a MINIMUM purchase required of 12 bottles if you want Danilo to ship your wines to you. If you are not driving to the agriturismo, you can come by bus directly to Sora (Cultural buses leave from Rome’s Metro Stop A - Anagnina directly to Sora). If you let us know 48 hours in advance of your arrival, we’ll send you the phone number of our taxi driver friend who’ll be happy to escort you to the agriturismo. Please note that taxi drivers need a minimum of 24-hour notice. Taxi rides from Sora to D.S. Bio is approximately 10 Euros. While this tour runs throughout the year, it is worth noting that the grapes go into hibernation in winter… so there are no pretty grapevines to look at, at this time of year.