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What They Say About Us and Our Tours

"Jeni, you are a super duper tour guide!  We wouldn't have been able to have such personal tours of the wineries without you!"  -JF

"[You are] excellent, very knowledgeable, gracious, and accommodating."   - SM

"We just want to thank you for the great planning and organizing of our Tuscany trip!  We enjoyed ourselves immensely...the trip was a once-in-a-lifetime trip that could not be reproduced!  We really enjoyed our travel companions - the number of people on the trip was perfect.  We look forward to the next trip and maybe a cooking class!" - J&J

"We loved the tour and hope to take another one in the future...we were more than satisfied."  -LZ

 

 

Unlimited Italy - With a Trenitalia rail pass

Just announced...September tour of Tuscany - "Chianti to the Coast".  See "Tours" for more information. 

 

 

We are passionate   about Italy...

Welcome to an exciting, intimate and unique way to travel in Italy! 
 

Our tours are unique travels that ignite in each person a journey, both inward and outward, through delectable food, savory wines and intimate visits to the regions we explore. You will be immersed in each area so that your palate and other senses are stirred, opened and delighted.  Your intellectual curiosities will be piqued by distinctive locales that are full of history, natural beauty and old world traditions.  We have extensive connections and relationships in Italy and have done all the work for you; all you have to do is sit back and enjoy our anything but ordinary trips. 
 

Our goal is stir the passion in your palate, to facilitate and deepen your experience of Italy through the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and sensations that come when moments are lived fully and we allow our palates to blossom.  We believe that food and beverage has been a uniting force since the beginning of humankind and in every culture.  We believe that this tradition of coming together over food and wine is one that can facilitate relationships and gives us comfort, knowledge, relaxation, impressions, memories and sustenance for the body, mind and soul. 
 

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”  - Henry Miller 
 
 


Our tours are beyond  your average tours ...
 

Passionate Palate Wine Tours are unique.  Why? 
 

       Relationships, Connections and Knowledge 

Our guides are experts who have long standing relationships with wineries and winemakers in Italy as well as in-depth knowledge of the areas we visit (see About Us for more information.)  We have designed our visits to Italy in order for you to have the most in depth, informative, comfortable and fun experience that is not available to you on other tours.  With our experienced guides, you will not feel “herded” from place to place nor will you be going to the most obvious attractions.  We use our connections to guide you to authentic, historical, and family vineyards and wineries as well as high profile and well known estates, most of which are not open to the public.  You will get intimate, behind-the-scenes, and in-depth tours of vineyards and winemaking facilities with winemakers or winery owners.  You will get to taste the best wines of each area we visit.  You could not get tours like these unless you are in the wine industry.  With our guides you will feel like you are traveling with friends - friends who are from Italy and/or have spent decades working in the wine business and traveling throughout Italy.  Our knowledge of restaurants, hotels and food producers makes traveling with us unique and enriching.  You will experience the unspoiled side of this spectacular country and will return enamored and enchanted with the “bella vita” of Italy.   
 

Cuisine

We will experience dining in restaurants that showcase each region’s culinary traditions as well as local agricultural offerings.  The restaurants we choose will be elegant, modern, traditional, family style or casual – but what they will have in common is that they will always exquisitely showcase the region’s culinary traditions or agricultural offerings.  We will expertly pair local wines with your cuisine, stimulating your palate in the most extraordinary ways.  Additionally, we may visit specialty food producers to round out your culinary discoveries of Italy. 
 

Accommodations

We choose elegant and unique hotels, bed and breakfasts, wine estates or “agriturismos” (country inns that also produce a protected, typical food or agricultural product) that are charming, luxurious, comfortable and never run of the mill.  Your peace and comfort at these carefully chosen accommodations are assured. 
 

No Need to Bring Bottles of That Great Wine Home in Your Luggage!

Have you had a wine in another country that was delicious and when you return home, upon trying to buy the wine in a store, you find out that the wine isn’t even imported?  Or, you buy the wine while you are in the other country and carefully pack a few bottles in your luggage, try to make them last at home, wishing you had more.  This is a very common problem.  Passionate Palate Tours presents a unique solution.  We make sure that the wines that you will taste on the tour are available in the U.S.  We will even help you find a retailer near you that carries those wines, or that will order them for you. 
 

Our Groups

Our groups, in general, are small and intimate.  We restrict the total number of people traveling in order to maximize the intimacy of the experience for all.  You will probably come away from our wine and food adventures with not only wonderful memories, but with new friends for life. The people who come on our journeys all have one thing in common – a love of food and wine.  Most of our clients already have a passion for Italy and wine travel, although we also cater to those who are novices, wanting to be accompanied by an expert to start them off with a familiar, educated and passionate Italian experience.  All of our clients, however, are curious and share the same enthusiasm for making new discoveries and a desire to go deeper into the Italian culture.  What better company could you ask for? 
 

Sights & Cultural Experiences

We offer itineraries that allow you some free time to explore places on your own, like taking in a museum, visiting attractions of your interest or simply walking around an historical city.  Along with delighting your palate, our hope is that you absorb the plentiful and resplendent beauty that is scattered throughout the country in the museums, on street corners, churches, building facades and countryside. There will be plenty of places for great photo opportunities.   
 

“In our lives there are moments of great beauty that are so fragile, so transitory that to experience them is pure joy.  To share them is to know the essence of living.”  - Gwen James, “Reconnecting” 
 


We also have links for those of you who are passionate about travel to other places in the world.  Please explore our site and contact us with questions, or if you would like to secure your spot with any of our passion-loving groups on any of these palate-pleasing journeys. 


Personalized Trips to Italy

In addition to the planned tours that we offer here, the Passionate Palate Tours team is also set up to help you plan your custom Italy wine and food vacation.  We can arrange all aspects of your trip related to winery visits, restaurant reservations, chauffeured cars, tour guides, translators and hotels.  By using our service, you will get a personalized, exclusive itinerary without having to do all the research and work yourself.  Let us use our wine industry connections to secure appointments at wineries, our knowledge of local restaurants to plan your gourmet meals and our expertise of the country to advise you on where to go.  Please contact Jeni Moretti at 310.863.0062 or at passionatepalate AT gmail DOT com for more information.

 


 Corporate Retreats, Incentive Travel, and Team Building

Would you like to plan your next Corporate Retreat, Incentive Travel or Team Building Trip in Itlay?  Our staff can arrange a well-organized event in an original venue involving winery trips, cooking classes, culinary excursions and great restaurants. Please contact Jeni Moretti at 310.863.0062 or at passionatepalate AT gmail DOT com.

 


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