Il Vicolo Luxury Wine Tours are run by Gerry McMahon of Galway’s Il Vicolo restaurant and wine bar, in partnership with Colm Carter of Honest2Goodness Wine Company. Launched in 2017, the tours take a group of wine-lovers off the beaten track to some of the most beautiful regions of Italy to discover the essence of the country and all it has to offer through its wine, food, and culture.
The next tour will take place from the 21st to the 25th of October with a five-day trip to Tuscany, venturing into the cultural heartlands of Siena, Florence and Montalcino, visiting local vineyards where the group will meet passionate winemakers and immerse themselves in the region’s scenery and produce.
Gerry will act as tour guide and translator, taking the intimate group of 14 on an exploration of the idyllic Italian countryside, visiting wineries and trattorias along the way, enjoying the slower-paced Italian way of life.
Gerry said, “We will visit rustic farms, meet local winemakers, and enjoy t-bone steaks in the Tuscan hills with a glass of Brunello. Each region in Italy is so diverse and our tours will give people the opportunity to experience what makes each region unique. For me, seeing Italy off the beaten track awakens the heart and sings the soul’s sweet melody.”
In Tuscany, guests will stay in Chianti Rufina, one of its most famous wine regions, at the Castello del Trebbio castle and winery. The castle was built by the Pazzi family in 1184 and has a rich heritage, having once been owned by the Medici family. As well as learning about winemaking, guests will learn how to cook like a Tuscan with a half day cookery class.
Over the course of the five days, the group will travel to the scenic hill town of Montalcino in the colourful hills of the Val d’Orcia to visit Fattoria La Magia, a natural and organic wine estate with stunning views of an amphitheatre shaped vineyard which produces Brunello di Montalcino.
A highlight of the trip will be a visit to Panzano in Chianti to meet Dario Cecchini, a world renowned butcher and restaurateur of Netflix’s Chef’s Table fame. Guests will experience Cecchini’s theatrical food preparation and service, and enjoy Tuscany’s signature Bistecca alla Fiorentina as they sit outside soaking up the views of the idyllic Chianti countryside.
The group will experience Suvereto – considered to be one of Italy’s most beautiful towns – in the Maremma Region on their visit to Tenuta Casadei, an organic and low intervention winery which showcases the terroir of the Tuscan Coast. Guest will also have time to explore the scenic village of Bolgheri and Florence, the capital of Tuscany.
The cost is €1,600 per person which includes flights to and from Ireland, luxury transfers, four star accommodation, cookery class, tours, tastings, breakfasts, and featured dinners. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Il Vicolo is an authentic, modern Italian restaurant and wine bar located in Galway’s 200-year-old Bridge Mills building on the banks of the River Corrib in the city’s West End.
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About Il Vicolo
Il Vicolo is an authentic, modern Italian restaurant and wine bar located in Galway’s 200-year-old Bridge Mills building on the banks of the River Corrib in the city’s West End. Il Vicolo first opened its doors in 2011 as a 24-seater café and wine bar on Buttermilk Walk in Galway City, before moving to its current location in the Bridge Mills in 2014, allowing it to evolve into the contemporary Italian restaurant and wine bar it is today.
Il Vicolo boasts one of the most unique outdoor areas in the country, where you can enjoy an aperitif and be transported from Galway city centre to a veritable riverside terrace in southern Italy. Tucked away from the busy streets is its stunning indoor space in the atmospheric cellars of the old flour mill. Its intimate setting and relaxed ambience is the perfect backdrop for experiencing the rustic Italian cuisine which showcases wonderful seasonal ingredients, and to enjoy the best Italy has to offer right in the heart of Galway.
Named one of Ireland’s most romantic restaurants (Katy McGuinness, Irish Independent, Feb 9th 2019), Il Vicolo is the perfect spot for an intimate meal or a special occasion including weddings and private functions.