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Swirl the Glass is a wine experience led by Cristian Fusco, Positano native and professional sommelier. Cristian conducts private tastings and wine tours throughout the Amalfi Coast. My visit was on a tour to boutique winery Tenuta San Francesco in Tramonti. Just a 45 minute drive outside of Amalfi, we began our journey wandering through the vines themselves while Cristian discussed the benefits of pergola cultivation, the weather and seasons dictating the conditions of a great wine, and the requirements for DOCG and DOC wines in Italy.
After meandering in the vines, we came inside the winery building for a look at the modest if only in size, not in technology, fermentation room before admiring the beautiful French and Austrian oak barrels in the cellar. Cristian’s explanations were not overly technical but instead explained the life cycle of a great wine, which only built my thirst to try some. 🙂
My favorite part of the Swirl the Glass experience was this delicious lunch, clearly made with love by the women of Tenuta San Francesco, accompanied by great wines and conversation with fellow travelers.
Cristian’s gift is not only his passion and knowledge for wine, but the way he makes it accessible to even a wine novice like myself. Tours run from about 180 Euro per person including pickup from your hotel or base in the Amalfi Coast, transportation to and from a local winery, lunch and wine tasting, and Cristian’s expert guidance. Book in advance at the contact information above.
© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2014.