- On 20 May 2020
- tramonti, wine experience amalfi coast, wine tasting amalfi coast
Wine tasting on the Amalfi Coast with Heather and Jack
Who said that wine tasting on the Amalfi Coast is not possible?
Besides the sightseeing, there is much more to do… and taste!
Heather and Jack were looking for something different than the usual tour of the Amalfi Coast.
They asked to start the tour from Positano, see Amalfi and Ravello adding a wine tasting if possible.
So I designed a tailored tour for them: thought about some of the stops along the way, timings for the long stops in Amalfi and Ravello before going to a winery for wine tasting and lunch.
I wanted to take them to one of the oldest wineries in Tramonti, a bit remote but no touristy.
Tramonti is a town located on the mountains of the Amalfi Coast: the Lattari Mountains.
It’s a group of several villages, some of them really tiny, where the main economy are farmers, shepherds, woodmen and wine makers.
I will never forget that day of May, when I left home headed to Positano to meet Heather and Jack. I was a bit worried about the weather. According to the forecast, there was no possibility at all for a sunny day and high probability of wind and rain.
Reaching Positano I could see that the forecast was right. The situation started to get even worse when I saw the clouds were pretty low and dark.
But clouds aren’t always bad… as long as it doesn’t start raining, you can make wonderful photos and still enjoy the sightseeing.
We left Positano and started the tour in a positive mood, despite the bad weather, and we were able to take some nice pictures along the way.
Heather and Jack were able to experience a bit the town of Ravello, even though it started raining.
Then we left Ravello, headed to Tramonti for the next part of the tour: the wine tasting.
We were welcomed by the owner, Prisco, who escorted us in a tour of the winery showing us old pictures of the vineyards (it was raining and we couldn’t walk through the vineyards) and of his family that has been in the wine business since generations.
Then he brought us in the cellar, where he explained the process of making wine and all the wines they produce.
We learned that some of the grapes in Tramonti are among the oldest ones in Europe as they were not attacked by Grape phylloxera because the soil in Tramonti is volcanic.
The next part was even more interesting: a lunch in the cellar, with homemade traditional food, and wine tasting.
Heather and Jack really appreciated the authenticity of this experience. Their table was set in the middle of a room full of bottles of wine, where the owners (it’s a family run business) use to have lunch.
The menu was very traditional: we had an antipasto (mozzarella, ricotta, salami, pancetta, eggplant parmigiana, zucchini and a montanara) and the traditional pasta e patate (Prisco’s wife had to go home to cook it).
I still remember how happy Heather and Jack were for this, they really enjoyed it and had fun.
We were a little worried about the weather, but eventually it turned out a very nice day.