The CHEESE lover tour - Food & wine tasting, Puglia

Dairy visit, traditional Apulian cheese lunch, Wine Spectator Top100 wines

127 Caseificio Pioggia (Dairy)

Cheese-maker for a day, steeped in tradition

Produce and taste your own mozzarella and burrata

The cheeses served by The Ritz-Carlton in Osaka, Japan

The PIOGGIA DAIRY, cheese-maker for a day, steeped in tradition, with cheeses served at The Ritz-Carlton in Osaka, Japan.

Hello, let me introduce myself: my name is Vincenzo, I’m 37 years old and I manage the Pioggia Dairy here in Martina Franca together with my brother Giovanni.

I started the cheese making profession as a child in my uncles’ laboratory, first as an apprentice and then with ever greater responsibilities.

The company was very small, and has always produced dairy products and cheeses according to the canons of local tradition, with milk selected from a few carefully selected farms in the area, without strange artifices, chemical products or modern “shortcuts” of various kinds.

Over the years we have slowly made the company grow, both qualitatively and commercially: today we are a small business reality of great quality, we are awarded in international competitions and proudly serve prestigious customers all over the world as, last but not least, The Ritz-Carlton in Osaka, Japan

Puglia

LOCATIONS:
APULIA – Caseificio Pioggia, Via Gaetano Grassi, 26 Martina Franca (TA)

STYLE OF EXPERIENCE:
FOOD GEMS & RARE WINES – Golden awarded CHEESES & Wine Spectator TOP 100 wines

DURATION:
Duration on-site (hours. ±1): 5 or 7

 

An unforgettable day in the middle of cheeses and wines

  • Meeting at the dairy with your private Ambassador, usually Vincenzo Colucci himself.
  • Start of show cooking of the real production of mozzarella and burrata, followed by production by the guests in cooking class mode.
  • Then guided tasting of dairy products (nodini, burrata, fresh ricotta, primo sale) and homemade taralli.

Transfer to Villa Anní, still owned by the Colucci family.

  • Show cooking & COOKING CLASS of LUNCH preparation in the company of an expert cook: handmade orecchiette, handmade capocollo chops, handmade bread balls, etc.
  • Lunch on a convivial table with the hosts, tasting what has just been prepared together with other specialties and the Apulian wines of the Wine Spectator Top 100.
  • After the big lunch, different activities will be proposed according to the season, such as picking wild herbs, asparagus, mushrooms, grapes, vegetables from the gardens, etc…
  • For those guests who prefer to relax in peace, various areas of the property will be freely available, such as the swimming pool or the “lounge” area.

The creation of high quality traditional cheeses has been at home at Caseificio Pioggia for over 50 years.

Our cheeses are all made with the best local milk and typically artisanal.

Our Caprino cheese with wild fennel has entered the list of the best cheeses in Italy, awarded in the Alma Caseus competition with the silver medal, and the gold medal won by our Caciocavallo della Massaia.

We also like to providing our cheeses and dairy products with a suitable location for their quality and relevance: our new “trendy” shop.

The great show of the typical rustic Apulian cuisine in pairing with Wine Spectator Top 100 wines (sample, it could vary seasonally – also in vegetarian version)

  • APPETIZERS (enough to make a whole meal by themselves…): Martina Franca cured meats (Martinese capocollo, stretched bacon, sweet and spicy salami) – Cheeses or dairy products that have not already been tasted in the dairy (caciocavallo, “drunk” caciocavallo with Primitivo, Apulian canestrato, strong ricotta) – Acquasale from Puglia with barattiere, cherry tomatoes, celery and oregano – Broad beans and chicory – Cornaletti with hanging tomatoes, basil and Apulian cacioricotta – Zucchini Poverella – Homemade artichokes in oil with mint – Fried bread balls
  • FIRST COURSE: Orecchiette (homemade) with chops sauce and stewed meatballs in the same sauce
  • MAIN DISH: Braciole with gravy (can also be donkey) served with grilled seasonal vegetables
  • DESSERTS (plus Seasonal fruit): typical Apulian desserts such as “sporcamusi”, “noun’s breast”, “bocconotti”.
  • SPIRITS: rosoli (homemade)
  • Italian Coffee

The absolutely incredible wine selection for lunch: all wine Spectator Top 100!!!

  • Feudo di Santa Croce, Primitivo di Manduria LXXIV 2010 & 2013
  • Schola Sarmenti, Nardó Nerio Riserva 2012
  • Tenute di Eméra, Primitivo di Manduria Antica Masseria Del Sigillo 2014
  • Tormaresca, Primitivo Salento Torcicoda 2016 & 2008Out of stock vintages will be replaced with the most similar ones.

ON REQUEST

  • FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING IN LUXURY CAR, LIMO, VAN OR HELICOPTER with English speaking professional driver/pilot. Departure from any main location, example Rome, Civitavecchia, Livorno, La Spezia, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Venice etc.
  • PRO Photographer/videomaker
  • Mr. Marco Tenerini as your “emotional storytelling guide” for the whole day.

PRICES

From 490

“Rates per person:

ADULT (≥18 yo):
Pax 2: € 1200
Pax 3: € 890
Pax 4: € 730
Pax 5: € 630
Pax 6: € 570
Pax 7: € 530
Pax 8: € 490
MINOR (11-17 yo): Pax € 50
INFANT (0-10 yo): FREE”

Prices for experience only; ask for transfers prices.
Just tell us how many people and your starting location.

SUPERSTARS

  • YOURSELF as cheese-maker for a day
  • The cheeses served at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Osaka
  • Mr. Vincenzo Colucci

TOP PRODUCTS

  • The incredible full line of Pioggia cheeses
  • All the Apulian wines in Wine Spectator Top 100
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STEP BY STEP

  • Meeting at the dairy with your private Ambassador, usually Vincenzo Colucci himself
  • Welcome aperitif
  • Show cooking of the real production of mozzarella and burrata
  • Cheese production by the guests in cooking class mode
  • Guided tasting of dairy products
  • Transfer to Villa Anní, still owned by the Colucci family
  • Show cooking & COOKING CLASS of LUNCH preparation
  • Lunch on a convivial table with the hosts
  • Lunch in pairing with the Apulian wines of the Wine Spectator Top 100 list
  • Different activities will be proposed according to the season
  • For those guests who prefer to relax in peace, various areas of the property will be freely available, such as the swimming pool or the “lounge” area.
  • Goodbye

 

SUPERSTARS

  • YOURSELF as cheese-maker for a day
  • The cheeses served at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Osaka
  • Mr. Vincenzo Colucci

TOP PRODUCTS

  • The incredible full line of Pioggia cheeses
  • All the Apulian wines in Wine Spectator Top 100

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