02 August 2021
What would a wine tour be if it didn't have its gourmet moment?
In this article we have selected three unique restaurants that offer outdoor service, immersed in some of the most spectacular Italian vineyards and included in our wine tours.
Hostaria di Bacco
Among the pergolas and terraced vineyards of Furore, with balconies overlooking the sea, the historic Hostaria di Bacco is the ideal restaurant to immerse yourself in the breathtaking experience of the Amalfi Coast. It was founded in the early 1900s and has always been a local institution ever since. Here you can dine immersing yourself completely in the surrounding landscape: the sparkling blue of the waves, before your eyes; the light green of the vineyards all around; behind, the dark elevations of the Campania Apennines, which throw themselves headlong onto the beaches. At the Hostaria, Erminia Cuomo reigns in the kitchen: she defines herself as a "cook" (don't call her "chef") and is able to satisfy even the most demanding palates by drawing on the infinite suggestions of the Campania tradition.
Damiano Nigro Ristorante
RELAISPALÁS CEREQUIO, MICHELE CHIARLO
How many times is the expression "immersed in the vineyards" a pure euphemism? Not at Palás Cerequio, owned by Michele Chiarlo. The entire Relais is literally surrounded by vineyards and has been recovered from an ancient agricultural village dating back to the 18th century. Even the restaurant, run by chef Damiano Nigro, enjoys a spectacular view of the vineyards, which here are not just any plots. These are in fact the rows of Barolo from the Cerequio cru, a green amphitheater called the "Riviera delle Langhe" for its panoramic position. Nigro's cuisine draws on Piedmontese traction, contaminating it with that of Puglia, the chef's homeland. The strong point of the restaurant is the impressive wine list whose focus, of course, is on the best interpreters of Barolo. The eighteenth-century cellars of Palás Cerequio house the Caveau del Barolo. Here is the history of the Michele Chiarlo winery: over half a century of vintages, from 1958 to today, meticulously archived to compose a unique collection, which exceeds 6,000 bottles. Palás Cerequio offers enthusiasts a unique opportunity: horizontal and vertical tastings of old vintages led by sommelier Roberto Stroppiana.
FEUDI DI SAN GREGORIO
Since the spring of 2021, Marennà has opened its terrace on the Sorbo Serpico vineyards, home of the Feudi di San Gregorio winery. The gourmet restaurant with beautifully designed interiors will now also have a wonderful view. Chef Roberto Allocca's cuisine has its roots in the Irpinia-Campania tradition and is always looking for quality ingredients: such as the typical Carmasciando cheeses and the vegetables grown in his organic garden. Marennà is an oasis of peace and taste in contact with nature, in one of the most avant-garde wineries in Southern Italy. The wine list is amazing: over 200 labels from Irpinia, Italy and around the world. Today Marennà is also a gourmet aperitif: cocktails and music on the terrace every summer evening, accompanied by the chef's proposals.