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Basilicata and Puglia Tours: with Wine in Mind

Hi everyone, I have a dilemma: My Husband and I will be in Matera and Ostuni fall of 2021 and need recommendations on people/companies who do small group or private tours, more specifically with wine mostly. I have hired guides all over Italy and have had no issue but am having a hard time in southern Italy for whatever reason. I've looked on every possible site I can search before asking on this forum. Any suggestions?

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Try to send an e-mail to this group of guides: http://www.turismoadarte.com/contatti.html . I worked with them sometimes and are in general very skilled guides. Someones (like Conny) are even specialized on food (and wine, of course) tours.
And if you want for something different, come in Emilia-Romagna next time :-D

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I had a great tour of the sassi with Antonio, and while I know of no wine expertise, I would certainly ask him and his wife for recommendations:
http://www.materatourguide.it/public/en/about/
The reds in this area are great, and I am more of white wine fan.

This food writer has toured the area a few times and mentioned tour guides and wine in her blog posts, so possibly a resource in here:
https://www.italianfoodforever.com/2019/09/puglia-matera-2019/

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Thank you for the suggestion Ricky! I did check their site and can't get it to change over to 'English' when I click on it or some of the other links to work either. I might have better luck emailing directly. As for Bologna, my husband and I did the best food tour of our lives last year in Bologna. Can't wait to get back there. Our first time staying in the Emilia Romagna area and it left a great impression!

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Hi Valerie, I sent him an email. He is looking the most hopeful so far. Thanks for the recommendation, as his company didn't come up in any of my research and I have yet to hear back from Green Italy.

Valadelphia, I wasn't able to find anything on her blog but I will try your other resource. I've stayed in Matera before and know how hard it is to find people in this part of southern Italy who speak English. I wish I knew more Italian! btw: are you from Philly? If so, we are neighbors, as I'm in Delaware.

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Thanks Gerri, yup.. I already have seen info on Andrea's business and you are right... rave reviews. It's a possibility that we might explore. The other link is likely not what we would be interested in. Thanks for the suggestion though!