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Wine tours are awesome. After all, it's a day of drinking in beautiful places. But one food-focused tour company wanted to make the experience really stand out. So, they created a tour where you taste some delicious vino in the heart of the famous Pompeii.

Founded in 2013, Traveling Spoon curates itineraries for travelers centered on authentic food experiences, from market tours and home-cooked meals to cooking classes with locals around the world. And they just announced new ones for 2020 that take you "off the eaten path" like the one in Pompeii.

With this experience, a group up to 12 will visit a family-owned vineyard located in the middle of historical Pompeii, just steps from the city's ruins. There Margherita, or one of her colleagues, will lead you through a tour of the vineyards and winery before lunch and a wine tasting in their cafe. You'll even get to taste their experimental wine aged in terra cotta pots, just as the Romans did over 2,000 years ago. Then take a 10-minute walk outside, and you'll be in the heart of one of the most archeologically significant sites ever discovered.

"This experience is special because it takes place in a beautiful winery in a spectacular setting, in the shadow of Pompeii's ruins, and has a wonderful story," Steph Lawrence, co-founder of Traveling Spoon, told Departures. "You get to enjoy a tour and tasting in an incredible setting, hearing the story of the winery and tasting wonderful wines, and also learning about some of the fascinating ways they make wine."

And this is just one of the many new experiences the company revealed for 2019 and 2020. Also available to book is a heritage pasta-making in a beautiful Milan home, truffle hunting and tasting in Istria, Croatia, and traditional Mole making in a Zapatec home in Oaxaca.


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