It’s HERE! New updated Gusto Wine Tours Website.

Vines of Umbria

We are very proud and excited to announce that our new website is up and running.

We would love it if you took a tour of the pages and gave us your feedback – we will be tweeking it as necessary!

Check out the new tours and Special ‘New Website’ offer!

See you in Umbria on one of our Gusto Wine Tours!

Ciao for now,

Giselle & Mark


Views toward Trevi

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Coming soon …. Brand new website!

Can’t even give you a sneaky peeky!
It will be GREAT though!
5 years – time for a freshen-up!

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Sorry! Website issues….

Just to let everyone know that we are having a few problems with uploading and publishing on the website. As soon as we have figured it out, we will be back up and running. Email and the blog are all running smoothly and we are ‘Open for business’!!
I am rather too busy with enquiries to give the website my fullest attention, but I will do what I can as soon as possible!

The missing text is below:

Gusto Wine Tours

Do you love Umbrian wines?

Do you wish you could find the wines you tried on our tours?

We can help you!

We will ship mixed cases of Umbrian wines to you.*
It starts with something as simple as sending us an email, we will guide you through every step from that point!

We’ll give you wines to choose from, we’ll collect them from the wineries for you and we will ship them to your door.
How’s that for service?!

Contact Giselle and Mark to receive your list –

(*Providing shipping of wines is allowed to your area.)


Check here regularly for SPECIAL offers


To welcome in 2016 we are offering some great deals!

Introducing the Tasty Tour

*A wonderful Umbrian lunch usually in a lovely agriturismo in the countryside.

*A full winery visit including tastings.

*Visiting the barrel rooms.

*A walk in the vines (weather permitting!)

*Start at collection from or near your (local) accommodation.

12.30pm until about 4.30pm.
(Or swap around – Winery then lunch – 11.30am to 3.30pm.)

€115.00 per person or less. 2 – 8 wine lovers.

Gusto Taster Tours
These were so popular last year, we decided to do them again this year!

*Don’t have the time for a full day tour with us?

*Come out with us for a morning or an afternoon and visit a couple of fabulous local cantine!

*We’ll pick you up locally
(local to Montefalco, ask us if you’re not sure!)

*You’ll visit 2 cantine tasting their wines and, as often as not, their local products…

*You’ll have a full tour of one of the cantine …

*We’ll drop you off where we picked you up!

€90.00 per person or less! From 2 to 8 wine lovers.

Contact us for more details.
Don’t delay! Email us –
and book your tour with Gusto!

And the Blog and Twitter links are missing too  😦   Sigh!  All will be well soon, I hope!

Happy New Year, wine loving friends!

Giselle & Mark

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**UPDATE**Not Wine Related! (But still, read on …!!) A Personal Appeal!



WE raised a massive €1,768.15 at the end of play!  Plus there were other donations made for this appeal, but not through my Just Giving page – I don’t know what those amounts were, but if I know my friends at all, they were generous!  😀  

We raised enough for the TWO #Shelterboxes plus quite a good chunk extra.  

THANK YOU!!  There will be two families who will be able to start putting their lives back together again because of YOU.  

On the 1st November, I will turn the big FIVE OH!

I am a complete spoilt brat and have all I could possibly want in life, so when I heard about the dreadful earthquakes in Nepal, I decided that I would like donations to a special charity in lieu of birthday pressies.

My chosen charity is Shelterbox, a Cornwall based charity that is one of the first in hitting the ground running all over the world – giving essential aid to the worst hit disaster areas.  They are frontline workers, often putting themselves in mortal danger as they help others.

My initial target of raising enough money to buy a single Shelterbox kit has been smashed and exceeded by nearly 50% (apologies to my long suffering maths-headed hubby if I have that percentage wrong!)  So, my new target – which I am asking YOU to help me reach is to buy at least TWO Shelterbox kits by 1st November.  They cost £590.00 each (About $900.00 or €795.00)  As of today (14th October, the total stands at €1,220.42.  If you are in the UK, you can do the Gift Aid thing too!

Rescue workers remove debris as they search for victims of earthquake in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Rescue workers remove debris as they search for victims of earthquake in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

The page I chose to use for donations is the ‘JustGiving‘ site where all donations given go directly to the charity.  I have nothing to do with the passing of the donations, the site automatically transfers the money to the charity.

Here is the link to Shelterbox where you can find out more of what they do – ShelterBox

Whats in a Shelterbox?

Here is the link to my JustGiving page ….  JustGiving Fundraising Page for Giselle Stafford

Thank you all so much!  If I can reach the target of at least TWO #Shelterboxes, that would be the best birthday present of all!

Giselle xxx

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Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the FOURTH year in a row!

We are absolutely delighted and extremely chuffed that our wonderful wine guests have once again given us the opportunity to shout from the roof tops that we have received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the 4th year in a row – 2012 -2015

We would also like to thank them all for their fabulous reviews which have put Gusto Wine Tours at:

#1 in Montefalco for Top Tours & Activities,

#1 in Province of Perugia for Top Tours & Activities,

#1 in Umbria for Top Tours & Activities,

#9 in the whole of Italy for Wine Tours and Tastings!

Haven’t been out on a tour with us yet?  Come to Umbria and find out for yourselves what all the fanfare is about!

Contact me, Giselle, with your preferred dates for your Gusto Wine Tour!  We still have a little availability left this summer, not much, but ask me!

Come and have a day of fun and wine in the beautiful region of Umbria.



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Gusto Wine Tours Grand Prize Draw …. WINNERS!! We have WINNERS!!

We had a “Christmas at Easter” party at Casa di Stafford last night and Lisa May who IS Paws To Help was there.  We asked Lisa to pick the tickets for the prize draw, we thought she was the perfect person to do it!

So, without further ado – we are DELIGHTED to announce the winners!

Third Prize” donated by Yo Harff & Jan Vos of Monteolivo-Umbria of a case of six gorgeous bottles of Cantina Moretti Grechetto wine goes to ticket number #40 which was bought by ALISON EDEN!  We hope you enjoy the wines which will be shipped to your door.

Second Prize”  Donated by  über talented Nicola Donovan  – The Artful Chocolatier  – A fantastic selection of artisan handmade chocolates, delivered to your door, goes to ticket number #16, bought by ELYSSA BERNARD! We know you will enjoy these chocolates that are *almost* too beautiful to eat …. *almost*!

First Prize” Donated by us,  Giselle & Mark Stafford at Gusto Wine Tours – A full days Umbrian Wine Tour for TWO people, goes to ticket number #103, bought by MARC WISBEY!  Congratulations, Marc & Karen!

Thank you EVERY ONE of you who participated in the Grand Prize Draw!

Thank you to the folk who contacted me personally and thank you for the fantastic response and support for this event!

Thank you to everyone for donating to Paws to Help and congratulations to the winners!

Thank you to everyone for donating to Paws to Help and congratulations to the winners!

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Gusto Wine Tours – Grand Prize Draw! *** WONDERFUL UPDATE****

13th March 2015   We are DELIGHTED to say that we have now sold 101 tickets!! This means that the Grand Prize Draw will take place after midday (Italy time!) on Friday 3rd April!  Now we want to reach 200 tickets!  Only €5 per ticket!  A bargain … and to sweeten the deal, we have a THIRD prize on the table now!!  We have such fantastic and generous friends!  

THIRD prize offered by Monteolivo-Umbria run by the charismatic Yo & Jan…    You could win 6 bottles of fantastic award winning  Omero Moretti Grechetto organic wine – and have it shipped to your house!  



9TH MARCH 2015  (Don’t forget we need a MINIMUM of 100 tickets sold before we can do the Grand Prize Draw. We are very happy to sell more than 100 ;-D ).  87 tickets sold so far!  Fantastic!  Just get in touch and have a go!  Win or lose, you are helping a wonderful cause!


We have a fabulous announcement to make!

We have a SECOND prize from our gorgeous talented friend Nikki Donovan aka The Artful Chocolatier ….

A beautiful assortment of handmade, bespoke chocolates with the PAWS TO HELP logo on them.

Check out her Facebook page here: The Artful Chocolatier
(And give it a ‘LIKE’ while you’re there! )
Take a look at her brand-y new website too –

PAWS TO HELP page: Paws To Help
Check out the page, and it would be great if you followed along the adventure by liking the page too!!

So, come on everyone – let’s see how many numbers we can reach before Friday 3rd April at noon! Only €5 a go! Just contact me and I will allocate you a number! Keep an eye on how things are going on our Facebook page Gusto – Umbrian Wine Tours!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this prize, @theartfulchocolatier – I know that whoever wins it will LOVE it!!

Now … Read on for how to get your tickets!!  …….

Raising money and awareness for “Paws To Help”.

Giselle & Mark

Giselle & Mark

To continue celebrating our 5th year doing what we love, we at Gusto Wine Tours have hatched a plan to raise money for our very good friend’s cause and YOU get the chance to win a fantastic prize!!

The Grand Prize is a fabulous Gusto Wine Tour for TWO people.  The prize will be valid until the end of 2015. 

The cause is to raise money for the various furry/feathered friends that Lisa May (AKA Santa Francesca) & her other half Gio (Dr Doolittle – He talks to the animals!) have rescued/found or they have found them!  Lisa has just started a Facebook community page called Paws To Help to show what they have done over the years and continue to do!  You can go to Paws To Help and donate a little via Paypal – every cent goes towards paying for the care of the animals – food, vet bills, shelter etc…. It’s a big commitment every day and even €5 makes such a difference!

So, here’s what we propose ….

Each raffle ticket is €5 (Five Euros) and you can buy as many as you like!  Each €5 will be randomly assigned a number & (not randomly) your name. 

There will be a list which I will update every time a ticket is sold.  It will be on Gusto – Umbrian Wine Tours Facebook page.  You will need to let me know you have paid and what name you would like next to the number (s).  If you are on Facebook, please do this on the Gusto – Umbrian Wine Tours page to keep it all in one place!

We need at least 100 tickets sold by midday April 3rd 2015 .  If that total isn’t reached – the money raised by that stage will go to Paws To Help without the prize draw.  Once 100 or more numbers are sold, I will use a random number generator to pick a number out the hat!  The winner will be notified on the Gusto – Umbrian Wine Tours Facebook page! Then the money will be presented to Lisa & Gio for Paws To Help.

The winner gets a day’s Gusto Wine Tour for TWO wine lovers,  here in the gorgeous region of Umbria tasting the wonderful Montefalco wines!  All you need to do is get yourselves to Umbria – unless you are already here of course!  The winner can contact me, Giselle, for all the arrangements! 

On your day with us – you will visit two small, family-run wineries before lunch.  Then you will enjoy a full, memorable Umbrian lunch with wine (of course!) at a lovely agriturismo followed by a further visit to another out-the-way winery in the afternoon before being taken back to your pick-up point in the late afternoon.  During the day you will tour at least one of the wineries including the barrel rooms, the cantina etc.  Check us out on

To buy your ticket(s) for this amazing prize, all you need to do is send your €5 (or multiples of!) via Paypal making sure to use the Friends & Family option to reduce the PP fees.  The email linked to the PayPal account is

The more numbers we sell, the more money we can raise for Paws To Help

As they say – You have to be in it to win it!!  Go on, have a flutter, it may well be YOU!! 

(Oh, and you can pass your prize onto another couple if you can’t make it – so it also makes a FANTASTIC gift!!)

Our boy - DJ

Our boy – DJ

Without Lisa intervening and fostering this little guy in the photo above, we would never have met out gorgeous boy DJ!!  A perfect ‘brother’ to our other beautiful rescued dog, Stella!


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A Very Happy and Exciting 2015 for us all!!

I’ve put together some snapshots of our lives in 2014 and look forward to creating more fabulous memories this year!  It’s a big year for us!  We are celebrating five years doing what we love to do!  I (Giselle) turn the big FIVE .OH. later in the year, and I plan on having many adventures to celebrate that!

So, Happy New Year from Gusto Wine Tours in beautiful Umbria!

Do pop by and say hello!


Passito Smile



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In 2015 Gusto Wine Tours will be FIVE years old!  

To celebrate our 5th birthday we have put together our biggest ever promotion!

For every* 2015 Gusto Wine Tour booked with FIVE or more wine lovers together, ONE of the group will have their tour absolutely FREE!  Yes, one of you will have a wine tour on us, FREE/GRATUITO/GRATIS/DARMOWE/KOSTENLOS

… OK, you get the picture! 😀

There’s even more to this ………

Book your Gusto Wine Tour before the end of 2014 and lock in THIS years prices!

So get planning for your Umbrian vacation in 2015 and come out on an award winning Gusto Wine Tour!

Contact me, Giselle,  and I’ll book you in! and click on our email link:


I look forward to hearing from you!

I look forward to hearing from you!

*Excluding July – October inclusive.

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Woo Hoo!! Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence – 2 years …. NO, correction, THREE years in a row!

We are very proud and pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for the 2nd year THIRD year in a row – as we started just 4 years ago, this is a great achievement for us!

We’d like to thank all our past guests for the wonderful reviews – without you all, there would be no Gusto Wine Tours!

We look forward to seeing everyone again in the future for more fun in the Umbrian countryside!

If you haven’t had a tour with us, come along! See, taste and experience what everyone’s been raving about!

SECOND year in a row!!  Woop Woop!

SECOND year in a row!! Woop Woop!

Excuse the poor quality of the certificate – WordPress and Trip Advisor seem to have a few issues with each other and I can’t link the PDF as anything except a line of code.  So this is homemade!

Cheers everyone and see you on one (or more!) of our Gusto Wine Tours!

Giselle & Mark

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