Italy is the largest producer of wine in the entire world and boasts some of the oldest wine making regions. The practice of wine growing began with the Etruscans and Greeks, and later the Romans planted vineyards in the 2nd Century BC. Today, grapes are grown in every region of the country, and there are over one million Italian vineyards. So it’s no wonder that you might want to consider one of the Italy wine tours on your next trip here. If you love red wines, Italian wines or just want to see vineyards in Italy; you’ll have your pick of tours, tastings and get to see the stunning Italian countryside along the way. Let’s explore some options for wine tours in Italy.
If you are traveling to Northern Italy, you might want to take a trip to the region of Trentino-Alto Adige which has a good selection of vineyards to tour and taste. Here you can taste unique wines made from local grapes such as Riesling, Teroldego, Renano, and Traminer. This stunning setting highlights landscapes such as Lake Garda, the Dolomites Mountain Range and has many historic castles and ancient architecture to visit. There are many types of tours to choose from, depending on where you want to go, how much time you have and what you want to see. You can even take in a cooking class or an olive oil tasting session on many of these tours.
Travels to central Italy will put you right in the heart of the Tuscany region. A wine lover’s paradise! Here, you can visit the historic cities of Florence and Siena with all its treasures and take in wine tours as well. The gorgeous landscape of the region of Chianti is world famous for its food, breathtaking scenery and wine. On tours of this area, you will pass by medieval villages perched on high hills and might visit wineries such as Badia a Coltibuono which means “The Abbey of good harvest.” This spectacular winery is a vast estate that is over two thousand years old. A must visit for wine enthusiasts. Wine tasting in this region includes the wines Classico, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Colli Fiorentini and a whole host of other local wines.
And if you’re looking for a change of pace from the traditional wineries, why not take a tour of the Marche Italy Wine region. This region is called “the New Tuscany.” One of the most important wine towns is the capital, Ancona. This region is known for wines that are both economical and easy to drink.
A trip to Southern Italy has an impressive selection of options for wine tours as well. Why not visit Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean and take in the wineries there? Take a tour of the capital city Palermo, then taste and tour in Marsala and other wine regions in the area. Popular Sicilian cellars include Tasca d’Almertia, Donnafugata, and Planeta. Wines featured in Sicily include a unique Chardonnay, Marsala, and Zibibbo. You can even take some time to enjoy one of the many spas in the area to add some extra relaxation to your vacation.
Italy wine tours can be as busy and fast paced or as relaxing and leisurely as you want them to be. Whether it's the Italian reds you love or the many varieties of white, you’ll enjoy every moment of soaking up the wine culture while enticing your taste buds.