With more styles of wine than anywhere else in Europe, a countryside of unparalleled beauty, and world-renowned local cuisine, wine trips in Italy are the best way for wine enthusiasts to explore this country.
As part of wine tasting holidays in Italy, visitors can meander idyllic rural routes littered with historical castles in Tuscany and Piedmont, dine on exquisite food in Lombardy or get carried away in the romance of Veneto – to name only a few unique experiences.
You can enjoy an Italy wine vacation package among vineyards in practically every corner of the country, which boasts over 2,000 individual grape varieties and no less than 20 respected wine growing regions, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.
Understanding the differences between the regions brings a greater understanding of Italian wine, and the local cuisines influenced by the them. Most of the country’s finest vineyards for an Italy wine tour vacation are located in the regions of Piedmont, Lombardia, Veneto, Sicily and Tuscany. But some lesser known regions like Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Puglia and Trentino Alto Adige are also home to delicious food and wine and stunning landscapes.
Among the most sought after appellations are the so-called ‘Killer Bs’ are Barola, Barbaresco and Brunello di Montalcino – while other recognizable wines on the international scene include Chianti, Prosecco and Soave.
At Wine Paths, our local experts can organise exclusive private wine tasting holidays in Italy in regions across the country.
Tours can include elaborate vineyard holidays in Italy, wine tastings, luxury stays, gastronomic meals and unique experiences, and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements, ensuring every detail is taken care of before you set foot on Italian soil.
An Italian wine country vacation can typically take place in glorious wineries, ranging from small family-run enterprises to grandiose estates, where visitors can explore the vineyards and take tours of the cellars accompanied by a professional guide or the vineyard owners themselves.
Of course, there is also the opportunity to sample any number of premier wines that are often paired with local gourmet cuisine for an experience that will leave your taste buds tingling.
With a world of wine at your feet, all that remains is deciding on what region to experience during your wine tasting holidays in Italy – here is a guide to six of the most important wine regions in Italy:
Located in the north-east of Italy, the Veneto region produces more wine than the rest of the country. A selection of wine styles from many different grapes comes from this region, although the most renowned appellations are: Prosecco, sparkling wine made from Glera; Soave, a white wine made from Garganega grapes; and Valpolicella red wines blended from Corvina grapes.
Tuscany is arguably Italy’s most recognized wine region, not least because of the romantic scenery depicted by rolling hills, country roads and picturesque villages scattered between the vineyards. Sangiovese grapes flourish here and are used in the production of many different styles, including Chianti.
The neighbouring regions of Marche and Abruzzo in central Italy are renowned for their production of white Verdicchio and Montepulciano varietals respectively.
Piedmont is another region staking its claim to be the country’s premier wine maker, producing more DOCG (the highest classification of Italian wines) wines than any other region. Nestled in the foot of the Alps, Piedmont has been referred to as ‘Italy’s Burgundy’ and is where two of the country’s finest wines – Barbaresco and Barolo are made.
Lombardy is the largest of all Italian wine regions, producing a pair of famed sparkling wines – Franciacorta and Lambrusco. The sub-region of Lugana, where vineyards are cooled by the nearby Lake Garda, is recognised for its Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella wines.
The southern most spot to explore an Italy wine tour vacation is the Mediterranean island of Sicily where wine production has flourished for 250 years courtesy of ever present sunshine and reliable rainfall. Nero d’Avola is the island’s most revered wine, while the Syrah varieties compare with southern France.
These are only a few of the regions beckoning wine lovers, contact Wine Paths to plan exclusive wine tasting holidays in Italy that will take your breath away!