Wine Regions of Italy
If you’re thinking of visiting Italy, the chances are you already know about the country’s love of wine. From wonderful and full bodied reds to refreshing whites, the Italians certainly know a thing or two about getting the best from their grapes.
There are 20 wine regions in total, all with something different to offer. You can book a wine tour at a number of wineries and learn more about how one of the nation’s favourite drinks is produced.
Potentially the most popular region and not just for the wine, is that of Tuscany. Known for having a rich history and beautiful landscapes, around 40% of visitors head to the coastline. Millions of visitors take their holiday in Tuscany each year, with the cities capital of Florence proving most popular between April and October.
In Tuscany you can enjoy a wonderful wine tour in Chianti, where you can find some highly sought after Vin Santo desert wines. Grapes involve Trebbiano and Malvasia Bianca or reds made from Sangiovese, resulting in bottles awarded the title of Super Tuscans.
For one of the largest regions take a holiday near to Lombardy in the heart of Northern Italy. Here you will discover 2 particular styles worth noting, a red Valtellina and sparkling Franciacorta. If you head out to the Northwest you will uncover Italy’s smallest region, where the picturesque Aosta Valley produce around 330 thousand cases a year.
Piedmont is a great place to spend time with family run wineries, some companies have been handed down for generations resulting in well-aged reds. Here you will find the perfect opportunity to enjoy wine tasting, while taking a tour of the cellars and discovering how traditions have changed.
In the north-east of Italy is the region of Veneto. If you’re looking for something rich and fruity, then there are plenty of options. If however you’re looking for something a little different, book a prosecco wine tour and celebrate that special occasion among the vines.
If you’re looking for a city break but still wanting to relax in the country, then the region of Umbria is perfectly situated in central Italy. As well as walking tours of the wineries, take a stroll through the valleys or a hiking trail over the mountains. When you’ve finished sampling the best wines, then you can relax alongside Lake Trasimeno, Marmore’s Falls or the River Tiber.
With so many wineries to choose from in Italy, book a day tour and let your guide take you to a traditional vineyard and a biodynamic winery all in the same trip. Maybe you’re looking to enjoy a tasting session as well as visiting some of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa or Colosseum. In which case why not combine with a city tour and enjoy the best of both worlds.
You don’t need to worry about being the allocated driver either, for many excursions will come with your own chauffer, all included within the price.