Italy’s fascinating wine culture is steeped in history. The country produces the largest range of wines in Europe; it’s clear the passion of wine-making runs deep in Italian culture, with some traditions dating back 3,000 years. Italians believe the table is bare without a fine wine – but where should you go to discover ancient traditions and glorious flavour palates?
Chianti, The Capital Of Italian Wine Production?
Exhilarating and peaceful, the fabled Chianti wine region encompasses picturesque Florence, Siena and Arezzo and is full to the brim of vineyards. Chianti is at the heart of Tuscany’s famous vineyards, perfectly placed among rolling hills and stunning countryside.
Share the Italian Passion
Take a winery tour through the historic 300-year -old underground cellars of Castello di Verrazzano, an iconic castle that has remained unchanged for 1,000 years. You’ll learn all about the production of creating world-class wine from the experts. Discover why Chianti wine has such a fantastic reputation and of course sample the fruits of their labour – there are 33 wines local to this area alone! Enjoy a glass accompanied with Pecorino cheese on the rooftop terrace, gazing out at the lush Tuscan landscape.
Let’s Get Fizzical
While prosecco has taken the UK by storm, another sparkling Italian secret is Franciacorta, a drier, richer wine that has more in common with Champagne. Widely considered Italy’s finest sparkling wine, it’s produced in the traditional method in a quaint town near Lake Iseo called Brescia, Lombardy.
Italy’s Best Kept Secret
As Franciacorta wines are a little more under the radar, the winery tours here feel more personal and casual. Enjoy a walk through the vineyards at Al Rocol, a 4th generation family winery and experience a wine tasting plus a traditional three-course meal made from local produce in the farmhouse.
Time to try organic
In 1966, Paolo Bosoni inherited his family land and changed it from an agricultural enterprise to a world-class organic winery. Today, the vineyard is considered one of the most well-known producers of Italian white wine, using the Vermentino vine where grapes are harvested by hand. Vermentino is a light-bodied wine that possesses a pleasant aromatic profile, including floral notes and citrus fruits. On a tour to the Italian Riviera, visit the vineyard to enjoy a tasting of different wines paired with a light lunch of local flavours.
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