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Best Wine Destinations in Italy

Best Wine Destinations in Italy

DESTINATIONS, FOOD + WINE, ITALY

For wine fanatics, a holiday in Italy promises a wonderful experience. Considered by many to be the world’s oldest wine-producing region, there’s no shortage of historic wineries to explore. If you’re planning to visit for the first time, consider one of these popular destinations. You can be sure you’ll find a tasty tipple.

 

Piedmont

Italy’s second largest wine region nestles on the borders of Switzerland and France. With the backdrop of the snow-covered Alps, visitors can Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera and other fine reds of Italy. Lovers of Italian white can also indulge in the sparking Moscato d’Asti, which is produced in the hilltop town of Asti. After touring the UNESCO listed vineyards, you can embark upon adventure with some skiing, mountain biking and hiking.

 

Piemonte Italy Vineyards with Village (Flickr Megan Mallen )
Piemonte Italy Vineyards with Village (Flickr Megan Mallen )

 

Tuscany

Start your Tuscan adventure at the medieval city of Siena, the gateway to wine country. There are plenty of luxurious accommodation options, many of which offer exceptional cuisine in beautiful surroundings. From here, you can take guided tours of the largest wineries, including Biondi-Santi and Castello Banfi. It’s the birthplace of many renowned wines such as Chianti and Sangiovese. Taking a day trip to the town of Pisa is also recommended. Marvel at the iconic landmarks, treat yourself to creamy gelato and enjoy a splurge at one of the boutique shops.

 

Image Source (Flickr: Francisco Sgroi)
Image Source (Flickr: Francisco Sgroi used under Creative Commons license)

 

Sicily

The arid heat and fertile soil of Sicily provides perfect wine-producing conditions. The largest of the Mediterranean islands is home to popular Marsala wine which can be sampled in the region of the same name on the western coast. After exploring the historic wineries in neighboring Alcamo, be sure to take a sightseeing tour. From Greek amphitheaters to temples and churches, it’s sure to impress.

 

 

Montreale Silicity (Image Source: selectitaly.com)
Montreale Silicity (Image Source: selectitaly.com)

 

Veneto

Easily reached via a day trip from Venice, this wine region is responsible for some of Italy’s most popular exports. Head to the wineries in the charming town of Valdobbiadene and you can enjoy the finest Prosecco in the world. Reds are equally impressive where you can enjoy the full-bodied Amarone and the smoky Valpolicella. If you’re seeking some added luxury, travel to nearby Lake Garda. Lakeside hotels offer five-star service and lavish spa facilities. Some also boast Michelin star cuisine.

 

Italian Vineyards Prosecco di Valdobbiadene wine region in North Italy (Flickr: Fabrizio Malisan)
Italian Vineyards Prosecco di Valdobbiadene wine region in North Italy (Flickr: Fabrizio Malisan)

 

Emilia-Romagna

Situated in northern Italy, the province of Emilia-Romagna is a food lover’s haven. Aside from its wines, visitors can make the most of the time to try the traditionally made produce of Parma ham and Parmesan. These are best paired with the red, Lambrusco — a highly sought after vino with a zesty, aromatic profile. Stay in the city of Bologna and admire the medieval architecture before treating yourself to a dish of authentic Italian pasta at one of the street-side cafes.

 

Vineyard in the countryside in Emilia Romagna, Italy (Flickr: Ilaria Sita)
Vineyard in the countryside in Emilia Romagna, Italy (Flickr: Ilaria Sita)

 

Book yourself a holiday at one of the best wine destinations in Italy, and you’ll be guaranteed an unforgettable and relaxing stay.

 

Disclosure: This blog article is sponsored by Tesco Wine.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

9 Comments

  1. Lara Dunning
    December 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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    I would love to go to Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. The red, Lambrusco, paired with ham and Parmesan sounds like a must do.

    • Carmen
      December 24, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Italy has some of the best wine and very reasonably priced. I’m with you a good wine with some cheese and ham makes for a wonderful appetizer.

  2. Laura
    December 22, 2015 at 5:51 pm
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    I’m hoping to get around to at least a few of those in March when we head to Italy on a wine tasting trip. I can’t wait! They all look fantastic.

  3. Suze - Luxury Columnist
    December 23, 2015 at 10:47 am
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    I recently tasted some unfiltered wines from Emilia Romagna, would love to visit there! Merry Christmas, Carmen

    • Carmen
      December 24, 2015 at 8:58 am

      I’m sure the wines were very tasty from that region. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  4. Rob Taylor
    December 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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    I agree with Piedmont’s placement as the first on this list. It’s an amazing place to experience…but Veneto is a close second.

    • Carmen
      December 24, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Piedmont is great not only for its wine but it has some incredible sites to see as well.

  5. Karilyn
    December 24, 2015 at 2:29 pm
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    It’s so embarrassing to admit I still haven’t been to Italy! The longer time goes by the more I need to see there and the longer my proposed trip needs to be 😉 Thanks for all the great info on where to go for getting our wine on!

    • Carmen
      December 27, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Well, I’m sure you’ll get a chance to go one day soon. Italy is a wonderful country with much to see. I’ve visited many times and still haven’t seen it all.

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