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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.