There’s something for everyone when it comes to Italian wine. Fitting then that there are wine tasting tours to suit every wine lover’s preference (and pocket). We’ve rounded up three wine tasting tours in Italy at three different price points.
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Operator: Alba Wine Tours
Duration: 2 days
Take your time to indulge in the sophistication of the food and wine of the Piedmont region with Alba Wine Tours’ Barolo and Barbaresco Wine tour. With more time to spare than the usual wine tour, this two-day affair allows you not only to taste the region’s wines, but also see its sights. The first day takes tasters to Nieve and Treiso to taste two different styles of Barbaresco and visit some stunning baroque monuments. Day two is dedicated to Barolo, with guests sipping one elegant expression and one masculine. Guests are invited to join in on a cooking lesson (€150) and truffle hunting (€60) to enhance their experience.
The Barolo and Barbaresco Wine Tour offers wine education and cultural exploration all in one. Guests can be picked up and dropped off at any location within 25km of Alba. Alternatively, the private driver can fetch you from Asti Train Station.
Operator: Italy and Wine
Duration: 7 hours
Famous for its namesake red wine produced from the quintessentially Italian Sangiovese grape, Chianti is a favourite region among wine lovers. Located in Tuscany, it’s a short trip from Florence to this wine tasting heaven. Italy and Wine offers one of the best value for money guided tours in the region. Their full-day wine excursion takes guests to three wineries to taste Chianti, Chianti Classico, Riserva and Super Tuscans. Guests will enjoy a delicious family-style home-cooked meal at the second winery of the day. Here, the winemaker will specially select some of the cellar’s organic wines to complement the fare.
With a maximum of eight people per trip, guests are able to interact with the proprietors of the cellars on a personal level while learning about the art of viticulture. Tasters receive guidance from a professional sommelier who will teach them how to approach wine and olive oil.
Operator: Gusto Wine Tours
Tour: Gusto Taster Tour
Duration: 3.5 hours
Gusto Wine Tours specialises in small, ‘non-touristy’ wine tours that allow tasters to interact with winemakers to learn about the spectacular Umbrian wines. With a passion for Italian wines and the regional differences in them, owners Mark and Giselle have designed their tours to reflect this. The Taster Tour is made for wine lovers on the go. This half-day experience takes guests to two cellars to taste their wines and, more often than not, some of the other products they produce. One of the stops will include a full winery tour and, weather permitting, a walk through the vineyards.
The tour usually runs from 9am to 12.30pm with two to eight guests. Pick-ups from and drop-offs are offered to guests staying only as far as Montefalco.
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