Home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, Italy has a great wine history (that started with the Romans’ vineyards in the 2nd-century BC). Known worldwide for their broad variety, wines in Italy are exported everywhere and are extremely popular. Its massive production comes from its many vineyards (more than a million) scattered in almost every region of the country. Then, for wine lovers or simple curious travelers, wine touring the country is a great opportunity to both experience some of the finest wine of the world and to discover the rich Italian regions. From north to south, this article will focus on the top-8 wine tours you have to do in Italy.
Sitting at the foot of the Alps, bordering France and Switzerland, Piedmont is known for its sophisticated cuisine and wines such as Barbera, Grignolino, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco and Barolo, just to mention the more famous ones. Turin, the capital, and its surroundings have both fertile farmlands, and great wine land on the hills. And, in the city, you’ll discover the best specialties in little wine bars, in the classic chocolate shops, at the Eataly market, etc.
With this full-day wine tour, visitors will have access to the lovely wine cellars and vineyards of Langhe and Roero and taste the famous Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Roero, Barbera, Dolcetto and Arneis. Starting from Turin, you’ll enjoy exploring and learning about the wines of the area while passing through the main places of the region.
Private Tour: Piedmont Wine Tasting of the Barolo Region
Address: Piedmont, Italy
Price: 183.59 USD
Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, and its many archaeological remains but also in its wine culture, known for centuries. As a matter of fact, from the windy vineyards of the Marsala wines, the countryside of Alcamo, to the Etna wines made on black lava soils, the island has a great variety of good wines such as the Nero d'Avola, the Moscato and Syrah, Zibibbo, Passito, etc.
With this wine tour, visitors will enjoy hiking the trails of the world famous Mount Etna, visiting the old Silvestri Craters with a local guide and discovering an organic winery to taste its wine in Taormina. A great combination between nature and wine exploration!
Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania
Address: Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Price: 113.23 USD
Tuscany is a region world known for its Renaissance rich architecture and art but also for its mind blowing wines. Travelers will experience with this private wine tour from Florence, the world-famous flavors and beauty of Tuscany. Accompanied by a sommelier guide you’ll go through the magnificent rolling hills and vineyards of its beautiful and rich region. From tasting top-rated regional varietals and olive oil to the traditional Tuscan lunch passing by, of course, a large choice of wine tasting, you’ll learn about traditional winemaking processes during this full-day wine tour that will blow your mind and please your senses!
Private Tuscany Wine Tour Experience from Florence
Address: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Price: 254.47 USD
Apulia or Puglia, is a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s “boot,” is one of the most classic, less spoiled, Italian places with its hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline and its beautiful cities, Bari and Lecce. Over there endless vineyards and olive groves stretch between whitewashed old towns and the region produces more rich wines and olive oil that most others in the country. Still, it has been discovered only recently by gourmet and wine loving travelers and with this full-day tour of Puglia and Basilicata, you’ll experience both the region’s food, wine, and landscape.
From visiting a winery (where the fantastic Primitivo wine is produced) with an expert guide to tasting some of the best wines in the area (Primitivo, Negromaro, Sussumaniello, and Aglianico e Bombino Bianco wines), you’ll also explore the ancient city of Matera, home to many films.
Full-Day Wine Tour of Puglia and Basilicata & Matera Visit
Address: Puglia, Italy
Price: 222.94 USD
Exploring the finest wine zones from Venice to a beautiful setting of rolling vineyards and charming gardens, this half-day trip to a historic winery will guide you through the famous Veneto region. From touring the grounds and barrel rooms of a family-run winery to tasting several different Veneto varietals (chardonnay, pinot grigio, merlot, cabernet franc, etc.) served with house-made appetizers, you’ll learn, in a 50-year-old winery, about the Veneto’s winemaking heritage and the grapes typically grown here.
Veneto Small-Group Wine Tasting Tour
Address: Venice, Veneto, Itay
Price: 104.58 USD
Umbria is an Italian region bordering Tuscany and is known for its medieval hill towns, dense forests and local cuisine and wines. You’ll discover some of Umbria’s most famous wines on a Sagrantino wine tasting tour from Assisi for a delicious experience. Accompanied by an expert, you’ll learn about the surprising wine history of the area, while tasting some of the best wines in great local wineries and cellars.
Assisi: Umbrian Hills Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch
Address: Assisi, Umbria, Italy
Price: 56 USD
Situated just below Switzerland, Lombardy (Lombardia) region has many spectacular lakes, (Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Iseo and Lake Maggiore) and beautiful unspoiled vineyards. This half day wine tour will take you through the unique Adige Valley home to many vineyards of the best tasting grapes. There, visitors will taste both white Pinot Grigio, red Lagrein and Moscato white wines, and walk by beautiful vineyards, where they’ll learn about the history of the wine cellars, the vineyards and the growing methods of the area. Additionally, this tour will also take you through the Mincio Valley for another great wine experience.
From Lake Garda: Half-Day Wine Tour
Address: Peschiera del Garda, Lombardy, Italy
Price: 50 USD
Emilia-Romagna is a rich, fertile region of northern Italy, and one of the country’s most prolific wine regions. With this 4-hour tour from Modena split between food and wine exploration, you’ll get to know how traditional Italian food specialties are made through different visits where you’ll be able to taste many great local flavors.
Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings
Address: Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Price: 209.50 USD
Explore the many wines of Italy!
Italy has a huge range of fine wine producing regions, and with these 8 great wine tours featuring the best regions and wines of the country, you’ll discover another aspect of the wonderful Italy!
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