In terms of quantity, Italy is one of the largest wine producing countries in the world creating in excess of 40 million hectolitres from 800,000 hectares of vineyards rivaling the likes of France and Spain in this regard.
Throughout the country across each of the administrative regions of Italy you find more than 2,000 different grape varieties with each region home to its own flagship wine style. Therefore it is imperative that you're aware of the finest vineyards in Italy so that you can make the most of luxurious breaks in the Bel Paese.
Antinori Winery in Chianti Classico – Tuscany
During your visit to this winery you are invited to discover six centuries of the Antinori family and experience first-hand their passion for producing wine. There are three tours to choose from, the Barriccaia tour, the Bottaia tour, and the Bottaia Cru tour, and each of them begin with a short film before taking you on a journey encompassing historic, technical, and architectural developments before concluding with a tasting of the wines. Afterwards, sample and buy the produce in the wine shop before visiting the Restaurant "Rinuccio 1180" which serves traditional Tuscan dishes in a contemporary style.
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When to Visit:
From November 2nd to March 13th every day from 10:00 to 17:00 (last visit 15:00).
From March 14th to October 31st every day from 10:00 to 18:00 (last visit 16:00).
The winery is closed from December, 24th to January, 6th included.
Cost: From €25 - €150 per person.
Cantina di Soave – nr Verona
About: Founded in 1898, at Cantina Di Soave you'll find 6,000 hectares of vineyards and explore the production of wine in a close-up encounter within the underground cellars that are carved into the hill that culminates in a tasting. You will learn about the benefits of storing the wine in the underground cellars to help maintain the quality of the wine before discovering the 2,000 square metres of caves that are found beneath the Castello di Soave.
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Cascina Meriame - Piedmont
A traditional Italian vineyard, during your visit here you will gain an understanding of the more hands-on approach to wine production which enhances the quality of the wine. Seven different grape varieties are grown here on the south-facing vineyards, and the proprietor, Paulo Manzone, will guide you through each one.
To book a visit call (+39) 0173 613113.
Azienda Agricola Romano Dal Forno - Verona
Azienda Agricola Romano Dal Forno produces three wines and they are all characteristic of the wines that are produced in the area. Having grown up next to his family's vineyards, the owner, Romano, has an undeniable passion for wine production having produced wine since 1983 and is happy to guide you around the winery that was constructed during the 1990s. The winery, the centre point of the company, is intentionally synonymous with strength, longevity, and respect for history and traditions.
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Ceretto Aziende Vitivinicole - Alba
Ceretto Aziende Vitivinicole is most notable for the exceptional quality of the red and white wines that are produced here as well as the beautiful structures that can be found dotted around the grounds. When you visit, you will be taken on a tour to learn about the history of the estate as well as the old cellar before admiring the unique architectural structures that can be found here.
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When to Visit:
The visitor centre and the wine shop are open 7 days a week, for tastings, tours and purchases.
From April 1st until November 15th the opening hours are 10.00 – 18.00 (last visit at 17.00).
From November 16th until March 31th the opening hours are 10.00 – 17.00 (last visit at 16.00).
Cost: From €5 - €15 per person.
Planeta's Cantina dell'Ulmo - Sicily
Surrounded by 93 hectares of vineyards where several grape varieties are cultivated, Cantina dell'Ulmo stands in beautiful Sicilian countryside. During your visit, you'll be able to explore the vineyards, winery, and the Iter Vitis Museum where you'll learn about Sicilian viticulture and indigenous grape varieties before sampling some of the wonderful produce.
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