Where else would you rather go on a wine tour? Italy is home to some of the oldest wine producing regions in the world and is known for their vast variety of wines. The country alone is responsible for producing one-third of the world’s wine, and Italians know it consuming 42 litres per capita from the country’s wealth of over one million vineyards.
THE AMALFI COAST
Cruise Capri and visit centuries-old vineyards. Hotel Santa Caterina, on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, is home to a four-day luxury wine experience. For wine lover’s it doesn’t get much better than this. The wine located on the Amalfi coast is made using rare grape varieties. With a history that extends all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, the wine produced here has been perfected over many years.
VENTO, NORTHEASTERN ITALY
A prosecco wine route sounds like a dream, but alas it does exist in Italy’s north-eastern hills. Stretching 33 kilometres the route begins at Conegliano and runs along windy roads to Valdobbiadene. The route is well worth the ride as it is dotted with stunning vineyards, castles, cantinas and medieval fortresses. The route saves the best for last as you stumble upon one of the most expensive vineyard terrains in the world.
Fancy a wine tour by train? Located on the slopes Europe’s most active volcano, the Strada del Vino dell’Etna is a wine route traveller’s take by train. The region acclaimed for its red and whites is known for its mineral rich soil that produces award-winning wines. The train, which is reservation only, weaves along the route venturing past farmhouses, citrus farms and vineyards.
Sip fine wine while also being pampered to perfection, the exclusive five-star L’Albereta Resort offers luxury spa treatments as well as premier wine. Italy’s premier sparkling wine region, the hotel neighbours Bellavista winery allowing guests to pop over to try the tasty beverages direct from the source.
Enjoy a 15-day self-guided tour of Northern Italy. Starting in Piedmont’s capital of Turin the tour takes participants through Bardolino, Merano, Bologna and Florance visiting a variety of vineyards along the way. The tour allows true wine connoisseurs to experience a variety of Italian wines, meet local vineyard owners and learn the ins and outs of wine production.