Experiencing Italian Vineyards and Wine
It is no secret that Italy has some of the best wines in the world. With more than 2000 grape varietals from the country’s 20 major growing regions from almost every region, visiting a vineyards have become one of the most famous tourist spots in Italy whether you are a wine enthusiast or not. Besides the wine, these vineyards also has some of the best sceneries in the countries with colors from green, yellow and even oranges sprouting from the ground.
If you are going to Italy and planning to visit an Italian winery, you can arrange it in advance through a tour company or on your own. There are tour companies that include vineyard tours ranging from a few hours to a few days. However, not all winery open their tasting room with regular open hours.
Italy has many wine-producing regions from Lombardy to Puglia including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Like many other tourist spots, some vineyards are more famous than others such as the Chianti region in Tuscany and Piedmont are around Cuneo.
Organized Wine Tours
If you want to save on a rental car then taking an organized tour of winery areas is your best option. You can opt for a day-trip tour or a multi-day tour that would include meals and accommodation. There are many providers for these kinds of trips some of which can easily be found if you search it online. Multi-day tours tend to be more relaxed and highlight not only their wines but also their view, not to mention accommodation and meals in their villas however, these kinds of trips are not cheap. They can be expensive nevertheless if you are really a wine enthusiast with a little bit of extra cash then this would be perfect for you. In comparison, day-trips are a lot cheaper but don’t diminish your chance of tasting authentic Italian wine culture.
If you don’t want to spend much time in travelling for hours or is in a hurry but still want to visit an Italian winery then you can check with the tourist information office of the office you are staying or visiting and see if there are any organized trips to local vineyards.
DIY Wine Tours
Most Italian wineries don’t have regular open hours for their tasting rooms. Instead of going to a winery and taste their wine you can make arrangements for a wine tour, with you as an organizer. Since there was a demand to help tourists connect with wineries who are willing and are able to accept visitors at their villas, Tourist Movement of Wine of MTV for short came up with the idea to provide information on their website. Their page features all wine-producing areas in Italy and provides links for suggested itineraries that tourist can follow. Most of their page are in Italian so might want to use an online translator like Google or an online dictionary for directions.
Open Cellars Day
If you love wine especially Italian wine, this is the day that you would want to go to Italy. ‘Cantine Aperte’ or ‘Open Cellars’ day is held once a year when wineries throughout Italy open their doors and welcomes visitors to see how their wines are made, sample their product and even taste their local produce like cheese and olive oils. It is also a great way to experience the Italian country life. ‘Cantine Aperte’ tales place on the last Sunday in May every year. You can learn more about it on the MTW Open Cellars website.