Top Italian Experience Ideas for 2013: Wine Tours and Tastings
Check out these fabulous Italian wine experiences organised by members of our Italian Reflections Vacation Collection for people of discerning and varied tastes that will be leaving their mark on travellers in 2013.
Whether you are looking for an interesting place to visit or a gift for a loved one, these tours and tastings are perfect for those with a love and passion for wine. And for those who are not connoisseurs but would simply like to learn how Italian wines are made.
1. Gusto Wine Tours: “A wine tour with Gusto will take you off the beaten track, introduce you to the people behind the wines and let you experience their famous Italian hospitality. You will enjoy a traditional Umbrian lunch and, of course, sample some of the best wines in the world. All this in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
You will meet the winemakers and taste the incredible, unique Sagrantino di Montefalco, a DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) red wine made nowhere else in the world.
Our speciality is small and ‘non-touristy’. Normally, except during the harvest, you can expect the personal attention of these cantine as you will be the only group there at that time. Couple that with practically empty roads, beautiful countryside and spectacular wines – and you will appreciate the fact that this isn’t a conveyor-belt experience but a real local one.”
2.“Tuscan Auteur designs custom-built dream vacations for Brunello lovers in the most authentic accommodations Montalcino has to offer. With remarkable personal chef services, intimate wine-tastings and meals with top local producers, Tuscan Auteur fashions unique itineraries catering to clients’ preferred pace and individual expectations to create an idyllic and extraordinary Tuscan vacation. We offer packages suited for romantic getaways, group or family travel, and corporate incentive trips. Tuscan Auteur sources local accommodations that range from a quaint apartment at a family run winery to luxurious, historic villas that can be rented for weeks at a time.
With over 250 wineries in Montalcino, deciphering those worth visiting can be daunting. Tuscan Auteur designs unique itineraries that provide clients with an insightful, intimate experience of wine tasting in Montalcino. Our aim is to broaden collectors’ knowledge of the DOCG zone, through exploring the varying terroirs, elevations, viticulture and enological techniques of a diverse group of producers.”
“Enjoy more wine, enjoy wine more: In this city of San Marco, wine has always been more popular than water. In fact, the local bàcari (wine bars) serve an average of 50,000 glasses of wine every day!
At the Venetian Vine, our focus is on distinctive wines from native varieties of the Tri-Veneto and all of Italy, chosen specifically for their quality and diversity. And as certified AIS sommeliers, we go far beyond the normal wine tasting, sharing some of the most enlightening, practical, and thoroughly un-intimidating wine info available anywhere.
You haven’t traveled hundreds, even thousands of miles to drink the very same wines you’d find back home. Don’t miss out on some of the best and most exciting wines Italy has to offer — many of which never leave the region, let alone the country.?
Vi aspettiamo — cin cin!”
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