When you want to take a wine tour of Italy, you should try each of the regions listed below. Each area will provide you with a fun castle to visit or stay in, and you can live like Italian royalty in the Renaissance. If you love wine, you can focus on the regions that make your favorite wines, or you could travel to each region because your palette does not discriminate.
Tuscany is a region of Italy steeped in history and tradition. The region has been portrayed fondly in Hollywood, and you can visit small walled villages throughout the area. You can find castles to rent in Italy like Castelo di Magona, Canonica, and/or Vistarena when you start a wine tour.
The Chianti region stretches into Tuscany, and you will find several vineyards growing Sangiovese grapes. Chianti and Sangiovese wines alone will keep you happy, or you can try the favored white wine of the region called Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Also, you might pair Tuscany’s favorite pastry, the biscotti, with any wines or spirits.
The Northern Piedmont
The Northern Piedmont reaches up from Central Italy to touch the Alps. Nebbiolo and Barolo wines are popular in the region for their strong “tannic” taste and the rich red color you get from the grapes.
If you want something a bit lighter, Barbera and Dolcetto are considered good table wines for every meal.
Veneto sits in the northeastern part of the country where you will find grapes that make both Pinot Grigio and Prosecco. Prosecco is especially popular because it is seen as something of a “substitute champagne” among wine enthusiasts. However, each vineyard creates a different Prosecco based on their soil composition, when the grapes are picked, and their fermentation process.
Emilia-Romagna is home to the sparkling red wine known as Lambrusco. This wine is a treat for those who believe that sparkling wines are always white. Plus, you can travel to certain vineyards where Sangiovese grapes are still grown. Because the region stretches across the center of Italy, you can pass through Rome during your trip.
Take The Ferry To Sicily
If you want to expand your horizons, you can take the ferry to Sicily for more wine. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and it is a haven for wine lovers. Marsala is the most popular wine on the island, and a favored Italian dish called Chicken Marsala uses this wine to create its unique flavor.
Marsala is fortified with brandy, and you can try several different Marsalas while you are in the area. You can try Zibibbo if you are new to Sicily, or you can try Nero d’Avola which is found on almost every table on the island.
A wine tour of Italy Can take you from the magical hills of Tuscany to a castle that you have rented just for the occasion. You can travel across the center of the country, up near the Alps and down to Sicily in search of great wines. Everything from Sangiovese to the illusive Lambrusco is available to you. You might have some wine shipped back to your home in the States, or you can pick up bottles that you will drink with the next meal in your luxury castle.