When it comes to being a wine tourist and going on wine tours, Italy is one of the top destinations. Nearly all areas of the country boast some kind of wine production and pair this with Italian cuisine and you have a perfect foodie holiday. There are lots of different options when going on a wine tour with group tours being among the most popular – but why do people favour these guided options over just going on your own?
Benefit of guided tours
One of the big benefits to using a local guide for a wine tour is the language barrier – sure some people will speak a little English and you may speak a little Italian. But there are always times when the two parties simply have no idea what each other mean – that’s where a bilingual guide comes in. They can act as a go-between with you and the people working in the wineries to help make the most of the trip.
Group tours are often cheaper than booking a tour for just one or two people as many companies will give discounts for bigger numbers. This means you can get to do more with your holiday budget – or spend more on wine at the shop afterwards!
Using local guides also means you can find all the hidden secrets that someone from the area might not know. Think about yourself and where you live – you know the best pubs and restaurants, the top hotels and places to avoid. By working with a local guide, you can get those same benefits wherever you go.
Where to visit
Once you have decided on the format of your tour, the next thing to consider is where to go and almost every part of Italy has some kind of wine production. Here are a few of the top regions to consider:
Veneto is one of the most important wine regions of Italy and located in the north-east of the country. It produces more wine in more styles than anywhere else and is best known for its prosecco, soave as well as reds and whites made from blends of grapes.
Marche and Abruzzo
Marche and Abruzzo are two neighbouring regions that are in the centre of the country and are most known for their white Verdicchio and red Montepulciano grapes. The history of wine making in Marche dates to Etruscan times, before the Romans and there are over 25,000 hectares devoted to grape growing. Abruzzo has over 89,000 hectares of grape growing land.
Tuscany is one of the most famous regions in Italy in general and is one of the most prolific wine producing regions in Europe. It produces everything from dry whites to full bodied reds as well as sweet wines and many are recognised as DOC and DOCG, top levels of quality in Italian wine.
The perfect wine tour
With the variety of landscape and types of wine produced around Italy, there is something for every taste and means that being a wine tourist to the country is a perfect holiday.