A Wine Tour across Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino regions in Italy is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the country.
Your journey begins along a secluded land south of Lake Iseo, hillside vineyards dotted with small villages, medieval towers, castles and Renaissance palaces. This magical land between Bergamo and Brescia is called Franciacorta, meaning short or small France. Your first stop will be at one of the best regional wineries, where you will be warmly greeted and taken on an engaging tour of the estate, followed by a guided tasting of the winery’s current releases with an English-speaking winery expert. The Franciacorta wine roads tour includes a second excellent winery where to enjoy Your wine tastings.
The Lake Garda area in the Veneto region is one of the most renowned production areas for its tradition and quality of its wines. You will spend time around the stunning beauty of the lake and visit one wine producer in the picturesque village of Calmasino, not far from Bardolino, located on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. You will live an amazing wine tasting experience and You will see with your own eyes what does it means to produce wine. The tasting will be accompanied by light bites of local cured meats and cheeses. Your Lake Garda wine tour includes also the visit to a winery located on the eastern side of the beautiful hills surrounding Verona, among the vineyards of the “Val d’Illasi”, an extension of the Valpolicella area.
The wine tour around castles and countryside views in the Veneto region continues to the stunning Roncade Castle, one of the most unique examples of Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy. You will also visit the small town of Conegliano, a good place where to taste the famous Prosecco, Italy’s most popular sparkling wine.
Next on this fantastic journey is a visit to Bolzano followed by an unforgettable lunch at the Michelin starred Zur Rose, gastronomic mecca for foodies visiting Northern Italy.
The Sudtirol wine road winds its way along the Adige River valley, through spectacular landscapes, that range from orchards and vineyards, lakes and medieval castles perched on the surrounding hillsides. All along the route, wonderful restaurants and open wine cellars offer a welcome place to stop and take a break. This is Italy’s oldest wine road. You will first visit an excellent winery in the village of Tramin, which is home to the famous autochthonous grape variety called Gewürztraminer. Next stop will be the historic cellars of the ancient Castle Sallegg.
Arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport and transfer to the Franciacorta vineyards. Check in and accommodation in Your 4* selected country house in Franciacorta area.
After breakfast departure to “Ca’ Del Bosco” winery, visit and wine tasting of three Franciacorta Millesimati in the cellar. Later transfer to the historical “Bersi Serlini” winery and enjoy exclusive Franciacorta wines tastings. Return back to the hotel in Franciacorta.
After breakfast transfer to Lake Garda region. Visit Villa Calicantus, located in Calmasino, and enjoy Bardolino wine tastings inside the cellar. Your second stop will be at “Romano Dal Forno” winery, located on the eastern side of the beautiful hills surrounding Verona, among the vineyards of the “Val d’Illasi”. Check in and accommodation in Your 4* selected country house in Veneto area.
After breakfast transfer to Roncade Castle, one of the most unique examples of Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy. You will also visit the small town of Conegliano, a good place where to taste the famous Prosecco, Italy’s most popular sparkling wine. Returno back to the hotel.
After breakfast departure to Venice. Walking tour to visit the most beautiful attraction of Venice, such as: St Mark’s Square , the Rialto Bridge and Doge’s Palace and so on. In the afternoon transfer to Bolzano. Check in and accommodation in Your 4* selected hotel in Bolzano.
After breakfast time at leisure to explore Bolzano. Stop for lunch at Michelin starred Zur Rose, gastronomic mecca for foodies visiting Northern Italy. In the afternoon visit of a cellar around Bolzano. Return back to the hotel.
After breakfast a full day excursion dedicated to the Sud Tyrol wine. You will explore an excellent winery in the village of Tramin, which is home to the famous autochthonous grape variety called Gewürztraminer. You will also have the opportunity to visit the historic cellars of the ancient Castle Sallegg. Return back to the hotel.
After breakfast check out and transfer to Malpensa Airport.
Between Bergamo and Brescia is FRANCIACORTA, a hilly wine-producing district rising from the built-up plain. It got its name from the religious communities that lived here from the eleventh century onwards: they were exempt from tax and known as the Corti Franche, or free courts. This small area of Lombardy is best known for the Franciacorta DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), Italy’s most refined sparkling wine, produced according to Champagne methods. It was first produced in the 1960s and the secret lies in the second fermentation in the bottle which can last from eighteen to sixty months. Usually a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir or Blanc grapes, the sparkling wine comes in various types: Not Dosed/Pas Dosé (extremely dry), Extra Brut, Brut Satèn (a light silky-smooth mixture), Sec, Demisec and Rosé.
Ca’ Del Bosco makes the ideal first stop on the trail, being one of the region’s vanguard wineries and the first cantina you’ll come upon when driving in from Brescia. Unlike typically rustic Italian cantine,Ca’ Del Bosco is sleek and decidedly modern, from the bronze entrance gate sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro, to the myriad art installations peppered throughout. Tour Vintage Collection trasting of 3 Franciacorta Millesimati: Vintage Collection Dosage Zéro, Brut e Satèn.
The story of Bersi Serlini winery begins in 1886, when the family acquired a property situated in “Cerreto” place, an ancient site belonging to the monks of Cluny. A site rich in history and with a deep connection with the vine and wine. The first document mentioning the presence of the vine at “Cerreto” is dated back to 1489, in a parchment concerning the census in the lands of the Monastery of Saint Peter in Lamosa at Provaglio d’Iseo. “Cerreto” will change its property many times in the course of its history.
The Veneto Region of Italy is a fascinating section of the country to visit packed tight with wine country, gorgeous cities and hamlets, and some stunning natural scenery. The area is the perfect destination for wine lovers, gourmets and honeymooners as the region is romantic, picturesque and some fabulous wines are produced here.
We want to bring You in the wine world and tell You about the incredible territory that is Garda Lake wine area. During our wine tastings You will live an amazing experience and You will see with your own eyes what does it means to produce wine. We organize, only on reservation, different kind of Bardolino wine tastings and guided tours in our villa located in the center of the village called Calmasino, 5km from Bardolino. From walking in our amazing vineyards overlooking Garda Lake, to taste wines in our 1840′s winery and different local home made products, all this is Villa Calicantus’s wine tastings.
The winery Romano Dal Forno is situated in the “Val d’Illasi” (Valley of Illasi), a valley to the east of Verona which, together with many others, forms part of the Lessini chain of mountains, that envelope the northern reaches of Verona in its embrace. The mindset of the winery evolved and they readdressed their selection process and the reclamation of varieties, such as the decision taken to eliminate the Molinara grape whilst at the same time rediscovering indigenous grape varieties that had long been neglected, which has borne fruit to the fundamental ingredients required for today’s production.
Castello di Roncade is one of the most unique examples of living Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy, anchoring the town of Roncade, in the Veneto countryside between Treviso and Venice. The aim of the family has always been to produce only prestigious wines, as the villa did when the Venetian Doges were the owners, keeping the noble origins of Castello di Roncade alive.
The area of Conegliano Veneto is noted for its wine, chiefly the dry white Prosecco (made from the grape of the same name) which comes in three varieties: tranquillo (still), frizzante (slightly sparkling) and spumante (sparkling). It is also home to Italy’s oldest and most prestigious wine school called Scuola Enologica.
Bolzano (called Bozen by the local German speakers) is very quaint with elegant arcaded streets, beautiful piazzas, pretzel sellers, wine bars, beer halls, and colorful facades. Known as the gateway to the Dolomites, the alpine backdrop is picture postcard perfect. Enjoy free time here before heading to San Michele for an extraordinary lunch.
Super Top Chef Herbert Hintner (cookbook author of “My South Tyrolean cuisine”) is at the helm at Michelin starred Zur Rose, gastronomic mecca for foodies visiting Northern Italy. Sit on the charming terrace and dedicate the next few hours to tantalizing your taste buds with the chef’s taster menu.
South Tyrol is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in the German-speaking part of Europe. Over 20 grape varieties are used in producing top quality red and white wines. The three native grape varieties are Vernatsch, Lagrein and Gewürztraminer.
Traminer is one of the oldest grapes in the world, and recent studies have demonstrated that it is the ancestor of some of the oldest grape varieties in the world, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. An intensely aromatic and elegant wine, its pink to reddish grapes are naturally sweet, and produce a white wine that is usually off-dry, with a strong scent of lychee.
Cantina Tramin was founded in 1889 by Christian Schrott, the rector of Termeno and a member of the Austrian Parliament – recall that this part of Italy was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire until after World War I. Cantina Tramin is among the oldest cooperatives in the region.
The modern story of the ancient Castle Sallegg starts in 1851: Archduke Rainer of Austria, Viceroy of the Lombardy and Veneto purchased the castle and surrounding wine-growing estates in that year. The historic Castle cellars are in underground vaults that are up to eleven metres in depth. A magical place with an ancient flair, these historical structures extend over three levels. There is a constant temperature during the whole year, which is essential to ensure the perfect maturation of the wines.