Italian vineyards

Italian vineyards

There are several ways to visit wineries such as day trips, Movimento Turismo del Vino annual events, wine and food tours and on your own.

Wineries in Italy

Due to its temperate climate, Italy claims twenty major wine-growing regions, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and over 2000 grape varieties. Italian wineries offer accommodations including medieval castles, complete with state-of- the-art conveniences.

Visiting wineries

Italian vineyardsYou’ll find wineries within easy access wherever you call home while vacationing in Italy. Among the most popular daytrips, the Barolo area and the Langhe in Piemonte, the Valdobbiadene in Veneto, the Val di Non and Mezzolombardo in Trentino Alto-Adige, the Irpinia region in Campania and the Chianti Valley in Tuscany.

To visit wineries on your own you should plan the trip well in advance. Contact the winery to arrange a visit before you leave home.  Some wineries limit the days and hours that they receive guests. For a day trip to a winery, you’ll usually need to rent a car or hire a driver.

How to find a winery?

To find a winery close by, visit the wine web. Here, you’ll select the region and the specific area where you wish to find a winery. The website offers, then, links to each winery’s dedicated page, through which you’ll be able to easily contact them to plan and book your visit.

Castello Banfi Estate

If you’re going anywhere near Siena or Florence, consider a day trip to the award-winning Castello Banfi Estate in Montalcino. One of the largest and newest wineries, it develops on 7100 acres, most of which were covered with forest less than twenty years ago. The estate is open six days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with tours scheduled Monday through Friday at 4:00 p.m., and you can drop by for the tour without calling ahead.

The Tourist Movement of Wine

The Movimento Turismo del Vino (The Tourist Movement of Wine) was conceived in 1993 to encourage winemakers to open their wine cellars and vineyards to visitors and to welcome them as family. Comprised of more than 900 prestigious wineries, it has also succeeded in bringing wineries to people through several grand-scale annual wine tastings and festivals.

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