A selection of the best italian wines
The lands of Soave, a noble white wine made with Garganega and Trebbiano grapes. The itinerary traces its path among wineries, villas, churches and unique landscapes. It starts in Soave, a medieval town, stands inside intact walls that reach the top of the hill standing above it, dominated by a castle. The Castle of Soave is a typical military artifact of the Medieval age representing one of the best example of castle architecture in Veneto. The history of the Castle evolves between feudal quarrels, struggles, factions, barbaric invasions, supremacies and defeats. As place of great and rare charm, this Castle reveals, with real and tangible testimony, the breath of the past along with the ability to enchant and allure whoever is wishful, in silence, to hear its voice. Then walk to a medieval stronghold and an internationally renowed oenological centre. In spectacular underground caves in the rock are stored large oak barrels and small barriques: an ideal place for preserving and ageing wines. The road of the Soave, then continue to San Pietro di Lavagno and Illasi plenty of noble palaces.
Valpolicella Area is known all over the world for the wine (Amarone and Valpolicella) and the historical small village. San Giorgio Ingannapoltron, the most beautiful romanic church of the region with a wonderful panorama on Valpolicella hills, wine yards and Garda Lake. Then visit to a marvellous Villa-cellar: a monumental complex positioned in the middle of a green valley surrounded by wooded slopes and marvellous vineyards. Here you will see the room where the grapes are withered to produce Amarone's wine, a little wine museum, the large cellars with its old barrels and the distillery.
The so-called "Prosecco road" leaves Conegliano passing through Rua di Feletto, that grew around the old Camaldolese Monastery of S. Maria Assunta. The road continues through S. Pietro di Feletto where you can visit the old medieval Pieve (parish church from the twelfth century) with its Romanesque bell-tower, frescoes of the thirteenth century and "Madonna with Babe and Saints" of the fifteenth century. The next stop is Refrontolo, which, as well as its Prosecco, cultivates an excellent Marzemino (red dessert wine). Taking the lane in front of the church you will come to the medieval MolinettodellaCroda, a picturesque mill situated among century old trees. The road proceeds onto Pieve di Soligo, Solighetto (where there is a small museum dedicated to the opera singer Toti Dal Monte at Villa Brandolin), Farra di Soligo, and finally Valdobbiadene, known mainly for its production of Prosecco, and the superior quality called Cartizze.
Franciacorta was the first Italian sparkling wine produced exclusively by the Classic Method, or second fermentation in the bottle, to win, in 1995, official status as a Denominazione di OrigineControllata e Garantita (DOCG). Today, the front label on the wine reads simply “Franciacorta”: this one term defines the growing area, the production method, and the wine. All of Europe boasts only 10 such privileged wines, and only three of them are made by refermentation in the bottle, Cava, Champagne, and Franciacorta. The area’s venerable wine cellars, which today have transformed themselves into cathedrals of modern winemaking technology, proudly produce the four categories of Franciacorta sparkling wines: - FranciacortaNon Vintage: at least 18 months - FranciacortaSatèn and Franciacorta Rosé non-vintage: at least 24 months - FranciacortaSatèn Vintage, Franciacorta Rosé vintage and Franciacorta Vintage: at least 30 months - FranciacortaRiservasSatèn, FranciacortaRiservas Rosé and FranciacortaRiservas: at least 60 months and also Franciacorta’s still wines as well, Curtefranca DOC Bianco and Rosso and Sebino IGT.
Travel in the Langhe, a historic region of Piedmont located between the provinces of Cuneo and Asti. The area is a famous tourist destination thanks to its excellent food and wine products and also thanks to the artistic and cultural beauty of the landscapes and the presence of ancient castles and monuments in almost all the territory. The area is famous for its wine production: the world-famous reds Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, Dolcettod'Alba, Dolcetto di Cuneo, Barbera d 'Alba, Barberad'Asti. Equally famous is the white truffles of Alba, the hazelnuts and various cheeses.
Enjoy the charm of the Chianti countryside, one of the most suggestive areas of Tuscany, well knew all over the world not only for its famous wine, but even for its landscapes and vineyards, olive trees and cypresses surrounding churches, parishes, castles and villages hidden among the hills. The trip moves on to Greve in Chianti with a stop in the historic square flanked by open galleries where you can wander around the shops selling typical products of the Chianti area. Then you will visit Castellina in Chianti, a characteristic ancient hamlet set on a hill and nestled between stretches of vineyards and olive groves. Then San Donato in Poggio, an ancient settlement in a fortified castle dating back to the eleventh century, which maintains part of its walls and a stunning Romanesque parish church. Close to Siena the famous village of Montalcino where the Brunello di Montalcino is made.