For those struggling to pick their next holiday destination, why not plan your travel around a theme? Choose your favorite hobby, whether it be hiking, surfing or mountain climbing and seek out some adventure. Alternatively, themed holidays can still be enjoyable for those who prefer a more relaxed pursuit. Wine tours are one such example, allowing you to explore some of the world’s best vineyards. If this sounds appealing, take a look at this guide on some of the best wine destinations in Italy.
Only a short drive from the city of Verona, the rolling hills of Valpolicella stretch as far as Lake Garda. It’s a great route for those wanting to enjoy the historic sights of the UNESCO listed Verona, whilst taking advantage of this luxurious lakeside retreat. Along the way, you’ll come across some of the finest reds in the country. Indulge in the full-bodied Amarone which is a great accompaniment to the hearty cuisine of the region.
Situated on the border of Switzerland and France, you can expect some of the world’s most scenic vineyards. Fans of the outdoors can also visit the snow-capped Alps and partake in some hair-raising activities such as skiing or rock climbing. After all that excitement, visit some of the UNESCO listed wineries. The picturesque town of Asti is home to the sparkling Italian white, Moscato d’Asti whilst strong reds shouldn’t be missed such as Dolcetto and Nebbiolo.
Sun-kissed Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and the perfect destination for those who enjoy some beach relaxation. Aside from the golden stretches of coastline, there’s plenty of historic wineries to visit. The famed Marsala wine can be enjoyed in the region of the same name whilst tasting opportunities in Alcamo are endless. Culture vultures should also set some time aside for sightseeing. There’s heaps of ancient monuments from Arabic temples to Greek amphitheaters and stunning Cathedrals.
One of Italy’s lesser known wine regions can be found in the northeastern region, Collio which is only an hour’s drive from Venice. It may be off the tourist trail but this well-kept secret promises an authentic Italian experience. Smaller vineyards offer a personal and friendly service where you can delight in the many great whites from ribolla to pinot bianco and malvasia. The region also hosts an array of monthly wine events such as Jazz&Wine which takes place towards the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to indulge in local cuisine, learn more about your favorite vino and listen to great music.
With a wine-producing heritage dating back to the 7th Century BC, this Northern region is one of the oldest in the country. It’s no surprise that the area is home to some world-renowned vino including the aromatic Lambrusco and the dark berried Sangiovese. It also happens to be a foodie haven, birthplace of the famed Parmesan cheese and Parma ham. Once you’ve indulged in these local delicacies, be sure to visit the city of Bologna which is home to countless museums and jaw dropping architecture.
A holiday spent in one of these wine regions promises an unforgettable experience. If you’re a fan of vino, try making it the theme of your next getaway and you won’t be disappointed.