Wine tourism in Italy
The wines of Italy are one of the good reasons to visit this country. Since ancient times, the Italian people are famous for the art of winemaking. And if a century ago everyone considered Italy to be a supplier of cheap wines, now wine connoisseurs are distinguished by elite taste and rich bouquets of beverages of this region, and the country has gained fame as one and the best wine producers in the world.
At the same time, a special type of gastronomic tourism, wine, began to develop in Italy. It is worth noting that wine tourism in the vastness of Italy is not only wine tasting, but also an opportunity to get acquainted with the centuries-old traditions of Italian winemaking. Many wineries are happy to open their doors to tourists who want to see the process of making wine.
One of the first major wine producers is the 200-year-old Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo (Cantina dei Marchesi di Barolo). The history of the company is connected with the Marquis Faletti, which has wine cellars of the company near the castle. This manufacturer, producing more than a million bottles of drink per year, also welcomes tourists on its territory who can familiarize themselves with the ancient traditions of winemaking and taste wines of unique taste and of the highest quality.
Another well-known, but very modern, producer of wines in Italy is Hugo Ghezzi. It began its production only in the 90s of the last century, planting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes on its lands. If you succeed in visiting Lombardy, we advise you to visit the winery Quadra Franciacorta, which also receives tourists.
In Italy, it is considered a sign of good taste to buy wines in village wineries. Tourists often take serial brands in wine shops or even worse in supermarkets, but true connoisseurs are always looking for “their” drinks in the villages. Remember that the most delicious and unique wines are not sold in stores and are not served in restaurants, they can only be tasted by visiting the wineries, as well as at wine festivals. One of them is held annually at the beginning of autumn in the Italian city of Asti (Piedmont region).
Italy has its own unique wine consumption culture. The Italian will not drink just like that – the wine can only accompany the meal.
In general, Italy has unique conditions for the organization of wine tourism. These are favorable weather conditions, developed vineyards, and advanced winemaking technologies, which take Italy to the first places in the world both in the supply of wine and in the reception of “gastronomic” tourists. There will be an opportunity – be sure to visit Italy with a wine tour, you will not regret!