Italian Wine Tours

The ancient Greeks called Italy Oenotria, or land of vines. From the Alps to Sicily, Italy is still covered with vines. What's more, it cultivates more grape varietals than anywhere else–over 400. La Dolce Vita Wine Tours takes you to the key winemaking regions, then sorts through the grapes, the winemaking philosophies, and the history in a user-friendly way. You'll visit a mix of estates–historical, pioneers, and iconoclasts–and come away with a good overview of the region's winemaking styles and debates...not to mention an extensive What To Buy list for future wine shopping!

Piedmont: LAND OF BAROLO
The Langhe's Regal Reds and Gavi's Classic Whites

A triple crown of Barolo, Barbaresco, and Gavi, this tour spotlights Piedmont's prestige wines. There's also truffle hunting, a cheese farm, a cooking lesson in the guide's medieval townhouse, and a colorful medieval festival and donkey palio.

Piedmont: TRUFFLEMANIA
Discovering Piedmont's Buried Treasures

Late October is white truffle season. This three-day mini-tour immerses you in all things truffle: the annual truffle market in Alba, an outing with a truffle hunter and his dog, and perfect pairings with Barbera and Barolo.

Piedmont: SLOW FOOD FESTA
Barolo and the Salone del Gusto in Turin

Every other year, Slow Food International gathers hundreds of food artisans for its banner event, Salone del Gusto. You'll hobnob with boutique farmers, sightsee in Turin, and visit Barolo wineries. Awarded "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler.

Piedmont & Emilia Romagna: SLOW FOOD, COMFORT FOOD
The Food Traditions of Piedmont and Parma

Held alternate years with "Slow Food Festa," it's a foodie's delight. Take one truffle market, sprinkle with visits to parmesan, prosciutto, and balsamic makers, add a cooking lesson at the Barilla pasta school, dose with Barolo and Lambrusco, and enjoy!

Veneto: VENICE TO AMARONE
Amarone, Soave, and Italy's Northern Renaissance

Since antiquity, semi-dried grapes have worked their magic in Valpolicella. Today Amarone is the most luscious expression of this ancient style. Discover its many facets, along with the new face of Soave. Explore art and architecture in Verona and Padua.

Tuscany: TUSCAN WINE TREASURES
Chianti, Brunello, and Vino Nobile

The heartland of Tuscany contains three historic wine zones: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, and Montepulciano. We'll all three, interweaving wine tastings with art in Siena, cheese in Pienza, Gregorian chants at an abbey, and cooking at a Chianti farmhouse.

Campania: THE AMALFI COAST
Pompei, Positano & beyond

See classic destinations like Amalfi, Positano, Capri, and Pompeii plus off-the-beaten-track sites on the Cilento Coast, including the archaeological site of Paestum and a mozzarella maker. Sample the stellar wines of Campania, from Greco di Tufo to Aglianico.

Sicily: DISCOVER SICILY
From Palermo to Marsala, a Multicultural Mecca

See why this ancient land is Italy's hottest new wine zone. You'll also explore Greek temples and Byzantine cathedrals, lunch at an olive oil mill, see ancient methods of sea salt production, rediscover marsala, and feast on Sicily's multicultural cuisine.

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