Discover Northern Italy regions home of some of the best wines from Valpolicella to Amarone, from Prosecco to best wines of Friuli, from Gewurtztraminer to Muller Thurgau.
The wine history of the Veneto region is very long, even the Romans appreciated the wines produced in this area. Veneto has over 20 DOC zones: the Valpolicella, near Lake Garda where the world famous Amarone and Recioto wines are made, Conegliano Veneto is one of the principal wine villages of the Prosecco wine country ( the Valdobbiadene ).
Friuli region is an historical melting pot of people, languages and traditions ( Roman, Venetian, Mitteleuropean, Mediterranean and Slavic ) and it’s is also home of a unique range of world famous wines so that a small group of flagship small wine makers coined the name “ Super Whites” for their top wines with reference to the ultra high quality “ Super Tuscans” wines.
Alto Adige/South Tyrol is one of Europe’s oldest wine-growing regions in which over 20 top quality international grape varieties flourish in around 5,000 hectares of vineyard and it’s a top wine-growing region. Travelling through the hills and the mountains of Alto Adige you will taste the superb local wines such as Lagrein, Gerwurztraminer and Muller Thurgau , visit the award winning century years old Wineries and you will be stupefied by the unexpected beauty of the many small , untouched villages , imposing Castles, verdant valleys.
Day 1 Verona – Veneto
Arrive in Venice airport and private transfer to Verona, accommodation at the hotel in the historic centre.
Day 2 Valpolicella wines and Verona – Veneto
We will discover today the Valpolicella great wine area: the Valpolicella , which begins just outside Verona and it’s renowned for red wines such as Amarone and Valpolicella Classico,. Travelling through the “ historic “ Valpolicella area we will stop for the guided visits of flagship wineries and wine tastings. Transfer back to Verona and time at leisure for the visit.
Day 3 Treviso, Valdobbiadene and Conegliano – The Prosecco
We leave Verona and we head to Treviso , a true jewel of art enclosed by 16th century walls featuring exquisite palaces, waterways crossing the historic city centre, the enchanting Piazza dei Signori . Then we will drive to Valdobbiadene area , home of the world wide known Prosecco wine and we will visit some another award winning wineries, located in stunning Palladian style Villas .
Overnight will be at the Villa – Hotel in the countryside of Treviso.
Day 4 The Super Whites Wines of the Collio area- Friuli
We leave the Veneto region and we travel to the Friuli region, home of superb wines ,our accommodation will be a Relais in the heart of Collio area, surrounded by vineyards . Travelling through the rolling hills of the Collio area , you will visit two superb wineries and you will taste excellent wines.
Day 5 Trieste and Cividale del Friuli Wines
Today we will enjoy an excursion to Trieste , an awesome Mitteleuropean town , overlooking the Adriatic sea . On our guided walking tour of the old town we will visit the Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, the symbol of Trieste, a huge rectangular piazza, the largest in Europe looking onto the sea, opens on one side onto the Gulf of Trieste and is surrounded by magnificent houses and public buildings. From here we go on to the Cathedral of S.Giusto, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Canal Grande . A stop at the historic Cafè degli Specchi where you can experience the city’s history as one of Europe’s intellectual centers . Then we’ll visit the breathtaking Castle and park of Miramare, a few kilometres from the centre of Trieste, rising steeply above the sea. This superb castle was built by Maximilian of Hapsburg, as a home to share with his wife Charlotte of Belgium better known as “Sissi”. All the rooms, nearly all with a sea view, are in perfect condition and fully furnished.
On the way back to our relais we will stop in the Roman village of Cividale del Friuli where we will visit the flagship Winery which is making some of the most fascinating whites of “Colli Orientali del Friuli” area.
Day 6 Alto Adige Wines and Castles
Today we depart from Friuli and we head to the Alto Adige/Sud Tyrol region , home of super wines such as Lagrein, Gerwurztraminer and Muller Thurgau and we will visit some award winning century years old Wineries. We will travel through an enchanting landscape pointed by vineyards and ancient Castles at the top of the hills, this is the famous Weine Strasse. Accommodation will be in Castle – Hotel , which belongs to a Wine Estate and it’s surrounded by vineyards producing award winner Gewurtztraminer wine.
Day 7 Alto Adige Wines and Castles
Today we will drive through the WeineStrasse area, home of superb wineries, we will stop in Termeno , where we will visit a flagship Wine Estate which have been rewarded with Italy’s most highly award, the ‘Three Glasses’ of the Gambero Rosso wine guide for several years in a row, to mention the most important only.
Then onto Caldaro an enchanting small village located just in the centre of the WeineStrasse which host also the Wine Academy and Wine Museum. After a walk in the medieval centre we will visit another superb , award winning winery accommodated in a grand 16th century edifice, originally built for the Austrian Imperial post coaches . On the way back to our hotel we will drive along the Castle route and we will visit some untouched villages.
Day 8 Departure
Private transfer to Venice.
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