Italian Wine Tourism – The Practical Guide

Wine Tourism to Alto Adige, Italy

If you plan on visiting Italy for wine tourism, our practical guide will help you to build the perfect itinerary. We work closely with some of the best award-winning wineries in Italy and, as a result, we visit the country’s most beautiful wine regions regularly. It’s a hard job!

During these trips, we’ve managed to discover wonderful hidden gems. From the green rolling hills of Barolo and Barbaresco, to the quaint hilltop villages of Chianti Classico, to the dramatic scenery of the Dolomite Alps in Alto Adige, we’ve put together a number of wine travel guides filled with practical tips.

We only write about places which we’ve visited – and enjoyed – personally, and about wineries that make fantastic wines. As an Independent Wine customer you may have noticed that our standards are high. We work with premium wineries, so most of the time we recommend hotels and restaurants that fit our this high-end point of view. Although they’re pricier than average, you get what you pay for and they offer exceptional value for money.

As well as our own personal choices, we also ask winemakers for their recommendations. After all, they’re the locals. You may even bump into them in their favourite trattorias, osterias and enotecas.

Put simply, our guides are a collection of practical tips such as where to stay, where to eat, and which wineries to visit to try premium-quality Italian wines. We hope you find them helpful. Buon viaggio!

Castle in the Alps in Alto Adige DOC, Italy

This August, Elvira and I hopped in our car and drove 1,500 miles from Edinburgh to Alto Adige to meet our winemakers. This denomination is home to Europe’s highest vineyards, planted on the slopes of the Dolomite Alps, and it’s stunningly beautiful. We had such a wonderful experience, and couldn’t wait to share it with our fellow wine enthusiasts.

So, we’ve put together this travel guide to explain what makes Alto Adige and its wines so special. If you decide to visit, here are some practical tips on what wineries to visit and where to stay. Read more…

Radda in Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG area, Tuscany, Italy

Set on a hilltop amongst a sea of vines, the medieval town of Radda in Chianti is typically Tuscan. Small cobblestone lanes meander up past quaint buildings, which sit stacked atop each other. Around each corner you’ll find panoramic views allowing you to take in the surrounding scenery.

We spoke to Annalisa Chiavazza from the Castello di Radda winery about the best places to stay, eat and taste wine during a trip to Radda. Read more…