Italian food and wine tours are prevalent throughout each region and it is best to experience all of them or at least select regions based on wine preferences. Concierge & Events by Victoria provides privileged visits to ancient wine cellars, picnics in historical (not open to the public) landmarks, and epicurean adventures which can include progressive dinner feasts in castles hosted by the nobility, hot air balloon rides over vineyards or scenic drives in a Maserati followed by a lunch in an olive orchard.
For instance, those who enjoy Chianti a trip to Tuscany is a necessity. Visiting the vineyards and the wine cellars in Chianti are a requirement to understand the wine process, but also to understand the agriculture which is primarily focused on olive oil and cheeses. A visit to Montepulciano to indulge in a bottle of Sangiovese is truly an experience. Privileged visits include touring the countryside and its breathtaking hills and its landmark castle, and convents. A visit to a winemaker’s estate often includes culinary lessons and walks through the fields.
Called the King of the Italian wines, this region is famous for its Barolo and Barbaresco wines. Some of the best places to truffle hunt are in the Langhe hills. This is also a great food region in which many emerging and exciting new chefs are introducing the Slow Food concept. Separately, there are many contemporary artists which offer a “food meets art” experience. A stroll in the fascinating medieval centre of Alba known as the worldwide capital of the White Truffle also allows visitors extraordinary opportunities to shop for food and wine. This is also the region of many Michelin starred restaurants, hazelnut and chocolates!
Anyone who enjoys sparkling wine then must automatically make a journey to this area to follow the Prosecco wine trails as well as Valpolicella and Soave wines. This region has many magnificent wine routes especially found in the picturesque hillsides of Asolo which is a beautiful medieval town with palaces, villas, and ancient walls. The radicchio plant is from this area. The Veneto region is also the third largest producer of milk of which 60% is used to make cheeses such as Asiago, Montasio, Prvolone and Castella as examples.
This region is considered the Food Valley known for Prosciutto Di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Salame di Felino plus many other wonderful products. Here one will engage in private cooking classes and enjoy sumptuous dining in a medieval castle with a Michelin star chef. A walking trek enables one to enjoy many of the region’s products along the way to a picnic or ancient wine cellar visit. Tours to the cheese factories and truffle hunts are only part of the magic in this region.
Known for its white wines and truffle hunting at Ca’Solare, this region provides access to wonderful olive oil and its mills found in towns such as Orvieto, Perugia, and Assisi. Here guests have the opportunity to cruise along the Tiber and Chiascio rivers or the Passignano and Torricella lakes to enjoy a five star picnic along the banks of a medieval castle. Visitors to the region can attend cooking school and learn about the Prosciutto of Norcia.