Italy is a dream destination for wine lovers, and wine tasting destinations are by no means scarce in Italy. Neither is the beautiful scenery and food to match! So, pour yourself a glass of your favourite wine and have a little read of our top Italian wine holiday picks you NEED to put on your bucket list!
Italy has been making wine for more than 2000 years. In fact, wine varietals from Tuscany’s Chianti and Sangiovese regions are some of the oldest in the world.
Tuscany is most famous for its Chianti and Sangiovese and Chianti wines, and its Brunello and Montepulciano varietals. Chianti Classico is the most prestigious sub-region in Tuscany. It’s also one of the most picturesque wine regions in the world! It’s a holiday destination of its own – wine lover or not. The top vineyards in Tuscany include Casa Vinicola, Biondi-Santi, L.Cecchi and Castello Banfi.
Begin your wine explorations is Siena, an enchanting old-world city located on the foothills of Chianti. Florence is another popular city in the region to explore while you’re there – not least for its collection of Renaissance-era arts, sculptures and architecture.
Most famous for its stunning coastlines, Greek temples, baroque churches, and natural beauty, Sicily is often overlooked as a wine tasting destination. The region is also famous for its rustic local wines that offer flavours such as pistachios, almonds, citrus fruits, tuna, and more.
Inzolia is considered the best white wine in Sicily. The flagship red wine of Sicily is Nero d’Avola, an incredibly spicy and alluring red wine that is commonly blended with Syrah. The ideal wine towns in Sicily are Ragusa, Messina, Marsala and Noto.
If you want epic visual beauty, make sure you visit the Aeolian Islands and the Pelagian Islands. Other towns to visit while in Sicily are Cefalu, a traditional Mediterranean town, and Taormina, one of the most stunning Greek towns in the world.
Umbria is often called the green heart of Italy, which makes it a perfect destination for food and wine lovers. It’s a land of rich history, iconic towns, intoxicating scenery, beautiful arts and architecture, varied cuisine and, of course, wines to die for. The winemaking industry can be traced back to Benedictine monks who first planted vineyards in the sandy soil that extends all over the Umbria region. Exported all over the world, Orvieto is the most famous white wine of Umbria. The Sagrantino di Montefalco wine is considered among the boldest and richest red wines in the country. Top producers in Umbria include Caprai, Paolo Bea, Falesco, Scacciadiavoli, Antinori and Lungarotti.
The hamlet of Montefalco is the perfect base for your wine explorations in Umbria. Located 1550 ft. above sea level, it presents an exciting mix of Romanesque churches and medieval walls. Torgiana is another town to put on your itinerary. It’s home to an impressive defence tower and the most important wine museum in Italy, the Museo del Vino Torgiano.
Italian Food and Wine at Pasta Di Piazza
There are so many more destinations for wine lovers to visit in Italy which are equally beautiful and fruitful, but we hope this little insight has left you delightfully heady with inspiration. And if it’s a while until your wine tasting tour of Italy comes to fruition, head to Pasta Di Piazza in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to enjoy some delightful Italian wines along with our delicious Italian cuisine in the meantime!
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