The Wine Regions of Italy

While the Chianti region in Tuscany is arguably Italy’s most famous wine region, there are several other regions that produce popular and elegant wines, including Prosecco from the Veneto region, as well as a multitude of unique local wines.

Italy is a wonderful part of the world to visit if you are a wine connoisseur and this is our guide to the most popular wine regions, including where to visit and which wines to sample!

 

Veneto

The production of wine in the Veneto region of Italy has boomed in recent years thanks to the popularity of Prosecco, as well as other wines local to this region.

Prosecco is commonly consumed in Italy as a celebration drink, akin to Champagne. However, although it is traditionally sparkling (“spumante”) or semi-sparkling (“frizzante”), it can also be still (“tranquillo”), making it a particularly diverse drink that can be enjoyed on a variety of occasions or simply as an aperitif. If you’ve developed a taste for Prosecco then we highly recommend visiting Valdobbiadene, which is considered the capital of the Prosecco Hills. It can easily be reached from Venice on a day tour that includes wine tasting.

The Venetian Lagoon itself is home to some lovely vineyards too and they have remained largely undiscovered, giving you the opportunity to sample unique local wines. You can reach the likes of Mazzorbo, Burano and the island of Sant'Erasmo on the water bus from Venice, where you can discover vineyards and wine estates that open to the public.

 

Tuscany

The Chianti region in Tuscany is surely the most famous wine region in Italy and is well known for its beautiful countryside, which features rolling hills and green landscapes decorated with stone farmhouses and quaint churches. It is a magical region of Italy to visit and there are a variety of wine tours available from popular cities, such as Florence or Pisa. We highly recommend combining a wine tour of the Chianti region with stops in Tuscany’s hidden gems, such as Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca, where you can experience the famously relaxed Italian life and culture. Siena is also home to one of Tuscany’s largest wineries: Castello Banfi in Montalcino, and there’s also Biondi-Santi (also in Montalcino) and Casa Vinicola L. Cecchi in the Chianti area – they make for excellent day trips, although we recommend pre-arranging tours for the best experience.

 

Umbria

A wine tour in Tuscany combines well with a similar excursion in Umbria, which is famed for its Orvieto white wine and the (usually red) Torgiano. The countryside scenes in Umbria are just as magnificent as in Tuscany and there are plenty of pretty towns and villages to discover, such as Perugia and Assisi. Assisi makes a particularly enjoyable day trip for those interested in the Christian religion as the pretty town is famous as the birthplace of Saint Francis and is home to many ancient monasteries and quaint churches.

 

Piedmont

The Piedmont region, which is close to the border with France and accounts for 11% of the DOC production in Italy, is most famous for its rich red wines that feature complex flavors thanks to the high altitude of the vineyards. One of the best vineyards to visit is Renato Ratti Cantina, which is in a 15th-century abbey near Alba. Here, you can sample sublime local wine and learn about the production process whilst immersed in a beautiful and historic setting. If you’re thinking about visiting the Piedmont region as part of a wine tour of Italy, we recommend visiting Turin, which is located on the left bank of the river Po. It is a cosmopolitan city with many vibrant wine bars to discover, as well as impressive city architecture.

 

Emilia-Romagna

Emilia-Romagna is made up of two distinct areas (Emilia and Romagna, as the name suggests) and is home to famous food cities, such as Bologna, Modena and Parma, as well as Rimini, which is well-regarded as a vibrant holiday resort on Italy’s coast. This region is known to produce some of Italy’s finest food, including balsamic vinegar and Parma ham. Its most famous wine is perhaps Lambrusco, which is a refreshing and light wine that has become popular worldwide, with 50 million bottles produced every year. However, there are several other local wines that are a joy to discover, including the Colli Piacentini wines – head for the Cantine Romagnoli estate near Piacenza to sample these as it offers guided tours. Also look out for other wines made from the Sangiovese, Trebbiano and Albana grapes, which are well respected rising stars of the wine industry.

 

Lombardy

The final wine region we would like to introduce to you is Lombardy, which is nestled in the Po Valley and home to famous resorts and cities, including Milan and the Italian Lake District. The flat vistas, midsummer humidity and fertile soil of this region makes for particularly decadent vineyards and subsequent excellent wines. As a result, Lombardy produces a wide variety of wines, including dry red wines and zesty sparkling wines that are reminiscent of Champagne. Head to Brescia for a selection of Italy's largest wineries, many of which are welcoming to visitors. Or perhaps relax in the Italian Lake District and enjoy a pre-arranged wine-tasting tour from Lake Garda – there are many options available such as tours of Borghetto, which is a small settlement that makes unforgettable Lombardy wines, or tours to nearby Canrina Grigoletti for beautiful vineyards scenes.

 

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