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A Simple Guide to Wine-tasting in Italy

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From wine lovers to gastronomes and agriculturalists, Italian wine is a big deal for people who travel to Italy and having the right travel specialist can ensure your perfect exploration of wines, wineries, and vineyards across the country.

When traveling with Zicasso, we can match you with a local travel specialist with expertise in Italian wines, wine culture, and impressive history.

If you are eager to sample the diverse varietals and complex combinations that are produced around the favored, quiet, and more typical regions of Italy, the following list provides important information for you to experience the ultimate wine-tasting tour.

  1. Wine-tasting Checklist
  2. Experience the Wines of Italy on Your Italy Trip

Wine-tasting Checklist

Panoramic view of a vineyard in Piedmont, Italy


  • The vineyards in Italy are often off the beaten path and require a car and a GPS system to access if not joined by a tour guide.
  • The vineyards across Italy do not have open hours and instead require reservations, offering private, in-depth tasting tours with the winemakers.
  • Italy hosts an event one day a year that is known as Cantine Aperte, or “Open Cellars Day.” During this event, participating vineyards across the various wine regions of Italy open their doors to the public. It often occurs during the last weekend in May, so consider planning a tour then.
  • Do not be afraid to ask your guide, the tasting room worker, or a representative of the vineyard questions regarding the wine-making process or a specific wine.
  • Carry cash for any possible purchases that you may wish to make during your wine-tasting excursion.
  • When joining a tour, whether with a group or a private guide, expect to visit between two to three wineries. While some tours may squeeze in up to five vineyards, the majority of wineries in Italy are family-owned and run by people who are happy to spend two hours showing you their unique heritage, which also highlights the pride they take in their land, production, and wine.
  • Do not rely solely on suggestions from travel resources before you arrive in Italy because many of the private guides better understand the breadth of wine producers in their specific region, in addition to possessing the ability to craft a more personalized tasting schedule based on your specific tastes.

Experience the Wines of Italy on Your Italy Trip

Sommelier pouring red wine into decanter in Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

Planning your wine-tasting experience in Italy can ensure a memorable trip when sipping a Super Tuscan or enjoying a Pinot Grigio overlooking the Piedmontese hills. A travel specialist who understands local culture, nuances, and tradition can help you discover Italian wine in a completely new way. Find inspiring ways to enjoy Italy’s wine with our sample Italy Food and Wine Tours or look for inspiration for your trip with Zicasso’s Italy Travel Guide. Ready to plan your trip? Speak with an Italy wine travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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