Top 10 Trips Through Italy’s Vineyards
Benjamin Franklin used to say: “wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” Whether it’s white, red or pink, wine has a very special place in our hearts, being appreciated for its unique taste and health benefits ever since the dawn of humanity. Italy is well known for its exquisite wines, and so we created this top 10 of the world’s best trips to Italy’s vineyards.
1. Moscata di Passito di Pantelleria, Pantelleria
The Island of Pantelleria is Italy’s southernmost territory, and it is well known for its sweet wine production. Moscata di Passito di Pantelleria is a very special wine that (according to legend) was used by the goddess Tanit to force Apollo into falling in love with her. You will definitely appreciate its sublime, sweet aroma and beautiful golden appearance.
2. Contea di Sclafani, Sicily
This delicious red wine is made from Nero D’avola grapes on the Island of Sicily. Contea di Sclafani wines come in different variants, including standard bianco, roso and rosatto. This wine is produced using both traditional and modern methods, giving visitors a great opportunity to compare and decide which one they like best.
3. Vermentino di Gallura, Sardinia
If your travels take you to Sardinia, you simply must visit the Sella & Mosca Vineyard, which is Italy’s second largest vineyard. Here you will be able to savor the famous Vermentino di Gallura wine, which is based on the Vermentino grape, accounting for 95% of the wine’s composition. Shellfish-based meals are quite popular around these parts, but no meal is complete without a delicious glass of wine.
4. Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata
Aglianico del Vulture is considered one of the best red wines of Italy, and it is produced in the Vulture area of Basilicata. Most of the vineyards here are placed on elevated sites, between 1,476 and 1,968 feet. These wines are often aged, since they have the potential to better themselves in the bottle for 6 to 20 years.
5. Taurasi, Campania
Taurasi wine is based on an exquisitely delicious red grape that owes its success to the region’s topography, since Campania’s vineyards are placed at altitudes of at least 1312 feet above sea level. The vineyards of Irpinia, near Avellino, are used to produce an exquisite wine based on Aglianico grapes, which were brought there by the ancient Greeks.
6. Sagrantino di Montefalco, Umbria
Sagrantino di Montefalco wines are made using 100% Sagrantino grapes found in the Province of Perugia. The town of Montefalco is beautiful enough on its own, with its old churches, castles and impressive panoramas, but the Sagrantino wine represents its main attraction. According to legend, Sagratino grapes were brought to the region by French monks during the middle Ages. Nowadays, this wine is ranked as DOCG, which is the highest-ranking category of Italian wine dominations.
7. Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany
Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine that is being produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino, in the Tuscany wine region. On arrival, guests are immediately struck by the sublime, natural beauty of this old town, with its cornfields, sunflowers and vineyards creating spectacular panoramas
8. Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Tuscany
Vernaccia is a white Italian wine that is produced in and around the town of San Gimignano in Tuscany. This wine is well known as one of Italy’s finest since the times of the Renaissance, and it was the first Italian wine to achieve DOC status in 1966, only to be upgraded to DOCG in 1993.
9. Franciacorta, Lombardy
Franciacorta is one of Italy’s finest sparkling wines, and it is made from grapes grown within the territory of Franciacorta. A trip through these vineyards allows you to walk upon the streets of many medieval villages and admire magnificent views of the surroundings.
10. Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle, Valle d’Aosta
Morgex et de La Salle is the northernmost region of the Aosta Valley. What makes this heavenly place stand out is that it features the highest vineyards in continental Europe, some found at altitudes of 3937 feet, shadowed by the imposing Mont Blanc. The locals speak French even though they reside in Italy, and their white wine flaunts a delicious mountain flavor.