If we had to choose only one reason to visit Italy, let it be the fact that the country is home to some of the most incredible vineyards throughout the entire globe. Whether that is the sole purpose of your trip or is it amongst many of them, be sure not to miss out on what the following vineyards have waiting in store for you once you pay them a visit. Are you ready? Let’s drink some wine!
#1 Villa Vignamaggio – Greve in Chianti – Located in Tuscany’s Greve in Chianti, this 14th century villa is filled with exquisite charm throughout its every square meter and surrounded by beautiful settings and sceneries at nearly every turn. Spread out over 140 hectares, the vines cover nearly 52 of them providing mainly Sangiovese – traditional Chianti variety – along with some Cabernet Franc. Take a tour of the winery, taste the estate’s wines, and get seduced by the overall quaint atmosphere of the place.
#2 Ceretto Aziende Vitivinicole – Piedmont – Found within the beautiful area of Alba, Piedmont, this vineyard offers the perfect combination of both traditional winemaking with contemporary art. This family run business has been making wine for the last three generations and it’s quite safe to say they know what they’re doing when it comes to producing good and notable wines. With picturesque surroundings of green hills, vernacular farmhouses and a land that stretches to the horizon, wine isn’t the only aspect of this vineyard that draws in the crowds from miles away. Make a stop here, you are sure to fall in love.
Undoubtedly the most well recognized vineyard throughout the island and the Sambuca di Sicilia area, Planeta’s Cantina dell’Ulmo is the perfect spot to enjoy a great atmosphere, great company and great wine made by the very rich and juicy Nero D’Avola grape. Passionate winemakers conjure about fruity and sophisticated blends that have become highly respected throughout the region since they launched the business back in 1995. Book a tour in advance and you are in for a treat!
Though it may be considered rather new, there is a good reason why Castello Banfi Estate in the heart of Tuscany is an award winning vineyard. Expansive views of the valleys below, open throughout the entire year -besides two weeks in August – and an impressive architectural aspect you simply cannot beat, Castello Banfi Estate may just become your new favorite Italian sweet spot. The good news is that if and when you do end up falling in love with the property and its hosts, you can stay at the onsite Castello Banfi II Borgo Hotel, a beautifully designed and luxurious place to rest your body and soul.
If you happen to be making your way through Florence, head just 20 kilometers outside the center and you will find the beautiful newly designed Antinori Chianti Classico. A very clean and modern look to it from interior to exterior and surrounded by lovely olive groves and vineyards, it is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing wine tasting. Not only will you get the chance to enjoy their many fantastic wines but also have a look at the museum, art collection, and book shop all located onsite! A fun, vibrant, and truly impressive spot to add to your bucketlist.