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10 Days Wine Tour and Cooking Vacations in Italy

10 Days Wine Tour and Cooking Vacations in Italy

  • Veneto - Trentino - Friuli

Food and Wine Tasting Holiday Italy

During this holiday, you will explore the finest vineyards with diverse culinary traditions in the land known as Le Tre Venezie. Join your hosts and travel along the lush landscapes and backroads at the peak of grape harvest from the areas of Trento, tour the splendid Roman and medieval sites of charming Verona, learn the art of cheese making, enjoy a boat tour experience on the Adriatic Sea, and create long lasting memories of people, places, culinary traditions, and exceptional wines!

Highlights

  • Wine tasting and cooking lessons
  • Discover Veneto, Trentino, and Friuli
  • Private guided tour through world heritage sites
  • Explore Trieste and the Adriatic Riviera
  • Learn the art of cheese making
  • 3 daily local meals plus wine
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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During this holiday, you will stay either in a private or a shared room in a local hotel of the following destinations:

Bassano del Grappa

You will spend two nights at the Hotel Bonotto in Bassano del Grappa historical district. The building dates back to the 15th century and stands at the beginning of the Valbrenta, overlooking the same view that inspired the famous French poet George Sand who described Bassano as a piece of heaven fallen on earth.

Rich with atmosphere and recently renovated, the hotel is located a stone-throw from the main squares and from the famous wooden bridge designed by Palladio. It has always been a milestone for outstanding figures such as political leaders, artists, and scholars.

A centuries-old legacy of hospitality makes the hotel today a sincere and genuine place worthy of the authentic Italian traditions.

Friuli

During your visit to Friuli, you will spend four nights at the Castello di Buttrio Hotel. The hotel overlooks the eastern hills of the province of Udine and this accommodation transforms a stay into an unforgettably relaxing vacation.

Castello di Buttrio welcomes guests in an understated ambiance where hospitality is discreetly attentive. Time seems to stand still among these vine-scented hills, ancient trees, and quiet leafy paths.

A stay in a family home that has witnessed the passage of the centuries is a thrill for anyone, not just for lovers of historic dwellings. The present seems to fade away as you enter the short hornbeam-lined avenue. The art nouveau gate beckons you into this enchanted world before you open the door of your own private room.

Verona

You will spend three nights at Verona in the Hotel Regina Adeliade Garda. This hotel is just a stone’s throw from the lake, in the old Garda town center. It offers 59 elegant rooms, each one unique.

During this holiday, you will explore the finest vineyards with diverse culinary traditions in the land known as Le Tre Venezie, the three regions once part of the Venetian Republic. From the majestic Dolomites sloping down to Trento to Verona and Bassano del Grappa to the blue waters of Trieste.

This tour begins along the wine routes of Trentino to explore Europe’s oldest wine-growing regions - over 20 top quality international grape varieties flourishing on 5,000 hectares of terraced vineyards.

In Veneto, discover the ancient traditions and enchanting hills where the world famous Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto di Soave, as well as Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, and the cru Cartizze are made.

The journey ends in Friuli, one of the most fascinating wine regions with a historical melting pot of people, languages, and culinary traditions. In Friuli, see how the famous prosciutto San Daniele is made and taste the gourmet delights aboard a boat on the Adriatic Sea.

Occasionally, the itineraries may be adjusted based on a number of factors, including weather, hotel availability, and accessibility to sites.

Day 1 - Friday, September 22, 2017

Upon arrival, your hosts will greet you at the Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) or the Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN) and transfer you to your hotel located between Verona and Lake Garda. Relax and enjoy leisure time before a guided visit to Verona's historic center.

You will begin with a visit to the ancient Roman Arena, where the annual opera season takes place, and other sites like Juliet's balcony, you will be popping in and out of wine bars en-route for an aperitivo, followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Saturday, September 23, 2017

In the morning, enjoy a visit to Cantina Toblino wine estate with a wide range of excellent wines. You will enjoy a tasting of the favorite whites like Pinot Grigio, Manzoni Bianco, Gewürztraminer, Kerner (cross of Trollinger or Schiava and Riesling Renano) and red wines such as Teroldego and Lagrein Dunkel.

You will taste the excellent Elimaró wine made with Rebo and a Rigotti crossing followed by a gourmet lunch in the 16th century Castel Toblino, a jewel on a lake and one of Trentino’s most famous castles.

Then, you will stop at Riva del Garda for a gelato and a walk to admire this quaint town on Lake Garda. You will make another stop for a fairy tale vineyard in Vallagarina, Tenuta San Leonardo, this is one of the most prestigious and beautiful wine estates in the region owned by Marchese Guerrieri Gonzaga, a family steeped in rich traditions and history.

You will fall in love with the location enjoying a private tour of the estate, including the monastic garden of essences. You will conclude your visit with a wine tasting of their fine wines including their flagship San Leonardo wine which is a Bordeaux blend, the excellent Villa Gresti.

Once you return to your wine relais, you will have time to relax and enjoy before you meet for dinner at the villa’s restaurant.

Day 3 - Sunday, September 24, 2017

After breakfast, you will enjoy a Lake Garda cooking class and visit the wineries of Valpolicella and Amarone. You will gather for a day of fun in a private hands-on cooking class at Gemme di Artemesia restaurant overlooking the shores of Lake Garda. Enjoy wine while you cook and chat, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor admiring the landscapes of Lake Garda.

In the afternoon, you will visit the prestigious Amarone producer Allegrini in the Valpolicella Valley at Villa della Torre, a jewel of Italian architecture. The villa is surrounded by with the Palazzo della Torre vineyard.

Palazzo della Torre is world-famous for its depth and complexity and featured in the Wine Spectator’s top 100 wines list for five consecutive years. Visit the cellars and enjoy a complete explanation of the wine making techniques followed by a wine tasting.

In the later evening, you will take a short drive from the hotel to Tenuta Masi Canova for a lively tasting dinner.

Day 4 - Monday, September 25, 2017

After check out, you will visit one of Amarone’s up and coming wine areas yet one of the oldest on the eastern side of the valley. You will visit the Ca’ Rugate wine estate.

The vineyards owned by the Tessari family cross through the Soave Classico, Valpolicella, and Lessini Durello wine areas with its 72 hectares. Soave has come a long way from its 1970's reputation.

Today, the wines can be more full bodied with full minerality, thanks to a high-quality grape selection, low yields, and manual harvest together with attentive wine making techniques.

The tasting will include organic and biodynamic wines from their stellar crus to Recioto Soave and appasimento wines. You will have lunch in the heart of Soave, a Medieval village surrounded by fascinating hills and protected by majestic medieval walls.

By late afternoon, you will check in to the hotel in Bassano del Grappa. You can enjoy time for shopping in this quaint town on the Brenta River. You may want to shop for some fine beautiful ceramics. The ceramist of Nove produce for Lenox, Williams-Sonoma, and Vietri among others.

Slightly before dinner, you will visit the historic Poli Grappa Museum and Grapperia opposite to the famous Ponte di Bassano, designed by Andrea Palladio. Then, you will enjoy dinner along the banks of the river.

Day 5 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This day you will take a short drive in the late morning to visit Villa Barbaro di Maser, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most beautiful Palladio villas. Discover how the architect that shook the world designed these true masterpieces of Italy.

The, you will head towards the Prosecco Superiore di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene wine region. Enjoy lunch before a visit to the gorgeous winery of Bisol in the heart of Valdobbiadene.

You will taste their Cru Cartizze and vintage Proseccos made using the Charmant and Classico methods. Upon return, you will stop in the beautiful hilltop town of Asolo, called The City of a Hundred Horizons.

Asolo is associated with the Italian verb Asolare meaning to pass time in a delightful and worry free day. The British poet Robert Browning surely agreed with delight when in the 19th century, he wrote his last volume of poetry, Asolando.

Other famous writers include Freya Stark, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Ernest Hemingway, and more. Stroll the streets and enjoy some time at leisure before dinner in Asolo.

Day 6 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

After breakfast, you will head further East towards the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. You will travel along a gentle landscape of vineyards, farming towns, and historical hamlets to the scenic 16th-century watermill set in the rocks at Molinetto della Croda.

You will stop to visit the 12th century Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria in Follina and then delight in a visit to a local cheesemaker for a full immersion and light lunch tasting into the world of cheese.

At a short distance, you will travel along the route of the Templar Knights to reach one of the lesser known wine regions of Italy, Malanotte del Piave. You will stop in this hidden gem and fascinating hamlet to discover a grape most may have never heard, Raboso.

The Malanotte del Piave Raboso has high levels of tannin and acidity, but thanks to careful harvesting and winemaking techniques, full-flavored, faintly acidic, and deeply satisfying red wines are produced. At full maturity, Raboso Piave is one of the great Italian reds.

By late afternoon, you will reach the destination for the next four nights at Castello di Buttrio. You will enjoy time at leisure before you meet for dinner at the Castle’s Locanda.

Day 7 - Thursday, September 28, 2017

As you make your way to Trieste, you will stop at Mario Schiopetto winery estate once part of the Archbishops Palace. Tour the cellar and taste their exceptional cru wines, which have been extensively awarded, most recently with 98 points from James Suckling.

Once in Trieste, you will stop at a Hapsburg style cafe’ like the locals who have a real passion for coffee-drinking rituals. It is said there are over 100 ways to make an espresso in Trieste.

Then, you will enjoy a private guided tour of the most important city sites. You will have time for shopping. As you watch the locals promenade, you can draw inspiration in Trieste like James Joyce, Italo Svevo, and Stendhal. This impressive Mitteleurope city has the largest seafront square in the world.

You will enjoy a typical Triestina dinner before returning to the hotel.

Day 8 - Friday, September 29, 2017

This day, you will enjoy a day at sea. You will discover the historic importance of this area of the Adriatic sea. See why the Romans chose this area as a strategic and political site, and you will enjoy lunch at seas with the typical fish prepared on board. It will be a uniquely relaxing and enriching experience.

Day 9 - Saturday, September 30, 2017

After breakfast, you will visit Friuli’s little Siena or San Daniele del Friuli. You will enjoy a tour to a Prosciutto di San Daniele producer and taste this delight still made with the same unique technique of cool Alpine and damp Adriatic currents to give it an inimitable flavor.

You will then travel the beautiful countryside and see wine estates of Colli Orientali. Visit the cellar and tastes wines like Ramandolo, Picolit, Ribolla Gialla, and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso.

In the evening, you will enjoy dinner in the charming hamlet of Cividale del Friuli.

Day 10 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

During this day, you will check out and depart to the airport.

Bassano del Grappa

  • Visit the historic Poli Grappa Museum and Grapperia
  • Tour to the Villa Barbaro di Maser UNESCO world heritage site
  • Tour to the Prosecco Superiore di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene wine region
  • Visit to the gorgeous winery of Bisol in the heart of Valdobbiadene
  • Discover the beautiful hilltop town of Asolo also called The City of a Hundred Horizons
  • Visit the 12th century Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria in Follina
  • Explore a local cheese maker for a full immersion
  • Visit to Malanotte del Piave wine region

Friuli

  • Visit the Mario Schiopetto winery estate
  • Full day excursion and lunch on the Adriatic Sea
  • Take a private guided tour through Trieste
  • Visit San Daniele del Friuli area
  • Tour to a Prosciutto di San Daniele producer and tasting
  • Travel through the wine estates of Colli Orientali

Verona

  • Guided visit to Verona's historic center
  • Visit to the ancient Roman Arena
  • Explore Juliet´s balcony
  • Visit the Cantina Toblino wine estate
  • Discover Riva del Garda town on Lake Garda
  • Visit to the vineyard in Vallagarina at the Tenuta San Leonardo wine estate
  • Tour through the Monastic Garden of Essences
  • Visit the wineries of Valpolicella and Amarone
  • Explore the prestigious Amarone producer, Allegrini, in the Valpolicella Valley at Villa della Torre
  • Visit the Ca’ Rugate wine estate

This holiday will take place at the Le Tre Venezie region in Italy. You will visit Trentino, the Veneto region, and Friuli. In each destination, you will explore historical and cultural locations.

The three regions were once part of the Venetian Republic and they boast the finest vineyards of Northern Italy which produce an indisputable majority of Italy’s fine white wines, known for their elegance and finesse.

In spite of this laudable reputation, the Tre Venezie produce more reds from indigenous grape varietals. This tour begins along the wine routes of Trentino to explore Europe’s oldest wine-growing regions.

In Veneto, discover the ancient traditions and enchanting hills, and finish the journey in Friuli, one of the most fascinating wine regions with a historical melting pot of people, languages, and culinary traditions.

This holiday includes three daily meals based in a gourmet and authentic cuisine paired with local wines. During your visit to Friuli, you will see how the famous prosciutto San Daniele is made and taste the gourmet delights aboard a boat on the Adriatic Sea. You will also taste some of the top awarded cheeses made by a family run producer throughout the holiday.

  • 1 private hands-on cooking class at Gemme di Artemesia restaurant
  • 1 welcome dinner
  • 3 daily local meals plus wine
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer from and to Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) and Verona Catullo Airport (VRN)
  • All entrance fees
  • English-speaking private guides and tour coordinator
  • Guided tours as per program
  • Local transfers as per itinerary
  • Private cellar tours and wine tastings
  • Transfer from Venezia Mestre train station
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE). You can also arrive at the Verona Catullo Airport (VRN). Transfer from and to these airports is included. Italia Dolce Vita will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

Please arrive at the Venezia Mestre station. Transfer from and to the station is included. Italia Dolce Vita will pick you up from the station.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.

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