Join an Italian Sommelier on this special 8-hour trip to small prestigious vineyards in the Valpolicella Valley. Discover the best Amarone and other quality Valpolicella wines, and sample the local cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere.
8 participants maximum
The Valpolicella Valley, located between Lake Garda and Verona, is famous for its historical wines. The name “Valpolicella” comes from Ancient Greek, and means “Valley of the Many Cellars.” Today, the most important wines produced in the region are Amarone and Recioto. On this tour, you will drive through a landscape of classical villas, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and orchards.
Pick-ups are available from Venice, Verona, or Padua, and each tour starts with a visit to a typical cantina, set in a 15th-century building. Drive along tiny roads that wind through the vineyards. Weather permitting, you will tour the vineyards with the owner, who will talk about the area’s grape growing techniques.
After a brief description of the wines and winemaking process, enjoy tastings of Valpolicella’s classic wines - Valpolicella, Ripasso della Valpolicella, Amarone, and Recioto. Each wine will be paired with cheese, selected by the vineyard owner and your guide, who is a sommelier and master cheese taster.
Next, take a scenic drive to a typical restaurant, for a light lunch with tradional dishes and wine. After lunch, visit a second cantina, where the grapes for Amarone and Recioto are withered before vinification. After a short visit to the vineyard and winery, taste some more famous wines for a chance to compare the differences and similarities of the two different producers.
The tour includes:
Transportation from Venice, Verona, or Padua by car
2 cantina visits and wine tastings in English
Light Lunch: traditional lunch at a trattoria in the wine country
The tour does not include:
Anything not expressly mentioned in the inclusions
Photos of this tour
Tour meeting point
Tronchetto, 30100 Venezia, Italia
Your meeting point and Drop-off/End Point: is at Venice Tronchetto. Your guide will be waiting for you in front of the People Mover stop with a "Venice Day Trips" sign.
How to get to there:
Arriving by water bus (vaporetto): Line 2 to the Tronchetto parking stop (not the Tronchetto Mercato). Your hotel staff can point out the closest vaporetto (water bus) stop, and indicate how frequently the vaporetto passes. Please allow plenty of time to arrive.
Exit the water bus dock and head to your right along the waterfront. After a few minutes you will see the People Mover sign.
Arriving by the People Mover: There is only 1 People Mover line (small elevated train). Take it to Tronchetto. Exit by going down the escalator, and you’ll find the meeting point in front of you.
Arriving by water taxi: Exit the water taxi dock and head to your right, along the waterfront. After a few minutes you will see the People Mover sign.