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In search of the best wine tours in Italy

Submitted by HedonisticHiking on 13 Nov 2018

It turns out that we’re not the only ones who love our food and wine! Gastronomic tourism is increasingly big news as more and more people appreciate that delicious wine, eating well, and learning about regional culinary traditions are a valuable part of any holiday experience. So where should you go for the best wine tour or food and wine holiday?

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Chianti Rufina

Submitted by HedonisticHiking on 11 Jul 2017

Chianti Rufina is one of the seven subzones that fall under Italy's famous Chianti DOCG. The wine-growing area is one of the smallest in Chianti, concentrated in the foothills of the Apennines to the east of Florence.

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Anyone for Grappa?

Submitted by HedonisticHiking on 5 Feb 2016

Many Hedonistic Hikers who have travelled with us in Italy will have happy memories of the famous after-dinner drink known as grappa!  It is a strong grape-based brandy usually taken at the end of a meal as a digestive and usually served in small decorative flute glasses or classic shot glasses.

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Aglianico - an ancient grape

Submitted by HedonisticHiking on 2 Jan 2016

Hikers on our new Southern Italy tour will have many opportunities to taste a wonderful local wine made from an ancient grape variety known as Aglianico. It's origins are a little unclear but the name probably derives from the word "Hellenic" or Greek, as this part of Southern Italy was colonised by the Greeks before the rise of the Roman empire.

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The People's Wine of Piedmont

Submitted by admin on 2 Jun 2015

As we head back to Piedmont for our June Jewels of Piedmont tour much of our attention will be focussed on the celebrated Barolo and Barbaresco wines of the area, made from the famous Nebbiolo grape. But the region has another native red grape,Barbera, (pronounced bar-bear-a!) which over many centuries has produced everyday drinking wines for the local population.

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Food, Wine & Friends

Submitted by admin on 11 Mar 2013

Our Winemakers' Dinner last weekend at the Dal Zotto winery turned out to be a really special evening.

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Our Winemakers

Submitted by admin on 27 Jan 2013

Ahead of our unmissable dinner in the King Valley on Saturday 2nd March, we thought it would be fun to write a brief profile on each of the winemakers attending. Here's what you need to know ...

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Prosecco

Submitted by admin on 11 Nov 2012

A glass of crisp chilled sparkling Prosecco is one of Italy's best-loved aperitifs and, in recent years, it has gained a huge following in other parts of the world too. President Obama is said to have celebrated at his inauguration dinner back in 2009 with many bottles of Italian Prosecco!

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Nebbiolo

Submitted by admin on 22 Jun 2012

The King of Wines comes to the King Valley

Nebbiolo is a red grape variety native to a very specific area of Piedmont in Northern Italy.  The first references to the grape seem to date back to 1268 when it was referred to by the name of "nibiol". In Italian, the word for fog is "nebbia" and there are two theories as to how the grape got its name. The first is the cloudy bloom that appears on the skin of the grape when it is ripe and the second is the fact that fog has usually begun to cover the Langhe hills at the point when the grape is harvested.

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Vermentino

Submitted by admin on 20 May 2012

Our spring tours so far this year have taken us to Tuscany's coast and its lesser-known Lunigiana region as well as to Liguria. All three of these areas are home to one of our favourite grape varieties known in Italy as Vermentino. It makes a white wine with an elegant aroma and a light, citrus, fresh flavour, and people say it is a grape that likes to see the sea!

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