Par Claude061 le 20 February 2012 à 01:09
Casale vinicola del Veneto
Private Guide with wine expert and Chinese interpreter
- Visit to vineyards, wineries and tasting wines in different wine regions of France and Italy.
- Knowledge of soils, discover the regional gastronomy, culture and local traditions, with a wine expert guide in English and a Chinese interpreter.
- Welcome and hospitality in families of winemakers. The visits give priority to human contact and sharing a passion for wine professionals.
Travel in small groups till 8 to 10 guests
Veneto is Italy's largest wine producing region and also its biggest producer of DOC wine. It is home to two of Italy's best known exports, Soave and Valpolicella. Vineyards hug the foothills of the Dolomites from Lake Garda across to the river Piave north of Venice. The most intense plantings encircle Verona. Valpolicella is the second most important red DOC after Chianti. The vineyards lie in a band north of Verona on limestone and granite slopes, planted with the Corvina grape. Bardolino is similar to Valpolicella but is produced from grapes grown on a glacial moraine boarding Lake Garda. Soave DOC is quantitatively Italy's most important white wine. Prosecco has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance in popularity in recent years. There are delimited regions: Prosecco DOC which covers a wide area of the Veneto and Friuly, and the higher quality Conegliano-Valdobbiadenne DOCG area.
Day 1: Your arrival in Verona
We pick up you at the airtport or railway station and conduce you to your hotel. You'll install in a very confortable hotel in the center of an ancient and touristic town and then you'll walk in the small streets of this very beautiful historical city. Dinner in a gourmet restaurant.
Day 2: Valpolicella & Amarone Wine
Valpolicella, which means "valley of many cellars", is home to a series of red grapes, most of which have unclear origins and are rarely found elsewhere in Italy. Corvina, a dark-berried, thick-skinned variety, is the principal grape in red Valpolicella Classico DOC wines, forming the backbone of the blend with its firm tannins and rich, smokly, red-cherry scent. Arrival at Pedemonte and visit to the Stefano Accordini winery. Where you can visit the vineyards and the cellar, finally wine tasting. Light lunch at a local restaurant. Driving, on the afternoon, along the hills where you can see the different type of vineyard. We'll visit celebrated vineyards where Amarone di Valpolicella DOCG is made. Its method of production dates back to Roman times. Explore the vineyards with winemaker of the Azienda agricola where you can meet the wine grower who will be explaining the different techniques of viticulture. Return at the hotel in Verona. (Dinner at your own)
Day 3: Sparkling Prosecco
The Prosecco region is a picturesque area that lies just an hour’s drive northeast of Venice itself.
The excursion to the Prosecco hills takes us northeast of Venice, through the countryside near Valdobbiadene. Here you visit with one of the top wine producers of Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG where we learn about the traditional production methods, followed by a guided wine tasting.
Next you stop for lunch at one of the most historic Frasche, which are simple rustic trattorias, specializing in the simple local cuisine. You continue on your journey, stopping to visit Azienda agricola Bedin in Asolo Prosecco DOCG, followed by a wine tasting.
Prosecco is one of the most famous sparkling wines produced in Italy, and is well known for its fruity aromas and its charming unpretentiousness. In the Veneto, the locals pair their beloved Prosecco with many types of dishes, and on its own for a pleasant aperitivo. The appreciation of this wines lovely bubbles and honest character has spread to the rest of Italy, Europe and further abroad.
Install in a charming hotel in Colli Asolani. Dinner at your own.
Day 4: Venice Wine Tasting
Discover a hidden Venice when you participate in a unique wine tour which allows you a glimpse into the history, culture and traditions of the region. Enjoy a slice of local life while you tour a hidden corner of the city.
Your wine tasting tour will take you to three different enoteche (wine bars), set in authentic areas of Venice, well off the beaten path. Tours begin in enoteche "Al prosecco" in Santa Crocce, "Ai Artisti" in Orsoduro and enotecha "San Marco". Have a delicious lunch in center of Venice and visit the famous « citta dei Dogi »
The Classic wine tasting includes different wines from the Tri-Veneto area (the area formerly ruled by the Venetian Republic). Each wine is paired with small Venetian appetizers, called "cicchetti". Examples of the quality wines you will taste are Prosecco and Tocai (white wines), Refosco and Ripasso della Valpolicella (red wines), though the selection available may be subject to change. On the evening have a gourmet dinner in Venice. Then return at the hotel.
Day 5: Departure
After a final delicious breakfast in your hotel, you can continue on to other destinations - Bon Voyage!
Four nights in a hotel in the category of your choice
Four French breakfast
Three gourmet lunches
Two dinners (drinks are not included with lunch and dinner)
English speaking guide and a wine expert Chinese interpreter for three whole days (2, 3 and 4 days).
Wine tastings and visits described
The wine courses
Transport by luxury car to visit the vineyards.
Claude Massoc 00 33 (0) 603 452 601
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