Barolo is possibly one of the most renowned and best-quality wines in Italy. A hearty red, Barolo draws its name from the town in which it is produced, situated in the Langhe area and protected by gentle hills. Established in the early 19th century, the winery Marchesi di Barolo is still a family business, handed down for five generations and enjoying the protection of the Alps in the north and the Appenines in the south. This makes the climate particularly temperate and mild and allows grapes to prosper.
via Roma 1, Barolo, Italy, +39 0173 564400
Vezza d’Alba, where this winery is located, is a truly historic area for wine-making in Italy. The aristocratic family of Roero used to cultivate this land even in 18th century, before the business was taken over by the current managers, the Olivero family, in the 1950s. With 15 hectares of vineyards to count on, this ancient farmstead will show any tourist that the province of Cuneo and the region of Piedmont have much more to offer than just mountains and the Shroud of Turin.
via Valle Rubiagno 2, Vezza d’Alba, Cuneo, Italy, +39 0173 65459
Located on Lake Garda, Redaelli de Zinis is a winery that is committed to avoiding machinery in the production of its wines and to employing environmentally-friendly techniques so as not to affect the wonderful natural scenery surrounding Desenzano del Garda. It possesses about 1,200 square meters of vineyard and its history goes as far back as the 18th century, with a tradition covering five generations of the De Zinis family. All the produce is DOC – of controlled origin – which guarantees a great quality and an unmistakable flavour.
via Marconi, Desenzano del Garda, Brescia, Italy, +39 030 9140023
Frescobaldi is a family that has been devoted to wine production for 30 generations and 700 years. Consequently, this is the historic winery of Tuscany par excellence. Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi possesses five different discrete units where wine is produced and which guests are more than welcome to visit. Scattered from north to south Tuscany, in Pomino, Nipozzano, Castiglioni, Castelgiocondo and Ammiraglia, any tourist who happens to be in this wonderful Italian region should take some time off their busy schedule in order to enjoy a visit to this wonderful spot.
Tenuta di Castelbuono was awarded the Wonderful Winery prize because of its peculiar architecture. Part of Tenute Lutelli, located in Bevagna, in the province of Perugia, in Umbria, this winery was designed by Arnaldo Pomodoro, one of the most renowned Italian artists. It was realized with the participation of a Renaissance atelier as well as with that of an architect who took care of the functional and health and safety side of the construction. The building is inspired by the hilly landscape that surrounds it – as Pomodoro said, he didn’t want to create a disruption in nature, so he tried to adapt the building to the environment itself.
Vocabolo Castellaccio 9, Località Cantalupo, Bevagna, Perugia, Italy, +39 0742 361670
A family business, Azienda Agricola Valentini is located in Loreto Aprutino, in the province of Pescara, in Abruzzo. This winery and farm has been here for centuries, with an activity dating back to the first half of the 16th century. It has received a number of awards throughout the ages thanks to the quality of its produce, be it wine, olive oil or vinegar. Most of its wine production is centred upon Trebbiano and Montepulciano, but its offer covers other sorts of other labels too.
Located on one of the two major Italian islands, Sardinia, Azienda Vinicola Contini was founded by Salvatore Contini in 1898 and maintains a position of paramount importance in the western Italian island. With a company located in Cabras, on the Sinis peninsula, and estates covering a land extending along the peninsula, across the Tirso Valley, and up the slopes of Mount Arci, this winery possesses 80 hectares of vineyards that all come together in the production of top-notch Sardinian wine. With a perfect mix of local flavours and national quality, Azienda Vinicola Contini shows that Sardinia has plenty more to offer than just rugged beaches and untouched lands.
via Genova 48-50, Cabras, Oristano, Italy, +39 0783 290806
Established in 1878, Mastroberardino is led by an historic family that still maintains a passion for wine and the local territory. Situated in Campania and Irpinia, this winery has seen 10 generations succeed each other with great results and significant technological innovations along the way. Among its grapes are, for instance, Aglianico, Fiano, Greco, Fanghina, Piedirosso, all dating back to ancient Greek and Roman times.
via Manfredi 75/81, Atripalda, Avellino, Italy, +39 0825 614111
The Greeks founded a series of colonies in southern Italy, the so-called ‘Magna Graecia’, which embraced what we today call Sicily, Campania, Puglia, and Calabria. The latter was named ‘Enotria’: the land where grapes prosper and offer a great-quality wine. Librandi is aware of this rich history and attempts to make the best of it by observing traditional techniques that do not affect the environment in a negative way. Conveniently located between the seaside and its temperate climate in the mountains, Librandi is a great spot for some wine tasting on this southern isle.
Contrada San Gennaro, Cirò Marina, Croton, Italy, +39 0962 31518
Passed on for 17 generations and finally established in this form in 1995, Planeta is one of the household names of Sicily. With six different estates between Sambuca di Sicilia and Menfi, this winery will convince any tourist that enotourism is something to keep an eye out on this southern isle. The vineyards make up a total area of 363 hectares and yield different kinds of grapes: from the little-known Grecanico, Carricante, Frappato, and Nerello Mascalese to the internationally acclaimed Nero d’Avola, Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet.
Contrada Ulmo, Sambuca di Sicilia, Agrigento, Italy, +39 0925 1955460