Italian Wine Tasting

There are so many things to love about Italy. The coffee, the food, the historic sights… but one of my favorites, is the wine! I love Prosecco, a cold white wine on the piazza, or a deep red with a big bowl of pasta. Yes, only in Italy can I tolerate … no enjoy, red wine.

So when our awesome agents at Exclusively Italy arranged for us a vineyard tour and wine tasting, I knew this was going to be a highlight of our trip!

Wine Tasting in Italy. A review of an amazing vineyard and winery experience at Bertagna in Northern Italy. #Italy #Travel http://www.mommatogo.com

Wine Tasting in Italy

 

You can taste great wine all over Italy. This is a country where the culture and food vary by region, as does the wine. On this trip we visited the Bertagna Vineyard and Wine Cellar, after our day out in Verona. This vineyard is located in Cavriana, about a half hour from Verona in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy.

At Bertagna they grow their grapes on over 13 hectares of land. So the grounds are picturesque, with vineyards up and down the hillside. Honestly it reminded me a lot of Napa Valley.

Wine Tasting in Italy. A review of an amazing vineyard and winery experience at Bertagna in Northern Italy. #Italy #Travel http://www.mommatogo.com

We had a guided, English tour through part of the vineyard and around the property. Our guide explained to us many details of the winemaking process. She showed us where the grapes are processed and the barrels where the wine was stored. The 2014 harvest was about to go to bottling. Making wine really is a long process!

Wine Tasting in Italy. A review of an amazing vineyard and winery experience at Bertagna in Northern Italy. #Italy #Travel http://www.mommatogo.com
photo courtesy of Bertagna

After a short tour, we got the good part – the tasting! We were guided into a centuries old stone cellar and given an extensive list of wines from which we could choose a few to taste.

Wine Tasting in Italy. A review of an amazing vineyard and winery experience at Bertagna in Northern Italy. #Italy #Travel http://www.mommatogo.com

We meandered through the list, starting with a delicious rose (that ended up being my favorite), sampling some white, and then red wines. To accompany our vino, we were given focaccia drizzled with their olive oil (they also produce and sell the most delicious olive oil you could ever hope to taste), along with some cured meats and cheeses. These products are local to the region, and the proprietor was slicing the meats fresh in front of us!

Wine Tasting in Italy. A review of an amazing vineyard and winery experience at Bertagna in Northern Italy. #Italy #Travel http://www.mommatogo.com

Our visit to Bertagna was an unparalleled culinary experience! The wine, food, and olive oil were outstanding. This is WHY you travel to Italy.

Our hosts were so attentive and gracious. We ended up purchasing many bottles of wine and oil to gift to family, and to enjoy during the rest of our Italy trip. Sadly, they do not sell Bertagna wines in the United States, and the cost to ship  six bottles home was very expensive (85 Euro). Although it is worth noting that these delicious wines only ranged in price from 6 – 18 Euro for a standard sized bottle. Very reasonable!

Wine Tasting in Italy. A review of an amazing vineyard and winery experience at Bertagna in Northern Italy. #Italy #Travel http://www.mommatogo.com
Everything we tasted. Olive Oil on the Left, followed by Rose, whites and then reds.

 

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Northern Italy, I highly recommend a visit to the Winery Bertagna. I know you will not be disappointed!

Wine Tasting in Italy. A review of an amazing vineyard and winery experience at Bertagna in Northern Italy. #Italy #Travel http://www.mommatogo.com

Thanks to our awesome agents at  EXCLUSIVELY ITALY. They are your top Italy Destination Specialists!

 

Check out other Momma To Go Italy posts:

A Day in Verona

The Art of Cooking

 

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55 Comments

  1. The food and wine in Italy is unmatched. I did my study abroad in Rome and it is something I will never forget. If I get back to Italy I will be doing more of wine country.

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  2. This sounds amazing! Wine tasting is one thing I didn’t do while in Italy last year (other than the random wines we had at dinner and bought in stores, which were still ah-mazing!). When I go again, I definitely want to visit some vineyards 🙂

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  3. I am really jealous about this. This is the kind of thing I’d really love to do. I would love to go on this kind of thing with my Mum, I know we would had a blast – I think I will be looking into booking something like this for us soon. Thanks for inspiring me

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  4. Your post makes me wanna push harder for this year’s goal in visiting Italy! But there has been a little setback… Hopefully my husband and I will make it. I wanna taste the wine in Italy, the pasta, pizza and all! Bookmarking this pos tof yours for our future visit!

    God bless!
    JM Kayne | http://www.iamjmkayne.com

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  5. I’ve done a couple wine tastings in Australia, and they’re such a fun experience! I’m helping my parents plan a trip around Italy for their 30th anniversary, so I’ll definitely have to recommend that they add Bertagna to their list!

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  6. The only wine tastings I have done in Italy were in Tuscany!… Your post is very informative and educative! … I have pinned it hoping it will be of great use during my second Italian tour next year. Beautiful pics (esp the topmost wine glass pic).. 🙂

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  7. I am allergic to wine so no drinking it for me, but I would LOVE to visit a vineyard and see how it all works and how they make wine. I am a nerd who loves to learn how things work!

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  8. I just did a winery tour in Italy, too! We didn’t get to go out into the fields, so it’s really neat that you had that experience! Definitely going to check out that winery the next time I’m in Italy!

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  9. Tina

    Although I don’t drink wine, the food sound delicious. Although I just had dinner I am now wanting a meat and cheese plate. Lol. Great article.

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  10. This makes me want to go to Italy soooo bad! I’m just getting into wines, well, before I found out I was pregnant. We will be setting a goal to go to Italy in 2-3 years. Hopefully we can make it happen. Until then, I will taking notes 🙂

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  11. Italian wine at the source…. 🙂 Great treat. Whenever we travel to a country which is famous for its wine we try to also visit some cellars. It really taste best when you are there… 😀

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  12. I am ALL ABOUT a good wine tasting, but in Italy?! Oh my, I would be in heaven! I love that they provided the meat plate too. A great way to get to linger and really enjoy the tasting. And I love a good olive oil too. Can I go now please?!

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  13. I was lucky enough to be in Rome and do some wine tasting myself. Amazing experience, I think you will have the same opinion! Some of the best wines are to be found in this area of the world…

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