Our company is not just about gourmet food, we will be very happy to take you to visit our local organic wineries. Italy is the country of wine and anywhere you go you will find plenty of it. So each town will have its own wine specialities.
We can tour the wineries any time of the year however if you are interested in some serious wine making it is best to arrive during the harvest time which is between September and October. Our day spent visiting organic and small wineries is normally composed of 2 stops plus some time for our guests to visit the local castles, museums, churches or just enjoy the landscape.
Emilia Delizia will be also very happy to organise a self drive tour. However if you you do not want to drive do not hesitate to ask to have a driver to pick you up from your hotel.
The winery tours will be very detailed in the language of your choice. The guide or the producers will explain step by step how the wine it is made at the farm. During the tasting you will be also instructed about the tasting notes of the wines. Furthermore all our wine tasting experiences will always have food to pair with, just as we like it here in Italy. The tour will include lunch with food and wine pairing experience.
Wine tours from Bologna - Pignoletto and Lambrusco.
If your stay includes Bologna you will have the choice to explore 2/3 kind of wines in the proximity. Just outside the town you will find fine wineries that produce Pignoletto (a white sparkling wine with pleasant bitter undertones) and also other international grapes such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are used to make quality wine. Namely Colli di Bologna DOC wines are renowned and highly prized locally and nationally.
As you move towards Modena you will find more and more Lambrusco. Almost all wines in the Emilia are sparkling and Lambrusco is no exception. Yes it is a red sparkling wine, that goes very well with the local rich cuisine.
Sangiovese wine tours - Forli', Faenza, Ravenna and Rimini.
If we travel to the east of Bologna we will find Sangiovese, which is a robust red wine. It is a grape that it is very common in Italy in fact it also used to make Chianti in Tuscany. In Emilia Romagna you will find Sangiovese wineries in Dozza (very nice medieval hill top town). Dozza is also the town of painted walls where many of the houses have been "decorated" by artists, furthermore in the centre of the village you will find the ]Rocca sforzesca. A very interesting example of a medieval fortified castles, the visit of the interiors is highly recommended. Visitors can admire the original kitchen and many luxurious furnitures of the period.
Continuing east you will find more Sangiovese wine in the provinces of Faenza (also famous for potteries), Ravenna and Rimini. Ravenna is a highly recommended stop for the Byzantine mosaics for those interested in history. Rimini is the eternal destination for sun and beach seekers, however we should not forget Rimini's food heritage such as Piadina and Formaggio di Fossa (pitted cheese).
Modena and Lambrusco.
Modena is the town of balsamic vinegar, and there is no vinegar without wine. From central Modena or from Bologna it is possible to explore the town of CASTELVETRO a designated city of wine in Italy. The grape that grows here is essentially the LAMBRUSCO Grasparossa di Castelvetro. The wineries make a deep purple wine with an evanescent froth that disappear quickly when poured. The result is a delicious wine with a scent of violets. It is sparkling and it pleases everyone even people who do not like wine. In fact you will sooner or later literally fall in love with our Lambrusco winery.
In Reggio Emilia we also possible to find extremely good quality wines some of which won several prizes for their quality.
Parma and Malvasia wine.
Parma also has beautiful rolling hills especially around the castle of Torrechiara. Around here you will find the aromatic Malvasia which is a white and dry wine. In Emilia the wines are almost always sparkling and Malvasia is not an exception. Of course it is the perfect match for the rich local cuisine. In the tasting notes, you will find aromas of summer fruits such as pear and peaches, and it is particularly indicated to go with the 24 month Parma ham. In Parma you will find other wines such as Barbera, Lambrusco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon.
Chianti wine tours.
Chianti wine needs no introduction and it is produced in Tuscany around the towns of Florence and Siena. The grape used is the Sangiovese one however your will find that each producer like to add their touch to the wine by mixing it with other grapes in various percentages. From Bologna it is possible to explore the Chianti wine producing area as it is reachable in less than 90 minutes by car. Our Chianti wine tour will include visit to 2 wineries and you will have lunch at the second one.
Valpolicella and Lake Garda.
From Modena to the shore of lake Garda it will take just one hour, so it is a tour that it is perfectly feasible in one day. Here due to the lake mirco climate some of the best wine in the world are produced such as Amarone, Ripasso, and Bardolino are found on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. The lanscape is amazing and the climate it is very mild for its Northern latitude, in fact it is also possible to explore the olive oil museum and some olive oil producers in the Verona area. Other landmarks worth a visit are the amazing ruins of Catullo in Sirmione, and the Villa of Gabriele D'Annunzio il Vittoriale degli Italiani.
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Emilia Delizia took us to a tour of the Montalcino wine area between Pisa and Florence. I was surprised how good the wines and the food tastes, I also want to thank the friendly staff that organised the day for us. I will recommend to all my friends.