A wine tour in north-east Italy: From Milan to Venice. Italy’s best sparkling wines, plus Valpolicella!
— This trip combines the best of Italy’s sparkling wines – Franciacorta and Prosecco from Conegliano-Valdobbiadene – with the powerful red wines of Valpolicella. It will be an exciting journey starting in Milan and ending in Venice. With overnight stays in Brescia, Verona, Conegliano and in Venice. It will be intense but fun. We will enjoy delicious lunches with bubbles all through the meals as well as top quality valpolicella and amarone.
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We meet in Milan on Wednesday afternoon. From there our comfortable bus takes us to Franciacorta to get to know their excellent sparkling wines. Our first night will be in the small charming city of Brescia.
We spend Thursday in Franciacorta. This district is in the region of Lombardy and was until a few years ago quite unknown. Today, the wines are celebrated as equals of champagne. But you should not simply compare them with champagne. Franciacorta has its own special style and character, unique and worth discovering.
From here we continue on to Veneto. We spend the night in beautiful Verona, an amazing city with its well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, many Renaissance palaces and narrow winding alleys.
On the Friday we will leave the sparkling wines for a short moment. We will spend the day in Valpolicella. Her it will be red wines all the way around.
Valpolicella is a very exciting wine district today. It has gone from production of unpretentious juicy wines to complex, rich wines, often with good ageing potential. Not least the great successes with Amarone della Valpolicella has put the Veneto region in the spotlight. Both “normal” valpolicella and amarone are today much sought after by wine enthusiasts around the world.
We continue east and Friday night we check in at our hotel in Conegliano in the eastern part of Veneto, the heart of Prosecco.
On Saturday we will immerse in bubbles again. We will discover the prosecco wine in the beautiful district of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene. Prosecco has seen an incredible success in recent years. And the quality of the wine has developed enormously. Today there is a wide variety of different proseccos, both in terms of style and character. We visit some very interesting producers.
You can see more pictures from Valdobbiadene-Conegliano Prosecco, with wine, food and bubbles in our image gallery.
Late afternoon on Saturday we drive down to Venice where we will have our last overnight stay. If you have never been to Venice then it will be an extraordinary experience to come here. You should take the opportunity to stay a few extra days. And have you already been here, well, then you’re welcome back! Venice will not disappoint you. The city lives up to all expectations you might have.
We eat three gastronomic and luxurious lunches together with wine producers on this tour. The evenings are free for you to explore the cities where we stay.
The tour is led by BKWine’s own Italian expert. The detailed program follows below.
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We have written a lot about Italy and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.
Here you can find more about travelling in the Italy’s wine regions.
You can also find more information on the wines from Italy on BKWine Magazine.
Program — wine tour to Italy’s sparkling wine regions Franciacorta and Prosecco, and Valpolicella
This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.
Contact BKWine for more details.
- Day 1, Wednesday – Arrival in Milan
- Day 2, Thursday – Franciacorta, Italy’s famous sparkling wine
- Day 3, Friday – Valpolicella, Amarone, wines around Verona
- Day 4, Saturday – Prosecco and Venice
- Day 5, Sunday – Heading back home
Wednesday, day 1 — Arrival in Milan
We pick you up at 5 PM with our bus at the Milan Central Station, Stazione Centrale, perhaps the world’s most imposing railway station. Once settled in the bus we drive east through the northern Italian countryside.
We head to the Franciacorta district in Lombardy where the best Italian sparkling wine is made. In just a few years, Franciacorta has moved from being a relatively unknown wine district to becoming a real celebrity. The wine is made on 2,800 hectares located approximately between Bergamo and Brescia. The grapes grow on clay and limestone and on slopes up to 500 meters altitude.
It is a small wine region but there are more than 100 different producers. 14 million bottles are produced each year. There has been a great demand for Franciacorta wines in Italy. So far, exports account only for 20% of production but it increases every year. The wines have become much sought after among the connoisseurs.
The trip takes about 2 hours. When we arrive we will check in at our hotel in the small and historic city of Brescia. The evening is free to stretch your legs and to look for a nice neighbourhood Italian restaurant.
Thursday, day 2 — Franciacorta, the best bubbly of Italy
Today we will explore Franciacorta and taste the sparkling wines made in this 2800 hectare big region at the foot of the Alps.
Franciacorta was awarded its DOCG, the highest of the Italian wine classifications, in 1995. The wines are made using the traditional method, ie a second fermentation in the bottle. The grapes are chardonnay, pinot bianco (pinot blanc) and pinot nero (pinot noir). The wines are kept for a long time on the lees.
We will do three visits here in Franciacorta. We visit, among others, the impressive cellars of Ca’ del Bosco and the family estate Cavalleri, which makes extremely elegant blanc des blancs. We eat a typical Italian gastronomic lunch with bubbles all through the meal (of course) at one of the producers that we visit.
Late afternoon we continue east to Veneto. We will spend the night in Verona. We check in at our centrally located, 3-star hotel, located just a few minutes’ walk from the very well-preserved Roman arena and Piazza Bra, and there is also a nice wine bar just around the corner.
Verona is an elegant and thriving typical northern Italian city. It is full of history and sights: the Roman arena and the theatre, the castle on the river, the two major squares that are the city’s two hubs, Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe and much more. You can walk for hours on the small streets and constantly discover new things.
The evening is free for your own explorations of Verona.
Friday, day 3 — Valpolicella and amarone around Verona
We spend the day enjoying the amazing wines of Valpolicella. We will of course also try amarone. The grapes for these wines are grown near Verona.
The region has a perfect climate beneficial not only to get mature grapes but also to dry them in the fall and winter, the so-called appassimento method to make amarone and the sweet recioto. The grapes can be left to dry for a few months in shallow crates.
We will visit Massimago, an interesting producer. This is a beautiful property in the equally beautiful Mezzane valley, which, they say, is the most rural part of Valpolicella. We also visit Musella that has recently moved to biodynamic wine production.
We enjoy lunch with several local specialties at another producer’s, the well-known Bertani.
In the afternoon we continue on to Conegliano in the north of Veneto. This is a lively and pleasant city with an old, charming city centre. We check in at our hotel and then the evening is free. We recommend an aperitif at Piazza Cima to be part of the evening bustle and admire the beautiful arcades.
Saturday, day 4 — The record-breaking Prosecco, and Venice
Today is one more day of bubbles through and through. Prosecco has become incredibly popular. For many, Prosecco is today an obvious alternative to champagne.
Many a bottle of prosecco is made every year and the quality varies. Today we will taste the best, from the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene district Prosecco Superiore DOCG.
Originally, prosecco was a fairly simple wine, floral, light and fresh, often with some residual sweets. As the wine has become more and more popular, it has also evolved. The light style is of course still there but we can also find much more “serious” and ambitious versions of prosecco, dry, full-bodied and complex.
Usually Prosecco is a made with a second fermentation in tank but today there are some producers who instead use the “traditional” method, with the second fermentation in bottle.
However, it is an open debate which is best. Some of the best producers consider the tank method to be best for achieving Prosecco’s typical style. You will judge for yourself!
We will visit some of the leading prosecco producers in Conegliano-Valdobbiadene. This is a sub-district that received its DOCG, the highest Italian quality classification, a few years ago, to distinguish it from the “common” prosecco that is classified as DOC.
We will enjoy a great lunch with a lot of prosecco at one of the producers’.
We are close to Venice and this is where we will have our last overnight stay. We will arrive there late afternoon and we check in at our three-star hotel. Our bus takes us to Il Tronchetto and from there we have a private motorboat waiting for us to take us to the hotel.
The evening is free to stroll around in this incredible city.
See more pictures from Valdobbiadene-Conegliano Prosecco, with wine, food and bubbles in our image gallery.
Sunday, day 5 — Return home
The program ends after breakfast and you return home of stay a few extra days.
The program may be subject to minor modifications.
Tour Details — North-east Italy with Franciacorta, Prosecco, Valpolicella, wine tour
Price per person: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.
Included in the price:
- 4 hotel nights, double occupancy, including breakfast:
- One night each in Brescia, Verona, Conegliano, and Venice
- Meals as described in the program above (*):
- 3 gastronomic multi-course lunches with local specialities, including tasting of several wines, as guests at wineries or in a restaurant
- Start: in Milan
- End: Venice
- Bus transport during the whole trip
- All vineyard and winery visits
- Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 visits per day
- Interpretation from Italian as needed, some visits may be in English
- Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide
(*) See below for more important information on our meals.
- Travel (flights) to the destination and back from your home location.
You organise your travel to Milan and from Venice yourself. If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.
We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time! It is a very interesting place and well worth some “non-wine” tourism too! We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights if you want.
For this trip to take place we must have a minimum of XX participants registered at the “book before” date.
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About the wine producers and wineries we visit
Our aim is that you shall experience some of the best and most interesting that the wine region has to offer, both of wine and food.
We put a big effort into finding and creating outstanding winery visits. Often it will not be the most “famous” and internationally well-known wineries that will give you the best and most unique experiences…
It is usually when you get to meet the winemaker or winery owner himself (or often herself) that the visits become really exciting. And perhaps we even meet the whole family at the estate.
You start discussing and start to understand what it is they do and why in the winery and in the vineyard. Maybe we will also have lunch in the winery or at their home. Need we say we invariably have private wine tastings at the wineries?
That is why our trips are not “jam packed” with visits at wineries. Nevertheless we often run short of time since the discussions – and the wine tastings – can easily become very engaging…
Our wine country tours typically include a mix of small family producers, exclusive boutique wineries and larger internationally well-known wine estates, all selected with great care so that it will give you a unique experience of the people and of the behind-the-scenes in the winery and a good understanding of the wine district’s characteristics, tradition and culture.
At the time of publishing a travel program not all visits have been finalised. We are continuously working on improving the program. The domaines / wineries / châteaux that we visit on a tour may therefore sometimes differ from what was written in the original program. Contact us if you want more details, or if you have any special requests.
On meals: food and gastronomy
Wine and food are intimately linked. That is part of our wine travel philosophy; wine is an integral part of the gastronomy.
A wine tour with BKWine will therefore also be a gastronomic experience.
The meals that are included in a tour with BKWine are on a gourmet level and of very high standard.
Sometimes we will have a meal with a winemaker, perhaps in the wine cellar or at the winery, or even in their home. This is a unique experience that is generally not open to other visitors to wineries. It is an occasion to experience exciting combinations of food and wine while discussing with the people who made the wine.
Sometimes we will have a luxurious meal at a gourmet restaurant. At other times it may be not at a prestigious luxury address but at a local restaurant selected for its presentation of local gastronomic specialities, its atmosphere and its quality – a place where locals go. Or perhaps it will be a buffet lunch made at home by the winemaker and his wife. In all cases we want to show you local gastronomic specialities and the local food and wine pairings.
Do not expect a picnic with salad and sausage from the supermarket and wine in plastic mugs… Think instead of a wine-and-dine experience with specially composed menu with three or four courses and delicious wines.
A wine tour with BKWine is also a culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A gourmet wine tour!
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We are experts and specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also in wine in a broader perspective.
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We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours. This is what we love to do, because it is fun and exciting. What we want more than anything is to share with you all these wonderful experiences.
It does not matter if you are “a total novice” on wine and food or if you have a life-long experience in the wine sector. We will give you a very special experience, in a way that no other tour operator can do.
We write in specialised wine magazines and one of our books has won the prize as best wine book in the world. We are regularly called on to be part of judging panels in wine competitions.
We personally visit some 300 vineyards every year. We have organised several hundreds of wine and food tours with an experience going back more than twenty years. We are invited as speakers at wine tourism and culinary touring conferences.
We choose our tour destinations and winery visits with great care. Not because a winery happens to be carrying a “famous name” but because they will give our guests — you! — a unique and special experience. You may be looking for a short wine week-end holiday or a longer wine vacation; in all cases you can be confident that you will get a top quality tour, an experience of a lifetime. Or at least one that will last you until the next time you come on a wine tour with BKWine. Many of our travellers are returning clients.
A wine and food tour with BKWine is always guided by a knowledgeable and experienced BKWine guide and tour manager, someone who knows the ins and outs of wine, of the local gastronomy, of the culture and who speaks the language.
Some accolades we at BKWine and our wine and food tours have received:
- “World’s Top Wine Tours” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
- “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
- “Recommended Wine Tours” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
- “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year” in Sweden 2010 for the book The Creation of a Wine
- “Best wine book for Professionals” again in 2012 in Sweden, as well as silver, runner-up, as “World’s Best Educational Wine Book” for the book Wine and the Environment
- “Wine Personality of the Year” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
- On the Wine Media Power List by Wine Business International Magazine (Britt, 2012)
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