Whether you're enjoying the house wine (no label, served in ceramic jug) at a local trattoria or formally tasting the vintages at a vineyard, Italy offers a wealth of wine experiences. So where can learn a bit about vino? We've found short, fun classes in Rome that you will love.
One "fabbrica" near Lucca dives into biodynamic wines. Like organic agriculture, biodynamic methods eschew chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. But biodynamic agriculture goes further, operating a farm, a vineyard as a self-contained living organism.
There aren't many places in Italy or Europe with vines of this age. Tramonti is one of the few areas in Italy whose vineyards were not wiped out by the invasion of the destructive Phylloxera pest in the late 19th century.
Are you a wine lover? Read on to learn about the women who have been changing the face of Italian winemaking and how you can make a special excursion to these women-owned vineyards in Tuscany and Piedmont.
About this time of year, with the olive and grape harvests in full swing, travelers looking for a hands on experience often wonder have they can take part in the harvest. Here's how you can volunteer.
This summer's heat wave
across Italy hasn't just been a
hindrance to summer travel
but could wreak serious havoc with
travelers hoping to be in Italy for this
year's wine harvest (vendemmia).
Past the scenic porto turistico in Marsala, it a zone inhabited by the great old wineries of this ancient Phoenician trading city. Donnafugata is located here, a family owned winery that is the vanguard of a movement to transform the making and marketing of Sicilian wines.
On the right night, you might hit a nightspot in Palermo or Catania where José Rallo is singing with her backup band. The Donnafugata Music and Wine Band has also treated audiences to jazz and the sultry rhythms of Brazilian music in China, Russia and Manhattan's Blue Note.
One of the highlights of spring for Italian wine lovers is the annual Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars) celebration that takes place the last Sunday in May. Read on to get the details on this years edition.
With a string of impressive vintages starting in 1995, the winemakers of Piedmont have undergone a renaissance. This has been true, not just for its favorite sons - Barolo and Barbaresco - but for many of the region's wines