A glassful of Italy

Life’s way too short to drink bad wine, which is why, if you’re a fan of Bacchus’ favorite tipple, you must come to Italy – which makes some of the best wine in the world!

And October is the ideal time to come: this is the month when Italy’s grapes are harvested and vineyards and wine cellars throughout the country are a hive of activity.

Want to join in the “vendemmia” or simply relax and sample the “vino”? Make sure you stay in one of ItalyTraveller’s wine hotels: here are 6 of the best of them.

 Masseria Le Fabriche – Maruggio, Puglia

Masseria Le Fabriche

What better place to commence an Italian wine tour than in sunny Salento, in Puglia, the “heel” of boot-shaped Italy?

 

The four star Masseria Le Fabriche occupies a finely-restored fortified farmhouse dating back to the 17th century, surrounded by acre upon acre of vineyards where a number of Puglia’s most highly acclaimed wines are produced, wines like  Le Fabriche, Negramaro and Primitivo di Manduria – all of which are, naturally, available for tasting (and re-tasting!)

 

 La Foresteria – Menfi, Sicily

La Foresteria

Some of the best and most exciting Italian wines are produced in Sicily. Don’t believe us? Stay at La Foresteria, the farm stay located in the heart of the Planeta estate and get ready to experience some of the finest wines on the market.

And don’t forget your swimsuit: it may be October, but in Menfi, on the sunny south west coast of Sicily, the summer is still far from being over!

 

 La Vigna – Island of Procida

La Vigna

From Sicily, the largest of Italy’s islands we travel to the Bay of Naples to visit one of its smallest: Procida.

They say it’s the combination of endless hours of sun and the sweet sea breeze which makes the island of Procida’s wine so wonderful. One of the best places to taste it is Hotel La Vigna, a beautiful boutique property complete with 3000sqm of cliff top vineyard.

You can enjoy La Vigna’s Loreto wine in the bar, on the terrace, in the garden and even in the spa…  in the form of wine therapy!

 

 Capri Wine Hotel – Island of Capri

Capri Wine Hotel

From Procida we sail across the Bay of Naples to reach Capri, and the Capri Wine Hotel: a brand new concept hotel created in the island’s century-old Coppolla Winery.

Here, guests stay in contemporary styled rooms all of which decorated to reflect the hotel’s wine theme, take breakfast amidst the grapevines in the sea view garden and, in the evenings, linger ‘til late in the well-stocked wine bar.

 

 Locanda Palazzone – Orvieto, Umbria

Locanda Palazzone

Famous for its truffles, chestnuts, mushrooms, lentils, olive oil and, yes, you’ve guessed it, wine, Umbria is one of those regions which has “autumn escape” written all over it!

Where to stay? The 13th century Locanda Palazzone is a gorgeous hideaway in the countryside just outside Orvieto, complete with historic vineyards where a number of excellent wines are made.

 

 Il Borghetto – San Casciano Val di Pesa, Tuscany

Il Borghetto

Of course, you couldn’t possibly take a wine tour without visiting Tuscany and in particular Chianti: the stretch of rolling countryside squeezed between Florence and Siena where some of the world’s most famous wines are made.

The Chianti Classico produced on Agriturismo Il Borghetto’s family farm in San Casciano Val di Pesa is one of the best you’re ever likely to taste, and provides the perfect accompaniment to the traditional Tuscan cuisine which guests learn how to prepare during the farm stay’s entertaining hands-on cooking lessons!

 

Want to see the other hotels in ItalyTraveller’s collection which are famous for their wine? You’ll find them all here: ItalyTraveller.com – Wine Hotels

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Great …..Marvelous places !!!!

posted by Marcelo F Marcondes on 10.09.13 at 12:16 am

Hi Marcelo, glad you like them!

posted by Alex on 10.09.13 at 9:52 am
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