Top Italy Wineries to Visit
Did you know that there are over 350 official wine varieties in Italy and 20 wine-producing regions? There are so many beautiful wine regions you should visit and many different Italian wineries.
You should try to visit at least one winery during your trip to Italy. Is there anything better than drinking wine in Tuscany?
Here are some of the top recommended Italian wineries to visit during your trip to Italy.
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Le Vigne di Clementina Fabi
Le Vigne di Clementina Fabi is located just outside the hilltop village of Montedinove in Le Marche, eastern Italy. Close to the provincial town of Ascoli Piceno, the winery is midway between the Adriatic Sea and the Sibillini Mountains.
We undertook a very enjoyable wine tasting experience at Le Vigne di Clementina Fabi – we tried several red, white and sparkling wines accompanied by various regional food dishes – it was quite a gastronomic afternoon.
Like many Italian vineyards, this is a family-run business that has been handed down the generations since the family bought land in Le Marche back in the 19th century.
Le Vigne di Clementina Fabi produces the well-known Rosso Piceno reds which are typical of Le Marche. The vineyard’s red wines are made predominantly from the Montepulciano grape plus some Sangiovese and to a lesser extent Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used in some of the wines.
The whites are mostly produced using the local Pecorino and Passerina grapes and the sparkling wines are also made with the Passerina grape. We particularly enjoyed the Offida Pecorino wine which has a refreshingly crisp, dry, mineral flavour.
Le Vigne di Clementina Fabi has agriturismo accommodation to rent – perfect for a wine-themed central Italy road trip.
Joanna, The World in my Pocket
Azienda Agricola Fratelli Pisoni, Pergolese
Azienda Agricola Fratelli Pisoni is a small family run vineyard, located in the town of Pergolese, in Valle dei Laghi in Trentino. The vineyard is run by two brothers and is producing bio wines mostly from the Nosiola grapes, which are native to Valle dei Laghi. You will only find this type of grape in the area between Monte Bondone and Laggo di Garda.
The Pisoni vineyard is surrounded by tall mountains, making wine tasting here a very relaxing experience. They have a beautiful outdoor terrace where they serve Nosiola DOC and Vino Santo.
Nosiola DOC is a white refreshing light bodied wine, perfect to be drank in summer. It is crisp and dry, notes of with citrus, apricot and peach. Vino Santo is a special aged dessert wine that goes through an entire process to be produced. It gets its name from the time the grapes are pressed – only during the Holy Week, before Easter.
Vino Santo has a sweet taste, with notes of hazelnut. It is smooth and easy to drink.
The owners of the vineyard and extremely passionate about their wines. They have a fantastic cellar which you can visit, where they store a barrel of Vino Santo dating from 1862. The oldest they have for sale though dates from 1977.
You can easily book a vineyard tour and tasting on the Azienda Pisoni website.
Cindy, Travel Bliss Now
Savignola Winery, Chianti
Savignola is a boutique winery near Greve in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. It has a vineyard of 5 hectares and produces 22,000 bottles a year.
Established in 1780, the vineyard is notable for its history of all-female winemakers. The best known among them is Paolina Fabbri Curcio. She’s considered a Chianti innovator who worked with a local consortium to set standards for the wine.
My visit to Savignola felt like an idyllic Tuscan experience. We enjoyed lunch outdoors overlooking the vineyards and the Chianti hills dotted by Cypress trees.
I tasted three wines during the visit. Savignola’s wines are characterized by elegance and quality. All of the grapes used for making the wine are selected by hand. The Chianti Classico, Ora, is a soft and velvety drinking wine with cherry flavors and a hint of vanilla. The signature Chianti Classic Riserva, named after Paolina, is elegant and smooth, full of fruit and spice. We rounded out the taste experience with a full-bodied Super Tuscan with robust Sangiovese flavors.
Sophie, Just Heading Out
Tili Vini Winery, Umbria
Tili Vini is a winery between Assisi and Spello in Umbria, Italy. The Tili family has owned and operated this winery on the flank of the Monte Subasio since 1978. They currently produce around 100.000 bottles annually that are shipped and sold internationally.
On their 15 hectare vineyard, the vines can grow in the sunny Umbrian climate without pesticides and herbicides. All that’s needed to turn the grapes into delicious wine is love, expertise, and skill. Tili Vini produces red, white and rosé wines from various grape varieties, including the local native variety Sagrantino.
To try this excellent wine and others, you can book a wine tasting or simply pass by the winery. If the schedule allows, Maria and Annalaura will be happy to offer an impromptu wine tasting paired with local cheeses. Tili Vini also caters to groups with traditional Umbrian lunches, farm and vineyard tours, and in-depth tours of the winery and olive oil production. A wonderful place to eat in Umbria.
Aside from wine, the property is also home to an olive grove, fruit trees, and fields of spelt. These regional ingredients are used to make additional products, like extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and organic fruit jams.
Tili Vini is the perfect place to experience regional Umbrian cuisine and hospitality. Enjoy some delicious wines and food with a beautiful view of the valley.
Victoria from Guide Your Travel
Tenuta Castelbuono Winery, Umbria
The Tenuta Castelbuono winery is located in central Italy close to the town of Perugia in Umbria. This is the perfect spot for both experienced wine drinkers or beginners who just want to try some Italian wines during their trip. With around 30 hectares of vineyards this winery has plenty of space and spots to explore.
This winery produces organic wines with unique methods that result in high-quality products. One of the signature wines at the Tenuta Castelbuono winery is their Carapace Sagrantino. It’s said to have blueberry and blackberry notes and a unique creaminess. The Montefalco Riserva is another must-try blend for anyone visiting this winery.
The grapes are specifically selected and produce a delicious wine with notes of violets and cherries. One of the most eye-catching things about this beautiful winery is its unique copper dome. It was constructed by the famous contemporary artist Arnaldo Pomodoro and now sits in the heart of the winery.
Often called the Carapace this dome took six years to build and is now open to visitors for tastings and sightseeing. It definitely makes this winery a fantastic place to visit if not for the delicious wines then for this fascinating piece of art.
Francesca, Homeroom Travel
Bindi Sergardi, Tuscany
Italy is known for having some of the best wine in the world and some amazing wineries. There are a ton of wineries in Italy, but one of the best is Bindi Sergardi located in Tuscany. This winery is located in the Chianti region within Tuscany, which is known for producing various Chianti Classico wines.
Bindi Sergardi dates back to 1349 and has been around for 23 generations of the family. Although originally located in the Montalcino region, it later moved to the Siena region in the 1400s. Present-day, it continues to be a fabulous family-owned winery with amazing views and spectacular tine.
This winery is known for producing mainly Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Reserva styles, but also produce a Toscana, a Chianti Colli Sensi, and a Nicolo Governo All’uso Toscana. My favorite was the Chianti Classico Reserva.
A tasting at Bindi Sergardi will cost you 30 Euros. It includes a private tasting of 4 wines, a tour of the property, and a meat and cheese plate. You can opt to do a tasting of whites and reds, or just reds. Make sure to make a reservation as you cannot just walk into the winery and hope to taste their delectable wine.
Martina & Jürge, Places of Juma
Contucci Winery , Montepulciano
One of the best wineries to visit in Italy and a real insiders tip is Contucci in Montepulciano! This winery is located in the heart of Tuscany and with over 1,000 years of family history it has a long tradition. The special thing here is that only Contucci has the right to vinify within the historic city walls.
Therefore, during a tour of the old town, you should definitely stop by the wine cellars. These are located right near the main square in the so-called Palazzo Contucci. You can take a tour of the wine museum and the cellars (free of charge) and then taste the fine Contucci wines. If you like, you can buy directly a few good bottles to take home.
Already in the Renaissance, the Contucci family grew wine in that region and were in fact one of the “founders” of the world-famous Vino Nobile. In the 19th century their wine was awarded numerous medals. Constantly enlarged, today this wine is grown on its own 170 hectares of vineyards around Montepulciano. Contucci’s wines are almost exclusively delivered directly to a small, select group of wine lovers in Italy or sold locally.
Total production is about 100,000 bottles and the main focus is on the red wines Rosso di Montepulciano and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from Prugnolo Gentile, as the Sangiovese is called here. The Mulinvecchio DOCG 2014 was selected by Wine Enthusiast as one of the top 100 wines of this year.
Capofaro Winery on Salina
With rolling vineyards that stretch to the sea set against the backdrop of an extinct volcanic crater, Capofaro has to be one of the most unique wineries to visit in Italy. The family-owned estate, part of the Tasca D’Almerita wine empire, is located on one of the country’s most beautiful islands, Salina – part of the Aeolian archipelago off Sicily’s north-western coast.
The Aeolian islands are synonymous with Malvasia – a sweet, dry white wine made from an ancient grape variety endemic to the Mediterranean region and introduced to the islands from Greece – and this is indeed the specialty at Capofaro.
A visit to the 4.5-hectare vineyards on the island’s far north-eastern coast involves a walk through the vines with the resident sommelier followed by a sit-down tasting at the restaurant.
Visitors can enjoy different wines from the family’s properties across Sicily paired with a local grazing plate. Capofaro Malvasia, Didyme and Vigna di Paola usually feature on the menu. Didyme, made from grapes grown in Salina’s volcanic soils, is particularly interesting, with distinct herbal notes.
Formal tours and tastings can be booked ahead of time, or you can take a casual walk when you drop in for an aperitif at the restaurant – an Aeolian tradition. If you’re tempted to stay longer, the property also features a boutique hotel.
Samantha from The Wandering Wanderluster
Casa Emma in Tuscany
Tuscany is a region abundant in olive groves and hillsides lined with vines. In fact, there are over 50 certified vineyards in the region, many of them in the Chianti wine region which produces some of the world’s most popular red wines.
Situated between Florence and Siena and just a short 30-minute drive from the historic town of San Gimignano lies the small family-owned wine estate called Casa Emma. Composed of 28 hectares of vineyards, a gourmet restaurant, wine cellar, and an organic farm, Casa Emma is known for its organic products and its geese, who wander freely around the estate helping to keep the land fertile, free of bugs, and bring a smile to all the guests who visit.
Casa Emma is one of the best wine-tasting spots to visit as a day trip from either Florence or Siena and it can easily be paired with a visit to San Gimignano or Volterra.
Like most vineyards in Tuscany, the vineyard grows the popular Sangiovese grape which can be found in many of their red wines. While smaller in number, they also produce wonderful rose wine, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. All the wines can be savored during a pre-booked private wine tasting experience or a meal at their restaurant with beautiful views over the vineyards.
Lisa of Travel Connect Experience
Fattoria Lucciano in Civita Castellana, Province of Viterbo
In the heart of central Italy, in the region known as Tuscia, characterized by gorges, thick forests, spurs of volcanic rock and hot springs, Ovidio and Paola founded an organic farm in 1989. Today they run the farm together with their two sons Mario and Daniele.
Fattoria Lucciano produces cheese, extra virgin olive oil, yogurt, hazelnuts, hazelnut cream, beef and of course wine, exclusively red, on 140 hectares of tufaceous-clay soil on the plateau called “Pianoro di Lucciano” near the city of Civita Castellana.
The wines are made from Montepulciano and Merlot grapes cultivated with the method of biodynamic agriculture, one step further than organic farming.
To cultivate biodynamically means respecting times, natural cycles and not overloading the soil with work. The four red wine varieties Merula, Ausel, Tenuis and Maru are all produced by natural fermentation, unfiltered and contain even less than half of the sulfites tolerated by organic farming standards.
Along with producing the highest quality and most affordable food and wine, Fattoria Lucciano also operates an agriturismo where you can stay and enjoy dishes made from the farm’s own produce.
If you visit during grape or olive harvest time, you might stumble upon one of the harvest festivals organized by the farm.
Lavina Dsouza of Continent Hop
Dievole Winery, Tuscany
Monteriggioni is a walled town in the lush region of Tuscany, Italy and about twenty minutes away from the city is the sustainable winery of Dievole, surrounded by rolling Tuscan hills with vineyards on most that produce high-quality wine with a low environmental impact.
The grapes grown in this region are typical Tuscan varieties like Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Colorino and mostly Sangiovese.
The 1000-year-old winery that promotes agritourism in Siena is located in the Chianti Classico wine region and ensures it runs on the principle of DOP put together by a consortium that ensures that age-old traditions to do with the soil and history of production are respected.
Some of the best wines produced here that I tasted were the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that mostly use 80% Sangiovese grapes and 20% of other grapes.
The vinification process used here uses high porosity cement vats and French oak barrels that helps the wine evolve naturally, thus allowing it to taste fresh.
3 Wine tours are conducted here each for the Bolgheri, Chianti Classico and Montalcino wines produced here that end with tastings and a tour of the winery. They also produce olive oil here and have tastings of that as well, making it quite an enjoyable experience on the whole.