Red wines flourish in the Valpolicella area, small towns dot mile after mile of grape vines, and you can visit many of the vineyards to learn about the processes and taste the products. For white wines head to Soave, a medieval town of threatening-looking turreting, built during the height of medieval family feuding.
These days you're welcomed in to taste the local produce. You can tour underground cellars and throughout the towns of the Veneto you'll often find shops stocking hundreds of varieties of local wines for you to try without having to venture to each and every winery.
The wines produced in the area are well-regulated for quality, having the stamp of DOC (controlled designation of origin). Organized tours are one way to explore the area, but many people choose to hire a car – and designate a driver (though we all know that you never swallow during a wine tasting...)
It is also possible to hike through the region on foot and many areas are well-signposted. Or there are local buses. Cycling can be hazardous on the winding roads full of erratic Italian drivers. And of course, don't forget to pair your wine with local foods – the two have evolved over centuries to complement one another.
Tours & Tickets
Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Torcello and Burano – on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat. Accompanied by a local ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Escape the city and spend a day in the Dolomite Mountains on a full-day trip from Venice! With an expert driver-guide to tell you all about the region, you’ll ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Enjoy a relaxing day in the beautiful hills of the Veneto, visiting the towns of Asolo and Bassano del Grappa, the Palladian Villa Barbaro and a prosecco ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Discover Venice at your own pace, away from the tourist route, on a private half-day shore excursion walking tour. Discuss the sites you wish to see with your ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)