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This is one of the best wine tastings we have attended. The wines were delicious and very reasonably priced. The facility was clean and decorated in vintage equipment and pictures. Will definitely be purchasing the wine in the US.
A fantastic day out from Venice! Highly recommended!! After reading previous reviews I was concerned about not finding the pick up point at the Plaza Roma, however it is extremely easy to locate - just behind and to the right of the public toilets. You can see the Hotel Olympia from the pick up point. The drive out to the Paladin winery was very comfortable in an air conditioned mini bus. The tour itself was great, our guide showed us around the winery and was very knowledgeable on the process of wine making (although we didn't actually see nay of the wine making process). We then sampled 11 different wines, including prosecco, a liquor, and a sparkling red. We were given varieties of salami and 'drunk' cheese and crackers to have with our wine. The tasting was the highlight of the tour! We bought 2 bottles at a very reasonable price, which we enjoyed back at our hotel in Venice! The only negative comment about the tour would be that we didn't actually get to go out onto the vineyard itself, or see the wine making process. It would have been great if we could have picked some grapes, or had some pictures taken in the vineyard and around the grounds. Also our tour was only for 4 hours, we spent and hour or so travelling each way to the winery, then 2hrs at the winery itself. I would still recommend this tour to anyone who has time to do it whilst in Venice! We thoroughly enjoyed it!
We enjoyed the lovely Paladin Winery/vineyard. Our driver was excellent and was able to tell us a bit about the area. The Paladin representative showed us through the winery from making the wines, to aging them. Our wine tasting was a highlight of the tour with grissini, cheese and thinly slice sausage to cleanse the palate
The trip was great! On time, courteous and a very knowledgeable guide. Clean vehicle and safe driving. The winery itself was wonderfully maintained and culturally unique and the wine tasting presentation was personalized. I would highly recommend this tour.
This was one of the best bits of our holiday. We turned up to Pizzale a Roma to find it was just me and my husband doing the tour, fab! Our driver was a lovely man who ended up taking us on the tour of the vineyard and bringing us the wine to taste. It was really informative and we ended up getting a bit squiffy! We got given some salami and 'drunk' cheese (which was amazing) to have with our wine. We ended up buying 4 bottles of wine to bring home. An excellent day, you must do it.
A really good day out from Venice. The vineyard was beautiful, the wines were wonderful and our guide was very enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. As it was such a small group, we had one-to-one attention and plenty of time to ask questions.
The only problem we had was finding the pick up point to start with as the directions were not clear. If it had just said 'Behind the taxi rank' we would have found it immediately, but 'left side of the square' wasn't too easy. Apart from that - fantastic day! Thank you!
I enjoyed the Veneto Small-Group Wine Tasting Tour. Our driver told us about the beautiful country sides we drove through to get to the vineyard. The guide, at the vineyard, was very knowledgeable on the process of the vineyard's wine process. Our group (four people) tasted seven types of wine and had cheese, meat and crackers to go along with the tasting. I would recommend this tour.
We enjoyed the experience very much. The winery tour was great. The tastings were quite good; especially the prosecco. We actually purchased and had some shipped home. It was a nice time shared with another couple.
The Paladin Winery was tremendous! Very informative tour, friendly staff and excellent tastings. I did have 2 issues with this trip. The first was finding the transportation near the Plaza Roma. We searched and searched yet couldn't find the area described on our voucher. After three telephone calls we finally found our driver who told us that they had been trying for a year to get the pick up location description updated since the old location no longer exists. Secondly although there were only four of us on the trip I understood that we would have an "english speaking tour", we DID however the other two people on our tour spoke French only, which meant that the tour guide explained is two different times and I feel that we may have lost some interesting points due to the dual language issue. Overall the winery, driver and tour guide were amazing.
This was a great tour. There was myself and 2 others. We drove 1 hour out of Venice and spent about 2 hours at the one winery. We were shown through the winery, however, not the actual making process. Then we had tastings of several wines and a excellent assortment of meats, cheeses and bread while tasting.
Recommend as it was relaxing and not too long.
Winery tour and tasting was nice. The trip allowed for one winery and each of the wines produced by the winery was tasted. It would have been nice to visit a couple of winerys to get additional perspective on the regions wine, but this was a nice lo-key affair.
The winery we visited, Ornella Molon is a beautiful estate and we tasted some excellent wine. The wines were very resonably priced, as were other items. Excellent experience!
Our tour guide, Enrico, was very nice. It would have been helpful if he were more knowedgeable about the wines.
Our wine tour was amazing! The only negative comment I have would be that the actual tour of the winery and the grounds was not as in depth as I would have liked. The wine tasting portion was excellent and the guide was very knowledgeable.
A great way to do something more when in Venice - visit one of the vineyards close by. With a small group as this it also gives a closer experience to the wines and the people in the group. Clearly recommended.
If its wine tasting you're after then this is it, if however you'd like more insight into the industry then you'll be disappointed. The tour was brief of the shop the cellar and a gallery to read about the vineyard, our guide struggled to answer questions as he had only been with the company a month. The group was small and therefore you could enjoy the conversations that wine always brings, but it was disappointing to have no insight into the processes, the factory, the vines and the area. The wines however were glorious and plenty to taste.
We were a bit disappointed with the tour overall since we only visited one winery and thought we were going to visit more than just the one but the tour of the winery was very informative and the wine was excellent. We had to ask to try various types of wines but the guides at the winery were very accommodating so if you do this tour don't be shy to ask.
We are also very disappointed with the driver to/from the winery, there was no information provided and the driver did not even introduce himself so it made for a long 1 hour drive to and from the winery. This is something which could be improved and would make the tour more enjoyable and more worth the price.
Disappointed because we were expecting to be shown the process of wine making - all we were shown was some barrels, bottles and vineyard. The wine tasting was good though.
Disappointing, not as good as it sounded. It was nice to see a bit of the countryside on route but would have been better if the driver would have given us a little info such as points of interest etc. Didn't actually see the wine production side of things just a room with wine barrels and another with the history of the family that owned the vineyard. The chap that took us around seemed unprepared and jumped from one thing to another, uninteresting. The wine tasting was the best part. Got to taste a number of wines along with cheese and hams, very tasty. No getting away from the fact that the wine was some of the best we've ever tasted so much so that we purchased more than a few and got them delivered home. Try the fizzy red Robosso!!!
My husband and I booked this tour because we were staying in Venice for four days and thought it would be nice to get out of the city for part of a day. Unfortunately, we were a little disappointed. It's not that we necessarily had a bad time on this tour; rather, based upon the tour's description, I guess we were expecting a little more for our money. Here's how the tour is described (in part) on the website:
•Half-day Veneto wine tasting small-group day trip
•Visit a historical cantina (wine cellar) and its vineyards
•Visit a local family-run vineyard
•Enjoy a wine tasting and homemade appetizers
The second and third bullets above make it sound like we would visit more than one winery, but we didn't. We drove one hour out of Venice, spent two hours at one winery, and returned to Venice (there's your "half-day" tour). The wines we tasted were very good, but I'm not sure they were good enough to justify the $110 per person cost of this tour. Also, the tour description says that we would receive "homemade appetizers". In our tour group of six people, we shared a plate of cheese, a plate of meats and some crackers. The snacks were good, but calling them "homemade appetizers" was a bit of a stretch. Our tour guide/driver was very nice, as was the guide at the winery. We also enjoyed the small size of the tour group; in fact, the four other people in our group were really nice and we enjoyed getting to know them a bit during the tour. However, if I had it to do over, I would skip this tour and just spend an afternoon wandering around Venice, stopping at a few wine bars and doing my own "wine crawl" through that beautiful city.
We never made it to this tour-- which we were really looking forward to. When we called to verify we were still going, they told us one of the vans broke down. However, they offered us a much more expensive tour of the mountains at no additional charge. So we took them up on it, which was really sweet of them! But, they told us a wrong meeting point, we didn't know where in the mountains we were going, and the driver barely spoke with us and didn't give us much information about the area. So, we were disappointed with the tour overall because it wasn't what we had signed up for, and then we didn't really know what we were doing. We would have rather sat in a Vineyard and drank wine. :(