Stretching between the rugged peaks of the Dolomite mountains and the Adriatic coast, the fertile plains of Italy’s Veneto region are home to some of the country’s best wineries. Whether you want to enjoy wine tasting amid the vineyards or discover Venice’s nightlife scene—here are your options for Venice wine tours.
Wine Tasting in the City
You don’t have to leave Venice to get a taste of Venetian wine—sample the city’s best food and wines on a Venice food tour; take a walking tour of the legendary Rialto Market and Grand Canal; indulge with a wine tasting dinner; or explore the atmospheric San Polo and Cannareggio districts, where you can visit traditional cicchetti bars, bacari wine bars, and osterias, and pair local wines with tasty appetizers and Venetian cuisine.
Wine Tasting in the Countryside
Escape the city for a scenic drive through the Valpolicella wine region or Lison-Pramaggiore region, perhaps stopping en-route to visit sights such as Verona. Most wine tours visit a selection of historic wine cellars or family-run wineries, where you can sample the region’s acclaimed Valpolicella Classico, Ripasso, and Amarone wines, and learn more about Italy’s winemaking heritage.
Things to Know
- Walking tours and wine tasting tours in Venice usually last between two and a half and four hours.
- Full-day tours from Venice to the Valpolicella wine region typically last between eight to 10 hours.
- For tours that leave the city, pack a light jacket, since it’s often cooler out in the country.
- Round-trip transport is included for all day trips, a convenient inclusion given Italy’s strict laws regarding drinking and driving.
- Most out-of-city tours offer the opportunity to buy bottles of wine at stops along the route.
- Small-group and private tours offer a more personalized experience.