The Veneto winemaking region, just north of Venice, started producing wine as early as the 1st century, during the early rule of the Roman Empire. Explore the region’s historic vines and varietals with this small-group tour, with numbers limited to eight people for an intimate experience.
Make your way to Piazzale Roma in central Venice, where you’ll meet your local guide and hop aboard an air-conditioned Mercedes minivan. Along the way to the town of Treviso, your guide will share interesting facts about Veneto’s history and wines.
You’ll arrive at a charming 17th-century villa nestled among the rolling hills and vineyards of in the scenic Lison-Pramaggiore region. Meet the host of the 50-year-old winery housed here and learn how regional climate and soil conditions are ideal for producing grapes for chardonnay, pinot grigio, merlot and cabernet franc, plus other regional varietals.
Tour the on-site barrel rooms and learn about the winemaking process, and then head to a table on the winery’s scenic grounds for a personalized tasting. Sample several different wines, and enjoy appetizers like fresh bread and cheeses to complement the wine’s flavors. Before you leave, you’ll have a chance to purchase a bottle or two to take home from the on-site wine shop.
Relax on the scenic return drive to Venice, where you’ll be dropped off at the original departure point.