LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois – TourCrafters, the Italy specialist known for good-deal tours and packages, has produced a new online brochure: Winery Tours & Tastings All Over Italy. In Italy, the wine country par excellence, some wineries are centuries old, some have extraordinary architecture, and some even have wine museums. A wine tour is the best way to discover the true essence of the country and its wines, with vintners showing travelers the wine-making process and explaining how to appreciate a wine tasting.
TourCrafters’ brochure makes it easy to book guided visits and tastings in the most famous wine cellars of Tuscany, Piedmon,t and Veneto. Their 3-day/2-night or 4-day/3-night packages include hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts, a car rental, and a visit to a nearby winery with a wine tasting and appetizers.
For example, from Siena, it’s possible to stay three nights at the Arco Naturale Country House, an air-conditioned 16th-century former convent with restaurant and swimming pool in the green hills of Cetona, and have a guided visit and wine tasting at Castello Banfi (US$325). This award-winning, family-owned wine estate just outside Montalcino has sparked a worldwide renaissance in the grand wines of Tuscany, especially Brunello di Montalcino, a highly-rated red with an intense bouquet. The rental car also allows visits to other towns and villages in Tuscany, as well as the beautiful city of Siena.
From Vicenza, a US$345 package includes two nights’ accommodation at the 4-star Villa Michelangelo, an 18th-century noble home with a garden full of lemon trees, a visit to the well-known Casa Vinicola Zonin in Gambellara, and the chance to visit some of the Palladian villas in the region… or even a fast trip to Venice.
In the Piedmont, or Piemonte, there’s a US$262 package from Alba that includes two nights’ accommodation at the Agriturismo Bianconiglio (White Rabbit Farm) and a visit to the Marchesi di Barolo winery.
All prices are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability, and do not include air fare. For additional information, visit www.tourcrafters.com . For reservations, call 800-482-5995.