Valpolicella is one of the loveliest wine regions in Italy and home to the famed Amarone wines. Located just northwest (Valpolicella Classica and Valpantena) and northeast (Valpolicella) of the historic city of Verona and east of Lake Garda, Valpolicella is surprisingly untouched by tourists and offers a treasure trove of wine hamlets and architectural gems for foodies and culture vultures. Apart from expansive vineyards, the region is home to acres and acres of cherry trees, peaches, and apricots, and in season the scenery is delightful. Fine wine has been produced here since Roman times (Verona was a significant hub in Ancient Roman civilization, home to a spectacular amphitheater which has survived millennia). Indeed the name is of ancient origin- Valpolicella comes from “Vallis Polis Cellae,” which means “valley of many cellars.”
This one-day Wine Tour of the Valpolicella vineyards can begin in Verona, Lake Garda, or even Venice (although tour would not focus on Valpolicella Classica and Valpantena on eastern Valpolicella). The tour is with your private chauffeur and takes in two contrasting wineries, which could include Bertani, Tenute Ugolini, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Massimago, Serego Alighieri, Masi, Corte Sant’Alda, Tommasi, Quintarelli, among many other high-end estates. You will visit the cellars and vineyards and learn about the fascinating heavy work-intensive production of the Amarone wines and the sweeter Reciotos. Indulge in a leisurely four-course Italian lunch, paired with various local wines, and in the afternoon on the way back to Verona, stop to stretch your legs in a picturesque hamlet. This is a fantastic full-day wine tour for guests looking for special VIP treatment and an introduction to some of the best Amarone wines in the Valpolicella.
Amarone Wine Tours Highlights:
- Private Luxury Chauffeured Valpolicella Wine Tour
- Excursion from Verona or lake Garda or Venice
- Amarone Wine Tastings
Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Amarone Wine Tours
Amarone Wine Tours
- Lunch with wines
- Private Chauffeured Mercedes
In the morning, your own private chauffeured Mercedes will collect you from your Verona hotel and sweep you away to the lovely Valpolicella wine country. The first stop is to a top wine producer such as Bertani in Grezzana. Enjoy a VIP visit and tasting of their superb wines, including different vintages of Amarone Classico.
Lunch will follow and is an authentic and charming affair, with typical dishes from the region, such as “Sformatino di Formaggio Monte Veronese con Funghi e speck d’anatra” (Savory Cheese pie with mushrooms and cured smoked duck), Risotto all’ Amarone, Brasato di Manzo all’ Amarone con polenta (beef slow-cooked in Amarone wine, served over polenta), all paired with Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Amarone of course and Recioto Della Valpolicella. Stunning regional cuisine!
After lunch, visit a boutique estate such as Serego Alighieri (part of Masi estates) in Gargagnago, famous for being the home of Dante Alighieri, Italy’s most renowned poet, and playwright. The property houses a small winery, with a charming garden and a pretty tasting room in the house. In this very cozy atmosphere, you will taste signature wines like the Valpolicella Classico, Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Vaio Armaron Amarone, Recioto, Riserva di Costasera Amarone, all served with some local cheeses.
On the way back to Verona, depending on your interests, we can arrange a beautiful place to stop off and take in a walk and take some photos.