If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, then surely you’ve had your fair share of some of the finest wines that come out of, you guessed it, Italy! Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the entire world. In fact, Italy represents about 1/3 of global wine production and is the single largest wine producer by volume. If you haven’t gotten the hint: Italians know their wine. Because of that, we’re visiting the top 3 wineries Italy has to offer. If you’re a fan of #WineWednesday, this one’s for you…
The Ceretto family has been making wine for three generations. Their 140-hectare estate spans across four villages and produces some of the region’s very best wine that’s often described as rich, earthy and spicy. When you go to this amazing winery, you’ll be surprised to see the Ceretto family represents more than just wine, but also consider themselves to be art aficionados. Head to this estate and soak in their unique art displays while enjoying some of the famous Ceretto-family wine.
2. Villa Vignamaggio, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany
The Vignamaggio family is famous for more than just their wine. It’s said that one of the Vignamaggio’s descendants, Lisa Gherardini, is most likely the model for Leonardo DaVinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting. If this is true, that would mean a young Mona Lisa lived and played amongst the vineyards that surround the enchanting Chianti villa. Besides the rich history held at this magnificent estate, vines now cover nearly 52 hectares of the 140 that make up the entire estate. When visiting, guests take a full tour of the gardens before their tastings begin.
3. Planeta’s Cantina dell’Ulmo, Sambuca di Sicilia, Sicily
Planeta’s story is quite different than the others. The Planeta story begins in a small, 17th-century farmhouse and wine-making didn’t begin until 1995. Now, Cantina di Ulmo is surrounded by 95 hectares of vineyards and is said to be the prettiest vineyard in all of Sicily. This winery is also fully-devoted to its whites and visitors can expect a guided tasting, making this stop especially memorable.