For those who love Italy and its wines, here is an unique, unmissable opportunity to appreciate them, through the best tastings, and a full immersion in the world that created them: nature with a bit of geology, traditions and culture.
Nello Cipriano is an expert environmental guide, and a geologist passionate for history. The travel styles that he offers allow to get deep into the wine mysteries. A slow experience of a country, of the environmental and geological characteristics, as well as of the local traditions, the oenological culture, the wineries and the flavours.
We propose two travel styles, for the more or less active travellers, both based on the deep links between wine, land, history and people.
Wine Roads & Wine Towns
Walking Italian Wine Trails
Appreciating a wine means, in fact, to know the terroir that created it. The terroir reveals through the landscape, the soils and the rocks, going all over it to absorb its specialty and its beauty, knowing its spirit and culture, until when you meet a winemaker who will share with you that special wine. With an unrepeatable taste that concentrates the land, the wineyard, the tradition and the human work.
Nello's storytelling is fresh, fun and crisp, leading you across geological ages, and historical events, allowing to feel in the wines much more than “points” or its bouquet.
Piedmont, Puglia, Sicily, Tuscany, Sudtirol, are all different places. All of them show mind-blowing variety of grapes and wines: fresh, fruity, powerful, dry, mellow, sparkling, sweet. With our tours you get a chance to make sense of all that. We follow the Wine Roads, some of which were pilgrimage routes, or Roman roads, dotted by villas and ruins, fascinating historical wineries, castles and abbeys: like a history road movie. They take us to the “Città del Vino”, the towns strictly linked with wine making traditions: Barolo, Marsala, Verona, Montepulciano, Soave are only some examples.
We combine perfectly wine tastings, culture, and local life. What we look for are especially the wines that conceal, concentrate, and reveal the real soul and character of a region: “les vins du terroir”.
A typical day
Explore vineyards, enjoy a winery tour and tasting, lunch at a winery at times. In the afternoon, visit a town, or take time on your own, enjoy tasting at a winery or in “enoteca”, have dinner with local specialties. One tasting and one meal are included, with 2-3 wines.
Walk the wine country, step in the vineyards, feel the terroir under your feet and then taste its wines. Walking, with your private geologist, meeting the vignerons and wine makers, you can get a full immersion in the terroir that makes a wine unique: land, wheater, rocks and soils. You can learn about the human work and traditions, talking with the winemakers and the vignerons. Tasting, at that point, might become an extremely rich, almost mystical, experience. What you are absorbing is a concentrate of sun, stories, perfumes, and the genius itself of that country. It will leave you flavour and essence of that trip, for a lifelong memory.
Explore legendary countries, like the Chianti Hills, the Cinque Terre terraces, the dark Etna slopes and so on. Get to know the rocks, leave your prints on the soils, taste the grapes from the vine, discover the nicer and more exclusive cellars.
A typical day
Walk 3 hours in the morning, then have a light lunch or picnic, with light wine tasting. In the afternoon, 1-2 hrs walking, or walk around a town. Winery visit, extended tasting. Then time out. Dinner. One tasting and one meal are included, plus picnic at times, with 2-3 wines.
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