Private Tour: Prosecco Wine Tasting Day Trip with Lunch from Venice
Immerse yourself in the tastes and traditions of Italyís prosecco wines on this private day trip from Venice. With an expert sommelier guide, explore the Veneto region, famed for its prosecco production. Tour two acclaimed wineries and taste their top-quality varieties, and enjoy a scenic drive through the regionís rolling vineyards as you learn about the local winemaking heritage. After working up an appetite, savor a delicious 2-course lunch at a rustic trattoria or winery, and throughout your tour, enjoy the undivided attention and wine expertise of your guide.Start your experience when you meet your guide in central Venice. Hop inside your private, air-conditioned minivan and admire the picturesque countryside as you travel northeast, deep into the province of Veneto.Italyís much-loved prosecco sparkling wine is named after a grape, rather than a region, but hails from vineyards both in northern Veneto and the neighboring province of Friuli. As you travel toward the town of Valdobbiadene, known as the regionís prosecco capital, hear interesting facts about the areaís winemaking from your guide, who is also a qualified sommelier.After roughly an hour on the road, arrive at your first stop ñ the Villa Maria winery, where wines have been made since the 1700s. Learn about the traditional production methods used here and then treat your taste buds as you sample three of their best prosecco varietals.Next, take a seat inside a rustic trattoria or winery for a light, 2-course lunch. Relax as you savor two deliciously homely dishes paired with Italian wine before continuing with a scenic drive through the surrounding countryside.Take in the rolling hills and tiny hamlets that typify northern Veneto and hear about the various types of vineyards you pass, learning how they produce different varieties of prosecco.The last stop of the day is the family-run Marsuret winery, situated in one of the regionís most prestigious DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) zones. Tour the cellar and sample a selection of the sparkling wines made here, all notable for their fresh, elegant bouquets and fine perlages.After this last tasting, return to Venice where your trip concludes with a drop-off at the original start point.