Veneto Small-Group Wine Tasting Tour

Delve into the wines and winemaking heritage of the Veneto region on this small-group, half-day trip from Venice. Traveling in an air-conditioned Mercedes minivan, visit a historical Veneto ëcantinaí (winery) housed in a 17th-century villa. Admire its rolling vineyard, discover how the wines are produced, see the barrel-stocked cellars, and learn about the Venetoís wine history and its typical grape varieties. Finish with a wine tasting and homemade appetizers served up with expert insights from your winery host.Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.Meet your driver-guide near Piazzale Roma in central Venice. Then, board your air-conditioned Mercedes minivan and travel through the Veneto region toward Treviso, just north of Venice.On route, gain insight into the Venetoís winemaking heritage and how its viticulture dates to Roman times ó a fact substantiated by the Roman writer Pliny, who described the region as a ëvineyardí way back in the 1st century. Head for the Lison-Pramaggiore region and arrive at a 17th-century country villa thatís home to a historical, family-run cantina. Admire the views over its garden-like 40-hectare (0.4 kilometer) vineyard and then head inside.Meet your winery host and get an enlightening introduction to the 50-year-old winery. Discover why the local terrain and other conditions are perfect for producing excellent wines, and learn the different grapes grown here, from Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Cabernet France to Chardonnay and others ó all typical to Veneto.Take a guided tour of the winery and step inside the cellars to see the huge wine barrels before settling at an outdoor or indoor table for a wine tasting.Savor the wine with nibbles such as fresh bread and local cheese, learn how the wine is made, and get expert tips from your host on the foods and flavors that best complement it.If you wish, stock up on a bottle or two from the shop (own expense) before returning to Venice, where your trip ends at the original departure point.

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