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Oenology excellence tour in Valpolicella, Lake Garda and the Dolomites

  • 5 days
  • April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Gastronomia & Vini

From the Eastern part of Valpolicella to the Classical one, passing through Verona and along the shores of Garda Lake to finally arrive in Trentino, on the slopes of the Dolomites. From the hills of Trento to the Piana Rotaliana, from the terraced vineyards of Val di Cembra to the excellences of Vallagarina.
For information and reservations:
Strada del Vino e dei Sapori del Trentino - Tel. and Fax (0461) 921863 - info@stradavinotrentino.com
5 days – from € 499

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Historic part of Valpolicella and extra virgin “green gold” DOP

Your visit will start a few kilometers north of Verona, in the hilly scenario known as Valpolicella, cradle of the well-known Amarone DOCG (guarantee of origin), a land rich in food and wine excellences and with a strong cultural impact. First, you will be taken to a winery that produces Amarone in the Eastern part of Valpolicella and later to the Wine Museum, where you will take a journey into the agricultural and wine making life of the late 1800s and early 1900s. A special wine tasting experience of Amarone will be a fitting conclusion to your historical and cultural morning tour. For your lunch, we will choose a typical restaurant in the Eastern part of Valpolicella where the hilly territory, with its wild landscape will provide you with unique emotions. The afternoon will be dedicated to the discovery of the so-called "green gold", the extra virgin olive oil DOP (guarantee of origin) Veneto Valpolicella, with a visit to an oil mill to discover the production techniques. The day will be concluded with dinner in a traditional restaurant that serves typical dishes of the Verona area, and a relaxing night spent in one of the beautiful facilities located in the breathtaking hills of the Eastern part of Valpolicella.

2

Verona “City of love” and Classic part of Valpolicella

On the second day of your tour, you will be leaving behind the beautiful hills of Cazzano di Tramigna, Illasi, Colognola ai Colli and Valpantena, crossing San Martino Buonalbergo and arriving in Verona, a wonderful city of art and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be given time for a stroll in the city, famous all over the world thanks to the Shakespearean tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and the majestic Arena. The tour will include the most interesting sights of the city, including those of historical, artistic, and cultural interest.

After having lunch in a restaurant on the road that leads to the Classical and Historical part of Valpolicella, you will be moving north-west to reach the five municipalities that constitute the Classical part of Valpolicella, or Val...Polis...Cellae: valley of the many wineries.

Fumane, Marano di Valpolicella, Negrar, San Pietro In Cariano and Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella constitute the Classical part. Here you will be able to discover, thanks to the tales of the winemakers, the many ways in which Amarone is produced. You will be told about Appassimento, the special technique used to make Valpolicella Ripasso and you will be invited to taste its many nuances through a guided tasting.
You will end your day by having dinner in an osteria, where you will be served typical dishes of the Verona area, still prepared according to the traditional antique recipes of the territory. Accommodation in one of the beautiful facilities in the picturesque hills of Valpolicella.

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“Noble” Valpolicella and Lake Garda on the Trentino side

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The morning of the third day will be dedicated to a guided visit to one of the many elegant villas found in the area, where you can still breathe the air of a bygone era. Lunch in a typical restaurant will follow.
Later on you will start your visit to Lake Garda. This body of water that bonds the regions of Veneto, Trentino and Lombardia is a source of life for numerous cultivations, amongst which that of the olive tree that gives birth to the famous extra virgin olive oil Garda DOP (guarantee of origin). Travelling on the Eastern Gardesana, that from Valpolicella, crosses the northern part of Garda Lake and leads to Trento, you will stop for a visit to a winery producing Trentodoc. Later, you will also visit another winery, this one dedicated to the production of Vino Santo Trentino DOC in Valle dei Laghi, an authentic nectar of ancient origins, made from grapes of the perfumed autochthonous Nosiola vineyard, perfect for some relaxing moments of meditation. From this Mediterranean environment you will then move on to an Alpine one, travelling to Trento, the historical city of the Council, where you will have dinner in a typical restaurant and then spend the night.

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Trento, “City of the Council”, Trento hills and Piana Rotaliana

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The following day will be dedicated to a tour of the historical center of Trento, with wine, the nectar of the gods constantly the protagonist. You will visit the prestigious rooms of Palazzo Roccabruna, the wine shop of the Trentino region, where a unique wine tasting experience will be waiting for you. After lunch in another historical restaurant of the city, you will be taken up to the surrounding hills to visit another producer of Trentodoc.

Later on you will stop in Piana Rotaliana, north of Trento, where you will learn the secrets of one of its most appreciated products: the Teroldego Rotaliano DOC, considered to be the prince of wines of the Trentino region. A charming structure with an amazing view will be selected for your overnight accommodation, surrounded by what Cesare Battisti defined "the most beautiful vineyard garden in Europe".

5

Valle di Cembra and Vallagarina

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To better understand the culture of the population that inhabits this region, on the following day you will visit the "Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina": the biggest Italian regional museum dedicated to agriculture, handicraft, religion, music and traditions in general. From here, your next stop will be the Valle di Cembra, where farmers over the centuries have toiled to terrace this harsh land in order to make the most of it, with the result of giving birth to products of excellence such as Müller Thurgau Trentino DOC. You can't miss a visit to a winery to discover this extraordinary product and experience its unmistakable freshness and perfume.
On your way back to Verona, a stop in Vallagarina, an area south of Trento where the city of Rovereto can be found, is a must. In a suggestive land of vineyards, some extraordinary red wines such as Marzemino Trentino DOC, the most representative wine of the area, have been created. Made famous thanks to Mozart's Don Giovanni, this lively and bright ruby red wine with its fruity and floral bouquet will be waiting for you in the last winery you will visit for the day.