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The conditions you need for great wine – warm days, clean air, cooling onshore breezes and undulating landscapes – just so happen to combine to create seriously great walking country too. That’s what we call a win-win…
Walking and Wine in Italy
Classic Chianti Country
See it: The rolling hills of Tuscany really are what idyllic walks are made of. Think achingly beautiful Renaissance cities, medieval villages and cypress-lined avenues snaking through vineyards.
Discover it: The Chianti region, covering the city provinces of Florence and Siena, produces this fine blend of Tuscan wines, predominantly from the Sangiovese grape. You’ll taste cherry, rich red fruits, herbs and a hint of smoke – even a touch of balsamic. It’s like walking into the finest Italian deli!
Try it: Some spicy woodsmoke in the nose. The flavour is enjoyably sour and bright.
Plan your tour: Chianti Walking & Wine
Walking and wine in Portugal
Port’s Historic Heartland
See it: The UNESCO World Heritage Douro Valley is a land of vertiginously terraced valleys rising above the sinewy river below. This is port country.
Discover it: Port is produced from grapes grown in the Douro region, fortified by a neutral spirit. This boosts the sugars, and ramps up the alcohol content. Styles vary from Tawny (aged in wooden barrels), Ruby (stored in steel tanks and usually sweeter) and LBV (Late Bottled Vintage), bottled between four and six years after the harvest.
Try it: Plum, dried fruit, bramble; a fruity nose crammed with blackberry and cherry.
Walking and Wine in the Prosecco Hills
Walk the Prosecco Road
See it: Just north of Venice the land starts to rise up to meet the Dolomites. Here lies one of the world’s best wine regions. Centuries-old vineyards line the ‘Prosecco Road’ – Italy’s oldest wine route.
Discover it: Prosecco can be sparkling, or just slightly effervescent. The best authentic Prosecco is labelled DOCG, and it can only be produced by Glera grapes in the area of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene where our trip is based. Compared with champagne, it has a lighter, creamier and fresher taste.
Try it: Elegant nose with hints of apple, peach and rose petals. From a single vineyard called Torri di Credazzo, this is Prosecco at its best!
Plan your tour: Walking the Prosecco Hills
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