Wine Tasting – Wine Tours in Italy


»» Wine Tastings in a Summer Night in Italy – Calici di Stelle

The night of St. Lawrence (on August 10), in Italy also known as “La Notte delle Stelle Cadenti” — the “Night of the Shooting Stars” — offers a major event for wine lovers, “Calici di Stelle“.

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On this magic night tastings and a number of wine-themed events are held in around 500 locations — “Città del Vino” — throughout Italy, situated mostly in wine growing zones.

The venues hosting the events include historic squares, gardens, castles and vineyards.

“Calici di Stelle” is an event sponsored by “Associazione Nazionale Città del Vino” and by “Movimento Turismo del Vino”.
Where: August 10 (annual)
When: to find out the locations of “2011 Calici di Stelle” visit the following page at

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»» The Best Time To Visit Wineries in Italy: Cantine Aperte Festival

The 2011 “Cantine Aperte” festival will take place on Sunday, May 29.

The event, sponsored by “Movimento Turismo del Vino“, offers wine enthusiasts a chance to visit wineries throughout Italy and take a closer look at how the wine is made.

Selected wineries that are members of “Movimento Turismo del Vino”, will open the doors to the public offering tasting sessions and other wine-themed events.

In order to know the wineries participating at 2011 Cantine Aperte —  it is estimated over eight hundred cellars throughout Italy — please visit this page.

When: May 29 (annually the last Sunday of May);
Where: throughout Italy.

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»» Touring Grignolino Wine Land, in Piedmont

SlowFood, the organization aiming to combine the pleasure of food with sustainability and harmony with the nature, offers a wine tour through the Monferrato hills — one of the major wine growing zones in Piedmont — on May 22.

The tour, focusing on Grignolino wine, features visits to local wineries producing this famous wine.

Each of the 25 wineries involved in the tour will be welcoming the visitors with a broad selection of local specialties to pair with their wines.
The tour also features a visit to a Grappa museum.

Where: Casale Monferrato, Piedmont;
When: May 22, 2011.
For more information and how to book the tour, visit .

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»» Primavera del Prosecco DOC – Prosecco Wine Festival in Veneto

The annual Prosecco Doc Spring Festival, started on February 26, runs through early July. The festival — known as “Primavera del Prosecco DOC” — features wine shows and a number of other events dedicated to Prosecco wine.

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Mostly concentrated in the week-ends, Prosecco-themed events take place in hill towns located in the growing zone of Prosecco, the Altamarca Trevigiana, lovely hills just a few miles north of Venice.


Here you have the schedule of events for 2011 “Primavera del Prosecco DOC”:

» Vidor: from Feb 2 to Mar 13;
» Santo Stefano: from Mar 3 to Apr 4;
» Col S. Martino: from Apr 4 to Apr 25;
» Guia: from Apr 4 to Apr 25;
» Miane: from Apr 8 to May 5;
» San Giovanni: from Apr 9 to Apr 17;
» Conegliano: from Apr 9 to Apr 17;
» Villa di Cordignano: from Apr 16 to Apr 25;
» Fregona: from Apr 16 to May 1st;
» S. Pietro di Barbozza: from Apr 23 to May 8;
» Saccol: from Apr 23 to May 1st;
» Refrontolo: from Apr 30 to May 15;
» Combai: from May 6 to May 15;
» Vittorio Veneto: from May 13 to May 29;
» Corbanese: from May 21 to Jun 05;
» S. Pietro di Feletto: from May 28 to Jun 12;
» Serravalle – Vittorio Veneto: from Jun 10 Jul 19;

More information about “Primavera del Prosecco DOC” wine festival is available at

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