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»» Wineries Open to Public in Italy for “Open Cellars” Festival

The 2008 edition of Cantine Aperte” — “Open Cellars“, traditionally taking place last week-end of May in Italy, kicks off next week-end (May 24-25). Many wine farms and wineries open the doors to public, with free tasting sessions across the country.  

Several wine-themed events are scheduled in this week-end. To locate a farm or winery offering free tasting during this edition of “Cantine Aperte”, consult the list of farms and wineries joining to “Cantine Aperte” on the website

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»» Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars) – 2007 Edition

Next weekend the annual “Cantine Aperte” (“Open Cellars“), will give again the opportunity of free wine tastings across Italy.

Gaiole in Chianti-Tuscany

Cantine Aperte” is also an opportunity to better know about wine, vine, and territory.

Along with wine-tasting sessions, Open Cellars organises a range of exciting initiatives, including dinner with the winemaker, a gourmet event matching wines to specific foods, wine tours etc….

To know more about the selected wineries and distilleries involved in the 2007 edition of Open Cellars, download the guide here

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»» Wine Tour Tips: Chianti Area

If you plan to visit wineries in the Chianti area and eventually have wine tastings by spending a day or two, I suggest you consider a wine tour which will maximize your visit.

Radda in Chianti

Firstly, you could find it a bit complicated visiting wineries in Italy: not all have tasting rooms and most are by appointment only. Secondly, you need a car; think most of non-italians hate driving in Italy…….

A one-day wine tour including visits to 4/5 wineries would cost around 100 Euro per person, and generally a full lunch and tastings are included.
However, should you tailor a your own tour, have a look to the following websites of wineries located in the area.

– See Chianti area on the (interactive map).
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