DiVine Wine Tours in Tuscany and Italian Regions
January 30: Antonio Sferlazzo, Italian consultant and journalist passionate about wine based in the Chianti wine region of Tuscany, has been organizing tailor-made private tours for individuals and businesses in Tuscany and other regions of Tuscany for over 18 years. Italy for an international wine clientele. lovers, and offers Specialized Tours in Tuscany, Etna and Piedmont, Veneto through his company The DiVine Wine Tours, writes Subhash Arora who has met him frequently during his travels in Italy and is quite impressed by his repertoire and his passion
The DiVine Wine Tours has the following to offer:
- Accommodation in charming small 3 * / 4 * country B & B’s, hotels and agriturismos in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany and Italy, and on request, in luxury 5 * resorts, castles or private villas historic with swimming pools
- Transfer (bus or minivan), with or without driver;
- Private tour and wine tasting of the best vineyards in Tuscany (or other regions) accompanied by qualified guides speaking multiple languages.
- Direct purchase of wines with the possibility of international home delivery (may not be suitable for Indian travelers)
- Additional attractions such as: cooking classes; visits to Michelin-starred restaurants; shopping in the trendiest fashion boutiques; visit to cities of art such as Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Verona
The price of magic that Visits to the wines of the Divine offers to its guests, varies according to the level of accommodation required, the duration of the tour; the number of participants, the region where the wine tour is concentrated, etc. of course, the larger the group, the lower the cost per person;
Antonio used to photograph the world of wine, including famous producers like Antinori, Frescobaldi, Biondi-Santi, during his long career as a freelance journalist and photographer. With the advent of digital technology, the editorial photography market collapsed, so he decided to reinvent a new profession; gastronomic wine tourism thanks to its contacts with producers.
He likes natural wines that contain almost no sulphites. In Italy, consumers, farmers and winegrowers are increasingly aware of the misuse of chemistry in agriculture and the problems it creates for the health of consumers. It is difficult to produce good natural wines because the unpleasant volatility is often high. However, favored by the climate, excellent biological and bio-dynamics the wines are produced by enthusiastic young producers in a few regions of Italy. He is very happy to organize trips to such cellars.
âI like wines that are the expression of a territory, sometimes the fruit of passionate research on native vines that we thought had disappeared. Niche products that are still hard to find in wine bars or restaurants in international cities and have to be tasted in their own production areas, âhe says, adding:âEtna vines in Sicily, As Cappuccio Nerello and Nerello mascalese practically disappeared, and rediscovered only twenty years ago, where the vines are grown in saplings in small terraces of a few square meters each, which go up the sides of Etna from 100 to 1000 meters above sea level. The result is powerful wines that however express the salinity of the sea and the minerals that only the lava land of this magical island can transmit to the vine.
How about the fantastic Pignolo (Red) Where Schooppettino (white), a rare autochthonous grape that Leonardo da Vinci from Italian winegrowers produces among the stones and sand of the Isonzo plain near Gorizia in Friuli without sulphites: difficult to describe in words the aromas of exotic spices, which leave those who taste them perplexed? Then there is Nebbiolo of Langhe, and therefore Barolo and Barbaresco, or Amarone and Recioto della Valpolicella. You have to come to Italy to Divine wine tours to discover these wines in person.
Wines of Tuscany
Vines that have always existed and still serve, in small percentages, to soften the tannins Sangiovese, the princely Tuscan grape variety, excellent for aging but a bit nervous and not easy to drink; of this grape, are used not only in the famous Chianti but also Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Morellino di Scansano. A few the winemakers are perhaps a little ‘tired’, not so much by the sangiovese, but by the way it has been distorted in the past by replacing it with Merlot and Cabernet, and by a massive use of barrels, to chase the taste of the international public (so much so that some Chianti did not taste different from the wines of Chile or the Napa Valley). They decided to diversify their wines, experimenting with traditional native vines of Tuscany, such as Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo Where Colorino, which were used in the past to sweeten the Sangiovese. They even started to process these isolated grapes themselves, with no blending, and makes interesting wines of expression of the territory with excellent results: fresh, lively, extremely vital wines, full of aromas, with a pleasant acidity and also with a good quality / price ratio; ideal wines for everyday use;
Antonio stresses that it is essential to visit the different Italian wine regions in person, to discover the many typical wines, without stopping at those already famous in the world. The Divine Wine Tours can offer this experience to guests.
Wine tours offering several advantages
Any wine tour is an experience full of emotions to discover different aspects of a new region. You get a deeper understanding and an emotional experience of the “culture” of the territory visited. Culture is not only art, architecture or literature but also the landscape, gastronomy, cuisine, wine of a specific region; Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, because it represents a wonderful harmony between Man and Nature, where wine and cuisine play a very important role.
In addition, for a true wine lover, a visit to the vineyards is an educational visit. It is not possible to understand a wine simply by drinking it thousands of miles from where it was produced. Tasting directly with the producers, feeling the love, passion and knowledge is a unique experience. You can also understand the French word “terroir“that alone can describe this synergistic synthesis between the soil, the climate, the tradition and the work of the man, the personality of the producer and the rules of production. So we can understand why in Tuscany the same Sangiovese grape gives multiple wines. various such as Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino or Nobile di Montepulciano, a few kilometers from each other.
During a wine tour, it is possible to discover the flavors of regional Tuscan cuisine, simple in origin, authentic and light because it is prepared with olive oil, the other typical product of Tuscany; but at the same time a refined and delicious cuisine, appreciated as one of the best in the world. Every year in Italy, millions of visitors of all nationalities make a joyful pilgrimage from cellar to cellar, to discover, taste and buy wine and extra virgin olive oil.
Antonio points out that Divine wine toursis not a tour operator, but a team of travel advisers, and wine lovers, specializing in wine and gastronomic tours. âI want to convey to the guests, the passion for the world of Italian wine, a passion that has never stopped growing in me, over the past 17 years of incessant tasting and scouting. Since 2002, I regularly attend all the major wine fairs, including Vinitaly, visiting hundreds of wineries all over Italy, from Piemonte to Sicily; not only to taste the wines but to understand the philosophy of the winegrowers, to discover the territory, the restaurants, the accommodation, in order to offer our customers high-level visits for a reasonable quality / cost ratio. Believe me, the little money saved by organizing your own trip is not worth missing our experience, our presence and our assistance, âhe adds.
His company does not take customers to visit the mega wineries that produce millions of bottles, distributed around the world, whose wines can be tasted in any major city and which keep the same boring standard taste, in order to match. to the palate of an international clientele.
delWine does not have a commercial relationship with the company and recommends them because of the experience, passion and knowledge of wines, especially Tuscan wines. You are invited to compare their prices and conditions-publisher