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“Turin: a residence of the seventeenth century, where everything was laid down to a single taste, that of the Court and nobility. A calm aristocracy has been impressed upon it all…and it is as classic a place for the feet as it is for the eyes.”
Friedrich Nietzsche Letters from Turin
“But the scenery is exquisite, and at certain periods of the evening and the morning the blue of the Mediterranean surpasses all conception or description. It is the most intense and wonderful colour, I do believe, in all nature.”
Charles Dickens Selected letters
“What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast!…It was a vision!—a miracle!—an anthem sung in stone, a poem wrought in marble!…They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter's at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.”
Mark Twain The Innocents Abroad
“I’m an old Veneto’s fanatic and I will leave my heart here.”
Ernest Hemingway Letter to friend Bernard Berenson
“Bologna is celebrated for producing
popes, painters, and sausage.”
Life, Letters, and Journals of Lord Byron
“The silence is covered by stars and the gentle light softens everything again with its sweet tenderness. The growing stillness fills the streets and piazzas like a deep river: and in the end, only one colloquy lives…a vast tremor that finishes: the Arno and the Night.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“In the wrangle of disembarking, I dropped and broke my watch... it was plain that Ischia was no place for the rush of hours, islands never are.”
Truman Capote Local color
“Lecce seems as large as Florence in extent, but houses lower…in no part of Italy such a general gusto of ar-chitecture…rich and luxuriant, occasioned without doubt by the facility of working their stone; they seem to show some remains of the spirit and elegant genius of the Greeks who formerly inhabited these parts.”
Georges Berkeley Journey in Italy
What is The Grand Wine Tour?
A journey into Italian wine country
The new Grand Tour
In the 18th century, young people would be sent on a cultural Grand Tour of Europe, Italy was never to be missed.
It has always been the height of fashion, travel and lifestyle not to mention world famous food. It is on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit. While there is no end of museums, art, and heritage to explore we want to help you discover Italian culture through one of its most iconic creations: wine.
There is no shortage of wine in Italy, but seeking out wineries that provide exceptional customer service, tastings in your own language, exemplify the best of the terroir and produce outstanding wines is a task only for the bravest of travellers. Born in 2015, The Grand Wine Tour is a project that gathers together some of the best Italian wineries that are able to offer exceptional service dedicated to a luxury clientele.
We are a window onto the Italy you want to see.
Custom tour packages, private transportation and above all exceptional hospitality under the always warm Mediterranean sun. It is your dream wine trip to Italy come to life.
As a Grand Wine Tourist, you will be secure in the knowledge that each winery has been carefully evaluated by our team and has received a mark of excellence, distinguishing it as a top Italian wine destination.This mark is only awarded to wineries that believe in sharing their wine and land with those who drink it, opening their doors to visitors with the same passion and care they have for tending their grapes.
Any winery that uses the mark respects the requirements of The Grand Wine Tour Manifesto.
Each Grand Wine Tour is an adventure into the past, with the luxuries of the present while obviously enjoying unparalleled wine along the way.