In recent years, visits to wine cellars are enjoying great success, and the reason for this cannot only be the liquid contained in the individual bottles.
Why do people visit wine cellars? To taste a new wine? To buy bottles at the place where the wine is actually made? Because we are fascinated by the wooden barrels?
You have to admit, of course, that steel barrels are not that attractive, but that is not all there is to it. There are other ways, even faster, to get a specific bottle of wine on your table.
Here is the real question then: is the wine the end or the means?
I personally lean towards the second hypothesis.
Wine is the most accessible link between nature and conviviality, the means that allows you to combine the traditions of the land and history with the pleasure of spending time with other people.
Between the first and the second there are many aspects to explore and that you need to be aware of in order to fully appreciate the wine you are going to taste. My experience and knowledge become the bridge which allows you to try to understand the world of wine production before coming to the wine cellar, the collaboration between man and nature through the seasons and the millenary experience of coexistence.
So, the wine tour becomes an experience to be made together with wine or, better yet, thanks to wine. The wine tasting thus becomes the final part.
A complete sensory experience, where not only the taste buds are stimulated, but where all the senses are involved and alert.
It is the type of genuineness everyone says they are looking for when they think of a food and wine tour.
The emotion one feels during a wine tour can be difficult to put into words.
My questions are the motivations that pushed me to create these itineraries.
I will tell you about them so you can get to know them before you start off with me for a wine tour.
If you’re familiar with them, you’re ready!
Walking is the natural dimension of moving slowly.
It allows you to indulge instantly in every sensory stimulus, such as a smell, a buzzing sound…
It allows you to take the time to look around without haste or frenzy, with the sole aim of dedicating yourself to the act of grasping every detail.
Walking is the journey, not the destination.
The means is our body with its tactile, visual, olfactory active "sensors".
Sensors that are stimulated by movement and the environment and then satisfied by the tasting in the wine cellar.
It is an immersion in the space around us.
For those who prefer intensity over speed.
For those who appreciate the intensity of simple and real situations.
Or those who love to rediscover the well-being of the essential, the companionship of nature and of the soil and tends to see the best part of human beings.
The intimacy of the group offers a chance to get to know each other and interact peacefully.
This is the reason why wine tours are usually reserved for small groups of friends, associations or companies that want to offer them to their customers (for example, groups of wine lovers, importers of wine for their customers), as well as hikers who want to explore the world of food and wine, lovers of sensory and experiential tourism, rural tourism, etc..
My family of yesteryear, to whom I am deeply grateful, allowed me to approach the soil when I was just a small girl, knowing both the beautiful aspect and the complicated aspect of the unexpected and vulnerability.
We must always keep in mind that the traditions that we celebrate today and that the world envies us, only a few decades ago, were the daily work of our ancestors to ensure the survival of their families.
The straw hat that I always wear during the experiences on foot is my tribute to them, to the work in the countryside and to the need to protect myself from the intense summer sun.
A wine-tasting experience can be done at any time, during any season.
The vineyard experience, on the other hand, is recommended when the weather allows it, meaning from the end of April to the beginning of November.
In the warmer months it is also possible to schedule an activity in the evening hours, depending on the light.
Wine tours are perfect to get back in touch with nature and history.
They can be ideally included in an existing project as a complete experience, in a group or even in an event to be celebrated with friends.
An activity in the vineyard can be an opportunity to spend time with friends or family, to celebrate a birthday in a special way or to be together in a pleasant and welcoming, yet informal, environment.
It can become an entertainment activity for guests of an event who otherwise would not know what to look for or where to go and the opportunity to learn about quality productions, enjoyable and good for the health and people of the local territory.
And, after the emergency due to Covid-19, the vineyards and wine cellars will continue to be environments where it will be easy to get together in small groups, outdoors, and avoid crowded places.
The activity is also perfect for team-building.
The easy hike through a landscape and exploration of the ecosystem in which one operates aiming at a future goal are well matched with a company's team-building activities. The role of the agronomist, the oenologist, and the respective teams of operators in the vineyards, are continuously in synch with changing weather conditions and possible unforeseen events to achieve the set objectives. Nature is part of the team and, very often, it is unpredictable.
... be a chance for unexplored opportunities in order to become more aware of our skills and abilities.
They can be aimed not only to find out the characteristics of the wine, but also to discover how our visual-olfactory-tasting system works and how training and practice can enhance man’s ability to grasp aromas and flavours.
What other stimuli can be triggered by a wine tour?
Wine lovers are demanding tourists, and before deciding on a destination, they read up on the specific food and wine location they intend to visit.
The Lombardy region, apart from a few exceptions, is not famous in the world of wines, even if almost all the provinces produce good quality wine.
The wine tours I offer are located in the western and southern part of the Garda Lake.
The Controlled Designations of Origin (DOCs) produced in these areas are: