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Wine & More Italian Drinks

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan, Steve Keenan and Jasmine Boni Ball — who visit several times every year — have gathered a rich crop of local stories and written destination guides to help you make the most of your vacation. As they say in Italy, “Buon viaggio!”

Best Wineries to Visit in Chianti

In this short guide to Chianti’s best wineries, we’ve selected la crème de la crème of the region. Aside from mouthwatering (literally!) wines, all of these Chianti vineyards will leave you speechless with their architecture, history and landscape. Choose from short and simple tastings to longer tours with gastronomic and immersive experiences.

A Beginners Guide to Chianti Wine: Part 2

Food and drinks become more exciting and palatable when we learn of their history — perhaps this is why Chianti Classico embodies such excellence and tradition. Discover the history behind Tuscany's renowned Chianti Classico DOCG and it’s classification.

What is Aperitivo: A Beginners Guide to a Classic Italian Tradition

Aperitivo is an important tradition in Italian culture. This standard pre-dinner drink is great for winding down after a long day at work, and stimulating one's appetite before dinner. Discover the history and culture behind this Italian tradition, and learn to drink aperitivo like a local.

A Beginners Guide to Chianti Wine: Part 1

Chianti is renowned for making some of the world’s best wine. Learn the history of, and differences between two famous Sangiovese-based wines, Chianti DOCG and Chianti Classico DOCG, and discover the legend behind the famous Black rooster label.

7 Umbrian Wines to Discover on Your Next Trip

Wine expert and sommelier Valentina Mazzetti suggests 7 Umbrian DOC and DOCG wines to hunt down on your next visit to this underrated and exciting region. There's something tasty inside for lovers of white, red and sweet wines.

Why is Tuscan wine so special?

Italy has around 350 different grape varieties, but there's something very special that sets Tuscan wine apart. We speak to sommelier Valentina Mazzetti as she takes us on a journey of flavour discovery with the Sangiovese grape.

An Introduction to Tuscan Wine

Tuscany produces about 5 percent of Italian wine production by volume, but more than 10 percent of total value. In other words, the wine here is good — very good. Expert Gary White provides a guided tour through this region’s oenological past and present, to help sort your Chiantis and Montepulcianos from the Montalcinos and Super-Tuscans.

5 niche Tuscan wines & how to pair them

Tuscany produces some of the world's most famous wines: Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile and Vin Santo. It also has many under-the-radar growing areas that don't appear on any list of Tuscan wines you read outside Italy. With the help of a local sommelier, we created this short guide to niche Tuscan wines.

The Negroni: An Iconic Cocktail Invented in Florence

One of the world’s best loved cocktails — equal parts gin, Campari and sweet red vermouth — was probably invented in Florence shortly after WW1. We recount a little history of this iconic drink, tell you how to mix it at home (or in one of our villas), and hear about some contemporary bartenders with their own take on a classic recipe.

The History of Chianti Wine

Tradition and millennia of viticulture put the Chianti hills on every wine connoisseur’s bucket list. This is one of the most famous grape-growing regions on the planet. Our short guide takes a whizz through its heritage, from Chianti’s official “birthday” in 1716 to sub-regions, Super-Tuscans, the Black Rooster and more.

Craft Beer in Tuscany

Yes, you read that right: hand-crafted international beer styles are invading one of the world’s most famous wine regions. What are the facts behind Italy’s craft beer boom? Which Tuscan breweries are making waves? And where in Florence can you drink the best Italian and international microbrews?

Chianti's Famous Wine

Chianti wine has a couple thousand years of history going for it, but that’s not all. Modern Chianti tastes better than it ever has. Why? Our guide explains the entire winemaking process, from harvest and fermentation to bottling, blending and aging. If you want a crash course in what makes Chianti so special, read on.

Drinking like an Italian: How to do Aperitivo in Italy

Any trip to Italy is incomplete without an aperitivo or two. When ordering an aperitivo, whether Negroni or Aperol Spritz, there is etiquette and rules. Here are our tips and tricks to drinking aperitivo like an Italian.

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