Our Italian Tour showcases a stunning variety of wines and grape varietals in a grand tour from north to south. We spend the first night at Trediberri, a new winery in the Piedmont landscape making gorgeous wines under the expert eye of retired Renato Ratti winemaker Fredercio Oberto. Their Barbera is delicious, rich, round and juicy balanced by good acidity. Ripe blood plum fruit, hint of spice with juicy acidity and more-ish savoury finish. What more does one need in life? For night 2 we head over to Veneto for the fresh and expressive Leonildo Pieropan Soave with classic aromas of white flowers, almond blossoms and a touch of citrus followed on the third night by a beautifully pure, elegant and floral Pinot Grigio made by Silvio Jermann. A touch of almonds and vanilla, a hint of fruit and spice on the palate produce a smooth and dry full-bodied white which is particularly harmonious and accessible.
We head south to Tuscany's Chianto Classico region on the 4th night, tasting Castello di Fonterutoli's Chianti Classic whose vivid nose of dark berries, fresh spices and hints of tobacco lead to a rounded structure with ripe tannins, refreshing mouthfeel and long, perfumed finish. Then on to the ancient wine region of Campania east of Naples where winemaking has been going on since the 13th century B.C. Here on night 5 we inhale the delicate floral, yellow peach and candied orange aromas of Feudi di San Gregorio's Fiano d'Avellino, enjoying the lovely purity of lime and citrus fruit on the palate. And we spend the last night in Sicily with Planeta's Cerasuolo di Vittoria, an intriguing blend of Nero d'Avola and Frappato suffused with an extraordinary vital energy based on wild fruits, wild strawberries, mulberry and pomegranate.