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Valpolicella: 1.5-Hour Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

1. Valpolicella: 1.5-Hour Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover beautiful Valpolicella on an exclusive guided winery tour and a tasting experience with a professional sommelier. During 1.5 hours, tour the vineyards and wine cellar. Learn about the history of wine and winemaking methods, and take part in an exceptional wine tasting with wines like Valpolicella Classic & Superior, and Amarone. In the Valpolicella area, the amazing landscape between Lake Garda and Verona, make a visit to a high-end winery estate and discover how high-quality wines are made. Hear the history of the estate and explanations of the methods and techniques of wine production. Follow the journey from the grape harvest in the vineyard located in the surrounding area to the final stage of the bottling. After your tour, taste a selection of 6 delicious quality wines, such as Valpolicella, Recioto, and Amarone, accompanied by a selection of local cured meats and cheeses. Let an expert guide you through the tasting as you listen to in-depth commentary on the particularity of these premium Italian wines.

Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

2. Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

Discover the charm of Lake Garda on a half-day speedboat tour, where you will see the various castles and villas, enjoy a regional wine tasting, and get a chance to swim in its refreshing waters. Start your cruise from Sirmione’s harbor, located next to the Scaligero Castle of Sirmione, offering a perfect postcard view as you start your lake cruise.  Continue towards the Lazise Castle, a medieval fortress with imposing towers and defense walls. Enjoy a wine tasting in Bardolino guided by a professional sommelier who will explain to you the unique characteristics of this regional wine.  Take a dive into the emerald lake waters to cool off and enjoy a relaxing break at the shores of Villa Canossa. Admire the timeless beauty of Torri del Benaco Scaligero Castle, a fortress of Roman origins, before navigating back to the Port of Sirmione.

Bardolino: Half-Day Cruise on Lake Garda with Drinks

3. Bardolino: Half-Day Cruise on Lake Garda with Drinks

Delve into the past and traditions of the Lake Garde region on this boat trip. Come onboard the San Nicolò, a historical sailboat where the past and present become one. Enjoy an alternative half-day cruise on Lake Garde that combines relaxation, elegance, comfort, and enchanting landscapes. Depart from the harbor of Bardolino, and discover the lake's highlights. The first stage is Garda, followed by Punta San Vigilio and Isola del Garda, with their impressive villas. During the boat tour, stay refreshed with wine and water, and listen to music onboard. Enjoy time, too, to dive into the waters of the lake.

Valpolicella: Wine and Food Tour with Professional Sommelier

4. Valpolicella: Wine and Food Tour with Professional Sommelier

Discover the unique wines of Valpolicella on a guided wine and food tour departing from Lake Garda. Learn from a professional Sommelier about the wines and food of the region. Enjoy a friendly welcome at the winery by the tour guide who will guide you in this fantastic wine experience. A professional Sommelier will lead you through the history of the winery, the park with its green gardens, and the splendid villa Giona, before visiting the barrel area and tasting its historic wines. After visiting the barrel site and the interior areas of the wine cellar, enjoy an exclusive wine tasting experience where you will sample 2 white wines and 4 red wine varieties including Amarone paired with local products such as cheese and salami from the Valpolicella area.

Lake Garda: Wine Tour and Tasting Experience in Bardolino

5. Lake Garda: Wine Tour and Tasting Experience in Bardolino

Taste the most important wines made in the area with the guidance of a professional Sommelier, who will walk you through the tasting process and explain what makes these Italian wines so unique.  The visit begins with a guided tour of the winery where you will learn about the methods and techniques of wine production. Journey through the traditions of high-quality wine production, from the harvest from the surrounding vineyards to the final stage of bottling.  At the end of the tour, enjoy an exclusive wine tasting experience where you will sample 2 red and 2 white wine varieties paired with local products.

Lazise: Historical Center Wine Tasting Tour

6. Lazise: Historical Center Wine Tasting Tour

Taste 6 exceptional Garda wines of the ZF4 Cellar on this wine tasting in the historical center of Lazise. Learn the local winemaking traditions as you taste the different varieties, paired with local olive oil and snacks.   As you enter the aged cellar of the recently renovated historic courtyard, you’ll see how it retains hints of its rural past, which creates a relaxed and jovial atmosphere. Start your tasting with the fresh white and rosè wines, followed by a Bardolino. Then, it's on to 3 vintages of red wine, Syrah, Così, and Ettore. The tasting will be paired with quality cold cuts, cheese and bread, and Garda olive oil, produced by the cellar itself. During your tasting, learn the history and the philosophy behind their wine production, using traditional methods passed down through generations. Leave your experience with an authentic taste of one of the most well-known winemaking regions in the world.

Lake Garda: Historical Two-Mast Ship Sunset Cruise

7. Lake Garda: Historical Two-Mast Ship Sunset Cruise

Experience Lake Garda from the decks of a towering two-mast ship, sailing into the sunset with a glass of Prosecco and the deep blue waters below. Sip your aperitif aboard a piece of history while taking in the scenery from an exceptional perspective. See the most beautiful areas of the lake by harnessing the wind. Drink, snack, and relax as you take in the views.

Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

8. Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

Depart from Sirmione Harbor, in front of the impressive Scaliger Castle and set sail onto the glistening waters of Lake Garda. Pass by the pretty villa belonging to the famous opera singer Maria Callas then head to the end of the peninsula to a white rocky beach called Jamaica. Sail to the Rocca di Manerba next and onto the Island of Garda where you can admire the magnificent Isola Borghese. Learn about the rich-history of the villa, which boasts stunning Venetian Neo-Gothic architecture. Arrive at a private island next and cool off from the heat with a dip in the lake’s refreshing waters. Back on the boat, enjoy a tasty snack as you continue onto Salo for a one hour stop-over. Spend some time exploring this enchanting village and walk along its beautiful lakeside promenade. The tour then takes you to the famous Gardone village where you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and admire the array of historical buildings that surround the lake. On the return journey to Sirmione, cruise along the eastern coast of the lake and see the Boila sulfur springs. Finally, pass under the drawbridge at Scaliger Castle, the only pedestrian access to the peninsula.

Lake Garda: Taste and Aroma Wine Tasting Experience

9. Lake Garda: Taste and Aroma Wine Tasting Experience

The experience starts with a visit and walk to the vineyards, to discover the various kind of grapes and to learn the approach of the farm to the land and to the nature around. Taste Bardolino, a young red wine from local vines, Bardolino Chiaretto, a rosè wine with a unique crispness, and Brol Grande Bardolino Classico, a single vineyard red wine, aged in concrete tanks. Experience a Garganega, white wine with mineral aromas and treat your palate. At the tasting area, you will be invited to smell the perfume of some spices, herbs, and fresh fruits, that will guide you in recognizing, learning, and finding the distinctive aroma of each wine. The experience takes place in our tasting room or, in the warm seasons, outside. The tasting is followed by a Merenda (snacks) with Soppressata (local salami) and Monte Veronese (local cheese).

Lake Garda: Vineyards Tour and Wine Tasting

10. Lake Garda: Vineyards Tour and Wine Tasting

Live the experience to visit the vineyards with Giovanna, an enthusiastic woman full of passion for her work Leading off the tasting is Custoza, a crisp white wine typical of the area, with a high percentage of Garganega grapes; followed by Chiaretto, the DOC rosè typical of Lake Garda, made with Corvina and Rondinella grape varietis, identified bu their crispness and longevity. The next wine, Bardolino, is a light to medium bodied red wine, from Corvina and Rondinella grape varieties. Then you will taste the Garda Doc Corvina, called "Magico", a red wine made solely with Corvina variety grapes. To conclude the tasting will be two wines dedicated to the winemaker's children: Ettore, which is 80% Corvina cut with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged in wood for 18 months, and Greta, a 100% Corvina wine, in which the grapes are dried in vineyard, a distinct and difficult process that charaterizes it's strong identity. This wine ages for 14 months in the wood.

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What people are saying about Lake Garda

We had a really good and educational day. The guide took us around the vineyards, we saw his animals and learned about biodynamic wine production - much that we did not know in advance. We tasted 5 different natural wines and got delicious local cheese and cold cuts. Everything played out and we were very happy!

Laura is very friendly and personable. In addition to lots of delicious wine, there is also olive oil, bread and a cold cuts and cheese platter. Everything very tasty. So you are well looked after and learn a lot about regional wine.

Amazing experience with professional guide. Immersion in the magic world of Valpolichella wines in the Farina's familial winery. Combinations of local food and wines was excellent and prices are matching the quality if the product.

Very informal and private. They respond perfectly to all questions and combine a cozy get-together with specialist knowledge.

Great experience, great captain, worth every cent!