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Valtellina Wine Tasting Tour

Varenna - Chiuro - Casa Vinicola Nino Negri
  • Full day tour in Valtellina
  • Wine and cheese tasting 
  • Lunch at a Michelin listed restaurant

At a glance

full day tour to discover the tastes and flavours of Valtellina: visit to an old grocery store dated 1883, wine tasting experience at two historic wineries plus lunch at a Michelin listed restaurant.

Risk Free Booking

  • NO Deposit Asked
  • NO Credit Card Charge until 2 weeks prior to tour
  • 48h Free Cancellation & full refund
  • Our guides are trained on all COVID-19 safety guidelines and have hand sanitising available for you to use
  • All participants are asked to bring a safety mask and to wear it if current protocols require it.

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Itinerary
The Valtellina Valley is one of the hidden gems of Northern Italy just a two-hour drive north from Milan. If you are a wine lover this is an extraordinary destination to visit. 

Valtellina vineyards

Valtellina is the largest terraced vineyards area in Italy with its 2,500 kilometers of picturesque vineyards built over centuries is a candidate to be registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage site and thus get the same recognition as regions like Burgundy and the Champagne Valley. Because of the topography, mechanization is impossible and everything in the vineyards is done by hand. During harvesting, quintals of bunches of grapes are carried in large baskets on the picker’s back along steep paths and steps to tractors for transportation to the wineries. Valtellina with its stunning alpine landscapes, its genuine gastronomy produces almost exclusively red wines, made of Chiavennasca, the local name for the Nebbiolo grape. The characteristics of these wines are less tannic and more delicate than Barolo or Barbaresco.

During our “Valtellina: food & wine tasting tour” you will discover the taste and flavours of this magnificent region. Get onboard our private minibus in Varenna and start your journey!

Firstly, we will stop at a famous and old “Bottega” (grocery store) of the valley dated 1883 for a taste of the two typical cheeses of the region: the well-rounded forms of aged Bitto and Casera hidden in back rooms surrounded by an astonishing succession of vaults, columns and beehive cells. The artisan rules of conservation, care and aging of typical Valtellinese natural products have been handed down from generation to generation by this family despite the changing trends.

The trip continues along the valley to a small historic Valtellina winery located in the ancient home of the noble Quadrio, in Chiuro for an unforgettable 3 wine tasting experience accompanied by cheese and cold meat specialties like the famous bresaola di Valtellina, air-dried salted beef. The winemaker Paolo carries on the family tradition with his sons Luca and Matteo respecting as much as possible the long aging time of Nebbiolo. This is the only winery at the moment that uses the precious antioxidant active ingredients of grapes to produce anti-aging creams, based on red wine.

Lunch will be served in a Michelin-listed restaurant renowned for highlighting the ancient land flavors in its dishes. This is the best time to relax and get to know your traveling companions while enjoying the world-famous typical dish of “pizzoccheri” (pasta made with buckwheat flour, topped with Casera cheese, butter and cabbage) and the “sciatt”, delicious cheese-filled buckwheat fritters.

The tour continues after lunch to your last stop – a visit to the most historic and largest winery of Valtellina born more than a century ago: Casa Vinicola Nino Negri. You will be guided through a labyrinth of cellars under Palazzo Quadrio, the company’s headquarters, where you will be so amazed by the number of barrels and underground rooms while experiencing the tasting of 4 different wines so interesting that you won’t notice that you have come out in another part of the village.

This concludes your Valtellina experience and now enjoy the journey back to Varenna admiring the beautiful landscapes that surround Lake Como.

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What is included?

  • Private minibus transfer
  • Visit to an old charming Bottega (grocery store) with cheese tasting (Bitto, Casera) 
  • Guided wine tasting at an historic small winery (3 wines) accompanied with cheese and cold cuts
  • Lunch at a Michelin listed Restaurant: starter, pizzoccheri, water, a glass of wine and coffee
  • Visit and guided wine tasting at the famous Cantine Nino Negri winery (4 wines) accompanied with local specialties

What is not included?

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off is only available upon request and quoted separately
  • Souvenirs. Our guide will be glad to point you to the best spots to buy local gifts
  • Extra food & drinks and what is not explicitly listed in the programme must be paid separately​

What should I bring and know?

  • The tour is not recommended for pregnant women and children due to alcohol consumption
  • No pets allowed
  • A Water Bottle, alternatively you can purchase one near the meeting point
  • Comfortable walking shoes and light jacket/jumper as temperature in the cellars could be cold
  • Sun hat and sun screen are strongly recommended in summer months
  • The tour runs rain or shine.​ If rain is forecast, bring an umbrella, as you will be outside for most of the tour
  • ​Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please remember that bookings are made on a first come, first served basis
  • This tour is in English. Other languages are available upon request, please contact us

 

What is your cancellation policy?

  • Free cancellation 48 hours or more before the tour
  • We charge your credit card approx. 15 days before the tour,  no refund will be possible if you cancel later than 2 days (48 hours) before the start of your tour
  • No refunds if you do not turn up for the tour (our tours start promptly, the guide shall not be able to linger)
  • ​If you need to reschedule your booked tour we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please contact us directly by email. In case we cannot meet your needs and you decide to cancel, no refund shall be given for tours that are cancelled with less than 48hours notice
  • Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions policy here

Is the tour customizable?

Yes! All our itineraries are starting points, created to inspire and give options for a ready to book tour. But we love to design custom experiences for our clients. Whether you just have a special request for us or need a private, fully made-to-measure experience, let us know! We can design an itinerary just for you.

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