Sparkling Wines of Italy – Prosecco & Metodo Classico

Guided

Luxury

on request on request

Discover the variety of sparkling wines produced in north-eastern Italy! The "Wine Routes" here offer an incredible experience for those interested in a real trip inside Italian wines, local history, and memory, and discovering agricultural and peasant traditions. What’s more, you’ll discover environmental, artistic, and cultural treasures of the region!

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type Luxury Experience
  • Activity Level Easy
  • Start / Finish Treviso / Trento
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from Year-Round

Highlights

  • Lose yourself in colorful patchwork of beautiful landscapes of charming and sparkling wine-producing plains and hillsides
  • Explore the Prosecco region, discovering the steep hillside vineyards and coveted sparkling wine they produce
  • Most wine drinkers assume “if it is Italian & bubbly, then it must be Prosecco”. You will quickly discover that this is not always the case!

 

OVERVIEW

Combining a holiday with a wine tasting tour? What could be better?

Italy is the prime destination for travelers who enjoy holidays that focus on wine tasting and cuisine. And this journey is sure to feed the mind, body, and soul in a myriad of ways. On this tour of the north-eastern Italian regions of Veneto and Trentino, you’ll have a rare opportunity to learn more about the drink, the history, and culture of the region, as well as to meet the winemakers, and the generations of family that are involved in the business.

Not only will you learn the difference between how still and sparkling wines are made, you’ll discover that there are a variety of ways to produce sparkling wine, and the difference between the Prosecco and the Metodo Classico methods. By the end fo the trip, you’ll be able to recognize which type of sparkling wine you are drinking!

And in addition to their wine-making traditions, these regions are also delightfully known for their artistic and cultural treasures. Historic towns with cobbled streets, vast landscapes set beyond medieval walls, and incredible cuisine to pair with those sumptuous sparklers.

Connoisseurs, beginners, and those in between are likely to gain a deeper understanding of the marriage between Italian cuisine and wine, and a new appreciation for the beauty of this timeless land. 

Day by Day

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Treviso
Arrive in Treviso on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your hotel. Treviso stands at the confluence of the River Sile and the Cagnan Grande. These two rivers give a unique, historic charm to the ancient city, with grassy banks, weeping willows, waterwheels, parks, and houses lining the numerous canals that carry water through the town. The center of town is surrounded by ancient defensive walls, imposing medieval gates, and a moat. You’ll be taken in by the palaces, Renaissance squares, richly frescoed churches, and streets threaded with ancient waterways.

While Treviso is sometimes referred to as “Little Venice,” Venice it is not. And that’s a good thing! Not only is it smaller, it doesn’t depend on tourism – so it has far fewer crowds, lacks tacky tourist shops, and limits the crazy prices. It is an authentic, prosperous, Italian town, where you can get a real picture of daily Italian life.
… Hotel in Treviso


Day 2 ~ Visit Treviso

If you are taking a guided trip, you will meet with your guide in the morning for a trip briefing. If you are taking a self guided adventure, you will meet with a Dolomite Mountains representative who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, as well as maps and everything necessary for your self guided adventure. Immediately after, meet your local English-speaking guide, and begin exploring the city. You will immediately fall in love with Treviso's meandering waterways and tranquil atmosphere.

Visit the Cathedral of St. Peter (the Duomo). Here you’ll find artworks by Tiziano; Titian’s altarpiece, the “Malchiostro Annunciation,” which is the Duomo's prize possession; and the fascinating crypt that contains extensive fragments of colored medieval frescoes. In the opposite corner of town you’ll find Chiesa di San Nicolò, a strikingly elongated church that appears to reach upwards to the heavens, and a fine example of Italian Gothic architecture. You’ll find a number of frescoes by Tomaso da Modena, a fourteenth-century artist's whose frescoes are found throughout the city's churches, and are among the best art you'll see in Treviso.

In the afternoon, continuing exploring the city on your own, shopping along the Via Calmaggiore, Treviso’s smartest shopping street, or relaxing at your hotel.
B… Hotel in Treviso


Day 3 ~ Conegliano and the Prosecco Wine Road
A famed Italian sparkling wine, the Italian grape varietal the wine is made from, and a region in Northern Italy can only mean one thing – Prosecco of course! The Prosecco region lies 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Venice, halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains. This creates the perfect climate for growing the prosecco grape. The terrain here is beautiful – a hilly strip of land in the Veneto’s Treviso, between the small towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. 

In the morning, take a short (30-minute) transfer to Conegliano, a cheerful and attractive historic town close to the foothills of the Dolomites. Stroll the streets of here on your own, discovering the charm of the town. From here, your private driver will take you along the Strada del Prosecco e Vini dei Colli Conegliano Valdobbiadene, or Prosecco Wine Road! Throughout, you’ll stop along the wine road both for cultural visits, and of course for Prosecco tastings, in some of the world-famous wineries.

The entire Prosecco region is full of charm and atmosphere. Historical and artistic attractions abound, from a 12th century abbey, to Palladian Villas from the 16th century, to historic and contemporary wineries that produce Prosecco. Truly, the magnificence of the sparkling wine produced here mirrors the loveliness of the landscape, and is amply celebrated with the pop of a cork each day!
B,D… Hotel in Follina


Day 4 ~ Feltre and Levico Terme
In the morning, transfer to Feltre. Known as a city of frescoes, Feltre is one of the most picturesque walled towns of the Veneto, combining buildings from the Middle Ages with Venetian-style frescoed façades on its palaces and homes. This small town is set at the foot of the Dolomite Mountains, in a sweeping valley. Placed at the center of the valley atop a small hill, “Colle delle Capre,” Feltre sits almost like a crown rising from the valley floor, surrounded by the breathtaking peaks of the Italian Alps. The town is best explored on foot, over cobblestone streets and up steep steps. Peaceful and elegant, the historic center where plenty of 16th century palazzos were built is perfect for a walk.

In the afternoon, drive to the Valsugana (Sugana Valley) to Levico Terme (~1 hour). This charming mountain town is best known for its therapeutic waters, and has built its fame on spa centers and treatments, which you will enjoy tomorrow. Levico Terme is located in the Trentino region, home to the Metodo Classico Sparkling Wine, which you will explore on Day 6.
B… Hotel in Levico Terme



Day 5 ~ Levico Terme

Today you’ll visit the famous Parco delle Terme di Levico, or Levico Spa Park. This park covers an area of ​​over 131,000 square meters (more than 81 square miles) of gardens. With 125 species of shrubs and trees, it is home to a huge range of botanical species including giant sequoia trees from California, the large white-flowered magnolia from South America, cedars from the Himalaya, and ginkgo biloba from China.

After you explore the gardens, spend the rest of the day enjoying the thermal spring waters at the Terme di Levico spa.
The modern spa center is a bright, modern, well-equipped place of care, offering numerous clinics and care areas. The highly mineralized spring waters found here have therapeutically effective concentrations of sulfate, iron, arsenic, and are strongly acidic, enabling a large number of thermal cures. Treatments and services available include baths, mud bath therapy, thermal hydromassage, balneotherapy, a variety of inhalation treatments, Physiotherapy, Kinesitherapy, Kneipp treatments, and medical clinic.
B… Hotel in Levico Terme 


Day 6 ~ Trento and the Metodo Classico Sparkling Wine
In the morning, transfer to Trento and explore its historic center on your own. While Trento was the location of the Council of Trent and the start of the counter-reformation in the 16th century, today it is an educational, scientific, financial, and political center. Explore the narrow streets as you walk around the attractive city center, and gaze up at the nearby mountains. The highlight of your visit to Trento may well be the Castello del Buonconsiglio. This walled castle encompasses a variety of buildings and architectural styles, including the original 13th century Castelvecchio and the 16th-century Magna Palazzo, effectively a palace within a castle! 

In the afternoon, transfer to the famous Ferrari Winery where you will begin an exciting discovery of Italian Metodo Classico sparkling wine. In 1902, Giulio Ferrari had a dream of creating an Italian wine capable of competing with the best French Champagnes, so he developed Italy’s sparkling Metodo Classico. This method is more akin to France’s méthode champenoise, rather than the Prosecco Method that Italy is most associated with. Enjoy a visit of the winery, and a toast with Ferrari Perlé Trentodoc. This vintage Ferrari sparkling wine has become a style icon, made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes hand picked in the family vineyards. Next you will be captured by the beauty of Ferrari’s 16th-century Villa Margon, a magnificent and historic aristocratic villa. And to end the tour in the most exclusive way, enjoy dinner at the Locanda Margon, enchanted by tasteful dishes by two-star Michelin Chef Alfio Ghezzi.

B,D… Hotel in Trento 


Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).

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Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of the Dolomite Mountains staff.

Cost

Cost is per person, based on double room accommodation. 

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Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing

  • Logistics and maps of the areas

  • 2 nights accommodation in hotel in Treviso

  • 1 night accommodation in hotel in Valdobbiadene

  • 2 nights accommodation in hotel in Levico Terme

  • 1 night accommodation in hotel in Trento

  • All breakfasts

  • Dinner on Days 3 and 6

  • Transfers as per itinerary

  • Private driver as per itinerary (trips with private transfer option)

  • Local English speaking guide (guided trips)

  • Private tour guide for Treviso (2 hours)

  • Local tourist tax

  • Italian VAT tax 

 

Airport transfers available on request.

Accommodation

About our Accommodations Beyond the Dolomites 

At Dolomite Mountains, we hand pick accommodations that best reflect the style of each region, to provide you with the most authentic experience of the unique cultures found in the different cities and towns where we travel. We work directly with the owners of each property, forging strong relationships to ensure you receive the best service and care during your stay. Regardless of whether it is a five-star luxury hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast you desire, we choose the best-in-class accommodations within each category, providing you stays at the most sought after hotels in each region. And, we always make sure you have access to inspired, regional cuisine! 

 

More info

About Dolomite Mountains Luxury Trips 

On Dolomite Mountains Luxury Trips, we invite you to discover hidden gems and experience the authenticity of Northern Italy. Embark on a journey through ancient lands and spectacular landscapes – around the edges of the Dolomite Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uncover the treasures tucked away in small hamlets, medieval castles, and ancestral monasteries. Explore away from the classic tourist routes, and delve into unexpected landscapes, cultures, artistic treasures, architectural wonders, and incredible cuisine. Absorb the colors, flavors, and breathtaking scenery of Northern Italy. Lifestyle at its best.

Our Luxury Trips are full of options, to ensure the trip you choose best fits your travel style. Select a guided trip, and enjoy private transfers and a dedicated guide throughout your entire journey. Or choose a self guided itinerary, where you’ll have local city guides at each destination, but will enjoy private transfers all the way. More adventurous? Use your own vehicle, and take the self guided version of this trip! You’ll still have the benefit of local guides at each destination, but the freedom to explore the countryside from behind the wheel.

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 970
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2790
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 910
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 970
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2790
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2790
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1560
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 910
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 970
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2.070
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.270
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.070
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.270
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 970
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 910
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 910
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1560
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
1-8 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 1780
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 910
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 970
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.070
27 Feb - 1 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
3-8 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 1.270
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2.070