Valtellina Food & Wine tasting full day tour

Tours & Sightseeing in Varenna

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A  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 starred restaurant.
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 is the largest terraced vineyards area in Italy with its 2,500 kilometers of picturesque vineyards built over centuries. Valtellina with its stunning alpine landscapes, its  genuine gastronomy produces almost exclusively  red wines, made of  Chiavennasca, the local name for the  Nebbiolo grape.  During our “ Valtellina: food & wine tasting tour” you will discover the taste and flavours of this magnificient region. Get on board our private minibus in Varenna and start your journey! Our first stop will be 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 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. 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 starred restaurant renowned for highlighting the ancient land flavors in its dishes. This is the best time to relax and get to know your travelling companions while enjoying the world famous typical dish of “ pizzoccheri” ( pasta made with buckwheat floor, 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 surrounds Lake Como.

What’s included

  • Private minibus transfer.
  • Visit to an old charming Bottega (grocery store) dated 1883 plus tasting of delicious local cheeses (Bitto, Casera) .
  • Guided wine tasting at an historic small winery (3 wines) 
  • Special lunch at a Michelin starred 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’s not included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (please contact us for a quotation).
  • The costs of any souvenirs/ drinks / snacks / meals that are not explicitly listed in the programme.
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