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Walking & Wine

The conditions you need for great wine - warm days, clean air, cooling onshore breezes and undulating landscapes - just so happen to combine to create seriously great walking country too. That's what we call a win-win...

Classic Chianti Country

View of San Gimignano from vineyards View of San Gimignano from vineyards

 

See it: The rolling hills of Tuscany really are what idyllic walks are made of. Think achingly beautiful Renaissance cities, medieval villages and cypress-lined avenues  snaking through vineyards.

Discover it: The Chianti region, covering the city provinces of Florence and Siena, produces this fine blend of Tuscan wines, predominantly from the Sangiovese grape. You'll taste cherry, rich red fruits, herbs and a hint of smoke - even a touch of balsamic. It's like walking into the finest Italian deli!

Try it: Some spicywoodsmoke in the nose. The flavour is enjoyably sour and bright.

Take me there: Chianti Walking & Wine

Port's Historic Heartland

Vineyards in the Valley of the River Douro, Portugal Vineyards in the Valley of the River Douro, Portugal

 

See it: The UNESCO World Heritage Douro Valley is a land of vertiginously terraced valleys rising above the sinewy river below. This is port country.

Discover it: Port is produced from grapes grown in the Douro region, fortified by a neutral spirit. This boosts the sugars, and ramps up the alcohol content. Styles vary from Tawny (aged in wooden barrels), Ruby (stored in steel tanks and usually sweeter) and LBV (Late Bottled Vintage), bottled between four and six years after the harvest.

Try it: Plum, dried fruit, bramble; a fruity nose crammed with blackberry and cherry.

Take me there: Portugal Walking & Wine

Walk the Prosecco Road

Prosecco Hills Prosecco Hills

 

See it: Just north of Venice the land starts to rise up to meet the Dolomites. Here lies one of the world's best wine regions. Centuries-old vineyards line the 'Prosecco Road' - Italy's oldest wine route.

Discover it: Prosecco can be sparkling, or just slightly effervescent. The best authentic Prosecco is labelled DOCG, and it can only be produced by Glera grapes in the area of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene where our trip is based. Compared with champagne, it has a lighter, creamier and fresher taste.

Try it: Elegant nose with hints of apple, peach and rose petals. From a  single vineyard called Torri di Credazzo, this is Prosecco at its best!

Take me there: Walking the Prosecco Hills

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