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Marco’s 13 Tips for a Wine Tour in Italy
- Hire a great guide!
- Think about touring outside of Tuscany. Every region in Italy makes extraordinary wine.
- Come ready to eat and drink…. Vegans and dieters need not apply.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew; 15 wineries in 5 different places makes for a frenetic and overwhelming trip.
- Keep your group to a maximum of 10 people. Otherwise, no one gets the most out of the tour.
- Make sure your guide isn’t already drunk.
- Be ready for a tour-de-force of alcohol and food. All your energy should be spent consuming the most exquisite food and wine Italy has to offer.
- Taxi services are highly recommended. Drinking and driving is never a good idea.
- Keep an ID tag with your hotel name attached. After the 7th bottle, you might need someone to get you home.
- Dancing on tables, screaming to the mountains and breaking glasses is not recommended, and not justified even after that 7th bottle of wine…
- Always ask how much export costs and taxes will be before you decide to ship wine to your mother land.
- If you have kids… leave them with a babysitter. Though children are cuter after 2 drinks, good parenting never happens after 3 glasses of wine.
- Wear comfortable shoes. We are trekking through vines and cantinas; we are not working a catwalk. Read: ladies, leave your heels at home.
About Marco Lori
Marco Lori is a sort of modern Roman Renaissance man. As an Executive Wine Master Sommelier, an avid food lover and a photographer, Marco is able to take in some of the greatest things Italy has to offer - food, wine and its stunning beauty - and offer its visitors something truly unique. His eye for photography is keen and his hunger for finding exciting new food and wine pairings keep his stomach full! Marco writes regularly for Bibenda Magazine, the official magazine of the Federation for Italian Sommeliers, and he is enthusiastically optimistic about writing in ‘Inglese’ for different sites.