Things to know to organise a perfect wine tasting

A wine tasting in a wine cellar is a unique and unforgettable experience. It is an opportunity to get in touch with the reality of life in the cellar, the winemaking process and finally, it is a chance to taste the wines with the producer or someone you trust.

This is precisely why it is a moment that deserves attention, time and respect. The person in front of you has invested all his or her strength to achieve the wine he or she is pouring into your glass. You may like it or not, but I advise you to take full advantage of that opportunity to give it time to tell its story through that glass.

Here I leave you with some considerations to keep in mind in order to get the most out of this experience.

Location, time and manner

The choice of the time of year to organise a tasting depends very much on the winery, its production area and what you want to visit. For example, if you choose harvest time, you can see the grape harvesting process and witness the wine production, which is very fascinating. But it may be more difficult to visit the winery itself, due to ongoing activities.

If you want to organise your visit during this period, I recommend booking well in advance: With us, for example, availability is limited to weekends and only one session per day.

If, on the other hand, your wish is to take a bucolic walk among the vineyards before sipping your wine, the best times are summer and autumn. Here on the lake, for example, March and October are months that generally offer sunny, mild days and tourism begins to wane. What could be better than a little peace of mind?

If you love red wines and the warmth of autumn, we organise experiences dedicated exclusively to these wines between September and October: We have four red wines, completely different from each other. We will advise you on how best to enjoy them.

In the spring-summer period, the experience is instead dedicated to our three ros├ęs, which are good at refreshing hot days.

Wines, choice and combinations

If there are particular labels you already know and would like to taste, it is a good idea to contact the chosen winery first and express your preferences, so that the tasting experience can be even more complete and satisfying.

We have several proposals to suit every need and they are all customisable. A lot depends on you, what you like, how much time you have, who you plan to share your experience with.

My advice is to provide as much information as possible when you send your booking request: Number of people, occasion of the visit, any wine preferences.

For example, it is very important to inform the cellar if any of the participants have food intolerances, allergies or preferences, or if you plan to bring children with you. In this case, for example, we could think of organising a small snack basket for them to enjoy in the open air.

The purchase

Visits with tasting are aimed at sales, the person accompanying you on this experience aims to guide you in the discovery of the wines, help you understand them and advise you on how to pair them with food that will enhance them.

Generally, the purchase is not compulsory, but it is a way of showing or not showing appreciation for the experience you have had and the time you have been given.

I recommend asking for a price list so that you can get an idea of the price of the wines you will taste.

We, for example, reserve a small discount for our guests on a minimum purchase of 100 Euros.

Is this where the party is?

As I anticipated, tasting requires time and attention.

It is not a party; it is not an occasion to toast.

Here, for example, we do not accept birthday parties or bachelor/bachelorette parties.

I don’t want to bore you by telling you the reason for this choice.

But beware, there is no shortage of opportunities to party here, quite the contrary! However, we prefer to keep them separate from the tasting experience.

During the spring-summer season we organise aperitifs in the vineyard, among the olive trees and in the cellar, themed tastings and some Sunday aperitifs.

If you have something to celebrate let us know, we can build a tailor-made proposal together.

When to book

Whether you choose a large, well-structured company or a small family company, my advice is the same: Take your time.

To avoid having to wait too long or having to forego the tasting due to a high turnout of visitors, it is best to plan and book the visit well in advance.

Start now: Book your guided tour with tasting in the Marchesini Winery and treat yourself with an emotion.