Piemonte or Piedmont, in northwest Italy, is the country’s second-largest wine region and one of the world’s finest wine producers. In fact, the Italian wineries of Piemonte produce more DOCG Italian wine than any other region in Italy.

Therefore, plan an Italian wine tour to one or all of the following 3 Italian wineries and enjoy the delicious wines that Piemonte and Italian wineries are famous for.

The Italian Wineries

Marchesi Di Barolo

The grand estate of Marchesi Di Barolo has had three owners since its establishment in the 19th Century. First, it belonged to Marchese Carlo Tancredi Falletti di Barolo and his wife Giulia who founded the winery in 1807. Then, after Giulia death in 1864, the family assets were donated to a charity, since the couple did not have children. In fact, “Opera Pia Barolo” a non-profit foundation was created in their honor, to help the needy in Torino. Later, in 1929, Pietro Abbona a local winemaker bought the estate, and it has been in his family since. And, the estate continues to fund the charity through part of the proceeds from the sale of its wine.

Marchesi di Barolo has been using the Nebbiolo grape, to produce excellent single-vineyard and Riserva wine, since the 19th Century. In fact, back then, the wine was so popular, that royals and diplomats served it during their functions. Today, the Abbona family continues to use the grape to make award-winning wines that enrich every year. As a result, the estate wines receive accolades from top wine critics and wine competitions.

A visit to this winery takes guests back in time as they learn more about the origins of the noble wine and tour the original cellar. The winery tour is intimate with plenty to learn and the wine tasting is exquisite. Guests enjoy an excellent lunch paired with a delicious estate wine at the “Foresteria”, described as a feast for the senses.

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As a result, the estate has received many awards and top reviews like the 2017 prestigious nomination of “European Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast.

Stift Klosterneuburg

The Stift Klosterneuburg estate is in the Austrian wine region of Niederösterreich, in the northeast of Austria, bordering Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Niederösterreich is the largest wine region in the country, with its Austrian wineries producing more than half of Austrian Wines.

Stift Klosterneuburg is one of the oldest Austrian wineries, with wine production in the estate beginning in 1114. The winery holds the legacy of the historic Klosterneuburg Monastery, and the vineyards are its pride and heart. The estate vineyards are in four wine villages across the region and grow different grapes.

  • Klosterneuburg  – Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and Sauvignon blanc
  • Vienna –  Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Gemischter Satz
  • Gumpoldskirchen – Zierfandler and Rotgipfler
  • Tattendorf – St. Laurent, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot

Although the grapes grow in different villages, winemaking takes place at the state-of-the-art winery in Klosterneuburg. The winery produces the award-winning wines Klassik and Single Vineyard wines, as well as the Sparkling wines, Klostersekt and MATHÄI Brut.

Visit Stift Klosterneuburg, for an impressive wine tasting experience and historical tour. The estate offers an outstanding tour of the winery with a visit of the baroque cellar complex, four underground levels. During the tour, you will learn about wine production in the estate and enjoy excellent Austrian wines. Also, when at the monastery, you can have a bite at their great café on a huge terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens. Or, get a tour of the church and monastery where you can see the famous Verdun Altar. In fact, since there is so much to do and see you should spend at least a full afternoon, to have an unforgettable experience.

WEINGUT HÖPLER

The winery is in the Austrian wine regions of Burgenland, southeast of Vienna on the gentle slopes above Lake Neusiedl. Jost Höpler founded the winery in the 1970’s; today Christof Höpler Jost’s son runs the estate.

Weingut Höpler has over 50 hectares of vineyards in the Leithaberg Hills. Here they grow Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to produce 55% white wine. Also, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent, Zweigelt, Syrah and Merlot grapes grow in the vineyards and produce 40% red wine. A blend of Pinot Noir, St. Laurent, and Blaufränkisch grapes makes the Rose wine. Weingut Höpler also makes Sweet and Single Vineyard wines.

The elegant, delicate and versatile wines produced by the winery led it to become the number one exporter of Austrian wines to America. In fact, the winery exports 70% of its wine production and the wine is available in most stores worldwide. Also, the wines receive many awards and high reviews from competitions and top wine critics

Unforgettable Austrian Wineries and Wine Experiences

These 3 Austrian wineries are samples of the outstanding wineries spread out in the region. Furthermore, these wineries have embraced innovation and modern winemaking processes to produce fine Austrian wine. As a result, Austrian wineries are helping the country to make its way to be a top quality wine producer in the world.