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The following is an overview of some of the many Italian and international territories that are already part of “Iter Vitis - Les Chemins de la Vigne” or that possess the characteristics to join the network of the European Cultural Route of Vine and Wine.

Armenia

The most ancient wine cellars of the world

The most ancient wine cellars of the world

Grapes’ seed, rests of squeezed grapes, shoots of dried vineyards, a rudimentary press, a vat made of clay for the fermentation,some fragments of terracotta impregnated with wine, a cup and a bowl to drink in: a complete wine production unit of 6,100 years ago, the oldest one known so far, was discovered in a cave complex in southern Armenia, on the border with Iran (in the same site, in June, 2010 the oldest sandal in history, in perfect condition, was discovered)...

Austria

Wachau, the vineyard keepers

The heroic vineyards. It certainly is the most famous Austrian wine-growing area, located west of Krems, in the Federal Province of Lower Austria. Here, on the steep terraces of natural stone in the vineyards of the Danube valley, great white wines are produced, from white grapes (grüner veltliner, müller thurgau, neuburger, pinot bianco, frühroter veltliner, muskateller, riesling) and red grapes (blauer zweigelt, blauer portugieser, st. laurent)...

France

The mountain of Reims

Convents and Abbey. The Mountain of Reims (also called the mountainous island) is one of the five areas that composes the Champagne, one of the most famous wine-growing areas of France, famous above all for the production of the homonymous wine, which is exported to all over the world...

Paris, Montmartre vineyard

Paris, Montmartre vineyard

Le vigne in città Si trovano a Montmartre, sulla “butte" (collina) a nord della città, le ultime vigne di Parigi. All’angolo tra rue des Saules e rue de Saint Vincent, le Clos Montmartre con i suoi giardini Rockwall ed i filari di vite scendono giù per la collina. La...

Jurisdiction of Saint-Émilion, villages and ancient vineyards

Jurisdiction of Saint-Émilion, villages and ancient vineyards

The Saint-Émilion Jurisdiction is an outstanding example of historical vineyards that have survived andhave been intact and in useup to now. Even today the landscape, embellished with historical monuments both in the cities and in the smaller towns, is entirely dedicated to wine...

The paths of Saint-Martin de Tours

The paths of Saint-Martin de Tours

The great journey of Saint-Martin de Tours is the first that connects Eastern Europe to Western Europe, from Szombathely in Hungary to Candes-Saint-Martin in Touraine, through Italy and Slovenia. This long journey on the traces of Saint Martin, an indefatigable walker born in Hungary seventeen centuries ago...

Republic of Macedonia

The Tikvesh Wine Route

The history of wine in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has distant roots that date back to Alexander the Great - who practiced the cult of Dionysus - and to the time of the Roman Empire - when it became one of the most important regions for the cultivation of the vine...

Georgia

The most resistant vine discovered in Georgia

The most resistant vine discovered in Georgia

In the land where the first traces of wine-making date back to 8000 years ago, scholars of the University of Milan have discovered a variety of grapevines with a strong resistance to downy mildew, one of the most serious diseases for these crops. The discovery now paves the way for establishing stronger grape varieties and reducing the use of chemicals. The study is published in Scientific Reports...

One full day Kakheti wine tour

One full day Kakheti wine tour

By Wine Tourism Association The country of Georgia is recognized as the world’s birthplace of domesticated wine, with a consistent historical record dating to 6,000BC. At the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is considered the homeland of...

In Georgia the oldest traces of wine-making

In Georgia the oldest traces of wine-making

An ongoing research, funded by Georgia Government, coordinated by the Georgian researcher David Maghradzee, which involved an international research team including researchers from USA, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Israel and Georgia...

The wine in amphora of ancient Colchis

The wine in amphora of ancient Colchis

Georgia is one of the places of vine domestication, perhaps the oldest, and witnesses its presence in a relatively small area of dozens of autochthonous vines (more than 520), whose history has been lost in the mists of time...

Greece

Discovering Crete: a new stage in the City of Wine

Discovering Crete: a new stage in the City of Wine

Lectures with expert teachers to reveal the most intimate secrets of local viticulture and tastings at local companies, to test the results of the work illustrated in the classroom: this is the secret of the success of the Stage “Città del Vino” for oenologists and winemakers, who for over ten years have been accompanying Europe and beyond, discovering the most interesting vines in the world...

The vineyards of Mylopotamos, on Mount Athos

Near one of the oldest monastic settlements of Mount Athos (autonomous republic of Greece governed by Orthodox monks), wine grapes have been cultivated in the Mylopotamos vineyards for over a thousand years. A place full of spirituality, inhabited by 1500 monks who animate monasteries and hermitages...

Italy

Piacenza, una terra di vitigni

Piacenza, una terra di vitigni

La terra dei vitigni a Piacenza (che partecipa al GAL del Ducato, socio Iter Vitis), può essere scoperta percorrendo un itinerario che tocca le quattro valli principali dell’Appennino Piacentino (Arda, Nure, Trebbia e Tidone), ricco di testimonianze storiche e di...

Parma e i suoi vini

Parma e i suoi vini

L’area produttiva dei Vini di Parma (che partecipa al GAL del Ducato, socio Iter Vitis), è compresa tra l’Appennino e la pianura padana, un territorio che racchiude una straordinaria varietà di paesaggi, talmente ricco di prodotti eno-gastronomici da meritarsi l’appellativo di “Food Valley”.

Salina, the charm of the sea and the land

Salina, the charm of the sea and the land

I primi colonizzatori dell'antica Grecia chiamarono quest'isola con il nome di Didyme, per l'inconfondibile aspetto delle due montagne "gemelle" che si stagliavano alte sul mare. Al centro dell'isola, incastonata nell’arcipelago delle Eolie in provincia di Messina...

Favignana (Tp), the "butterfly" of the Egadi islands

Favignana è la più grande isola dell’arcipelago delle Egadi, chiamata anche, in virtù della sua conformazione, la "farfalla" delle Egadi. L’antico nome Aegusa sottolineava proprio questa particolarità, mentre quello attuale deriva da Favonio che è un vento di ponente...

Lamole, the ancient terracing of Chianti

Lamole, the ancient terracing of Chianti

Hill vineyards. Lamole is a small village a few kilometers away from Grave in Chianti, on the border between the Province of Florence and Siena, in the heart of a land devoted to the production of wine from centuries. Here many winemakers are restoring the "terracings" ...

The Cinque Terre, the vineyards overlooking the sea

The Cinque Terre, the vineyards overlooking the sea

The heroic vineyards. With the name of Cinque Terre we refer to that stretch of coast of about fifteen kilometers along the coast of the extreme eastern Liguria, so called from the marine places of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore (in the province of La Spezia) that are almost at the same distance from each other, facing the sea, clinging to the rock and nestling in narrow, steep valleys...

Merano, the biggest and oldest vine in Europe

The centenarian vines. The largest and oldest vine in Europe is over 350 years old and has 350 square meters of fronds, from it, a wine produced from the Wine Cellar of the Centro Sperimentale Laimburg is born...

Isera, the excellent vineyards of Vallagarina

Isera, the excellent vineyards of Vallagarina

Isera, a city with a strong architectural imprint left by the Venetian domination, stands out not only for being the "capital" of the Marzemino, but also and above all for the commitment that the administration has dedicated to respecting the environment and preserving the territory for years...

Portugal

The Island of Pico, the walls on the volcano

The heroic vineyards. Set in the Azores volcanic archipelago, covered by green vegetation interspersed with incredible blooms of hydrangeas, small crater lakes and high cliffs of black or gray basalt, the Island of Pico has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004...

Alto Douro, le quintas del Porto

Alto Douro, le quintas del Porto

The heroic vineyards. The Duero (in Portuguese Douro, in Latin Durius), with its 897 km is the third longest river in the Iberian Peninsula: it was born in Spain from the southern side of the Picos de Urbión system and flows into the Atlantic near Oporto...

Spain

Cacabelos, expanses of vineyards along the Camino de Santiago

Cacabelos, expanses of vineyards along the Camino de Santiago

This charming Spanish town in the province of León is one of the stages of the Spanish section of the Cultural Route of Santiago de Compostela. Arriving at Cacabelos, the first thing you can see is the hermit of San Roque; then the church of Santa María, S. XIII-XVI, with a wooden sculpture of the Madonna of the XIII century...

Switzerland

The terraced vineyards of the Lavaux

Vineyard terraces supported by brown stone walls facing 20 kilometers, between Lausanne and Vevey, on the immense blue Lake Lemano (better known as Lake Geneva) and on the snow-covered alpine peaks. This is the Lavaux region (898 hectares, of which 574 hectares of vineyards), registered in 2007 in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural landscape, created by man...

Tunisia

Sur le traces de Magon

Sur le traces de Magon

The Magon cultural-tourist circuit - started in 2012 with the fundings of the European Union - proposes a “journey of knowledge” between the territory of Carthage and the one of Selinunte, two of the most important cities of the western Mediterranean, combining the culture of wine with the extraordinary archaeological heritage and the Mediterranean diet, recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage...

Ukraine

In the Museum of Kerch the wine of antiquity

In the Museum of Kerch the wine of antiquity

Crimea is a region of great vine and wine-making vocation. The mild climate, with sunny summers and wet winters, favors the cultivation of vineyards, often terraced, on the shores of the Black Sea. In the countryside of Morskoje, not far from Sudak, there is an experimental vineyard with more than 150 noble varieties of wine grapes...

Hungary

Tokaj-Hegyalja, the passito of the kings

Historical wine region located in the north-eastern part of Hungary, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002. The landscape appears to the visitor as an intricate landscape of low hills and river valleys, farms, villages and small towns...

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