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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

Archaeological Park of Selinunte and Cave di Cusa

Archaeological Park of Selinunte and Cave di Cusa

Selinunte was an ancient Greek city located on the south-west coast of Sicily. The ruins of the city are located on the territory of the town of Castelvetrano, in the southern part of Trapani province and all the land concerned today forms an archaeological park of about 40 hectares, the largest in Europe...

Paths in Teverina (Lazio)

Paths in Teverina (Lazio)

Castiglione in Teverina (City of Wine), Lubriano (City of Chianina), Bagnoregio (The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy), Celleno (City of Cherries), Civitella d'Agliano and Graffignano are part of the Wine Route of Teverina, Bagnoregio is also part of the Wine Route of Alta Tuscia...

The wind islands

The wind islands

The Aeolian Islands are an archipelago of volcanic origin, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of the Sicilian coast. According to Greek mythology, Aeolus took refuge in these lands and gave them his name, thanks to his reputation as a tamer of the winds...

Tiberina, the long journey of the Tiber

Tiberina, the long journey of the Tiber

The hydrographic basin of the Tiber is a geographical area of 17,375 square kilometers, which mainly affects Lazio, Umbria, Tuscany and Abruzzo; in the second place, Marche and Emilia Romagna, where the river originates from a very small spring on Mount Fumaiolo, in the municipality of Verghereto...

The Palmenti of the southern area of the Ionian and Reggio Calabria

Since the III century BC in the valleys of Bruzzano and Buonamico, viticulture has been practiced for the production of quality wines for export. This hilly area is characterized by loose land, with terracing contained by dry stone walls, sometimes built with irregular stones of large size and triangular shape, according to the Pelasgian use...

The Palmenti of Giglio

The vine landscape of the Giglio islandremained intact for centuries thanks to the patient and hard work of the local farmers who intervened in a non-invasive manner, following the profile of the island through the construction of terraces and resorting mainly to manual labor...

Irpinia: new sons are born from ancient fathers

Irpinia: new sons are born from ancient fathers

The centenarian vines. The Feudi di San Gregorio farm in Sorbo Serpico (Av) has been involved for some time in a project for the recovery of centuries-old plants that a precious varietal archive, a sort of "Pompeii viticulture", brought back to light...

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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