Food and wine: our recommended destinations
Each region of Italy has its own specialties, such as polenta, fish and Bardolino red wine in the Lake Garda area. Valpolicella is well known too in the province of Verona. Combine a holiday in Florence with a trip to the region of Chianti, where you can taste one of the world’s most popular wines. Italy is widely regarded as a pioneer of quality food and wine - each region of Italy has something different for you to try.
Wine tasting excursions are available at most Italian resorts.
The wine regions of Austria produce high quality wine and schnapps drinks, renowned for their flavour and body. Try it for yourself with a wine tasting trip from Niederau. Riesling and other Austrian wines are rightfully gaining an excellent reputation too.
Don’t miss the historical Griechenbeisl restaurant in Vienna. Dating back to the 15th century, join the legendary ranks of Beethoven, Strauss and Wagner in sampling one of the city’s oldest inns.
Switzerland has an array of cheeses for you to try, and what’s even better is that their regional wines complement them perfectly. Chocolate is high on the agenda here too, with an excursion available on the Chocolate Train from Montreux. You’ll head to Gruyeres for an inside-look at a cheese factory before feeling like a child in a sweet-shop as you enter the glorious Cailler-Nestle chocolate factory.
Don't miss… Hop aboard the Chocolate Train from Montreux for a day of feasting and excess. Head to Gruyeres for an inside-look at a cheese factory before feeling like a child in a sweet-shop as you enter the glorious Cailler-Nestle chocolate factory.