08 November 2019 Wineries are a perfect wedding locations: they offer romantic settings, marvellous views, the charm of the countryside and of course… great wine. If you’re planning to get married, you probably have already chosen a church. But how about the reception? Here are five wine wedding location. Wineries that are partners of The Grand Wine Tour represent the finest in wine tourism hospitality in Italy. They are winemakers who, after shaping extraordinary structures and landscapes, have decided to open their doors to their clients. They welcome them in small hotels and gourmet restaurants located among the vineyards – combining their outstanding and locally-produced wines with rich culinary traditions. Imagine this: a bottle of wine as a wedding favour, a guided tasting with your closest friends and a day spent in the countryside – a party with an unforgettable taste. Here are the five best wine wedding locations from our blog: Piedmont or Tuscany for those who like the traditional wine setting; Liguria for those who like to have the sea as their background. Tenuta Carretta [gallery columns="2" ids="8522,8521"] In Piedmont, the areas of Langhe and Roero are among the most popular wedding destinations for the Americans. Tenuta Carretta has not one, but two of the best locations in Italy. The restaurant hotels in Barolo and Piobesi d’Alba feature picturesque vineyards and elegant accommodation, great menus and cellars filled with the best local wines: Barolo, Barbaresco, Arneis, Barbera and Metodo Classico Alta Langa. The restaurant 21.9 located inside Tenuta Carretta hails one Michelin star; the charming hotel next to it has ten suites furnished in accordance to the taste of the ancient Piedmont nobility. But if you’re thinking of getting married in the next six months, you must hurry: their popularity is so big that it is necessary to book well in advance. Locanda in Cannubi is a beacon atop of one of the most important wine hills in Italy: Cannubi is Barolo’s most outstanding cru. The facility, like a cliff stretching out into a sea of vines, is one of the most fascinating and astounding innovations of the restaurant and hospitality industry in the Langhe area. A simple glance through its beautiful glass walls can make you truly feel part of the landscape: the view from the tables is astonishing. The locanda is the result of the renovation of an elegant Eighteenth-century building that has been brought back to its ancient splendour to offer high-class hospitality. Villa Sparina Bird's eye view of the Villa Sparina resort, in Piedmont Also located in Piedmont but at the heart of the famous Gavi area, Villa Sparina Resort is surrounded by the panoramic vineyards of Monterotondo: an oasis beyond this world, immersed in the peace of nature.The Eighteenth-century farmhouse complex has been turned into a top level wine tourism project and it consists of: the hotel “L’Ostelliere”, with 33 rooms, a fitness area and a steam bath; the gourmet restaurant “La Gallina” dedicated to local cuisine; and the Villa Sparina winery, equipped with a wine room and large Eighteenth-century cellars that are perfectly preserved and still usable. An enchanting place, marked by peace, beauty, attention to detail and lost flavours of the past. The hospitality and commitment of the Moccagatta family, combined with the attentiveness of a discreet and professional staff, guarantee unforgettable moments. The Villa Sparina Resort, whose wines annually receive awards in Italy and from all over the world, is an expressive and refined place – the ideal location for a wedding; an accommodation facility surrounded by rolling hills outlined by rows of vines, green meadows and centuries-old trees. The guests can enjoy the flavours of the restaurant, a relaxing massage, the steam bath, an excursion through the vineyards while riding mountain bikes, or they can simply lounge amidst nature, play golf at the nearby course or sit and enjoy the sunset, among the planted flowers and produce, while sipping an aperitif by the Bar dell’Orto. Poggio dei Gorleri The fascinating view from Poggio dei Gorleri, in Liguria Located close to the sea, surrounded by nature and vineyards, on the first hill of the Gulf of Diano, Poggio dei Gorleri wine resort is the perfect mix of relaxing stay and food and wine experience. It is in the Western Ligurian Riviera, a few minutes away from the town of Diano Marina and the city of Imperia, set on a gorgeous sunny hill with an enchanting view. Equipped with a breath-taking terrace and a swimming pool where gourmet aperitifs can be organized, Poggio dei Gorleri is the embodiment of a wedding by the sea, but with the additional possibility of holding the ceremony at the vineyard. The estate welcomes guests with nine apartments and two exquisite and refined suites: the contrast between the colours of the sea and that of the vineyards can be admired from each of the rooms. Can you imagine? Having a toast together with family and friends while the breeze blows on the vine leaves surrounding the poggio, with the setting sun diving into the sea, the sound of the waves hitting the rocks below and a Vermentino or a Pigato in your glass, greatly refined just like the vineyards from which they are produced, worked by hand on one of the hardest locations to tame in all of Italy. In hindsight, it is definitely an excellent metaphor for marriage! Ruffino, Poggio Casciano The Tenuta Poggio Casciano of Ruffino, in Tuscany At the heart of the Relais Ruffino is a Fourteenth-century Renaissance villa located in the Poggio Casciano estate, near the Chianti Classico area and not too far from Siena. The historic Tuscan wine company has recently inaugurated the building, set amidst the peace and scents of Chianti, at less than 10km from Florence; the location combines well-being with the discovery of Tuscan landscapes, history and wine tradition. The villa is surrounded by an enchanting Italian garden and a grove of ancient trees. On the background, you can see Ruffino’s vineyards and cellars dedicated to the production of some of the most iconic wines made by the company. The seven double rooms, all overlooking the vines and the estate park, have been renovated in accordance to Renaissance style, without forgoing modern-day commodities. Outside, there are a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the vineyards and a bocce court; inside, there is a billiard room. The nearby restaurant, “Locanda Le Tre Rane”, is also brand new, offering an authentic journey into senses, aromas and flavours of Tuscany: dishes carefully prepared using seasonal regional ingredients, as well as oil produced by the estate. Walking through the vineyards, visiting the ancient cellars with the help of a guide and unveiling the secrets of the production process by tasting the symbolic Tuscan wines will surely make your wedding party a unique experience. Info and reservation: Relais Ruffino. Enjoy your wine wedding with The Grand Wine Tour. Ask for more information!