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9 BEST Wine Tastings & Wine Tours from Bologna (by a Local)

Looking for the best wine tours from Bologna? As a local, I think I know a thing or two about the wine country surrounding it, so here I bring you a list of the ultimate vineyard trips from the city!

Bologna, the capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, is famous for its rich culinary culture (hello lasagne!) and history. But that’s not all. Besides its delicious cuisine, the region is also renowned for its wine production.

The most famous of Bolognese wines is Pignoletto, produced in the hills of Bologna. It might not be as famous as other wines such as Prosecco or Chianti, but if you’re a wine lover you have to try it. It’s delicious!

To truly experience the essence of Bologna’s wine culture, one must embark on a tour of some of the wineries located around the city. Wine tastings & wine tours from Bologna provide an excellent opportunity for wine lovers to explore the scenic vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and taste the delicious product created there. 

In this article, we have compiled a list of the nine best wine tours from Bologna. Each of them offers a unique experience that showcases the beauty and richness of Bologna’s wine culture. Some of the tours are exclusively devoted to wine, while others combine wine with the delicious traditional food from Bologna.

Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a beginner, these wine tours are sure to satisfy your taste buds and provide a memorable experience.

👉 Why trust me with your wine tour in Bologna? Because I was born and raised in this vibrant city, and I’ve spent the last 10 years helping travelers plan their trips to Italy and around the world. My expertise in Bologna allows me to guide you to the best wine experiences the city has to offer, connecting you with local traditions and flavors.

You don’t need a wine connoisseur; you need someone who knows Bologna inside and out. That’s me, and I’m here to make sure you enjoy the very best tours that reflect the authentic spirit of my hometown.

I generally use Viator and Get Your Guide to book tours around the world. I especially recommend them for their great cancellation policy, which allows you to cancel most activities up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund. 

The BEST Wine Tours from Bologna 

▶️ Get a taste of Emilia-Romagna’s finest wines on this full-day From Bologna: Emilia Wine Tour Experience. You’ll be whisked away to the beautiful countryside where you’ll visit two wineries and taste five glasses of DOC wine. The sommeliers will guide you through the tasting process and help you understand the complex tastes of each wine. 

But wait, there’s more! You’ll also get a private tour of the winery where modern innovations and ancient traditions collide, and to top it off you’ll indulge in a traditional lunch made with regional ingredients.

📝 This wine tour from Bologna includes: Hotel roundtrip transportation, lunch, two wine tastings, and cellar tours. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ If you’re a hopeless foodie, you’ll go crazy with this Emilia Excellence Food Tour from Bologna. Emilia Romagna is one of the richest regions in the country in terms of gastronomy, and this 7-hour tour allows you to delve into its culinary delights. 

You’ll start the trip with a tour of a dairy factory, where you’ll witness the magic of Parmigiano Reggiano production. Next, you’ll visit one of the most famous vinegar-makers in the world to see how the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is produced. You’ll also get to tour a local vineyard and, of course, get a taste of all the amazing products along the way. 

But don’t fill up too much, because the tour ends with a typical lunch at a local winery, paired with more wine. Come hungry and leave happy (and possibly a little tipsy)!

📝 This tour includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, a guide, all visits and tastings, and lunch. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

👉 The wine is delicious, but the food will blow your mind. So, why not join a food tour? I’ve already written a whole post about the best food tours in Bologna, check it out.

▶️ On this Bologna: E-Bike Guided Tour with Brunch or Aperitivo, you’ll leave the city behind and go off the beaten track as you learn about the area’s history and culture, all the while enjoying the beautiful scenery. 

You’ll visit local cheese and wine producers, where you’ll be guided through the production process and get to taste the delicious products. You can opt between a half-day or a full-day tour, the latter one including a traditional lunch at a farmhouse. 

And don’t worry! The e-bikes are perfect for all fitness levels and you’ll get a brief lesson on how to operate the e-bike before setting off.

📝 This wine tour in Bologna, Italy, includes: E-bike rentals, wine and cheese tastings, a guide, and optional lunch. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Wine Tasting in Bologna: 4 Great Options

▶️ Join this City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour in Bologna to discover the best wineries around the city accompanied by a wine expert. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of the city center with other wine lovers, and taste delicious samples from the Colli Bolognesi area.

Depending on the tour duration you choose, this Bologna wine-tasting experience allows you to sip two to five different wines, and even indulge in some local bites at Bologna’s oldest tavern. 

📝 This tour includes: A guide, a walking tour, wine tasting and, if option selected, food. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Indulge in the best Italian red wines and learn the art of a true Italian toast with this Bologna: Italian Red Wine and Food Tasting. Wander through the Medieval streets of Bologna’s Quadrilatero area and sip on a special selection of the finest red wines from all over Italy.

Chat with locals and munch on delicious Italian delicacies as a wine expert answers all your questions. It’s the perfect activity for wine lovers and those looking for a foodie experience in the heart of the city!

📝 This tour includes: Four glasses of wine, a tasting of traditional products, and a local guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Sip, savor, and learn about Bologna’s wine culture on this Bologna: Wine Tasting Tour in One of the Oldest Inns which takes place at one of the city’s most ancient inns. Your expert guide will pair three DOC wines with local delicacies, and guide you across the three main wine-growing areas of Bologna through the tasting. 

You’ll learn about the distinct characteristics of each region’s wines and the different grape varieties that make them unique. 

📝 This Bologna wine tasting includes: Wine tasting, traditional dishes, and an expert wine guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ This themed Wine Degustation Ebrezze is the perfect pre-dinner aperitivo experience to delve deeper into Italian wine culture. Sip on six regional wines paired with tasty local snacks in a private and intimate atmosphere. The tasting is conveniently located in the heart of Bologna, making it the perfect afternoon activity before heading out for dinner. Get ready to expand your palate and find new favorites to impress your friends back home!

Wine Degustarion Ebrezze, one of the best wine tours from Bologna

📝 This wine tasting in Bologna includes: Wine tasting and snacks. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Vineyard Tours & Tastings Around Bologna (No Transportation)

▶️ Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and unwind at an idyllic farm with this Olive Grove and Bologna Vineyard Tour with Product Tastings. Get your taste buds tingling with locally produced wines and olive oils, and sample their range of jams, juices, and salts! 

Covering over 300 hectares of land, the estate is a haven of serenity, with olive trees and vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. And with an expert guide leading the way, you’ll be able to appreciate the wonders of this production farm and enjoy a tasting of five types of olive oil and delicious wine. 

📝 This tour includes: Estate visit and tastings. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Discover the secrets of wine-making in Italy with a Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour with the Winemaker at a family-owned winery. Wander through ancient cellars and vineyards near Bologna while sipping on three delicious wines, all paired with scrumptious delicacies. 

Meet the winemaker, Paolo, and learn about the cultural heritage of the cellar. You’ll feel like a true Italian as you take in the stunning views of wine country from the terrace. Choose between morning or afternoon tours, whichever suits your fancy. Don’t miss this authentic wine experience in the Emilia Romagna region!

From Bologna: Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour with the winemaker

📝 This tour includes: Winery tour, four tastings of wine, and bottled water. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Bologna Wine Tours and Tasting FAQs

What are the best wine tours from Bologna?

In my opinion, the best wine tasting near Bologna can be experienced with these tours: 
Emilia Excellence Food Tour from Bologna
From Bologna: Emilia Wine Tour Experience
E-Bike Guided Tour with Brunch or Aperitivo

What wine region is near Bologna?

Bologna is one of the provinces in the Emilia-Romagna region, which is a well-known wine region. This region is located in north-central Italy and borders the Adriatic Sea on the east, Tuscany to the south, and other Italian regions.

What wine is Bologna famous for?

The most famous of Bolognese wines is Pignoletto, produced in the hills of Bologna. Other local varieties include Alionza (also white), Rosso Bologna, and Negrettino.

Can I try wine tasting in Bologna?

You can certainly try delicious wine tasting in Bologna, and I highly recommend doing it with a wine expert guide to make the most of the experience. These are my favorite tours: 
City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour
Italian Red Wine and Food Tasting
Wine Tasting Tour in One of the Oldest Inns

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.