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

Bologna, the capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region, 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 world-renowned as Prosecco or Chianti, but if you’re a wine lover you just 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.

You’ll be able to explore the scenic vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and taste the different varietals! 

In this article, we have compiled a list of the best wine tastings & 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 it with the delicious traditional food from Bologna. Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a beginner, these excursions are sure to 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. If your plans change, you can cancel most activities up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund. 

Limited time? These are the best tours:

THE BEST TOUR Bologna: City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour
WINE TASTING SESSIONBologna: Italian Red Wine and Food Tasting
COUNTRYSIDE WINE TOUR From Bologna: Emilia Wine Tour Experience

OUR PICK: The BEST Wine Tour in Bologna

Join this Bologna: City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour to discover the best wineries around the city. You’ll be guided by a wine expert who’ll introduce you to the culture and traditions of winemaking in the region.

Enjoy a delightful walking tour of the city center, delving into its history with other wine lovers. Then, taste a variety of wine samples from the Colli Bolognesi area at an enoteca.

Depending on the tour duration you choose, you’ll get to sip two to five different wines, and even indulge in some local bites at Bologna’s oldest tavern. 

Why is this the best tour? It provides a great introduction to the Bolognese wine region, as an expert sommelier guides you through a tasting of regional wines. As a plus, you’ll enjoy a walking tour around the city and its main landmarks. It’s the perfect experience for wine-lover visitors.

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A great experience of trying Bolognese wines and learning about small wine makers in the region. Filippo was a great guide and treated you like a friend while you were with him. I would definitely recommend this tour to a friend who was coming to Bologna, as you get to experience some great places to eat and drink, and take on wine bars that you would otherwise walk past.”

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

Wine Tasting in Bologna

▶️ Indulge in the best regional 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, and sip on a special selection of the finest red wines from all over Italy.

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

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

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

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

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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. It allows you to delve deeper into Italian wine culture as you sip on six regional wines.

The tasting is conveniently located in the heart of Bologna, and it includes local snacks to munch on. It’s the perfect afternoon activity before heading out for dinner!

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

Wine Tours in the Bologna Countryside

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▶️ Get a taste of Emilia-Romagna’s finest wines on this full-day From Bologna: Wine Experience Colli Bolognesi. 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. To top it off you’ll indulge in a traditional lunch made with regional ingredients.

This wine tour from Bologna includes: Hotel transfers, 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, visit one of the most famous vinegar-makers in the world to see how the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is produced.

The tour also includes a trip to a local vineyard and, of course, a taste of all the amazing products along the way. 

But don’t fill up too much, because the excursion ends with a typical lunch at a local winery, paired even 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, so 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. You’ll 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 for 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 it 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

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 different wines. All will be paired with scrumptious delicacies to give you a taste of regional food as well. 

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!

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

▶️ The Small-Group Half-Day Wine Tour with Tasting in Dozza Village allows you to spend the day in a family-run winery. You’ll delve into the workings of the region’s wine production, and sample five glasses of wine paired with regional snacks.

The visit includes a tour around the vineyard and the cellar, as well as the medieval center of Dozza. The experience is capped at six participants.

This tour includes: Guided wine trekking, wine tasting, a tour of Dozza, and transfers to the farm. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

  • 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.