The history of wine spans for thousands of years. From the earliest traces in Georgia to the most modern developments in California. Throughout history, wine has played an important role in religion, war celebrations and its appreciation has spread worldwide. Its culture though cannot be separated from Northern Italy, whose soil has given rise to some of the finest and most traditional wines ever.
The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont is a hilly wine-growing area which gives birth to real enological jewels. Dolcetto, Barbera, Moscato, Barolo, Passito, Nebbiolo. The list is endless and also very selective: most of them are produced in this very spot and nowhere else.
Mostly surrounded by the Alps, Piedmont presents itself way beyond the wine though. Homeland of Nutella and several other hazelnut cocoa delicacies, the region carries the legacy of the aperitivo and the well-known Martini. It holds Turin, the very first capital of Italy, and all its romantic magic: spread in small cafés, astonishing squares and exclusive galleries.
This summer, W.I.N.E. 2018 debuts as a turning point in the history of Summer University. After being awarded as the best-rated SU in 2017, AEGEE-Torino wants to bring an even more remarkable event whose memories will last for life.
Get ready to become an expert on Italian wines. Listen to experienced sommeliers while they point out and explain how to drink and really appreciate a wine. Try out your brand-new knowledge at wine-tastings in the most selective and traditional regions in Europe.
Faraway from the hustle and bustle, let’s take a trip to the Alps. Have a breath of fresh air at the back of the mountains, discover hidden valleys and get closer to the nature. Lakes, waterfalls and woodlands awaits you.
By night, let’s join the young nightlife offered by Turin. From the classic Italian aperitivo, where we can properly warm up, directly to the club until late at night. Further, gather your team and burst on streets, hopping from bar to bar, at our Pubcrawl. Put on your toga and join us in the WineOlympics. Play a bandit in the 1970’s and proof yourself at the Mafia Party.
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Wine culture and oenology among Turin and Piedmont way of life.
TorinoTurin is one of the most important centers for business and culture in northern Italy. The capital of the Piedmont region is located on the Po river, in front of the Susa Valley and surrounded by the western Alps. On a typical summer day, visitors can spot the snow-covered mountains in the distance from anywhere in town.
The city is well known for its renaissance, baroque, rococo, neoclassical, and art nouveau architectures. Taking a walk in the center is a truly enchanting fairytale: castles from ancient kings and mystical symbols engraved in the walls. The magic is all around various art galleries, restaurants, old style cafés, churches, palaces, opera houses, squares, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries and museums.
Either having a glass of wine in the glamorous and breathtaking Piazza Vittorio or appreciating the view of the whole town from Superga hill; either discovering Ancient Egypt in the Museo Egizio (second most important after Cairo’s) or getting on the lift at the symbol of the city, the Mole Antonelliana, Turin surprises us all with its particularities every single day.
AstiThe city is located to the southeast of Turin and is mainly known by its wine production. Along its hills, vineyards take the scene and give rise to many internationally appreciated wines, such as the Barbera, the Asti Spumante and the Moscato d’Asti. A visit to any of its several cellars should be in the bucket list of any wine lover travelling in Northern Italy.
Asti is also home for the Festival delle Sagre, a two-day enogastronomic event where visitors can taste typical dishes from Piedmont combined with local artisanal wines. The festival takes place along with the Douja d’Or (a famous regional wine championship) and its Palio (typical Italian horse racing).
BaroloLocated about 50 km southeast of Turin, Barolo is a small hillside village in Piedmont. Its origins go back to Middle Age, whose traces are all around the town: narrow and sett-covered streets, circular layout urban planning and a castle placed in its center. Although its architectural style invites visitors for a calm walk, the village is mainly known by the production of the homonymous wine.
Barolo is certainly the most known Italian wine. Made from Nebbiolo grapes, it is often described as one of the greatest wines in the country. As one of the very selected regions which produces this fine beverage, the village of Barolo is an essential stop in the enogastronomic discovery in Northern Italy.
CalusoCaluso is the closest stop among all destinations in W.I.N.E. 2018. Located 40 km northeast of Turin, the city sits on a particular geographic position which enables the culture of the Erbaluce grapes. Three famous wines rise from them: Erbaluce di Caluso, Erbaluce di Caluso Spumante and Erbaluce di Caluso Passito.
The latter is most known for being a straw wine, a liquor-like wine made from grapes that have been dried to concentrate their juice. Very particular in its taste and structure, the Passito can be appreciated in several canteens and vineyards throughout the region.
ValchiusellaFrom the Alpine mountains, the valley spreads its most different landscapes downhill for about 25 km. Valchiusella is known for its beautiful and particular views along the Chiusella river, around which visitors can find mountains, hills, woodlands, lakes and small pastoral villages.
In summer the place welcomes people from all around the region who seek out peace and fresh air at the back of the Alps. Hiking trails usually lead to small lakes and waterfalls where explorers can chill and take a bath. For those who would like to get even closer to the nature, it is possible to spend the night in tents at local campsites.