Iter Vitis is a cultural route focused on landscapes and sustainable tourism. It promotes the safeguarding and enhancement of landscapes pertaining to wine production, as a tool for sustainable development. The route also aims to promote vineyards as a part of European identity, as a testimony to an ancient know-how and to the result of man’s labour.
Iter Vitis gives meaning to tourism with a “human dimension”. It highlights the particularities of territories and identities, locations that meet all the expectations of an international “gourmet” visitor, epicurean pleasures, thrilling culture, smart tourism. In areas where food is inseparable from the art of living, cultural routes allow the visitors to travel through history, enjoy an oeno-gastronomic touristic experience and discover unexpected cultural wealth.
“Iter Vitis - The Ways of the Vine in Europe” is a door onto exceptional wine territories. Visitors can explore what these territories have to offer in the way of the “vine” thanks to the VitiPassport. This passport to wine tourism will allow them to plan the trip to discover the exceptional areas and to validate their pass at each stage.
The Loire-Atlantique boasts some of France's finest produce, recipes and wines. Wherever you go, seafood, straight from the Atlantic, is on the menu. Need a pinch of sea salt? The very best comes from Guérande. Add to the feast a glass of Muscadet, the local white wine.
The Cognac vineyards have the taste of the good life. Next to its famous « star », Cognac, the « Pineau des Charentes » and « Vin de Pays Charentais » enrich the delicious range of tastes to give the unique savour of a long weekend in the country.
In the Pays de THAU sea, lakes, meadows and vineyards come together in original natural surroundings almost unchanged since antiquity. Just next to the Via Domitia, the “Table De Valmagne” at the l’Abbaye de Valmagne carries on the monastic traditions of the Cistercians.
In the country of Bastides and Gaillac vineyards, food and encounters among the vines, the charm of tiny villages, untouched nature, and a warm welcome from the local people.
The Layon Valley in the heart of the ANJOU in the Loire Valley, renowned for its rich historic heritage.
Exceptional heritage in Côte-d’Or, too, from Dijon to Santenay to the south of Beaune, the “Route of the blackcurrant” is certainly the tastiest of the Côte-d’Or touristic routes.
The Gard, with its many protected gastronomic names – cheese, olives, etc. and its tradition of Country Bistrots, the ideal place to taste wines with the accent of south of France.
Five territories are symbolic of wine production in Galicia: Monterrei, O Ribeiro, Rias Baixas, Ribeira Sacra, and Valdeorras. These territories developed a myriad different landscapes. In the O Ribeiro and Ribeira Sacra region, vines are cultivated on pronounced slopes which are arranged into terraces known as socalcos or bocarribeiras.
The Azores Archipelago (Portugal) presents a genuine cultural diversity, as well as a long gastronomic tradition. In the past, with this hard work, man built on the basaltic soils the typical "curraletas" (small stone enclosures) that constitute a unique feature of the vineyard landscape of the Azores.
The area of the Serre Calabrian and the Alta Locride (Italy) is situated in the centre of Calabria, between the Sila mountain range and the Aspromonte. The area is enhanced by the presence of two parks, the National Park of Aspromonte and the Regional Park of the Serre.
La Strada del vino Terre Sicane -Sicily (Italy). The Federation of Roads of Wine and Taste includes most of Sicilian wine routes and aims to promote excellence in Sicily, Italy and worldwide through an integrated tourism offer combining culture, nature and gastronomy.
Source: The Council of Europe / www.itervitis.fr