Now you can do wine gymnastics on a vineyard in Italy

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The gym drill just got a whole lot sweeter thanks to a dreamy-sounding class run by an agritourism farm in Italy…

Wine and workouts aren’t traditionally a great combination.

Just ask organisers behind the marathon du Médoc - France’s annual wine-fuelled run - who are regularly called upon to tend to worse-for-wear competitors (that’s what 26.2 miles served with hefty side dollop of vin will do for you). 

But the fitness-meets-booze theme takes on an altogether more rustic edge with a new class being offered by a vineyard in Italy.

Al Rocol farm in the northern region of Lombardy is running a series of what it calls “winemaker’s gymnastics” to herald in the grape harvest season.

Cantina Al Rocol vineyard is nestled in the Lombardy hills of Italy

As Lonely Planet reports, these innovative sessions will be led by a so-called “Personal Wine Trainer”, who promises to put guests through a series of exercises inspired by traditional vineyard activities.

Gathered amid the idyllic-looking vines of Al Rocol, participants will emanate winemaker duties such as hoeing, seed sowing and picking the grapes.

A blurb on the farm’s website says the classes will “rediscover the harmony of body and spirit” with “simple movements” in a natural environment. 

The sessions promise the release of “psychological and emotional tensions” as well as a physical workout that aims to counter our sedentary habits.

Be put through your paces by a Personal Wine Trainer

“Where does the wine come in?” - we hear you cry.

Well, after the Personal Wine Trainer has put you through your paces on the vineyard, your small group will retire to Cantina Al Rocol’s cellars for a well-deserved aperitif.

Excellent Franciacorta wine made here includes Le Rive Brut Rosé with a biscuity flavour and the floral aromas of Costa Curtefranca Bianco DOC.

Perfect for a post-workout tipple, we think you’ll agree…

Sleep off the wine haze in the family-run farmhouse

Rooms are also available in the farmhouse, should you want to sleep off your wine haze, with the kitchen serving up delights such as tagliatelle with local porcini mushrooms.

Cantina Al Rocol is a family-run agritourism business, so when you’re not busy working up a sweat by the grapevines, you can always embark on a gruelling wine trek, or explore the local hills by bicycle.

Did someone just say dream holiday? 

Wine gymnastic classes at Cantina Al Rocol cost 20 euros per person and can be booked here. Most set dates for September are now sold out but the session is available on request for groups of six at any time

Images: Getty, Al Rocol FranciacortaAl Rocol Facebook


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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.