Wine Tasting In Tuscany
A trip to Tuscany is not complete without sampling some of the world famous Tuscan wines. Tuscany is a wine lover’s paradise, known for it’s high quality wines. More than 80% of the wine produced here is red. The conditions here are perfectly suited to wine production thanks to the radiant sunlight, warm climate, rich soil and rolling countryside.
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or completely new to the world of wine, don’t miss out on the opportunity to go wine tasting. Tantalise your tastebuds by sipping different homegrown Tuscan wines, admire the beauty of the landscapes and learn about how the wines are made.
Wine tasting venues include rustic farms, medieval castles and stunning vineyards. Local experts will show you how to taste wines correctly, what foods they go best with and give you an insight into the history of Tuscan wine.
Browse our wine tasting in Tuscany listings below and plan a memorable day out.
Wine Tasting In Tuscany
Chianti wine trail from Florence to Siena in Tuscany, Italy
The Chiantigiana (SR 222) is one of the most scenic and charming motoring routes in Italy, running directly south from Florence to Sienna cutting through the heart of the Chianti Classico wine zone. The road sweeps around rolling Tuscan hills and past thousands of hectares of vineyards, all producing outstanding Chianti Classico DOCG (the highest classification of Chianti).
The Chianti area has been one of the most important wine producing regions in Italy for over two centuries. It was the family of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Lopold I that began cultivating grapes during the 18th and 19th centuries in the region that would become modern Chianti.
The best time of year to visit Tuscany (Toscana) is at harvest time in September, or just before harvest to see the vines bowing heavily with ripening Sangiovese grapes - the variety that is responsible for making Chianti Classico. During September most towns in Chianti celebrate the Sangiovese harvest with wine festivals such as the Vino al Vino held on the third week in September (17-19) in the small town of Panzano in Chianti, where many local wines can be sampled by the glass.
For a truly inspiring tour along Chiantigiana road, make time to visit some of the ancient towns of Chianti and surrounding vineyards. Most vineyards are open to the public, but it’s worth checking before you visit. The vineyards recommended below are open to visitors.
Whether you’re after scrumptious wine tasting in Tuscany, or just want to buy some great local wine chosen by an expert, our friend Silvano Falcioni can help. A Montevarchi, Tuscany native, Silvano also lived in Germany for 14 years and extensively travelled around Europe and the US, making him fluent in Italian, German and English. His passion and knowledge of good wine comes from his time in the hospitality field, when he worked in local restaurants such as Osteria di Rendola Montevarchi, Villa Barberino and Borgo di Fontebussi in Cavriglia. He now represents wineries in Chianti CASTEL RUGGERO and in Montalcino COL DI LAMO and would love to present to you a selection of wines you can enjoy that represent his region.
Silvano is based in Cavriglia and can come to your villa for a wine tasting session or with a wine box. Travel within the Chianti region is free, but if you're based further afield, there may be an extra charge.
Wine tasting in Your Tuscany Villa
Wine tasting sessions are available for 2-20 people, typically last 1 ½ - 2 hours and include crostini, cheese and salami as well as the wine. Depending on how many people are in a group (4 people is a great amount), the amount of wines will vary. After the tasting has finished, you can keep the wine!
Tel: 0039 333 7312490
Tuscan wine boxes. These can be delivered to your villa upon request.
Box A - Welcome to Tuscany
local white wines >
2 local Chianti wines
2 Chianti Classico winesBox B - Tuscany & Tradition
2 Chianti wines
2 Chianti Classico wines
2 IGT Supertuscan wines Box C - Tuscany for Wine Lovers
2 Chianti Classico wines
2 Rosso di Montalcino wines
1 IGT Supertuscan wine
1 Brunello wine
ALL PRICES UPON REQUEST
Tel: 0039 333 7312490
Tuscan Wine School
The Tuscan Wine School is based in Siena and Florence and offers short courses in Tuscan wine tasting or Siena wine tasting, as well as informative classes about Italian food. It’s a great way for wine novices & wine lovers alike to learn more about Italian wines in a relaxed environment.
Wine tasting courses in Tuscany
Courses usually last around two hours and include six different wines. For those who prefer a shorter class, they also offer a crash course in wine tasting, which includes just three wines. Classes are held Mondays to Saturdays for the crash course and Sundays as well for the two hour course, with a maximum of 20 students per class, so advance booking is recommended.
To really treat yourself, why not try a luxury Tuscan wine tour, led by a local wine expert and tour guide. You can either go ‘private’ with a personal tour, or join a group tour leaving Florence. You will be escorted in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle by an expert guide leading you to various vineyards and local villages, where you can meet and greet the locals and try different local specialities for lunch and/or dinner.
Tuscany wine tasting website: www.tuscanwineschool.com
Tuscany wine tour website: www.tuscan-wine-tours.com
Siena: 0039 3337229716
Florence: 0039 0552344142
Wine tasting in Tuscany castles
Tuscany is full of architectural treats, like its medieval castles which are often surrounded by lush vineyards. These majestic buildings offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy Tuscany wine tasting in historical surroundings and many are home to Tuscan restaurants too. Here are some of the best we know:Read more
Personal Wine Shopper
In a place like Tuscany, having a personal wine shopper can be an absolute dream and Paola Pavan is certainly passionate about her wine. In her own words: "A sip of wine opens my heart."
After many experiences around the world (which has left her speaking English, German, Spanish and French as well as Italian) she now escapes abroad by giving her foreign guests a taste of "La Dolce Vita" . - not just by guiding them through the purchasing of wine, but also by giving tailor-made wine and food experiences. Her excellent knowledge of the local area and relationships with many famous wineries means Paola is perfectly placed to find even the rarest bottles of wine for you.
She offers her personal wine shopper service anywhere in Tuscany and can shop with you or for you. Paola can also organise private tastings in your villa, during which you'll dive into the Tuscan traditions and lifestyle and above all drink some fantastic wine. These tastings usually last around 2 hours and can also include some typical apetisers.
Personal Wine Shopper - Paola Pavan
Tel: +39 345 8832604
Casa Porciatti - Radda in Chianti
Conveniently found in the main Chianti town of Radda, Casa Porciatti offer 2 very different wine tasting experiences. Found in the medieval gallery of Radda, in the 14th century, vaulted wine cellar.
1. Just walk in, any group size, to sample a vast range of local wines. The Porciatti family will talk you through the different available wines, you can also order fresh, local food to enjoy as a snack or lunch while tasting. This very pleasant wine cellar offers a relaxed atmosphere where all are welcome.
2. If you are looking for a private tutored wine tasting, Casa Porciatti can help here too.
Wine store & Wine Bar Casa Porciatti offers a series of educational and entertaining classes that are designed to make Tuscan and Italian wines more accessible, less mysterious and more enjoyable. Along the medieval gallery of Radda in Chianti, in an atmospheric 14th century building with a vaulted ceiling, stands the Casa Porciatti Wine Store and Wine Bar. A cellar with more then 500 different labels, a private tasting room at your entire disposal and a professional sommelier that will guide you for a unique tasting. Join Sommelier and West Diploma student Riccardo Porciatti in his wine tasting experience.
They offer a range of different tastings:
Chiantishire tasting tour
This lasts for about an hour and includes 6 different wines. It is an introduction to Chianti region and wine through the most important wineries.
3 tastes of three different Chianti Classico Annata
3 tastes of three different Chianti Classico Riserva
Sangiovese tasting tour
Sangiovese is the most famous and rewarding of all tuscan wine grapes, and we'll discover it through 6 wines of different vintages all the way from a Chianti Classico right up to a mature Brunello di Montalcino Riserva.
1 taste of Chianti Classico Annata
2 tastes of Chianti Classico Riserva
3 tastes of Brunello di Montalcino
Great wines from the most popular Italian production areas. We'll taste 6 wines of different vintages all the way from a rich and juicy Amarone della Valpolicella right up to an elegant and powerful Barolo.
1 taste of Bolgheri
1 taste of Supertuscan
1 taste of Brunello di Montalcino
1 taste of Barolo
1 taste of Barbaresco
1 taste of Amarone della Valpolicella
With the Delicatessen shop of Casa Porciatti just a few steps away to offer cold cuts of their home made salami and fine cheese platters.
The tastings are customizable. Contact them for the theme that you would prefer to deepen or the type of wine you would like to taste
Maximum capacity is for 16 people.
For more information about their educational classes, to book your event or arrange a viewing, please contact Riccardo Porciatti at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +39 0577 738055 during business hours.
French, English and Italian spoken. All nationalities welcome and they will make you comfortable
The Porciatti’s are also owners of our very popular rental villa in Tuscany, La Casanova. From this villa you can walk into Radda.
Castello di Ama
Castello di Ama is one of the main Chianti wine producing estates, located in the heart of the Chianti only 30minutes drive from Siena and 15 minutes drive from Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti.
It is possible to do a wine tasting tour of the estate. This must be booked in advance and is available only from Monday to Saturday.
The tour includes a visit and explanation of the vineyards and cellars, both the modern and old cellar, as well as a tour of the estate which includes the villa and gardens and a viewing of the collection of contemporary art that it houses. The art collection includes works by artists such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Anish Kapoor and Louise Bourgeois. The wine tasting is of 4 wines, the Al Poggio IGT, Il Chiuso IGT, Castello di Ama Chianti Classico and a selection of Vigneto, and their extra virgine DOP Chianti Classico olive oil. It lasts for about 2.5 hours.
For more information about the cost and bookings please contact Castello di Ama.
Tel: +39 0577 746031
Casanova di Ama
This wine and oil-producing farm lies between the medieval towns of Radda and Gaiole in the heart of Chianti Classico and is the perfect location to enjoy some Tuscany wine tasting. The entrance of this small business is marked by a 14th century Roman-style chapel and it’s all run by an extremely friendly and welcoming family. They are very proud to produce good quality, organically grown wine, ranging from the famous Chianti Classico Riserva, to red and white varieties of Vino da Tavola.
Tuscany wine tasting at the farm
Wine tasting can be arranged at the family farm at any time, or you can just turn up and try some. They also run weekly wine tasting afternoons, where you can join with other holidaymakers for a guided tour of the farm and its wine making facilities. The host Daniella is delightful and will allow you to taste many different wines, as well as providing information on them. This family are also very proud of their unique Tuscan olive oil, with which they create taster foods to enjoy during this scrumptious afternoon.
Those staying in one of our two Chianti Hamlets, Montefiorile and Montebuoni, will be pleased to know that the property management there run a weekly Tuscany wine tasting tour of the farm as well. After walking through the vineyards to the farm, you’ll enjoy a several hour-long wine tasting session, to include olive oil tasting. Don’t worry about driving, because afterwards you can just walk back to your villa in Tuscany!
+39 0577 746119
Enthusiast connoisseur of wines and food of his beloved Tuscany, Raffaele Busini has turned his passion into work. Born in Val di Cornia, but currently living in the Chianti, he has worked for 25 years as maître in several restaurants of the region including Cum Quibus in San Gimignano. He is a qualified A.I.S Sommelier (Italian Sommelier Association) and is fluent in English and Portuguese. Combined with his sympathy and conviviality, you ave the chance to discover the best of Tuscany hospitality.
Available to travel throughout the region for private events and wine tasting for groups of up to a maximum of 10 people.
The tastings will last about 2 hours including a selection of canapés, cold cuts and cheeses, and at the end you will have the pleasure to keep the tasted wine.
These are the 5 tastings offered:
SUA MAESTA' IL SANGIOVESE
The Sangiovese story in Tuscany
Tasting of 5 wines
OLTRE I CIPRESSI
Cabernet Sauvignon and friends
Tasting of 4 wines from Bolgheri area
LA VAL D'ELSA NEL BIANCO E ROSSO
Val d'Elsa and its wines
Tasting of 4 wines from San Gimignano
The Territory and its wines
Tasting of 4 wines
LE GRANDI “B” BRUNELLO BAROLO BORGOGNA
The territories and theirs wines
Tasting of 6 wines
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