Wine Tasting In Tuscany
A trip to Tuscany would not be complete without sampling some of the world-famous local wines. More than 80 per cent are red, created in conditions perfectly suited to wine-making, thanks to the warmth of the radiant sun, and rich soil.
Whether you are a connoisseur or new to the world of wine, don’t miss out on the fun opportunity to do a tasting. Tantalise your tastebuds sipping different homegrown Tuscan varieties while learning how they are made and admiring the beautiful landscape within which the grapes grow.
Wine-tasting venues range from rustic farms, to medieval castles, where local experts will show you how to taste wines correctly, what foods they go best with and offer you an insight into the history of Tuscan wine.
And finally, a tip. When you buy a bottle of Chianti ask the merchant what the vintage (year) was like (was it a hot or cool summer?), in order to gauge the wine’s aromatics. Temperature has an immense impact on the ripening of the grapes during the weeks prior to harvest and is the key to determining the final aromatics of the wine. In the case of Chianti, if temperatures are on the cooler side, the resulting wine will be fresher, more aromatic and abundant in fruit flavours such as cranberry, cherry and raspberry. If the season finishes with warmer temperatures, the wine will be dominated by plummy, prune-like characteristics.
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Wine Tasting In Tuscany
Chianti wine trail from Florence to Siena in Tuscany, Italy
The Chiantigiana (SR 222), the road connecting Florence to Siena, is one of the most beautiful driving routes in Italy, passing acre upon acre of vineyards producing the world-famous Chianti Classico DOCG.
Chianti has been one of Italy’s most important wine-producing regions for more than three centuries. It was here that the family of the Grand Duke of Tuscany 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 is during the September harvest or just before to see the vines bowing under the weight of the ripening Sangiovese grapes – the variety from which Chianti Classico is made.
Another good reason to visit in September is to join in one of the local festivals that celebrate the harvest, such as the Vino al Vino, held on the third week in September, in the small town of Panzano, where many local wines can be sampled by the glass.
For a truly inspiring tour of the Chiantigiana, make time to visit some of the ancient towns along the way and call by the vineyards. Most wineries are open to the public, but double check before you visit to avoid disappointment. Here are some of our favourites:
Whether you are interested in arranging a tasting at your villa or just wish to buy some great local wines chosen by an expert, our friend Silvano Falcioni can help. Originally from Montevarchi in Tuscany, Silvano gained an interest in and knowledge of good wine while working in high-quality restaurants in Tuscany. He now represents wineries including Castel Ruggero and Col di Lamo, as well as leading in-villa wine-tasting sessions for two to 20 people. Having lived in Germany for 14 years and travelled extensively around Europe and the UK, Silvano speaks fluent German and English.
Tuscan Wine School
Whether you’re a novice or aficionado, you can find out more about Italian wine and food at one of the workshops run by The Tuscan Wine School. Join up to 20 fellow students at one of the sessions, which take place in the relaxed environment of the school’s bases in Siena and Florence. Alternatively, treat yourself to a luxury Tuscan wine tour, led by a local wine expert and guide. Private and group tours depart Florence for the vineyards and villages of the surrounding countryside, where you’ll meet the locals and try delicious regional food and wine.
Wine tasting at Tuscan castles
Add a touch of atmosphere to a wine tasting by enjoying one in the historic setting of a Tuscan castle, many of which are also home to some of the region’s finest restaurants.Read more
Personal Wine Shopper
For the inside track on the best wines to buy in Chianti – to enjoy on holiday or ship back home – consider hiring the services of personal wine shopper Paola Pavan.
Paola, who speaks English, German, Spanish, French and Italian, has travelled the world experiencing wines and now shares her expertise with guests staying at our villas in Tuscany. She won’t just guide you through purchasing wine, but will turn the task into a thoroughly enjoyable experience, courtesy of her deep knowledge and relationships with the local vineyards. Paola can also organise a private tasting at your villa on request.
Casa Porciatti offers a variety of wine-tasting experiences at its enoteca in the medieval gallery at Radda. Just walk in to sample wines from the 500-plus bottles kept in this 14th-century cellar – you can even snack on cold cuts and cheeses from the Porciattis’ nearby deli as you taste.
Alternatively, book a tutored wine tasting led by sommelier Riccardo Porciatti in the private tasting room, an educational yet entertaining experience that takes the mystery out of Tuscan and Italian wines. Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino are among the stars of the region to try. Or ask for a bespoke tasting focusing on a favourite wine you’d like to find out more about.
Castello Di Ama
Castello di Ama is one of Chianti’s top wine-producing estates, revered by oenophiles far and wide. Yet a trip here doesn’t just include a tour of its fabled vines and cellars, but a visit to its villa and gardens, too.
The gardens are particularly interesting, home to a world-class collection of contemporary art installations. This extraordinary project, Castello di Ama per l’Arte Contemporanea, was set up in 1999 and includes works by several influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Anish Kapoor (the man behind the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park), Louise Bourgeois, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Book in advance for one of the wine tours, which include a tasting of the Al Poggio IGT, Il Chiuso IGT, Castello di Ama Chianti Classico and a selection of Vigneto, plus the estate’s extra-virgin DOP Chianti Classico olive oil. Want to know more? Read our blog here
Casanova Di Ama
This family-run farm produces tasty organic wines and olive oils in a historic winery between the medieval towns of Radda and Gaiole – look out for the 14th-century Roman-style chapel that marks its entrance.
You’re welcome to drop by to try the vineyard’s delicious Chianti Classico Riserva, or join in one of the weekly afternoon wine tastings and guided tours led by Daniella. A delightful host, she’ll introduce you to some of the vineyard’s different wines, served with tasty bites made using the olive oil from Casanova Di Ama’s groves.
If you’re staying in one of our two Chianti hamlets, Montefiorile and Montebuoni, you can also join in the special weekly Tuscany wine-tasting tours. These begin (and end) with a walk through the vineyards to the winery, where you’ll indulge in an hour-long session tasting the wines and olive oil.
An enthusiastic connoisseur of the food and wines of his native Tuscany, Raffaele Busini has turned his passion into his job. Born in Val di Cornia, but now living in Chianti, Raffaele has worked for 25 years as maître d’ in several restaurants in the region, including Cum Quibus in San Gimignano. He is a qualified AIS Sommelier (Italian Sommelier Association) and is fluent in English and Portuguese. Raffaele hosts private events and wine tastings in Tuscany for groups of up to 10 people on themes including Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignons from Bolgheri, and Val d’Elsa and its wines.
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Aperitivo Tour of Florence
Experience ‘aperitivo’ time in Florence on a 2.5-hour tour, led by a friendly local guide! The most sociable of Italian culinary traditions, the pre-dinner happy hour of snacks and drinks – known as aperitivo – is popular in the city’s beautiful wine bars. After a mojito sorbet in a gelato parlor to start the evening, visit two wine bars to enjoy aperitivo time just as the Florentines do – feasting on Tuscan delicacies and wine.
Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.
Skip the Line: Accademia Tour
Skip the line and join a guided tour inside the Accademia museum to admire Michelangelo's Davi.
Note: Tickets are not included in the price of the tour. Tour price is to hold tickets and skip the line only.
Private Tour: Orcia Valley to Montalcino and Montepulcaino with Brunello Wine Tasting
Spend a day exploring the wine region of the Val d'Orcia (Orcia Valley) with this full-day private tour from Florence. With your private group of no more than 7 passengers in the vehicle, you'll visit Montalcino, Montepulciano, and take in the scenery of the Orcia Valley. Enjoy a Brunello di Montalcino wine tasting with lunch in a small family run winery. (Price is per group.)from 766,61 US Dollar
Private Departure Transfer: Tuscany Hotels to Rome Fiumicino Airport or Rome Hotels
Ensure a hassle-free way to finish your Tuscan vacation by booking this private departure transfer from your hotel in Tuscany to Rome Fiumicino Airport or your Rome hotel. When it’s time to leave the beautiful region, your professional and reliable driver will meet you in your hotel lobby. Then, relax in a private, air-conditioned vehicle with wifi as you’re driven directly to Rome; it’s that easy!from 114,68 US Dollar