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Tuscany Ultimate Wine Tour
There’s no doubt that we Tuscans love wines, but apart from that, we even love to share our glass of a good Chianti with someone who also shares the same passion with us during this amazing Tuscany wine tour.
Florence train station or Hotel in Florence
All tours are based on a Saturday to Saturday stay with us tour.
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• Check IN: 3.00 pm
• Check OUT: 10.00 am
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To start your tour, a local guide will meet you at the main entrance of Figline Valdarno railway station and will transport you to a local farmhouse where you’ll find your private lodgings. The farmhouse property is an ideal base for your Tuscan adventure. It is surrounded by verdant landscape and is home to a range of farm animals, a large swimming pool, wi-fi, laundry facilities and an on-site restaurant open for breakfast and dinner. Having begun life as a small village, the farmhouse now features twelve separate apartments. All tour guests will have private lodgings and facilities but will stay on this one farmhouse property. After you settle into your home for the week, you will enjoy your first of several authentic Tuscan meals. Sitting down together with your guide, fellow travellers and locals will give us the opportunity to get to know each other while we savour a dinner of delicious local produce.
A highlight of today’s activities is the sensational Tuscan white wine known as Vernaccia.
In the morning, we will drive around the beautiful Castelvecchio National Park and Vernaccia wine-growing region, stopping at two wineries to sample not only the local wine but some other regional delicacies, too.
If you haven’t tasted this wine before, or even if you have, you are in for a real treat. Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a dry white wine, is among the most popular of all Tuscany’s diverse wines. The wine, produced in San Gimignano and made with Vernaccia grapes, has a long history in the region and was famous during the Renaissance as the favourite wine of Italy’s noble families. Its fame is undoubtedly connected to its origins. The medieval town of San Gimignano is celebrated for its soaring medieval towers built by aristocratic families as well as its delicious wine. The Vernaccia grape is in fact mentioned in the town’s records as far back as 1276 and was even written about by Dante in his Divine Comedy. The name ‘Vernaccia’ is believed to be derived from ‘vernaculum’, or ‘of the place’, and thus comes from the same Latin root as the English word ‘vernacular’.
We will spend the afternoon exploring the stunning town of San Gimignano where you will be able to see the town’s exceptional towers and unspoilt medieval buildings up close. If you have the legs for it, you can climb one of the towers for a 360-degree view of the surrounding valley. In the town’s heyday, San Gimignano’s aristocratic families built an estimated 72 towers, created to show off their affluence and influence. While just 14 survive, they still imbue the town with an authentic feudal feel and an enchanting beauty.
To finish our first full day together, we will visit a local trattoria to enjoy a sumptuous dinner before we return to the farmhouse and your private apartment.
After sampling the best in Tuscan white wines on Sunday, Monday is all about red wine. Today, we will sample red Tuscan wines from the Maremma region. Red wines from Tuscany are widely hailed as the very best red wines worldwide. The region’s vintners have mastered wine production over hundreds of years as the delicious drop has been made in Tuscany and sold across the globe since the Etruscans.
Following breakfast, we head for Maremma, travelling through the gorgeous Montiano and Montecucco countryside on our way. In Maremma, we will stop at a few of the most celebrated and popular local wineries for a couple of indulgent wine-tasting sessions. Run by local families, these wineries have been in the wine-making business for years and create incredible Morellino di Scansano and Montecucco wine varieties. At one of our stops, we will also have the opportunity to enjoy a mouth-watering lunch and to sample traditional Maremma produce.
Next, we will continue our day with a trip to Talamone on the coast. This delightful village is renowned for its food (particularly its gelato), its pumping nightlife and its breath-taking scenery. Finally, we will enjoy dinner at a restaurant on our way back to the farmhouse before we return you to your comfortable apartment.
A note on Tuscan red wines:
Morellino di Scansano is among the most popular of all Tuscan wines. The delectable undertones of this wine evoke the hills on which the grapes are grown and the rich smells of the ocean. Morellino di Scansano uses the Sangiovese grape, and is grown and produced on the hills of Scansano and around the valleys below. The name ‘Morellino’ describes the hue of the grapes used in the wine and means ‘brown one’ or ‘little dark one’. However, some argue that the wine was named for the Maremmano, the breed of horse local to the area.
Richard Baudains, the Chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards, is a great lover of Tuscany’s Montecucco wines and has said that wine-lovers eager to taste authentic Tuscan flavours should seek out these lesser-known wines. Italy introduced the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) system in 1960 and the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) system in 1980. These labelling systems ensure the provenance of products. Montecucco was established as a DOC in 1998. At the time, just ten wines were registered despite the 100 hectares of vineyards in the area. Each Montecucco wine-maker is unique but they all share the same philosophy and have formed a strong and solid group. All Montecucco vintners, for example, grow organic crops and most of the top wine producers use organic viticulture or biodynamic approaches in the production of their product.
There are two different but equally fantastic ways you can spend your Tuesday. If you want to learn or love to cook, Pasquale, an accomplished local chef, will be leading a cooking class. With Pasquale’s expert guidance, you will prepare a sumptuous lunch before spending a vibrant and fun evening at a local village party. Alternatively, we can chauffer you to the local train station where you will be able to easily make your way by train to the stunning town of Siena. In June through to September, we will be spending our time with the locals to soak in the atmosphere of the region’s buzzing summer festivals.
Today will be spent in one of Tuscany’s most beautiful areas and a region you will never forget. To start our day, we will head off to Bolgheri, a stunning little central Italian village where we will take a special trip to the strikingly gothic Castle of Bolgheri.
Bolgheri is a must-see for wine-lovers. It is home to one of the most renowned and respected vineyard regions in Italy, with wine grapes being grown on a sloping coastal area at the base of lush green hills that run between Bolgheri and the southern region of Castagneto. Near the Tyrrhenian Sea, the area is known as Maremma’s ‘golden oasis’. In the 1960s, the Tuscan wine sector was stagnating and Bolgheri led the charge in reviving the waning industry. Wine-makers in the region focused on increasing the popularity of non-DOC wines in a bold, novel and ultimately hugely successful approach to bolstering the reputation of Tuscan wines. By 1968, a brand-new wine, the Super Tuscan, had been created. The flagship wine of the Super Tuscan category is the beloved Sassicaia.
Next, we will drive down the celebrated ‘avenue of cypress trees’ to reach the valley beyond and our first winery for a taste of a few select local drops. We will then stop at two further wineries located along the road leading from Bolgheri to Castagneto Carducci where you will have the opportunity to again sample some delicious local wines and visit the wineries’ well-stocked cellars.
At one of the wineries we visit we will enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch and will then make our way to Castagneto Carducci at the heart of the Etruscan Coast.
Tuscany’s glorious ‘avenue of cypress trees’ is found in the comune of Castagneto Carducci. Stretching for 5 km, the road connects Bolgheri to the San Guido oratory. This straight road is bordered by 2,540 hundred-year-old cypresses and was laid in the 18th century when Italian officials made the decision to establish roads perpendicular to the Via Regio to connect smaller towns in the countryside around Bolgheri. The road was first made famous when it was immortalised in verse in the poem Davanti San Guido by Giosuè Carducci. The poet had lived in the area for many years and had clearly been struck by the avenue’s charms. In 1908, a small obelisk was placed at the beginning of the road by Giuseppe della Gherardesca to honour the poet.
After exploring Castagneto Carducci, we will return to the farmhouse.
On Thursday we will venture to the comune of Montalcino to discover the world-famous red wine Brunello di Montalcino, thought by many to be among the best three red wines not just from Italy but globally. In Montalcino you will have the chance to develop your understanding of this fine wine through a trip to a distinguished local winery and cellar. We will then travel to the medieval village of Montepulciano, a place that is absolutely bursting with history and whose cultural summer fairs and festivals attract visitors from all four corners of the globe.
To immerse ourselves in the rich history of Montepulciano, we will take a look around the city walls where you can also see artisanal stores where craftspeople shape copper using age-old traditional techniques. We will also take a peek in a few authentic wine shops, or enoteche. We will conclude our day by either dining at a local trattoria or enjoying a meal at the farmhouse restaurant.
To top off our wine tour, we will spend our final day in the Chianti region, home to Tuscany’s most internationally well-known vineyards and castles. During the day you will be learn about the secrets of Chianti and its different wine varieties and will also get the chance to visit a producer of extra virgin olive oil and gain insight into the region’s artisanal oils and impressive olive groves. When you have sampled the sensational traditional produce of Chianti, we will move on to Greve and the area’s most popular butcher and delicatessen. Here, you can fill your bags with the very best of the region’s diverse delicacies. It will then be time to savour a Tuscan meal at a local and family-run trattoria. Our day will conclude with a succulent T-bone steak served for dinner.
Your wine tour will conclude with a full breakfast before we drop you at Figline Valdarno railway station where we will bid you a fond farewell before you continue your onward journey.
My husband and I had a fabulous 7 days in Tuscany with Matteo as our guide. He took us to incredible medieval towns that were not overrun with tourists. We visited amazing wineries and authentic Tuscany restaurants. Matteo was always punctual and gave us plenty of time to explore villages and sights. The accommodation at La Capraia was lovely with beautiful views of the Tuscany countryside.
Tuscany Untouched provided us with — hands down — the best experience we could have imagined on our seven-day “Ultimate Wine Tour.” Five of us thoroughly enjoyed Matteo’s customized itinerary of scenic drives, in-depth wine tours and tastings, local shopping, a cooking class, time off to explore, and fantastic meals aplenty. Highly recommend to others headed to Italy (and we are already thinking about re-booking in the future). #FiveThumbsUp and #FiveStars too!