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Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico comes from the region situated between the cities of Florence and Siena, a highly fertile land made unique by the careful use of both manual and manmade agricultural activities, which over the centuries have truly added to the natural beauty of the area. Due to its characteristic climate, soil and altitude, the land of Chianti Classico is particularly tailored for the production of prized wines. The specification "Classico" refers to the most ancient area of production of the Chianti region.

Specific regulations apply to the Chianti Classico appellation to differentiate it from the Chianti. Most notably is the different minimum percentage of Sangiovese grapes allowed for each appellation: 80% for Chianti Classico vs. the 75% minimum used for Chianti. In addition to the very specific rules that dictate the production methods of Chianti Classico, there are regulations that determine what specific color, odor and flavor the wine must meet.

The Chianti Classico is especially perfect as a compliment to meat-based main courses, such as porchetta allo spiedo, tripe, bistecca alla fiorentina, Colonnata lard, cold cuts and finocchiona di cinta senese. Chianti Classico also goes well with semi-mature Pecorino Toscano cheese, crostini alla toscana and fagioli al fiasco. The wine should be served at a temperature of 60-65°F.

Regulations for the correct preservation of Chianti Classico state that the wine must be stored horizontally on wooden shelves, in a dark space, and at a constant temperature of 50-60°F. The humidity level should be at about 70-75% to keep the cork from drying out.

Brunello

In a country like Italy, which has been producing wines for about 3,500 years, a Brunello di Montalcino can be considered a modern invention. It is not, in fact, a wine made in homage to local traditions but the result of the studies of a single winemaker, Ferruccio Biondi-Santi. Around 1870, Ferruccio Biondi-Santi began to set out in his vineyards a clone of the Sangiovese variety known as Brunello. The young viticulturist had noted that a subvariety of Sangiovese, referred to as Grosso to distinguish it from the breed that had originated in the Chianti area and that produced smaller berries, was more resistant to attacks by phylloxera, which was then ravaging the vineyards of the district. In the end, Biondi-Santi completely replanted his vineyards and was soon able to produce an entirely satisfactory wine made from a single variety.

Biondi-Santi did not stop there but went on to break with the traditions of the place. At that time, Tuscans generally preferred young red wines, which were softened and rendered more immediately drinkable through the use of the governo. Tastes even ran to fizzy reds. However, the innovative winemaker subjected the wine, as it still is, to a process of fining involving a stay of at least four years in oak casks, completed by a period in the bottle where in time it developed outstanding qualities. Brunello began to be talked about after 1880. The first great vintage, officially, was the 1888 Brunello, of which five bottles still exist. Their contents are perfectly preserved, a proof of the wine's great powers of longevity. With the passing of the years, it steadily acquires greater fragrance, a more velvety flavor, increased harmony and an odor that is delicate and at the same time quite intense.

Those attributes were mentioned by Baron Luigi Ricasoli, a politician and leading Tuscan producer - he laid down the discipline for Chianti - in 1930, after he tasted a Brunello of the 1888 vintage. "Well, I'll never reach this point,'' he said in comparing his own production with the quality and the longevity of the exceptional Brunello. In 1988, Italian President Francesco Cossiga attended the celebration of the 100th anniversary of this extraordinary wine's creation

Montepulciano

The Nobile from Montepulciano is one of the outstanding traditional Tuscan wines. Sangiovese, here called prugnolo gentile, combines with canaiolo nero, to produce a masterpiece.

Montepulciano stands on a height at the southern extremity of the Chiana Valley in the province of Siena. An ancient legend has it that Montepulciano was founded at the orders of the Etruscan king Porsenna. According to that account, the king quit the town of Chiusi, along with the older community's inhabitants, to settle on the ancient hill of Mons Mercurius, the name of which was later changed to Mons Politicus.

From its earliest origins, Montepulciano was linked with wine, as is indicated by a red-figure kylix (wine cup) that was made in the Chiusi area and found in 1868 along with numerous bronze objects in an Etruscan tomb in the vicinity of the Tuscan town. The cup is decorated with the figure of Flufluns, the Etruscan Bacchus or god of wine, who is shown, in company with a maenad, playing cottabos, a game in which drops of wine were flipped at a special target.

There are numerous testimonials to the high reputation the wine of Montepulciano enjoyed throughout history. In the 17th century, Francesco Redi, who excelled not only as a physician and naturalist but also as a poet, hymned the joys and qualities of wine in his poem, Bacco in Toscana, which was published in 1685. In the poem, Redi has Bacchus and Ariadne extol the finest wines of Tuscany and the work concludes with the affirmation that "Montepulciano of every wine is king.

The poem enjoyed great success and, passing from court to court, reached the hands of William III, King of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It is possible that Redi and the fame he procured for Tuscan wines with his writings were responsible for the monarch's preference for those products. That predilection accounted for a visit by an English delegation to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany with the purpose of acquiring Moscadello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano for the Court of St. James's.

Montecarlo

Montecarlo is a little-known medieval village off the tourist route where wine makers take a French approach to white wines. The landscape is dotted with red stone noble buildings, the historic walls of Lucca, and hills adorned with olive groves. We offer half- and full-day guided tours to Montecarlo wineries by private car or mini-bus. ontecarlo is situated at the base of an ancient fortress occupying the summit of the ridge separating the Valley of the Nievole from the Plain of Lucca. The community was a redoubt of the Ghibellines in their perpetual struggle with Florence and the other Guelf communities. Although the town was founded for warlike purposes, it is an oasis of tranquillity, with vast expanses of vineyards and olive orchards extending outward from the town as far as the eye can see. Those vineyards are the source of Montecarlo wine. The wine originated in the Roman period and its fine quality was cited in documents drawn up in the centuries preceding the year 1000. The vinicultural industry was already flourishing before the period of the communes and the wines of Montecarlo were the most expensive of the region. At Florence, the principal consumer of the town's output, Montecarlo cost more than the Trebbianos, the whites of the Chianti area and the wines of the Greve Valley. In the 15th century, the wine was highly appreciated by Pope Paul III Farnese, according to a document written by his cellarmaster. The wine had already pleased the palate of a preceding pontiff, Gregory XII, who visited the area in 1408. A member of the pope's train, Cardinal Giovanni Dominici di San Sisto of Ragusa, enjoyed the reputation of being a fine connoisseur and devoted consumer of wine. During the visit, the cardinal so much appreciated the wine that was served to him in large quantity that he forgot his episcopal ring, leaving it behind on the banquet table. The wine of Montecarlo remains true to its history since it is generally considered one of the enological treasures of Tuscany.

 

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After a short ride through the city centre of Florence, avoiding the most crowded streets, we finally reach the outskirts of this romantic city and make our way towards the northern part of the famous and charming Chianti wine region.

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Wine Tours in Tuscany

Join us on a wine adventure in Tuscany. Whether you are visiting of Florence for a day or a Tuscan villa for a week, we can arrange a wonderful wine tasting or tour into the hills and vineyards.

We will customize your day in the wine country according to your taste and budget. For the curious type wanting to know a bit of viticulture and the wine making process, or the novice wanting to learn how to taste and appreciate quality wines, we will provide a tour which will be entertaining, informative and fun.

Day trips includes: private air-conditioning minivan, English speaking wine guide, wine tasting and light lunch.

Wineries are only suggested, and may be substituted at anytime based on group size and tasting room availability.

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Chianti Wine Tours

Due to its characteristic climate, soil and altitude, the land of Chianti Classico is particularly tailored for the production of prized wines. The specification "Classico" refers to the most ancient area of production of the Chianti region.

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Chianti Classico

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-1
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 225.00€ p/p based on 2

Ride through the beautiful hills of Chianti area, visits 2 wineries, highly rated by influential wine publications. You will taste the wines of the winery which will typically include at least one Chianti Classico,a Riserva and an IGT Super Tuscan.

Itinerary :

09.00 a.m. Departure from Florence or your villa or hotel in another areas.
10.45 a.m. Arrival at San Casciano and visit and tasting at winery La Sala.
01.00 p.m. Light lunch at a local restaurant.
02.30 p.m. Drive through the hills to doscover various vineyards.
03.00 p.m. Second stop at the winery Casa Sola.
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 5:30 pm

 

Chianti Castles

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-2
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 275.00€ p/p based on 2

Today you will drive to the old Chianti Classico, the former border area between Florence and Siena, rich with castles where were converted into well known wineries where you can appreciate fine wines in a splendid medieval setting.

Itinerary :

09.00 a.m. Departure from Florence or your villa or hotel in another areas.
10.05 a.m. Arrival at San Donato and visit to winery Castello della Panereta or Castello di Monsanto and wine tasting
01.00 p.m. Light lunch at a local restaurant.
02.30 p.m. Second stop at the winery Castello di Fonterutoli or Castello dei Rampolla.
03.00 p.m. Second stop at the winery Casa Sola.
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 6:00 pm

 

Chianti & San Gimignano

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-3
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 245.00€ p/p based on 2

Ride through the beautiful vineyards area, cellar visit, light lunch and tastings in 2 best wineries. You have the chance to taste the DOCG as well as "supertuscan" wines.

Itinerary :

10.00 a.m. Departure from Florence or your villa or hotel in another areas.
11.00 a.m. Arrival in the Chianti area and visit a winery and wine tasting.
01.00 p.m. Light lunch at alocal restaurant in San Gimignano.
02.30 p.m. Driving along the hills where you can see the different type of vineyard.
03.00 p.m. Second stop at the winery La Sala.
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 5:00 pm

 

Siena & San Gimignano with wine tastings en route

Private Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-11
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 245.00€ p/p based on 2

Driving from Florence to Siena, you see the towers on the hill of San Gimignano and you immediately sense the taste of Vernaccia. Arriving in Siena, walking through the old walled town's portals, you imagine the strong, full-bodied wines produced in the surrounding countryside.

The production zone of Vernaccia di San Gimignano is restricted to the hilly territory of the commune of the same name in Sienaprovince. The history of the community goes back to the Etruscan period and, since the beginning, agriculture has always played an important role in the local economy.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano, made from the grape of the same name, is one of the best-known wines in Italy and the world. Many hypotheses have been advanced to explain the origin of the word Vernaccia. Some experts have argued that the name is derived from the Latin word vernaculus, meaning a place or locale. Others say it is derived from the name of a Ligurian town in the area of the Cinque Terre, Vernazza. In support of the second explanation, numerous experts say that the variety originated in Liguria and was successively introduced into Tuscany at San Gimignano.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano was highly appreciated in the past and among its many admirers was Pope Martin IV (1281-1285). It appears that the pontiff was extremely fond of a dish based on eels and Vernaccia. In 1487, Ludovico il Moro of Milan ordered200 fiaschi of the wine on the occasion of the marriage of Isabella, daughter of King Alfonso II of Naples, to his nephew Gian Galeazzo.

One of the leading experts on wines in the period of the Renaissance, Sante Lancerio, rendered an extremely favorable judgment on the qualities of the wine. Lancerio, historian of Italian wine and cellarmaster to Pope Paul III Farnese, expressed regret that the town of San Gimignano was not cultivating Vernaccia as devotedly as it was the arts and sciences.

The long list of significant tributes was crowned in 1966, when the Vernaccia di San Gimignano was accorded the privilege of being the first Italian wine to receive a Denominazione di Origine Controllata, that was then upgraded to Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita in 1993.

Itinerary :

09.00 Departure from Florence or your location
10.30 Guided visit to the cellars of Fattoria Panizzi and wine tasting
11:30 Guided visit to the town center of San Gimignano
13:00 Lunch with local wines at restaurant La Mandragola
15:00 Short stop in Monteriggioni
16:00 Guided visit in the Siena town center

 

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Montalcino Wine Tour

Imagine being in one of the most famous cellars in the middle of Brunello vineyards.

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Brunello di Montalcino

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-4
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 275.00€ p/p based on 2

Brunello di Montalcino has become one of the handful of DOC wines hunted by wine collectors, because its depth of flafor and tongue-curling tannins give it the potential to age for decade. The lighter-styled Rosso di Montalcino, sort of a younger, "declassified" Brunello, was created so people could drink a more immediately accessible Montalcino to age; DOCG law requires a minimum of four years before Brunello can go on the market.

Itinerary :

09.30 a.m. Departure from Florence or your villa or hotel in another areas.
11.30 a.m. Arrival at Montalcino and visit to the winery Fattoria de Barbi. Where you can visit the cellar, finally wine tasting. 01.00 p.m. Light lunch at the local restaurant( if is required) or in a winery.
02.45 p.m. Driving along the hills where you can see the different typ of vineyard.
03.30 p.m. Visit to the winery Tenute Silvio Nardi where you can meet the wine grower who will show you the techniques of viticulture.
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 6:00 pm

 

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Montepulciano Wine Tour

The Nobile from Montepulciano is one of the outstanding traditional Tuscan wines. Sangiovese, here called prugnolo gentile, combines with canaiolo nero, to produce a masterpiece.

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Montepuciano

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-5
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 275.00€ p/p based on 2

Montepulciano is like a mini Florence, and for that reason alone it's worth a visit. It's an aged red wine of high quality. At the typical vines of Chianti are added in limited quantity the grechetto, bianco and mammola vines. The color is red grained, almost brown, the characteristic smell is sweet violet's, it has 12 degrees of alcoholic content

Itinerary :

09.30 a.m. Departure from Florence or your villa or hotel in another areas.
11.30 a.m. Arrival at Montepulciano and visit the winery Villa Sant' Anna, where you can have a look to the vineyards and the cellar, finally wine tasting.
12.45 p.m. After walking through the medival street of Montepulciano we'll reachhe restaurant Le loggie del Vignola to have a light lunch.
02.30 p.m. We then drive through the vineyards en route to our next tasting.
03.00 p.m. Visit the second winery at Poderi Boscarrelli where you will meet the wine grower who will show you the techniques of viticulture and explain the wine making process
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 6:00 pm

 

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Discover italian wine in the vineyards, in the villas and in the most beautiful towns of Tuscany

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Coastal Wines

Sassicaia

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-6
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 300.00€ p/p based on 2

Sassicaia is a magical word around the world, synonymous with the highest quality wine. This excursion takes you to the winery where Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta started it all, and where Sassicaia is produced today. You'll enjoy tasting wine and oils from the Montescudaio area.

Itinerary :

10:00 Arrival in Montescudaio and short visit of the village
11:30 Guided visit of the winery Sorbaiano
12:30 Lunch in Enoteca La Cinquantina
14:30 Guided visit to Tenuta San Guido winery (Tuesday only), Grattamacco and Michele Satta wineries (during the week) with guided wine tasting
16:30 Visit the winery Terre del Sillaboand wine tasting

 

Monteregio di Massa Wine Tour

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-7
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 300.00€ p/p based on 2

In Massa Marittima, the 13th century Duomo and central piazza are masterpieces of Italian architecture. Another masterpiece is the Monteregio di Massa Marittima wine from the area

We offer full-day guided tours to Massa Marittima wineries by private car or mini-bus.

In the north of the province of Grosseto (Tuscany), in an area that goes from the city of Grosseto all the way up to the Alta Maremma, there has developed a winemaking tradition that is closely linked to the history of Massa Marittima and the medieval villages that crown the hilltops of this rugged land.

Monteregio di Massa Marittima D.O.C. covers the entire territories of Massa Marittima and Monterotondo Marittimo and parts of Roccastrada, Gavorrano, Castiglione della Pescaia, Scarlino and Follonica.

Nine different varieties of wines are produced under this appellation in this hilly land - an appellation that valorizes a series of vine varieties that have been part of Grosseto's winemaking history since times immemorial.

Special attention is due to Vermentino, a white wine of distinctive character, and to two types of Vin Santo, one white and one red. The red Vin Santo is also known as Occhio di Pernice. It is a full-bodied and intense wine.

Itinerary :

10:00 Arrival in Massa Marittima
11:30 Guided tour of Frantoio Nerelli and oil tasting
12:00 Apero at Bar Le Logge facing the Duomo
13:00 Lunch at Vecchio Borgo located on the ground floor of the Duomo
15:00 Guided visit to the town center of Massa Marittima
16:00 Guided wine tasting of Monteregio di Massa Marittima and guided visit to the cellars of Moris Farms

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Other Inland Areas

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Discover italian wine in the vineyards, in the villas and in Lucca, Montecarlo, Casentino and Valdarno

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Inland Wines

Casentino

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-8
Tastings : Daily 4:30pm
Duration: 1 hr.
Cost: 29.00€ p/p

Casentino along ancient Roman stone roads crossing high mountains, the pilgrims found peace and wines in old convents and monumental wineries. The castle of Pomino and the Frescobaldi estates are points of interest in this little-known area.

Itinerary :

9:00 Departure from Florence or your location
10:30 Guided visit to the 15th century monastery in Vallombrosa
11:30 Visit to the Pieve and castle in Romena
13:00 Lunch at restaurant L'Antica Cantina in Poppi
15:00 Guided visit of Poppi
16:30 Visit of the Frescobaldi estates and wine tasting

Valdarno

Tour Code: MT-FLOR-WINE-9
Tastings : Daily 4:30pm
Duration: 1 hr.
Cost: 29.00€ p/p

The Valdarno was one of the main transportation ways from Rome to northern Italy. Today, between highways and railways, you canfind Renaissance monuments and fantastic wines along this history-filled river.

Itinerary :

10:30 Visit the winery I Selvatici in Montevarchi and wine tasting
11:30 Guided visit to the town center of Montevarchi in Valdarno
13:00 Lunch at restaurant La Torre in Figline
15:00 Guided visit of the Figline town center and the Serristori Palace
16:30 Visit to the winery Fattoria di Gratena and wine tasting

 

Lucca & Montecarlo

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-9
Tastings : Daily 4:30pm
Duration: 1 hr.
Cost: 29.00€ p/p

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9:00 Departure from Florence or your location
10:00 Guided visit to the village of Montecarlo
11:30 Visit the winery Michi and wine tasting
13:00 Lunch at the restaurant Giulio in Pelleria in Lucca
15:00 Guided visit of Lucca
16:30 Visit the winery Terre del Sillaboand wine tasting

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