Florence's region continues to advance its position as the nation's most dynamic producer of premium wines, following decades of turning out popular Chianti in straw-covered flasks. Tuscany's modern renaissance in wine began in Chianti, in the central hills around Siena and Florence, but it rapidly spread to take in the strip along the Mediterranean coast that was not previously known for its vineyards.
Much of the progress has come with classical reds based on the native Sangiovese vine, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Carmignano, all DOCG. But growing success with other reds (especially the stylish non-DOC wines known as "Super Tuscans") has been augmented by new styles of whites to enhance the region's reputation. Chianti, still the dominant force in Tuscan viniculture, has long rated as the most Italian of wines. This is partly because it is the most voluminous and widely sold classified wine, but also because it has a personality that cannot be pinned down. Its multifarious nature is quintessentially Italian.
The Chianti Rufina Wine Tasting
The Rufina is one of the smallest and least known of the Chianti sub-zones, yet it is one of most genuine and picturesque. The Chianti Rufina has one of the oldest histories in all of Chianti. First designated as a wine zone by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III in 1716. The Rufina lies in the heart of the Val Di Sieve, in the foothills of the Apennine mountains. The rugged and wild terrain of the Rufina has a unique micro climate of cold nights and hot days and produces very full-bodied and long living wines sometimes capable of cellaring for over 40 years. Located in some of the most beautiful hills to the north east of Florence, the Chianti Rufina is one the easiest reached, but least traveled of the wine zones of Tuscany.
The Chianti Classico
With over 700 wineries the Classico is one of the largest and most famous of the Chianti sub zones. Located south of Florence in the hills around the towns of Greve, Castellina, and Radda in Chianti, the Chianti Classico is home to the famous Gallo Nero wines (the black Rooster). In this zone you will taste an assortment of Chianti Classico wines in an awe inspiring setting.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made from a Sangiovese clone that is locally known as prugnolo gentile. As early as the seventeenth century it was crowned by many as "the king of Tuscan wines", and because the nobility eagerly sought it out, it became known as a 'noble' and 'aristocratic' wine. The hills around Montepulciano are gentle and rolling and provide an excellent backdrop for drinking one of Tuscany's most prestigious wines.
Wines from the Brunello region are made with a local clone of Sangiovese, which gives its name to this highest of quality wine. These wines are aged for over 4 years before being released to market (over 5 years for the reserves), and are among Tuscany's most important and longest living wines.
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.
Situated near Piazza Santa Croce and close to the Arno river lies a wonderful Cantina where you will get a warm welcome and enjoy a typical wine and olive oil tasting commented in English.
Tour Code: MT-FLOR-WINE-1
Tastings : Daily 4:30pm
Duration: 1 hr.
Cost: 39.00€ p/p
Includes: 3 Wines + Each wine tasting will be served with platter of mixed snacks :Pecorinio Cheese, Tuscan Prosciutto, Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Learn how to taste and appreciate wine. Your wine experts will explain about planting, selection, growing, harvesting and the work process. You will discover how to read labels, which to choose and when to open certain bottles. In addition, you will hear about what's happening today in wine journalism.
And that's not all. You will also learn how to taste olive oil. How to recognize good quality as well as defects in conservation, how to read labels, where the best locations for growing olives in Italy are and the process of making oil from the harvest to bottling.
Each wine tasting will have platter of mixed snacks with: - Pecorino cheese from famous cheese producer Putzulu Salvatore originally from Sardegna continuing in the footsteps of his father. Pecorino came from nearby Montepulciano and Montalcino. Salvatore cheese is superb.
- Tuscan Prosciutto and salami from Montaione 30km from Florence towards Pisa. This producer raises their own pigs so the quality is guaranteed to be excellent. A clean taste with little fat
- Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil made in January this year. Oils may vary but you might try Azienda Le Fonti Poggibonsi and Siena, San Leo Figline from Val d'Arno or Giorgio Franci from Montalcino.
Here are some of the wines you might taste:
White wine: From the wine maker Strele with refreshing Soave 2005 vintage from Veneto area. The wine is smooth, and tastes of peach and almond. Very interesting wine coming from the heart of the Soave area. The wine maker has only 3 hectares of 100% Garganega grape.
Red wines: An excellent example of a Chianti from a Castellare di Tonda wine maker, about 20 km from Florence. It is 100% Sangiovese and the estate also produces olive oil.
Third wine: A Rosso di Montalcino 2005 vintage from a Collosorbo wine maker, or a la Serena wine maker, depending on availability.Roso is the little brother of the Brunello and a great example of Montalcino house wine. The Collossorbo are round with nice fruit and low acidity.
Tour Code: MT-FLOR-WINE-2
Tastings : Mon-Sat 4:30 pm
Duration: 1 1/4hrs.
Cost: 39.00€ p/p
Select from one of the below or create your own.
The Red Wines Introduction to main Tuscan red wines and descriptions of the most widespread vines; the traditional denomination of origin (D.O.C.); the best of the traditional production, Brunello and Nobile; the role of the Cabernet and the new trends; organoleptic analysis of the wines presented during the tasting and suggestions for matching with food. Every sessions is accompanied by traditional canape (chicken liver), olive pate, tomato, garlic, and basil, veal Carpaccio, and mixed Tuscan cheeses.
• Rosso della Val di Cornia, Gualdo Del Re •Chianti Classico, Fattoria Rodano •Rosso di Montalcino, Barbi •Nobile di Montepulciano, Poderi Boscarelli
The White Wines Introduction to the main Tuscan white wines and descriptions of the most widespread vines; Trebbiano as the most traditional of the Tuscan wines; the new trend toward Chardonnay and Sauvignon; Pomino, a wine produced in the mountains near Florence; organoleptic analysis of the wines presented during tasting and suggestions for matching with food. Each session is accompanied by traditional canape, slices of toasted bread with tomato or garlic, olive oil and basil, and smoked fish.
•Vernaccia di S. Gimignano, Casalo Falchini •Candia dei Colli Apuani, Podere Scurtorola •Sauvignon, Le Murelle •Chardonnay, Colognole
The Rose Wines Introduction to main Tuscan rose wines and descriptions of the most widespread vines; Sangiovese grapes as the base of the Tuscan rose wines; the importance of the French model and the latest trends; organoleptic analysis of the wines presented during the tasting and suggestions for matching with food. Every session is accompanied by traditional canape, slices of toasted bread with tomato or garlic, olive oil and basil, and veal Carpaccio.
•Donna Vittoria, Villa Filicaja •Sangiovese, Fattoria Dievole •Rosato dell'Elba, Acquabona •Rosato della Val di Cornia, Tenuta Gualdo Del Re
Tour Code: MT-FLOR-WINE-3
Tastings : Mon-Sat 5:00 pm
Duration: 1 1/4hrs.
Cost: 85.00€ p/p
Choose from the best Tuscan wines from our collection or the best-known Super Tuscans. Our expert will guide you to discover the colors, flavors, of the best wines. Accompanied by artisanal cured meats and cheese, you will be immersed amongthe treasures of the best wines produced in Tuscany. With the help of our expert, we can construct a tasting like this one:
• a taste of red wine Barbera 2005 Boeri Giorgio
• a taste of red wine Aglianico 2003 Nerochiaro Luigi Moio (92 points T.S)
• a taste of red wine Barolo 2003 Luciano Pira (95 points T.S. )
• a taste of red wine Supertuscan Spirto 2003 Sant Agnese
• a taste of red wine Brunello di Montalcino 2003 Ciacci Giovanna
• a taste of red wine Mazzi Recioto 2004 ( Amarone grand father )
Choose from one of the many vineyard visits all over Tuscany. Chianti, Brunello, Montepulicano to name a few. Or combine a wine tour with a visit to some wonderfull art cities like Siena or Pisa.
Spend an afternoon visiting a traditional chocolate maker in the heart of Florence on this small group tour and savor hand made sweet delights, paired with Italian wines for the ultimate indulgence.
Duration: 1 1/2hrs
Cost: $49.00 pp
Today’s tour (maximum 12 people) is set in a Cioccolateria, dating back to 1936. You’ll view traditional methods of chocolate making before taking your place at the table where a feast for your palate awaits.
Sit back as you’re presented with four chocolate dishes: plain chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate filled with vanilla, and hazelnut creams. Distinguish between the bitter, acidic, sweet, astringent and salty flavors, and note how each mouthful is accentuated by the accompanying local Italian wine. (Children can team their tastings with a choice of either soft drink, juice or water).
The afternoon is not complete without supplementing your sweet cravings with the multiple textures of Pan Forte and Panpepato, two cakes typical of the Tuscan region.