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Amaze yourself with this wine and food touring of Siena, the world's largest Medieval village. You will wander around to the most important classic wine regions of Tuscany and truly get to understand the Tuscany's traditional wines. This culinary adventure will allow you to taste the typical foods of each visited area, meet the locals, owners of farms and artisan shops, and tour some of the most beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, including several quaint villages. Make yours the Italian tradition of refined wine and memorable dishes.
You will spend 5 nights in the Tuscan region. Tuscan Wine Tours offers a wide selection of accommodations, from bed and breakfast, agritourism, or hotels of high quality standards.
Benvenuti! Arrive in Siena on this day in time for your afternoon intro: a wine class in Siena in the Tuscan Wine School at 16:00 that will give you a preview of the regions that you will visit the next 4 days, with a generous tasting of a wine from each region. The tasting will be conducted by Sommelier Sofia, who will also be able to answer your questions about Siena if you arrive a little early to the class.
San Gimignano is Tuscany's classic area for white wines. Your first day trip goes to the Val d'Elsa and on the way to San Gimignano, you shall stop in a chocolate factory and a medieval village for a tasting of olive oil and vinegar. You shall visit San Gimignano before lunch for a stroll. Soon after, you will head to lunch in a saffron farm with your first tasting of the local wines. After lunch, you will head for a small winery of organic wines, family owned, of high quality products.
On this journey, you are going to visit Montepulciano, a beautiful hilltop town in Tuscany. This will be your first encounter with the famous red wines in Tuscany, especially with Sangiovese, also known as noble wine of Montepulciano. This day will be a discovery of the region and its wonderful warming reds and dessert wine. Two wineries will be visited on this day, and a cheese tasting will take place at a pecorino farm. Lunch will be served at one of the wineries.
Chianti Classico is Tuscany's oldest geographical wine region. You will head up the steep hills of the region, stopping in a vineyard to show you how the grape growing works. Then, visit a historical castle, the cradle of Chianti Classico, and do a short tasting. Lunch will be at a famous butcher in Panzano, Dario Cecchini, so you can look forward to a great meat tasting. In the afternoon, you will visit a small family owned winery to hear the stories of the wine making in Chianti and to taste some more lovely wines.
Montalcino is know as the pearl of Tuscan wine making. It is always good to save the best for last, so on this day, you will go to southern Tuscany to discover how the Brunello wine distinguishes itself from the other regions. You will have appointments in a couple of great wineries of the area; you will be really able to compare the areas and their wine. You will also taste truffles found in northern area of Montalcino: San Giovanni d'Asso.
Departure will be at your own pace, it could also be on Friday evening, generally the day tours finished around 18:00. You can make Friday your last lovely evening perhaps in the company of some of the other tour participants, is up to you. Arriverderci!
Explore Montepulciano region, two wineries, and a pecorino farm.
Tour of San Gimignano and a small winery of organic wine
Visit a chocolate factory and a medieval village
Visit Chianti Classico, a local vineyard, a historical castle, and a small family owned winery
Visit two wineries in Motalcino
This vacation will take place in Tuscany, Italy.
During your culinary vacation, you will sample local meat, cheeses, olive oil, vinegar, and truffles. Everyday you will enjoy a light Tuscan lunch at a farm or a restaurant. Your wine tastings will consist on several types of wine, including red, white, and orange. In Italy regions tend to specialize in a few specific wines, it's very much based on what the climate allows to grow and on tradition of the area. Tuscany produces around 85% red wines, so whites appear but only as complimentary to the reds, not all wineries produce a white. An exception would be San Gimignano that produces a fair amount of whites.
The closets airports to the location are Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR) and Pisa International Airport (PSA).