The Tuscany region is a staple when exploring wine in Italy. And, as most travelers know, a trip to Italy simply is not complete without delicious wine. When travelers envision their trips to Italy, many know they want to visit vineyards and drink delicious vino. However, they may not know the best places to do so. In this guide, you can discover the best sites and wineries in Tuscany.
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The best areas for your Tuscan experience and how to get there:
San Gimignano: You can get here by train, by bus or by car. The ride will take you about three hours from Rome and one and a half hours from Florence with public transportation. Take Italo or Trenitalia fast trains from Rome to Florence. From Florence Santa Maria Novella Station, take bus 131 to Poggibonsi. From there, take bus 130 to San Gimignano
Montalcino: You can get here by train, bus or by car. The ride will take you about 5 hours from Rome and two hours from Florence with public transportation. Take Italo or Trenitalia fast trains from Rome to Florence. From Florence Santa Maria Novella station, take Regional train to Siena. From Siena take bus 114 to Montalcino.
Chianti Region: You can get here by train, by bus or by car. The ride will take you about three hours from Rome and one hour from Florence with public transportation. Take Italo or Trenitalia fast trains from Rome to Florence. From Florence Santa Maria Novella station, take bus 365 A to Greve in Chianti.
What kinds of wine are made in Tuscany?
These are the types of wines you will find: Vernaccia, Chianti, Brunello, Rose Sparkling (spumante) Super Tuscan and dessert wine.
Vernaccia wine: With a fruity and revitalizing flavor, this wine has a DOCG designation, meaning it’s among Italy’s purest wines. This particular wine is the only white wine in Tuscany of this rank.
Chianti: The most famous strain of Chianti wine is Chianti Classico. For a wine to classify as Chianti, it must be produced at least 80% from Sangiovese grapes. To perfectly enjoy your Chianti wine, you can’t go wrong with a delicious meal to accompany.
Brunello di Montalcino: This is one of the more expensive red wines. This type of wine becomes pricey due to its concentration of Sangiovese grapes. While Chianti wine must be at least 80%, Brunello di Montalcino is produced 100% using Sangiovese grapes. You can taste the authentic nectar in the region of Montalcino, located in the Siena province. With high tannin and acidity, Brunello wine reaches its peak taste after about a decade. Now, that’s a fine wine.
What to expect from your vineyard experience
It is best to visit this region in late spring or early fall. The weather is windy but sunny. It is less recommended to visit in the summer, as it could be too hot—over 85 degrees Fahrenheit on a sunny day.
Wines here are D.O.P. (Protected Denomination of Origin), so you will taste some of the best local products. This is the top tier of Italian wine classifications.
During your trip, you will taste different types of wine, but you will also be able to buy some bottles of the wine of your preference and take them with you as souvenirs. Additionally, you will have a dedicated member of staff who will introduce you to all the different versions of wine. Farms are often ruled by local families, so you will find a truly welcoming environment.
During our Tuscany experience, you will also have a delicious lunch. It will change depending on the season, but in spring, for example, you will have cheese, lentils, lasagna and chocolate as dessert.
Our tours of vineyards in Tuscany
With our Chianti wine outing, you will be able to tour a family-owned vineyard, sip tasty wine and enjoy a fantastic Italian lunch. With The Tour Guy, you can experience two different, amazing tours that both offer delicious wine options.
On this small group tour, you can take a day trip through the Chianti Hills and stop at one of our favorite places for wine tasting in the region. Your driver will take you to explore the village of San Gimignano and visit an organic farmhouse in the heart of Chianti. After all, if you visit Florence without the chance to sample the local nectar, did you really experience the magic of Tuscany?
You can also enjoy our private wine day in the Chianti Hills tour from Florence, a custom-made trip to enjoy the best of the local wines. With beautiful views, charming villages, and a private driver, it is truly one of the best ways to experience a Tuscan vineyard.
On this extravagant adventure from Rome, travel by helicopter to the rolling hills of Montalcino. After admiring the stunning views from above, enjoy a leisurely day of wine tasting, farm to table lunch and an opportunity to buy some of the best wines in Italy.
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