The first of our one-day wine tours will introduce you to selected wine-making estates in the Val d'Orcia area. But first, your driver will take you for a visit to Sant'Antimo, one of the most famous and ancient abbeys in Italy. The Abbey is in the municipality of Montalcino, a hilltop town where Brunello is produced.
Brunello is one of the most widely appreciated wines in the world, scoring excellence awards vintage after vintage. You can choose to visit any of the several wine estates in the area: we suggest the Ciacci Piccolomini, Castello Banfi and Poggio Antico wineries, where reservations can be previously arranged on your behalf. At each winery, expert winemakers will welcome you and explain the fascinating world of wine-making.
Moving to the Medieval town centre Montalcino for lunch, you may want to to walk the Fortress ramparts to admire the neatly groomed surrounding countryside, while the quaint old streets are lined with wine and craft shops.
A relaxing early afternoon drive along scenic routes going through the Valdorcia National Park will take you to Montepulciano, a medieval city whose name is world-known as the home-town of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Here you should not miss a visit to the majestic underground vaults of the Redi cellars, built from existing tuff cave.
The steep old streets climbing to the main square are lined with traditional craft workshops specialising in coppersmithing and frame carving. Again, a reservation will be pre-arranged on your behalf to visit some of the wineries where the most appreciated labels of Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano wines are produced: Avignonesi, Il Poliziano, Valdipiatta.
The Chianti Classico terroir covers the area between Siena and Florence at the heart of Tuscany. Our itinerary will take you along scenic routes through green hills and glorious countryside, stopping at some famous Medieval castles in whose cool cellars the world-famous Chianti wine is stored to age.
Castello di Brolio in Gaiole in Chianti is one such winery: enjoy a guided wine appreciation session while learning everything about Chianti Classico wine from experienced wine makers that will answer your questions.
Lunch will be at Castello di Volpaia, a charming village on the hills surrounding the town of Radda in Chianti, with some more wine tasting in the programme.
Next, our exploration of Chianti continues to Castello d'Albola, whose expert wine makers will provide a guided tour of the winery and a lesson in wine tasting.
Meat lovers will be delighted to learn that our last stop for the day is Greve in Chianti: under the portico surrounding the quaint central oval square, the old Salumeria Falorni is famous worldwide for its traditional Tuscan cold cuts and for the Chianina meat steaks, the real thing for "Bistecca alla Fiorentina".
These two different Wine Tour suggestions are distinguished by the terroirs and grape varieties traditionally used to make these famous wines. Moreover, travelling by car or coach through the gentle Tuscan countryside is always a great opportunity to admire the quaint medieval towns scattered all around, where time seems to have stood still.