Tips on planning a wine tour
Herewith some tips to organize better your visit in the wineries of the most famous wines of our Region: Chianti, Brunello, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Nobile di Montepulciano…
- ‘wine tours’ include visit of the cellars with the explanation about production and wine tasting inside winery’s shop. If you are a wine producer and you want to visit the vineyards you have to do a specific request;
- usually there are fixed tours during the day: one in the morning around 11 a.m., one in the afternoon around 3,00 p.m. so that you can have time enough to take lunch in one of the excellent restaurants nearby and the chance to visit two wineries in a day. For example in one day you can visit Chianti and Vernaccia wineries or Brunello and Nobile di Montepulciano area;
- rates could be fixed or depend on the number of wines you want to taste;
- on Saturday and Sunday usually you can have only the wine tasting and not the visit of the cellar. Other restrictions you can find on holiday time like Christmas and during the low season, from November to March.
- there are no public connections to reach the wineries so, if you don’t come with car, add in your list to rent a car and contact the companies in advance. For example Hertz or Avis (remind that they close on Saturday afternoon, Sunday and holidays). In you have an adventure spirit think about a tour in the Chianti region with a scooter
- book your wine tour in advance because there is a maximum number of people the wineries accept for each tour;
- wine tasting usually includes a slide of bread with oil, bread and cheese (pecorino) but I suggest you to ask in advance more details if the matter is important for you;
- if you want to ship out wine to your home ask direct the wineries; otherwise you can do it by yourself trough Mail Boxes in Siena. They are able to export in compliance with current laws governing the import of wine products also in U.S. territory;
- do in advance all your requests to the wineries: you will save time and will avoid unexpected inconveniences which could make feel you frustrated :-).
Wineries we suggest:
Wine: Vernaccia (white wine)
Area: San Gimignano
- Tenuta di Torciano: what a funny man will introduce you in the wine tasting!. He is the owner of the winery, he speaks english, he is a Sommelier and he will teach you all you need to know so that all of your senses -visual, olfaction, taste, hearing and touch- will be able to enjoy the wine.
Wine: Nobile di Montepulciano (red wine)
Last but not least: wine tasting is a pleasure. Please, don’t overdo it!
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