If you are planning to go to Tuscany for your holidays you cannot miss a wine tour experience in one of the famous Wine areas around Siena : Chianti and Brunello
You do not have to be a Wine Lover..it is worth to do it for many reasons starting from the locations:
Chianti Region is located north of Siena and it easy to reach from Borgo Grondaie as we are only 2 kms away from the Chiantigiana Road SP222 and SP408. You can enjoy both typical Tuscan Farm with vineyards and family run restaurants or beautifull Castles with their wineries and gourmant restaurants.
Roads in Chianti are very windy but very panoramic too and you can visit lots of little spots to shop in or just have a drink.
On the other hand the Brunello area is much wider and wilder. Should you wish to explore it you have to move to the south direction Montalcino which is the headquarter of Brunello wine production. The Val d’Orcia, that’s the name of the area, is famous for wine, cheese, art, bath thermals and for the amazing landscape of Le Crete. All in one place that you cannot really miss!
If you are looking for a place to stay not too further away from the Wine areas, Borgo Grondaie could be your ideal accommodation. It’s just outside the city walls of Siena so you can easily combine a visit to Siena and tour in the countryside.
So how to plan a Wine Tour in Chianti and Brunello Area?
Here for you a 7 TIPS to visit wineries in Tuscany and to help you organising your tours:
1 – Contact directly the wineries and fix your visit in advance. Otherwise you can ask the reception to book a tour for you. Booking at last moment is not always a good idea, especially if your holiday is during high season. Wineries have scheduled visits during the whole day so, try to be punctual because they won’t wait for you for so long.
2. “Wine Tour” means a full visit of the winery that last approximately 1 hour. First you visit the cellars with the explanation about production and then you enjoy the wine tasting inside winery’s shop called “Enoteca”.
3. The most famous wineries offer tours at fix time (morning and afternoon) so you can visit two wineries in a day.
4- Wine tasting is not free and wineries are charging different price depending on the quality of wines.
5- Car is necessary if you plan a self-guided Tour. There are no pubblic connections to reach the wineries as they are dipped in the countryside. So, if you do not have a car, we suggest you to join one of the organised tours with local Travel agencies (Mytour.it or Tuscanescapes.com). Mini van for max 8/10 people and local english speaking guide will take you on Tour for a reasonable price.
6- Wineries are not selling only wine but also Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vin Santo dessert wine.
7 – 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;
Are you ready for planning your self-guided Wine Tour?
We have a few contacts with wineries and here are the ones we like to recommend:
WINE TOUR IN CHIANTI AREA
Wine: Chianti IGT and Chianti Classico Riserva (red wine)
Fonterutoli – Noble Family Mazzei is running the Wine Estate since XIV c. and they have a modern concept cellar, an Enoteca for wine tasting and a Gourmet Restaurant called l’Osteria di Fonterutoli. It’s about 20 minutes driving from Borgo Grondaie. For more info click here.
Barone Ricasoli-The Brolio Castle is the most beautiful of the Chianti area. You can spend a full day there, visiting the Castle, the gardens and tasting wine in the Enoteca. You can join the tours or have a meal in its restaurant for more info click here
Capannelle– one of the most famous producer near Gaiole in Chianti. Famous for high quality and technology. Do not miss to visit the Capannelle Caveau of Wines…as precious as Bulgari’s
Castello di Albola– a beautiful setting with amazing view over the Chianti hills. Take a tour in the Historical cellars and enjoy the wine and olive oil tasting
WINE TOUR IN BRUNELLO AREA – VAL D’ORCIA
Wine: Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino (red wine)
Altesino– beautiful setting with amazing view over Val d’Orcia. Traditional family run winery with attention to quality. A great variety of production: from Brunello to Rosso to Vin Santo, Brandy, Grappa and Olive Oil.
Caparzo- one of the most famous winery of Montalcino. Stunning Cellar with high technology mixed to tradition.
Poggio Antico – a small Winery of High quality wines. Wine cellar tours and Wine tasting available all year round. In the restaurant you can enjoy an innovate dining experience as well as a stunning view of the Val d’Orcia.
Castello Banfi- the most famous Castle of Val d’Orcia. A Huge Estate with cellars, enoteca for tasting, 2 gourmet restaurants, a balsameria and even a glass and bottle museum. Great productions of Brunello and Rosso Wine.
….and if you are looking for a place to stay
Borgo Grondaie, just 1,5 km away from Siena city centre, is in a strategical position to visit the surroundings of Siena.
Edited by Hotel Borgo Grondaie