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Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Tuscan Castle

1. Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Tuscan Castle

Join a wine-tasting experience and enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in the setting of a medieval Castle in Montalcino. Walk in the vineyard with an expert sommelier and take in the views as you learn about traditional wine-making. Taste 3 different local wines before sitting down for a 3-course lunch. Meet your sommelier and stroll together in the vineyard during which you hear the history of the castle and its family. Admire the beautiful Tuscan landscape and learn more about traditional high-quality wine production methods and techniques. Enjoy your exclusive guided wine tasting of 3 local wines with some Tuscan snacks. During the wine tasting, you will taste three of the most important and world-famous Tuscan wines, such as Sangiovese IGT or Brunello di Montalcino. The professional sommelier will provide in-depth explanations about what you taste and the uniqueness of these Italian wines. After, sit down to eat a typical Tuscan 3-course lunch. The lunch menu is composed of a selection of cold cuts & cheeses, hand-made pasta with sauces, and dessert with coffee. A vegetarian option is available, please advise at the time of booking if desired.

San Gimignano: Romantic Vineyard Dinner Experience

2. San Gimignano: Romantic Vineyard Dinner Experience

Take part in a unique, private dining experience, a must for fans of Tuscan wines and those interested in learning more about the area and various Tuscan places. In spring and summer, you will be surrounded by the magic of the Tuscan hills, and breathtaking views of landscapes covered with vineyards, olive groves, and woods. There, enjoy dinner accompanied by the estate's wines that distinguish them from other wineries.  The package includes: Dinner in the vine rows of the vineyard with Tuscan products: Appetizers: Tuscan cheeses and salami, Bruschetta and snack. First Course: Truffle lasagna and tuscan ribollita Second Course: Roasted meat with roasted potatoes Dessert: Cantuccini with dessert wine Tour and Tasting of wines including our current release and our vintage reserve library. Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. Cabernet Bartolomeo Riserva I.G.T. Merlot Baldassarre Riserva I.G.T. Syrah Cavaliere Riserva I.G.T. Vernaccia of San Gimignano D.O.C.G. Chianti D.O.C.G. Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Chianti Classico Riserva D.O.C.G. Vino Nobile of Montepulciano D.O.C.G. Red of Montepulciano D.O.C. VinBeato - Dessert Wine Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cold Pressing White Truffle flavored Olive Oil Pepper Hot Olive Oil Balsamic Old Vinegar selected

From Siena: Brunello di Montalcino Guided Wine Tour W/ Lunch

3. From Siena: Brunello di Montalcino Guided Wine Tour W/ Lunch

Enjoy the beautiful Tuscan landscapes on the way to the famous wine hill of Montalcino with your guide. Learn about the process and passion involved in creating the famous Brunello Wine, and enjoy a local lunch. First, walk in the vineyards and explore the cellars where the wine is produced and aged before enjoying an introductory tasting of the world-famous Brunello wine. Then visit the hilltop town of Montalcino. See the town's medieval fortress, and spend time browsing the shops and streets. Take in the incredible views of the valleys and vineyards below. Next, enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch at a family-run winery, accompanied by the delicious wines produced at the facility. Next, continue to the stunning and ancient Benedictine Abbey of Sant'Antimo, a special place set in a breathtaking landscape. In the afternoon, visit a third winery where you’ll get a detailed description of the wine-making process. Learn how the vines are cared for and about the long aging process in oak barrels. After visiting the cellars and getting to know the winemakers, you’ll sit down for a final tasting before the return drive to Siena.

From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

4. From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

The first part of your full-day tour begins with a visit to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, the City of Fine Towers. Armed with helpful information from your tour escort you’ll have free time to explore the town’s historical center and browse its artisan shops. Visit San Gimignano, the birthplace of Vernaccia, a white wine produced exclusively in the area. The wine is noted for its high quality and for being the first Italian DOCG wine. Afterwards, stop at a winery for a lunch of salami, cheese, and other local products, accompanied by Chianti tasting.  Discover Val d’Orcia, another Tuscan jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Montalcino, perched on a hill overlooking 1,500 hectares of Brunello vineyards that have contributed to the area’s international reputation. Finally, enter a local wine cellar, where you’ll have a chance to taste the renowned Brunello of Montalcino, rated among the finest Italian DOCG wines. Sample other typical local products as well.

From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

5. From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

Enjoy a day of culture, wine, and food as you visit some of the most impressive towns and villages in Tuscany. See the picturesque town of Pienza, and taste world-famous wines produced in Montalcino and Montepulciano.  Meet your guide in Siena and join the rest of the group to start your full-day tour. Depart Siena and transfer to a wine cellar in Montalcino. Cross gently rolling hills full of vineyards, and then sample local wines served with a delicious snack of the local produce. Continue to Pienza to discover the “Touchstone of Renaissance Urbanism.” Considered an artistic jewel of the landscape of Val d’Orcia, Pienza is a perfect combination of architectural beauty and harmony.  Most of the lanes bearing impressive names overlook the breathtaking landscape of the Val d’Orcia. Unique smells and flavors are entwined with this natural and artistic heritage. Pienza’s most renowned tradition is pecorino cheese. End the tour at Montepulciano, where the stateliness of its Renaissance buildings and the refined beauty of the town's churches mix with the ancient tradition of winemaking. Enjoy some free time before your return transfer to Siena by bus.

Val D'Orcia: Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour from Florence

6. Val D'Orcia: Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour from Florence

Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and experience the heart of Tuscany on this day trip from Florence. Ride in a spacious and air-conditioned van to the lush Val D’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop at wineries, stroll through local towns, and savor local cheese. Hop aboard the comfortable bus at a centrally-located meeting point in Florence. Relax on the drive through the Tuscan countryside on the way to Montalcino. Try some world-renowned Brunello wine and stroll through the cellars and museum of a wine estate. Hear about the history of this estate which once belonged to the powerful Piccolomini family, whose members included Pope Pius II. Move up to the peak of the town for views of rolling hills, ancient oaks, picturesque olive groves, vineyards, and cypress trees. Continue to Pienza, which stands high upon a hill and dominates the Orcia valley with extraordinary views. Explore the charming streets of this small town at your leisure. Head to Montepulciano, home to the famous Vino Nobile vineyards where some of the vampire movie "New Moon" was shot. Sip on some wine while visiting the dungeon where the wine is stored under the ancient walls of the winery. Sample some Pecorino cheese and finally return by bus to Florence.

From Florence: Brunello di Montalcino Private Full-Day Tour

7. From Florence: Brunello di Montalcino Private Full-Day Tour

Take some time to enjoy a region rich in refined winemaking and cultural treasures on a private day trip to the enchanting wine region of Montalcino. Visit 3 family-run wineries and tour their estates, including the vineyards, the wine cellars, the aging and tasting rooms. Taste a range of wines, and savor a traditional Tuscan lunch. Get picked up at your accommodation in Florence and meet your sommelier guide for the day. Then, head out into the Tuscan countryside to explore a region that has been producing red wines since the 15th century. Discover 3 family-run wineries and the famed Brunello di Montalcino, a distinctive red wine with Italy's highest DOCG that is produced from a local Tuscan type of Sangiovese. Learn about and compare the different styles of winemaking with your guide. Enjoy wine tastings at each of the scenic properties, which will include Brunello and other regional wines like Rosso di Montalcino, as well as a Tuscan lunch made from local products and specialties. At the end of your tasting journey, return to Florence for drop-off at your accommodation.

Montalcino: Wine Tasting with Snacks at Corte Pavone Winery

8. Montalcino: Wine Tasting with Snacks at Corte Pavone Winery

Visit the Corte Pavone Winery and learn what it takes to be a professional sommelier. Drive past cinematic vineyards and witness breathtaking views of Montalcino. Learn all about the Brunello wine, a specialty of Montalcino, and find out what makes it unique. When booking this experience you'll get to taste six different types of Brunello, Cru and Riserva. Taste some homemade Tuscan snacks along with your wine as you hear about the fascinating process of winemaking from your hospitality manager.

From Florence: Pienza and Montepulciano Guided Wine Tour

9. From Florence: Pienza and Montepulciano Guided Wine Tour

Explore the wine lands and medieval villages of Tuscany with a guide on a day trip from Florence. Escape the “Cradle of the Renaissance” on an air-conditioned vehicle and head to Pienza and Montepulciano. Sample some of the most celebrated Brunello di Montalcino wines.   Transfer to Pienza to explore its Renaissance heart. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Val d’Orcia, and learn about Pienza’s ancient traditions.  Next, go to the village of Montepulciano in the Val d’Orcia where you'll discover stately Renaissance buildings and churches of rare beauty, all set among the vineyards. Have some free time to visit the village before your return transfer to Florence.

From Rome: Private Day-Tour of Tuscany

10. From Rome: Private Day-Tour of Tuscany

Take a break from the chaos of Rome with a Tuscan holiday. The tour focuses on the famous Val D’Orcia region, visiting the historic hill towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, and the vineyards of Tuscany. Be picked up in Rome by a comfortable air-conditioned car or minivan. By mid-morning, you will be in the ancient Etruscan town of Montepulciano. The next stop is at the underground city, where one of Italy’s best wines, Nobile, is produced, and you will indulge in some wine tasting. Absorb views over some of Tuscany’s most beautiful vineyards before your private driver will take you out of town to a beautiful Tuscan vineyard. Stop at Pienza, with some free time for lunch. Get information on sites you may want to visit, such as the two Renaissance palaces and the beautiful Duomo. Pienza is a small town so you’ll go off on your own and take some time to wander around, enjoying ancient architecture and views of the rolling countryside. Whatever you choose to do with your time, be sure to sample Pienza’s most important product, pecorino cheese, in one of the many artisan food stores around the town. With full bags packed with wine and cheese, meet back at the car for a comfortable and scenic drive back to Rome.

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El tour arrancó temprano (08am) y terminó aproximadamente a las 19:30hs, el tiempo en cada lugar esta bien diagramado e incluso esta estipulado el tiempo del almuerzo en Pienza, donde hay muy buenos lugares para comer o tomar algo, la cata de vinos fue una muy linda experiencia, más por el hecho de que los vinos de Montalcino y Montepulciano son de buena calidad, el tour es en ingles/español por lo cual la guía traducía todo en ambos idiomas. Los 3 lugares que se visitan son muy lindos, vistas panorámicas hermosas y la guía durante el viaje explica parte de la historia de los lugares así como comidas y productos típicos del lugar, es una experiencia muy recomendable para alguien que quiera desconectarse del bullicio de las zonas más turísticas y disfrutar un día caminando por lugares hermosos, comiendo y probando vinos. Totalmente recomendable!

Tastings, but not only! I would have been to Montepulciano and Pienza even without it. On the other hand , not in Montalcino , shops and cafes closed , this Saturday 5th November afternoon , little to see there . Well organized tasting in Montepulciano. In Montalcino it was very cold outside, and the rosso was not necessary. Nothing to accompany the tasting, unwelcome at 4 p.m.!!! And village without interest, late afternoon not ideal.

Had a wonderful time in beautiful San Gimignano, and the wineries. Montalcino, though beautiful, everything was closed so we really only saw the fort. Our driver, Vincenzo, was super sweet and knowledgeable and took us to some great panoramic views to take pictures.. Like other reviews, the trip did last about 9 hrs, which is more than enough time.

Fabulous driver/guide who could speak multiple languages really well and had deep local knowledge (including winemaking processes), lovely comfortable vehicle to travel in, stunning scenery, the right amount of time in each town and wine tasting with genuine local authentic quality wine makers (plus lovely food). We highly recommend this trip!

It was a lovely experience! Guide Marco did a great job, very attentive, you can see that he likes what he does, very accurate historical and technical information. A breathtaking landscape, Tuscany is without a doubt one of our favorite places in the world.