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Welcome! I’ll tell you everything you need to know, and my personal point of view, about wine tasting in Tuscany.

When you choose Italy as a wine and food destination, you have to read all about tuscany wines and food. Than, you have to go on a wine tour with other wine and food enthusiasts (group wine tours or a private one) for an unforgettable memory.. Tuscan wine is the perfect match with Tuscan food, they were born to be together.

Italy and Tuscany wine production
Italy is one of the largest wine producer, and Tuscany is the flagship for quantity and quality of the wine produced. Wine areas includes Chianti, Brunello, Nobile di Montepulciano, Bolgheri, San Gimignano, Maremma and much more. Moreover, many wine producers started to produce also organic, biodynamic, natural or vegan wines, so that the method variety is added to the variety of vines and wines produced.

Where to start?
Every year there are more and more wine and food tours requests, specially from April to October with a peak in September and October, the harvest time.  During our wine tours you will have the chance to see all the wine process. From the grape harvest to the fermentation of the wine in the stainless steel ferment vats. In that period there is a great confusion in the cellars, but this is the most informative and fun part for a wine lover.

Enjoy the reading!

What is barrel toasting and how does it affect the taste of Chianti wine?

The juicy fruity flavor of Chianti wine comes from the Sangiovese grapes grown in the Tuscan hills. What you may not know is that barrel toasting also adds to the taste. It’s a common tradition in Tuscany to age red wine in large oak or…

What are the health benefits of Chianti wine?

In Tuscany, we think of a mouthwatering Chianti wine as a wonderful complement to a traditional meal. But there’s more to the story. Studies show there’s a link between drinking red wine and health benefits. It should come as no surprise.…

The Best Chianti Wine and Cheese Pairings

A question we’re often asked is which cheeses go well with Chianti. The first thing to know is that cheese is the perfect food to pair with Tuscan wine. The higher fat and protein in cheese balance the tannins in the wine. That boosts the…

Wine and sex: Is wine an aphrodisiac?

Fact or fiction: is wine really an aphrodisiac? Evidence shows that wine and passion can indeed be a powerful pairing. Specifically, red wine, like an aromatic Chianti, may help turn up the heat on an amorous evening. However, there is…
Glasses and bottle with red wine on color background, flat lay.

What makes some wine expensive?

One of the most frequently asked questions about a product is related to its cost. There is a trend to think that everything that is expensive is like a guarantee of quality. Especially in the wine world. In reality, the factors that influence…
The best wines for Valentine's day

The Best Wine for Valentine’s Day

It should come as no surprise that the best wines for Valentine’s Day come from Tuscany. In the dreamy landscapes of Chianti, we literally cultivate romance on the vine! Luscious Tuscan wines are meant to be enjoyed with all of the senses,…
Are there wines for beginners?

Are there wines for beginners?

The answer is certainly not obvious and always truthful, but many wine lovers say they started from the "basics". So what are wines for beginners? The fruity notes, freshness and ease of drinking are all elements that are usually appreciated…
Vallone di Cecione winery

Vallone di Cecione, a winery in the heart of Chianti

We all know that a glass of wine can do wonders: when well chosen it complements our food and can also help digestion. A glass of good wine is even better and it will help our spirit too. Vallone di Cecione winery is what you are looking for! How…
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, all you need to know

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: What you need to know

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano may not be as well known in North America as Chianti, but here in Tuscany, we call it the “king of wines”. The translation of the name would be “Noble Wine from Montepulciano”, a picturesque hill town…
What is grappa and how do you taste it?

What is Grappa and how do you drink it?

In Tuscany, we like to relax and sip a glass of grappa at the end of a rich meal. Guests on our Chianti wine tours often seem surprised by this because of a common perception that grappa is a kind of “firewater.” It’s true that this…
How to talk about wine like a pro

How to talk about wine like a pro

Don’t know a Super Tuscan from a Chianti? Not sure how to talk about wine in a restaurant? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with this easy cheat sheet that will have you talking about wine like a pro in no time. “Wine is like poetry…
How to pair wine and chocolate

How to pair wine and chocolate

Wine and chocolate can be a pair made in heaven.  Of course, our idea of mouth-watering nirvana is a luscious Super Tuscan wine from Chianti paired with silky dark chocolate. But the pairing has to be right to reach this state of joy. Wine…