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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!

How long can you age a Chianti wine?

What better excuse is there than to open an old bottle of Chianti when considering the question ‘Does Chianti age well?’ And so I head to my wine cellar, which alas in reality is just a kitchen cupboard, and I peruse the selection on offer. Chianti…

Amarone della Valpolicella: inside one of Italy’s most distinctive red wines

Amarone della Valpolicella is a charming, heavyweight dry red wine of immediate pleasantness produced in Verona, located along the Adige river in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy. If literally translated, Amarone is conveyed as very…

What is Chianti wine?

What is Chianti? Is Chianti wine sweet? What is the difference between Chianti and Chianti Classico? What is Ruffino Chianti? These are just some of the many questions that we receive when students come to learn about Tuscany’s wines. While…

Brunello di Montalcino

In Italian the “legs” you see running down your glass when wine tasting are lacrime or “tears”. A nice vintage of Brunello di Montalcino (especially 2010 vintage!) will certainly bring any wine lover lacrime di gioia – tears of joy!…

San Gimignano and famous white wine, Vernaccia

San Gimignano is a beautiful medieval town located in the province of Siena, just northwest of Siena itself and southwest of Florence. The town is easily identified as one arrives due to the high number of medieval towers that characterize its…

Is Chianti considered a dry wine?

When friends ask me to advise them on a suitable wine, more often than not they say to me ‘I don’t like dry wine’, followed swiftly by the statement ‘I prefer fruity wine’, and this is a common misconception in wine tasting; that a…

What’s in a name? Sangiovese and Chianti

So there we were. Two pals in a Florentine wine bar (Enoteca), putting the world to rights over, of course, a couple of glasses of red. “Tell me,” enquires my companion, “what is the difference between Peter Parker and Spiderman?” …

Chianti Colli Fiorentini and Window With A View

Florence’s “buche del vino” and Chianti Colli Fiorentini “What are those curious little windows adorning the facades of dozens of palazzi in Florence’s historic centre?” It’s a question often asked by Chianti wine tasting groups.…

Tenuta Castiglioni: the origins of Frescobaldi wines

The Frescobaldi family started producing and selling wine to the Courts of Europe at the beginning of the XIV century, but their wine-making vocation started much earlier and is deeply rooted in the most ancient of the six estates that the family…

Consorzio Chianti Classico – The Black Rooster and other tuscan legends

.The story of how the black rooster –Gallo Nero– became the Chianti Military League’s symbol is the stuff of Medieval legends involving knights and longstanding rivalries, the traces of which adorn the ceiling of Florence’s emblematic…

Marchesi De’ Frescobaldi – The Art of Commitment

The immense variety of fine Tuscan wines behind the Frescobaldi name should really be no surprise considering the family’s history dates back over a thousand years. Their activities as bankers and merchants in the Renaissance are intertwined…

Tenuta Capezzana:  History in the Wine-making

Rarely does a winery manage to blend past and present with such elegance as Tenuta Capezzana. The magnificent estate located in the town of Carmignano, not far from Prato, offers breathtaking views on the Tuscan capital lying just to the west,…