An ancient tuscany time tour, back to towers and castles and forts of Tuscany, to taste superlative wines made with unusual grape varieties.
Unusual wine tour for the 3 reasons:
- we are on the highest part of Chianti region, cooler and less touristy, although amazing postcard views all day long
- for the not common white grapes such as Semillion, Sauvignon blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Chardonney, Riesling
- for the wineries: an authentic castle, a stunning XVII Villa, a X century small winery and what matters most, they all produce superb wines, red & white.
We will pick you up at the central meeting point and after 30 minutes drive along the Arno river valley, we arrive at the first winery, 30 hectares large, only 12 cultivated with vineyards, where you will meet the owner.
(The name of the company derives from the nature of the soil in the property, characterized by a strong presence of skeleton and then to the view full of stones that emerge on the surface)
Agronomist and oenologist, he dedicates all his time to take care of his vineyards producing excellent white wines from french grape varieties, but also the traditional tuscan red wines made with Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Merlot grapes.
He even makes a sweet wine with the noble molds (Botritys) on the model of the french wine Sauternes.
Petreto distinguishes itself in the production of particular white wines from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris grapes supplemented by Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling, but it also does not forget the Tuscan tradition of red wines cultivating Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Merlot for the production of Chianti Colli wine. Fiorentini DOCG and IGT Toscana.
Here you will taste a white wine, (Sauvignon blanc, Sauvignon Gris, e Semillion), a red wine (100% sangiovese) and a sweet wine made with the noble rot from 2005!
Then we will continue our beautiful journey up to 400 m above sea level to reach an eleventh century castle and since all the castles are in a dominant position, from the terrace we will have a 360 degree breathtaking view all over Tuscany countryside.
The Castle is surrounded by 200 hectares of vineyards and olive groves and by the medieval village that developed on its margins, including a small church from 14th century.
It is a family owned Castle so that often you will have the chance to meet the beautiful young owner that will introduce you to her charming winery.
Almost all the 200 hectares are dedicated to the production of wine and extra virgin olive oil, their aim is to preserve the heritage of the area with particular care to the indigenous vines such as Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes.
Here you will taste 4 wines, a white wine (80% Malvasia and Trebbiano +20% Chardonnay) a Chianti red wine, (100% Sangiovese ) a super tuscan wine (70% Sangiovese +30% Merlot) and a sweet wine from 2009
The last winery is one of the most beautiful and largest eighteenth-century villas in central Italy.
The first document attesting the existence of a settlement of the Villa dates back to 1066 B.C . In the medieval time it was destroyed, with the exception of the XII century tower, The Villa was then rebuilt between the XII and XVII century.
Over the years the Villa had several owners, until 1935 when it was bought by the Rossi Counts of Montelera, already famous for the Martini brand.
during World War II, a lot of paintings by Michelangelo and Donatello were protected in the cellars of the winery, including the statues from the Medici Chapels and the Duomo of Florence, this was one of the main reason that saved the Villa from bombing.
Inside the Villa there were also a lot of wind mills to grind the grains cultivated in the property.
After World War II, the Rossi family began to restore the villa and the surrounding land, while the new generation started the wine-growing project producing now excellent and renowned wines.
Here you will taste 3 red wines , 1 Chianti (90% Sangiovese – 10% Colorino )
and 2 Super Tuscans (one 100% Merlot and the second 100% Sangiovese)