We are very happy with our team of wine experts as you can read in “about us” and also very happy to work with the best tuscan wineries, producing high quality wine and placed in magnificent location.
Do not miss this opportunity if you are on vacation in the most famous wine region of Italy to come with tuscan wine tours with Angie for a memorable wine, view and food experience.
Boscarelli is a small family business since 1962, they have only 14 hectares of vineyard (35 acres) where they grow mainly Sangiovese grapes (80%). The production average is 9000 bottles
and the most famous of their wine is the Vino Nobile Riserva “Vigna il Nocio”.
Their goal is to make the most of the wonderful Terroir offered by the countryside around Montepulciano; and they succeed because their wines are excellent and also recognized internationally, every day Luca and Nicolò De Ferrari take care of the vineyard and the wine cellar with lot of passion, making great wines.
Castello di Brolio
Zone: Chianti Classico
The castle dates back to 1100, the current owner, runs the property since 1990, they have 230 hectares of vineyards (575 of acres), Annual production: 2500000
Castello di Brolio, is the most popular of their wines.
The Brolio winery is the oldest winery in the world, and therefore the oldest winery in Italy. since the late 1600s, the documents show the first exports to Amsterdam and England, while since the beginning of the 20th century Brolio wines are known and exported all over the world .
Baron Bettino Ricasoli, founder (1809 – 1880), was an illustrious politician but also devoted himself to the development of agriculture and vineyards. He is considered the father of the Chianti Classico wine: in 1872 he created the first formula of chianti classico wine and since then it has not changed much except for the fact that the percentage of white grapes is no longer allowed in the rules of the chianti classico wine.
The property is now handled by Francesco Ricasoli which has transformed the winery into an elegant and modern place and producing wines, internationally recognized.
Founded in 1920, with their 100 hectares ( 250 acres) is one of largest in Carmignano, producing around 500000 per year. The Carmignano Riserva “Trefiano” is one their most popular wine
Since the beginning the estate is managed by the same family Conti Contini Bonacossi and this makes the winery unique in Tuscany. Their first bottle of Carmignano Docg, dates back to 1925 following the old recipe that includeds Cabernet Sauvignon together with Sangiovese. The Cabernet was imported by the Medici family in the 17c. Ghiaia della Furba is another award winning wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah.
The position of the property and the great soil are good also for making a great extra virgin olive oil made in their own olive press and Vin Santo, the sweet wine. The winery is totally organic and worth a visit!
Cappella di Sant’Andrea
Zone: San Gimignano
Founded in 1959, the property own 8 hectares (20 acres), they produce 6 types of labels, in total 45.000 bottles of Vernaccia, the white wine and also 2 great red wines. The most popular of this winery is the Vernaccia di San Gimignano Rialto.
Flavia and Francesco, the owners of the winery run the winery with strongly organic method, making also some experiments by aging the wine in terracotta vases from impruneta , the so called town of terracotta.
Thay have also a little museum in their tasting room where you understand how it was hard to make wine in the recent past.
Zone: Chianti Colli Fiorentini
Renzo Rocchi, grandfather of Filippo and Stefania, the current owners, bought the property that now has 30 hectares of vineyards (75 acres) in 1960.
Originally it was an 11th century castle then destroyed during the famous Monteaperti war, but there are still some traces to see.
Filippo and Stefania, run the winery with passion, producing great wines since 1993.
They now produce 11 labels alongside white wine and and extra virgin olive oil.
Solo Io and Brecciolino are the most popular of their wines.
Do you know a better way to taste their delicious wines than in the most panoramic terrace of Chianti overlooking the vineyards?
The Fanti family is one of the historical producers of Brunello di Montalcino, as owners of their farm since the early 1800’s. Over the years they have invested in keeping up with the times with innovative technology in their new cellar, built in the 90’s, where you will see the fermentation tanks, designed and patented by Filippo Fanti himself, and a selective approach in the vineyards that now cover 50 of the 300 hectars property, including 100 hectars of centuries old olive groves, 100 hectar dedicated to the growth of grains and 50 hectars of forest.
The annual production is of about 200,000 bottles of wine with 8 different labels, ranging from white wine, rosé and red wine of course, including the local DOC Sant’Antimo, and Rosso di Montalcino, as well as two different Brunello di Montalcino and one Riserva. Fanti is a perfect example of how innovation and modern approach can still offer traditional style wines and during your visit their you will also be able to sample their delicious Extra Virgin Olive Oil, still made in their own mill in the nearby village of Castelnuovo dell’Abbate.
Zone: Chianti Classico
Situated across the border between the provinces of Florence and Siena, in the very heart Chianti, this small family run winery dominates the surrounding area from the top of a hill. Their 11 hectars of vinyard benefit from the high elevation of 400-500 meters a.s.l. and the well drained soil where Sangiovese strives and thrives to then become Chianti Classico. 10% of the vines include also international varieties, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that are used to contribute to the Chianti Classico blend, as well as for the production of a lighter red wine and two Supertuscan’s, named after the children of Alessandro, the owner.
To complete the picture, Le Filigare also produces Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grappa and Brandy and it is well established Agriturismo, where you might also meet the beautiful male peacock that runs free on the property.
Guado al melo
Guado al Melo is one of the leading producers of the Bolgheri DOC wines. Established by Michele and Annalisa Scienza in the late 90’s and with the precious advice of Michele’s father, the Professor of viticulture Attilio Scienza, this is a modern family run winery, with 15 hectars of vineyards dedicated to the growth of International varieties, white and red, as well as the more local sangiovese and vermentino.
The property includes also a small vineyard used to run experiments with rare clones and varieties that are used for the production of Jassarte, a unique full body red blend, and also some small examples of different ways of training vines.
The cellar building includes also a unique library where rare books on vitivulture and wine-making are consulted by novices and experts alike, and also a gallery of archeological exhibits. A visit to this winery is not only an opportunity to savour their beautiful wines, but also a unique esperience for understanding the history of the Bolgheri area and wine-making in general.
Zone: Chianti Classico
Monia Piccini and her husband Franco are the owners of this old medioeval monastery that Monia’s father purchased and restored starting in the late 60’s. Now the young couple keep running the family property, sharing the work required for managing this beautiful agriturismo and the surrounding fields where olive trees and vines give the right ingredients for their production of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Chianti Classico wines.
We are in the heart of Chianti, in the small but famous Conca d’Oro, the very first Organic wine zone recognised at European level. This explains the care that Monia and Franco dedicate to their farm, where everything is done according to the best organic practices, recognised by certification, and producing excellent wines and oil. After admiring the landscape around, with the old village of Panzano nearby, you’ll be visiting the vineyards and the cellar and finally, in the cool of the tasting room you’ll be able to taste their Chianti Classico, the Riserva and another two red wines, as well as the fragrant Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Fornacelle is a small farm that has been in Stefano Billi’s family since the end of the XIX Century, but it was Stefano, with the help of his wife Silvia, who gave this family run farm a new direction by planting new vinyards in 1998. He selected the different varieties and clones according to the soil type present on the 8 hectars that now make up the vineyards. The vines are managed manually and through the careful selection of the grapes only the best make it in the small cellar where tradition and innovation work together to get the best expression of each vintage, resorting to only the autoctonous yeast that is present on the skins at harvest time to start the fermentation, which for the more structured wines takes place directly in open French barriques, to obtain the softest tannins that caress your palate when the wines finally reach your glass.
With a combination of International varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (the latter used pure in the best years for the production of the exclusive Foglio 38) for the reds, and Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon for the whites and the more local varieties Vermentino and Fiano, Fornacelle offers a very interesting range of labels that include the local Bolgheri DOC wines as well as two IGT Toscana. A visit here will finish with a tasting from the fresh and drinkable Zizzolo bianco, to the more bold and complex Guardia Boschi poured directly by Stefano or Silvia.
The story of Michele Satta is closely tied to that of the area where his winery is located: Bolgheri.
Michele is one of the first producers of the local DOC wine. He arrived there as a student of agriculture in the mid 70’s, working as an employee and learning hands-on about the passion and hard work that are required to be successful in the wolrd of wine-making. In 1983 he started his adventure by renting some existing vineyards to start producing his own wines and in 1987 he finally bought some land and built the initial cellar. Finally in 1991 he planted his own vines and he was finally able to produce wine, deciding everything from scratch, being the first in the area to introduce varieties like Syrah, Viognier and Teroldego.
His wines are his expression of the Bolgheri area, including the more typical Bolgheri Rosso DOC wines and the two Bolgheri Superiore, Piastraia and I Castagni, named after the vineyard where the grapes grow. But he was also innovative with the production of three wines that each express one single varieties: Cavaliere, 100% sangiovese; Syrah, 100% syrah; and Giovin Re, 100” Viognier.
With the 23 hectars of vineyards Michele, now helped by two of his six children, Giacomo and Benedetta, produces 150,000 bottles of wines that have greatly contribute to the history and fame of Bolgheri as a top quality wine production area.
In 1984 the Gloder family came all the way from Milan to buy this property and settle in the Montalcino area where they used to spend the summer holidays. At that time the estate consisted of three restored stone houses in the middle of about 200 hectars of woods and fields that included also about 15 hectars of vineyards planted with Sangiovese in the 70’s.
In 1987, with the involvement of their youngest daughter Paola as manager, and later of her husband Alberto in 1998 as the wine maker, they gradually transformed the cellars and planted additional vineyard, to accommodate for the increasing demand of their wine without having to increase the yield, which would have compromised the high quality of their standards. Now Poggio Antico has 30 hectars of vineyards, dedicated for the production of Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino, but in 1997 Paola decided to also grow some Cabernet Sauvignon vines (2,5 hectars) for blending with sangiovese for the production of their Supertuscan, called Madre.
The winery is now a modern looking cellar, where technology and innovation is exploited for consistently producing both traditional and modern style wines that you will sample at the end of your visit in their cute wine shop, situated inside one of the charming old stone buildings.
Querceto di castellina
Zone: Chianti Classico
At almost 500 mt. above sea level, between the municipalities of Radda and Castellina in Chianti the 11,5 hectars of vineyards surround the restored farming hamlet where at the end of your visit you will taste the wines produced here.
Querceto di Castellina was purchased in 1944 by the family who still owns and runs the estate that accomodates the facilities for the production of wine and oil, as well as a well established agriturismo. Everyone here is involved in taking care of the various jobs, but currently the two brothers Jacopo and Filippo Di Battista are in charge of most things. Don’t be surprised though to meet also Laura, their mother, who still runs the kitchen there, or Bruno, their father, who might be busy keeping the grounds of this beautiful property tidy.
With the organically grown sangiovese and merlot, Jacopo and Filippo make a Chianti Classico and a Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, but a small part of the sangiovese is used also to produce a delicate and fresh rosé wine, perfect to enjoy during the introductory visit of their cellars. Then the reds will follow in the veranda, including also a Supertuscan made of pure merlot grapes and accompanied by different types of local cheese. To complete the picture, they have just a small parcel dedicated to two french white varieties, Viognier and Roussanne, with which they make a limited production of white wine named after Filippo’s daughter, Livia.
Quercia al Poggio
Zone: Chianti Classico
In the heart of Chianti, at 400 mt. on the sea level the XIX century farming hamlet that used to be a Vallombrosian Benedectine convent dominates the surrounding hills and the astonishing Elsa valley, with views also of San Gimignano, the famous medioeval town on the opposite side of the valley. Around the restored buildings there are 15 hectars of vineyard that the owners, Michela and Vittorio Rossi manage for the production of traditional style Chianti Classico wines using only indigenous varieties: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Colorino and Malvasia Nera.
The vines are treated organically, with selective operations prior to and during the harvest and the selected bunches are picked manually to reach the old cellar, where they will be transformed in excellent Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG and IGT Toscana red wine. The whole estate of about 100 hectars also includes extensive olive groves, for the production of the genuine Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a small vineyard of the typical Tuscan white varieties, Malvasia Bianca and San Colombano, which are picked and then hung for drying in the old Vinsantaia, the open cellar where, once turned into raisins, are then pressed to obtain a thick and rich juice that will then spend several years inside the old chestnut or oak “caratelli” to become an elegant and complex Vinsanto, the traditional Tuscan dessert wine that is also included in the tasting when visiting this charming family run winery. During your visit you will also be able to appreciate the beauty of the small private Chapel that is still used today to celebrate weddings in this unique setting.
Zone: Chianti Classico
This small boutique winery placed in the famous golden valley, so called for the past grain cultivation, was the first to follow the organic philosophy since the beginning , in 1996 when Renzo Marinai inherited the property from his father. The size is just 6 hectares ( 15 acres) but enough to make 7 labels.
The wine cellar under an old XII century watch tower is very unique, here the wines rest in their wood barrels lurked by classical music, which according to Renzo affects the maturation of his wine. Renzo is the only one who decides to keep also the cultivation of an ancient wheat, the “senator cappelli”, using the flour to make pasta and when katia has time fresh bread baked in the old oven outside.
All his wines are prized every year and you will discover the reason after tasting them.
The most popular of his wines is the Chianti Classico Riserva.
Zone: Chianti Classico
A very small winery, but full of history and a charming place to visit. This farm was a property of the Fabbri family since 1780, but it was Paolina Fabbri who in the 1920’s took it upon herself to make it what it is today, possibly the very first woman owned and run winery of the Greve area, in Chianti. Still today, the farm owned by Ludovica Fabbri, a niece of Paolina is a women run operation. The 5 hectars of vineyards are cultivated with mostly Sangiovese variety, but include also a small percentage of Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera and Merlot used to produce excellent Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and since recently also Chianti Classico Gran Selezione.
The small shop is inside the old “frantoio”, the mill where Olive Oil was produced in the past, so during your visit there you will be able to see how it used to be made, with the big stone grinder and the old press sitting over the collection tank. Now their Extra Virgin Olive Oil is still being produced with the olives of their 1 hectar grove but in the local modern processing facility and the wonderful golden juice will be part of the tasting there, in the beautiful surroundings of the Greve valley.
Tenuta le Potazzine
Giuseppe and Gigliola Gorelli invested in this property since 1992, when they bought an old farmhouse, restored it to become their home and cellar and 3,5 hectars of the surroung grounds that they planted with the local variety Sangioveto Grosso. Later they bought an additional vineyard near the village of Sant’Angelo in Colle to complete the 5 hectars operation of today.
Giuseppe is not simply one of the founders here, he is the winemaker and manages also all the work carried out in the vineyards and his attentive supervision and direct involvement in selecting the grapes prior to and during the manual harvest are what make Le Potazzine one of the leaders in Montalcino with the production of first prize award winning Brunello di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva and Rosso di Montalcino. They produce also a simpler pure Sangioveto Grosso IGT wine, which you will sample to get the full understanding of the evolution of this unique variety through the different vinification and aging process.
The cellar was recently refurbished and extended, to better contain these precious wines during the long aging process of 40 to 62 months and is now a most beautiful place to visit, even for the architecture alone, but you would never want to miss the tasting of these excellences to conclude your visit of this unique family run winery, named after the daughters Viola and Sofia that their grandmother used to call “potazzine” (chickedee birds) when they were little.