Tuscany Wine Tour

 

THE BEST OF TUSCANY



A Luxury Tour for Lovers of Tuscan Food and Wine

 

**Our next tour to Tuscany will be May 6th - May 10th, 2019. Please contact us if you are interested:

David@finevintageltd.com

 

This is a luxury trip with outstanding food, amazing wine, and luxurious hotels. Set among the backdrop of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside and hosted by James Cluer MW, the fun-filled, educational itinerary will bring you privileged access to the region’s most prized estates.

On this tour, you will experience:

 

  • Super Tuscan Heaven with lunches at Ornellaia and Guado al Tasso, a visit to Sassicaia, and a dinner to remember at Tua Rita;
     
  • Magnificence in Montalcino with a visit to the idyllic hill-top town of Montalcino and the beautiful Brunellos of Sesti and Argiano;
     
  • Classic Chianti with phenomenal tastings and visits to Castello di Brolio, Castello di Ama, Tignanello, and private lunches at Castell’in Villa and the Michelin-starred Osteria di Passignano set among the vines;
     
  • First class treatment at our personally selected hotels of Poggio ai Santi and Grand Hotel Continental in the heart of atmospheric Siena;
     
  • World Class Wines including flagship labels from the top estates we will visit and much more.

Your Hosts

James Cluer MW Filipo Magnani

James Cluer MW and Filippo Magnani                      

For your entertainment, the arm waving Filippo, our local partner, will also be there to take care of you.

Price

CAD $4,295 (including tax)

The cost is per person based on double occupancy at the hotels. This price includes all accommodation, visits and tastings at wineries, all meals, all wine at meals, and local transport. Flights and travel arrangements to/from Florence are not included.

If you are travelling by yourself there will be a single supplement of CAD $900.

The payment schedule per person is:

  • $1,000 upon registration
  • $2,000 at 120 days
  • $1,295 (plus single supplement if applicable) at 90 days

Itinerary

Day 1
Monday, May 28thThe Tuscan Coast

10:00 am

Meet with James and Filippo in the Westin Excelsior in Florence. This hotel overlooks the river Arno and is very central in Florence. From here, we depart by bus at 10:00 am to the Tuscan coast and the land of the Super-Tuscans.

Meet at:
Westin Excelsior Hotel Florence
Piazza di Ognissanti 3 - 50123, Firenze
Tel: + 39.055.27151
www.westin.com




Visit and Lunch at Ornellaia
A privileged access to one of the most highly prized wine in any collector’s cellar. We visit the famed Masseto vineyard (Italy’s most expensive Merlot-based wine), see the whole Ornellaia cellar, and taste the best of the iconic Frescobaldi range. www.ornellaia.com






Check in at Hotel Poggio ai Santi
Nestled up in the hills you arrive at a Tuscan farm surrounded by beautiful gardens, olive groves and vineyards, with a stunning view of the Mediterranean. Family owned and operated, warm and friendly, the rooms are done in a classic Tuscan country style.  www.poggioaisanti.com


 

 


Depart for Suvereto
At 6:00pm, we will travel just 15 minutes from the hotel to a
tiny little Tuscan village that dates back several hundred years. While we sip on bubbly and have some small bites we soak up the atmosphere of the medieval village.  

 





Visit and Dinner at Tua Rita
Tua Rita is a Super Tuscan cult wine that was the first ever in Tuscany to get a 100-point Parker rating. After visiting the vineyard and the cellar we will have several courses for dinner in their private dining room. www.tuarita.it






Day 2
Tuesday, May 29 – Super Tuscan Heaven

9:45 am Depart hotel   


Visit and Tasting at Guado al Tasso

The Antinori-owned Guado al Tasso estate is located near Bolgheri, the wine capital of the region. After a tour of the estate and its vineyards and cellars we enter the house for an extensive tasting and relaxed country lunch in the family dining room. www.antinori.it/en/26-generazioni/guado-al-tasso



Visit and Tasting at Sassicaia
Famous for its silky-smooth Cabernet, Sassicaia is a must-have in the cellars of any collector. So famous is Sassicaia that it was bestowed its own appellation, Bolgheri-Sassicaia, in the late 1990s. After a full tour, we will have a super-tasting of this truly Super Tuscan.  www.tenutasanguido.com




Following our visit to Sassicaia, we will stop in Bolgheri for a bit of free time to explore the town centre and do a bit of shopping.

Dinner at Poggio ai Santi
After a more formal dinner on the first evening it’s time for something more casual, but with delicious food and some beautiful wines hosted by a prominent local winery. We will also enjoy these wines paired with dishes that showcase local specialties.


Day 3
Wednesday, May 30thThe Brunellos of Montalcino

10:00 am – Check Out and Depart for Montalcino

Visit and Lunch at Sesti
Profiled on the front cover of Decanter magazine, and winner of countless awards, our first stop is the small family-owned and extremely characterful estate called Sesti. After a tour of the intimate cellars under the ancient castle we enter their own chapel for lunch where we will enjoy amazing vintages and share stories with the family. www.sestiwine.com

Tour and Tasting at Argiano
This Tuscan Castello is more than 500 years old, with cavernous underground cellars, and flags flying from the turrets on the rooftops. After visiting the cellars and learning about the production process we have a seated tasting of several different vintages and styles of wine, including their own Super-Tuscan. www.argiano.net  

Our visit to Argiano will be followed by a bit of free time to visit the picturesque hilltop village of Montalcino. 


Check-in at Grand Hotel Continental in Siena

Our home for 2 nights in Siena is the 5-star Grand Hotel Continental. Tonight is a free evening to enjoy the restaurants and nightlife of Siena. www.grandhotelcontinentalsiena.com/


 


Day 4
Thursday, May 31th - The Magic of Chianti Classico

9:30 am – Depart hotel

Castello di Brolio
Dating back to 1141, the Castello di Brolio is the oldest winery in Italy and the fourth longest-lived family-owned company in the world. We are given access to the family’s private areas of the castello for an amazing vertical tasting including older vintages. www.baronericasoli.com  

 

 

Visit and Lunch at Castell’in Villa
The lovely owner, a Princess, welcome us to her beautiful estate full of is art pieces, old cellars, and newer wings with modern equipment - it’s something else. We have lunch here with a selection of amazing old vintage wines, set in an atmosphere that always seems to bring out the fun and laughter in everyone. www.castellinvilla.com
 


Visit and Tasting at Castello di Ama
One of the most stunning wineries in all of our wine tour itineraries, our visit to Castello di Ama includes not only their incredible wines but also an olive oil tasting from their own olive groves and a wander through the ancient hamlet owned by the winery to view the art instillations for which the property is rightly famous. www.castellodiama.com




Day 5
Friday, October 6thIcons of Chianti

10.00 amCheck-out of hotel and depart

Visit and Tasting at Tenuta Tignanello
Launched by Antinori in 1971, Tignanello shook up the Italian wine industry, leading to far-reaching changes in rules and attitudes. In 1978 Antinori launched Solaia, another classic wine, from the neighboring vineyard and ranked #1 wine in the world by Wine Spectator. Our visit here will include tastings of these two icons of Italian wine. www.tignanello.com

 

 

Lunch at the Osteria di Passignano
This is a final pasto excellente accompanied by a curated taste of olive oils and Antinori wines. The restaurant is Michelin-starred and forms part of the stunning medieval Badia a Passignano. www.osteriadipassignano.com

5.00 pm – Guest drop-off at the Florence train station and then The Westin Hotel

This is a luxurious trip, hosted by local and international wine experts, visiting the great estates with a small group of about 20 like-minded fun-loving people. It’s suited to all wine lovers.

To Join the Tour: Simply click on the Book Now icon at the top-right of this page. If you have any questions please email David, your personal travel concierge, at David@FineVintageLtd.com.

 

Featured wine tasting holiday to Tuscany, Italy:

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