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THE BEST OF TUSCANY

A Luxury Tour for Lovers of Tuscan Food and Wine

 

May 6th – 10th, 2019

Hosted by Philip Goodband, MW

$3,995 US per person

This is a luxury food and wine tour to the greatest wineries in Tuscany. You will explore the finest Super Tuscans, the jewels of Brunello di Montalcino, and the classics of Chianti Classico. Hosted by industry icon Philip Goodband, Master of Wine, this fun-filled, educational itinerary will bring you privileged access to the region's most prized estates. We take a maximum of 20 wine lovers as guests.

Come and discover:

  • 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 Col d'Orcia;
     
  • Classic Chianti with phenomenal tastings and visits to Castello di Brolio, Castello di Ama, Antinori, and private meals 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 5-star Grand Hotel Continental in the heart of atmospheric Siena;
     
  • World Class Wines including flagship labels from the top estates like Tignanello, Solaia, and Sassicaia, and much much more.

Your Hosts

Philip Goodband MW
You will be hosted by Philip Goodband MW, who served as wine adviser to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother for over a decade. A true wine professional with a deep knowledge and love for Italy and its wines, particularly those of Tuscany dating back to the days when he represented Antinori in the UK and now lecturing in Florence. A UK resident and former Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, his work and travels for major wine companies and consultancy have taken him around the globe resulting in a unique blend of knowledge and experience, which he happily shares in a very enjoyable and engaging style. www.philipgoodband.com. Our local partners will also join us to share their inside knowledge of the local culture.

Price

US $3,995 (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 unless during the free time, 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 US $750.

The payment schedule per person is:

  • $1,000 upon registration
  • $2,000 at 120 days
  • $995 (plus single supplement if applicable) at 90 days

Itinerary

Day 1
Monday, May 6thThe Tuscan Coast

9:30 am
Meet with Philip in the bar of the Hotel NH Firenze Hotel in Florence. This hotel overlooks the river Arno. From here, we depart by bus to the Tuscan coast and the land of the Super-Tuscans.

Meet at:
Hotel NH Firenze
Piazza Vittorio Veneto 4/A – 50123 Firenze
Tel: + 39 055 2770
www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-firenze

Visit and Lunch at Ornellaia
You'll enjoy privileged access to one of the most highly prized wineries 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. We then enjoy a beautiful lunch at the estate.
www.ornellaia.com

 

Check in at Hotel Poggio ai Santi
Nestled in the hills you'll 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. This is an eco-friendly farm where most of the food and wine is produced on the estate. It's a Tuscan experience like no other.
www.poggioaisanti.com


Depart for Suvereto

That evening 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 Franciacorta, Italy's answer to Champagne, you'll soak up the atmosphere of the medieval village during the aperitivo hour.


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 stunning private dining room, paired with several wines, and presented by their 1st class winemaking team.
https://tuarita.it/?lang=en

 

Day 2
Tuesday, May 7 – Super Tuscan Heaven

9:45 am Depart hotel as we never leave too early, and have lots of time for a relaxed breakfast.

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 private house for an extensive tasting and relaxed country lunch in the family dining room. This is a spectacular experience hosted by the lovely Estate Managers at Antinori.
www.antinori.it/en/26-generazioni/guado-al-tasso

Visit and Tasting at Sassicaia
Famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Sassicaia is arguably the most famous winery in Italy. It is the flagship Super-Tuscan, and 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 this exclusive tour, we will have a tasting of this amazing Super Tuscan.
www.tenutasanguido.com

Following our visit to Sassicaia, we stop in Bolgheri for free time to explore the town centre, and buy some wine if you wish.

Dinner at Poggio ai Santi
After a more formal dinner on the first evening it's time for something more casual at our lovely hotel, but with delicious food and some beautiful wines. This dinner is hosted by Castello del Terricio, a prominent Super Tuscan winery. Guests often say these are some of their favorite wines of the trip. We will enjoy them paired with dishes that highlight local specialties.


Day 3
Wednesday, May 8thThe Brunellos of Montalcino

9:15 am – Check Out and Depart for Montalcino

Tour and Tasting at Col d'Orcia
This Tuscan Castello is set in the southwest corner of Montalcino with beautiful views, and stunning wines. Owned by the Cinzano group since 1973, all of Col d'Orcia's wines are grown organically on their 144 hectares of vineyards. Their Brunellos are among the best of the region, as is their pure Cabernet Super Tuscan, Olmaia. 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. It's first class, and hosted by the owners.
www.coldorcia.com

Visit and Lunch at Sesti
Profiled on the front cover of Decanter magazine, and winner of countless awards, our next visit is the small family-owned and extremely characterful estate called Sesti. This is a magnificent visit hosted by the family. After a tour we have lunch is their own small chapel, sipping ultra-fine Brunello's and enjoying a truly religious experience.


Our visit to Sesti will be followed by a bit of free time to visit the picturesque hilltop village of Montalcino, a fortress, and something to see.


Check-in at Grand Hotel Continental in Siena

Our home for the next 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 9th - The Magic of Chianti Classico

After three days of outstanding estates, wines, and dinners, today is a late start. Enjoy the morning and live la dolce vita by exploring the streets, squares, and shops of Siena. Be sure to be back to the hotel after lunch for our afternoon in the heart of Chianti Classico.

1:00 pm – Depart hotel

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. We will explore the ancient hamlet owned by the winery and admire the art instillations for which the property is rightly famous.
www.castellodiama.com
 

Visit and Tasting at 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 where you'll learn about the role of Bettino Ricasoli, the “inventor” of the Chianti formula, and former prime Minister of Italy, twice. We cap it off with an amazing tasting including older vintages in the family's private dining room. www.baronericasoli.com

 

Visit and Dinner at Castell’in Villa
The lovely owner, a Princess, welcomes us to her beautiful estate full of art pieces, old cellars, and newer wings with modern equipment  – it's something else. We have dinner 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. It's a perfect Tuscan experience for our last dinner. www.castellinvilla.com


Day 5
Friday, May 10thIcons of Chianti

10:30 amCheck-out of hotel and depart

Visit and Lunch at Badia a Passignano
This stunning hilltop medieval estate dates to the 11th century when it was once an abbey (badia). Monks still live there. Our visit will begin with a tour of their historic cellars. It's like a journey back through time. We follow this with a beautiful lunch at the next-door 1-star Michelin, perhaps our best meal, paired with fabulous Antinori wines and an olive-oil tasting. www.osteriadipassignano.com
 

Visit and Tasting at Antinori Nel Chianti Classico
This ultra-modern Antinori property is one of the most beautiful works of architecture in Tuscany – and perhaps even in all of Italy. Sleek lines, minimalist design, and all the latest equipment are a stark but gorgeous contrast to the rolling hills and sleepy town of Bargino that act as the backdrop. Our final visit of the tour will be an all-star line-up of Antinori's best wines, including Tignanello and Solaia. www.antinorichianticlassico.it/en/winery.html

6:00 pm – Guest drop-off Hotel NH Firenze

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. It's a bucket list trip.

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.
 

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