Tour

The Chianti region, losing its most ancient denomination of Chianti Classico, extends beyond the area between Siena and Florence, and reaches the entire province of Arezzo, one of the largest in Tuscany. Accompanied by a wine and local expert, visit some of the excellent wineries we selected, while also enjoying the typical flavours of this land. Our half-day tour includes a visit to two wine cellars in Arezzo or Cortona, while the day-tours comprehend both areas, as well as a lunch in a tavern, farm or wine cellar. Tradition and innovation are intertwined in this part of Tuscany, where vineyards and olive trees grow on soft hills spotted with medieval villages and Etruscan archaeological finds of world importance. Feel free to combine horseback riding, hiking or E-bike tours with the classic itineraries, as well as unique gastronomic experiences such as truffle hunting, artisanal cheese production, visits to educational farms or a participation in a typical cooking class, without forgetting to hear the stories of the places that will welcome us.

Region

The province of Arezzo is divided into four valleys, each with its own characteristics. The Valdarno, characterized by “crags” (a unique kind of geological structures) and the suggestive Pratomagno massif, is the valley closest to Florence. Moving towards Siena, we meet the Valdichiana and then Cortona, a city made known by to the novel and movie ``Under the Tuscan sun`` and rich in Etruscan archaeological finds and churches. The Casentino Valley stands out for its Foreste Casentinesi National Park, the Franciscan Sanctuary of Verna (one of the most important places of worship in Tuscany) and the Castle of the Counts Guidi of Poppi. Finally, at the border with Umbria, there is the Valtiberina, where Piero della Francesca was born and where Anghiari is located (recognized as one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy). At the confluence of these valleys, as an old guardian, stands the wonderful city of Arezzo, with its Etruscan origin, narrow streets and its large square surrounded by medieval buildings. Arezzo gave birth to innumerable Italian geniuses, like Giorgio Vasari, Guido Monaco, Francesco Petrarca and Francesco Redi. The Antiquarian Fair (first weekend of the month) and the Giostra del Saracino (third Saturday of June and first Sunday of September) stand out among the events of historical-cultural-artistic interest.

Wine

Tradition and innovation have never been so competitive as in Arezzo and Cortona. Usually, it is the Sangiovese that represents the first and the Syrah to stand out as the champion of the latter. Sangiovese is certainly the most widespread vine in all of Tuscany and characterizes the main regional wines. It is widespread in the areas called Chianti Aretino. Syrah is instead an imported international grape that has found in the neighbouring lands of Cortona a terroir that allows its full expression, in a splendour hardly to be found anywhere else. The results are wines that, year after year, are conquering the palates of national and international experts. Both in Arezzo and in Cortona, wine production is regulated by the DOCG and DOC denominations. The two most popular wines are: Chianti Colli Aretini DOCG and Cortona Syrah DOC. Chianti Colli Aretini DOCG is mainly composed of Sangiovese (in a percentage between 75 and 100%) as well as Canaiolo nero (up to 10%) and Trebbiano or Malvasia (up to 10%). It goes well with red meat and game dishes. Do not miss the pairing with the typical spit-roast pig, tripe, wild rabbit or duck ragù, Fiorentina steak. Cortona Syrah DOC, mainly composed of Syrah (between 85 and 100%) and other varieties of non-aromatic red grapes present in the territory (up to 15%) expresses maximum taste when paired with roasts, grilled and spit-roasted meats, baked lamb and game. In the area, you can also find wine-making excellences, different in type of cultivated vines, production sites, refining techniques (such as wine produced in amphorae) and in their completely biological or biodynamic processes.

TOUR INCLUDES

Italian / English speaking wine masters.

Cellar / wineyards visits.

Wine tasting.

Private transport with air-conditioned vehicle.

Free WiFi (during the transfers).

Full / light lunch.

Photo-stops and breaks at your convenience.

Cash or credit card payment.

  • USEFUL INFO

  • from EUR99pp
  • Destination Arezzo / Cortona

    Pick up / drop off from your facility

     Tour duration 4h (HD) o 7h (FD)

    Tour period  Year-round

    Recommended age 18+ 

PAIRINGS

Truffle experience.

Cheese experience.

Horse riding.

Hiking / walking tour.

Biking tour with E-Bike or Mountain Bike.

Vespa tour.

Cooking class.

Photography workshop.

Photo shoot / video production.

Land of movies

Land of movies

Arezzo and Cortona are united not only in wine but also in cinema. Both towns were the set of important film productions. Arezzo has become famous for having been the backdrop for the film “Life is Beautiful”, winner of three Oscars, while Cortona has seen the international lights of tourism turned on immediately after the release of the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” , based on the book by Frances Mayes, who spent long periods in this beautiful town and also became the owner of Villa Bramasole, a splendid paradise in Tuscany.

TAILOR-MADE EXPERIENCES

TAILOR-MADE EXPERIENCES

We do not offer standard packages, but only tailor-made experiences based on each client’s taste and inclination, so to satisfy every need and expectation.
Your holiday is unique, just like you are! Tell us who you are, what are the passions that drive you, what are you looking for in Tuscany and leave us some (short) time to come back to you with a personalized offer.

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