Tour

The Montepulciano wine tour is probably one of the most beautiful wine experiences you can do. The tasting of two important wines like Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG and Rosso di Montepulciano DOC in addition to the famous Vin Santo di Montepulciano is a unique and exclusive experience that you can enjoy only in the magical lands of the Val di Chiana. If your aim is to spend a pleasant time discovering wine and other local delicacies, we suggest full-day tours with departures from Siena, Florence and Arezzo. We will be happy to accompany you with our minibus through the typical Tuscan hills to discover at least two wineries where you will taste their wines, visit the places of production and maturation, savour the smells, discover the secrets and listen to the stories of the winemakers: the true protagonists and ambassadors of the Tuscan tradition. In addition, where there is wine there is food: therefore, within our tours, a typical lunch in the cellar, in a farmhouse or in a tavern cannot be missed. If you so desire, you will also have the opportunity to walk around in Montepulciano or Pienza, both typical medieval Tuscan villages full of wine bars and local craft shops, or visit a dairy and taste the famous Tuscan Pecorino cheese. For the more dynamic and curious travellers, there is also the possibility of integrating the wine tour with a cooking or a photography course, a horseback riding, a truffle hunting session, a walk or an E-bike excursion among the cypresses of the characteristic, gentle Tuscan hills. However, depending on where you are staying, it will be possible to take half-day tours. It goes without saying that every place where we will accompany you has been previously visited and carefully selected by Tuscanist staff, basing the choice on our high-quality standards.

Region

At the turn of the Valdichiana and Val d’Orcia, Montepulciano stands on a hill at ca. 600 meters of altitude. Montepulciano is the land of Nobile wine and of many wineries, but it also offers an intact and extraordinary historic center, where getting lost in the alleys is an unforgettable experience. The city is defined “A Renaissance Pearl“ thanks to the artistic masterpieces of great architects that worked here in those times.

Wine

We are in the land of the ‘’Prugnolo Gentile’’, a name chosen by the inhabitants of the area to call the Sangiovese grape, used to produce the renowned Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the Rosso and the Vinsanto of Montepulciano. Here, tradition is more alive than ever, even though, as you will see during our tours, there are new cellars that make innovation their peculiarity while maintaining high quality end products. The three main wines of Montepulciano are all recognizable by the denomination DOC (DOCG for the Nobile) and are produced each according to its own specification. The Nobile di Montepulciano, is produced from a 70% of Sangiovese grapes, a 25-30% of alloed in Tuscany, red grapes and a 5% of white grapes. It can be marketed after two years of maturation (the Reserve after three) and bottled only in the Municipality of Montepulciano. The Nobile is one of the oldest wines in Italy: Records of its existence and quality can be traced back to 1530. It goes perfectly with grilled meat, but reaches the top with Fiorentina steak. The Rosso di Montepulciano, Nobile’s younger brother, is a decidedly younger wine both in terms of ripeness and discipline, in addition to being considered as a table wine. It goes well with first courses of the Tuscan tradition, better if based on meat sauces, local cured meats and cheeses. Last but not least, The Vinsanto of Montepulciano, also called “the wine of hospitality”. It is a sweet wine of absolute value that not all wineries produce and market due to the particular environment required for the drying of grapes and aging, in addition to the uncertainty in forecasting the final quantities produced. The grapes are carefully selected when still attached to the plant, harvested and left to dry in rooms with strict environmental conditions. The grapes are then pressed and put to age in wooden containers (the famous caratelli) of a capacity that varies according to the type of Vinsanto produced and ranging from a minimum of 75 liters (for the most valuable) to a maximum of 300 liters. Aging goes from a minimum of three years to six (and sometimes even ten) years. Depending on the type and age of the caratello itself, there will be a more or less satisfactory income which, for obvious reasons, will determine the final price. In addition to the standard Vinsanto, there are two superior varieties: Vinsanto Riserva and Occhio di Pernice. Vinsanto is generally combined with any type of dessert but it is typically used in Tuscany to accompany Cantucci. These dry biscuits with almonds are traditionally softened and flavoured at the end of a meal, dipping them in a glass of Vinsanto. Along our visit through the wineries of Montepulciano area, we will also find some IGT wines that, as you will have the chance to experience, have nothing to envy to the fine products described above.

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.

  • INFO TOUR

  • From EUR129pp
  • Destination Montalcino

    Pick up / drop off from your facility

    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.

THE HOLY WINE

THE HOLY WINE

The origin of the name “Vinsanto” is doubtful but it seems easy to trace it in the Christian tradition, for two main reasons: the first is that the Vinsanto (literally “Saint Wine”) was removed from the caratello and placed in bottles during Easter’s Holy Week, in order to be opened on Easter Sunday; the second reason is that Vinsanto is the wine the priest “transforms” into Jesus blood and uses to celebrate the catholic Mass. Also, during the plague epidemic of the 1300s, it was given to the sick in the hope that it would heal them.

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.
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