Gimignano is a hilltop town South of Florence famous for its many medieval
towers. But it is also the location of one of the most important white wines
of Italy named Vernaccia di San Gimignano, the absolute first white wine to
receive the DOC status back in 1966. Now Vernaccia di San Gimignano is
Tuscany's only DOCG white wine, and it comes in a young crisp version and in
an oak aged Riserva version.
In recent years the area has also shown
an interesting potential for powerful red wines.
Sample itinerary (please remember that the tours are customized and will be planned uniquely for you when you book the tour): We will start thirsty from you accommodation at around 10 am. This area is very lush and will give you some of the best views of the rolling hills that Tuscany is known for. Our first stop will be at a renowned chocolate maker where we will have a tasting of artisan chocolate.
Then we will head for the first winery and the owners will show us around and talk to us about their production. Then it will be time for a tasting - if the weather allows it, we will do the tasting in the private garden.
We will then pay a quick visit to the town of San Gimignano and there will be a little time to shop for local products.
Possibly lunch will be in a saffron producing farm, if not in wonderful local trattoria. A typical Tuscan lunch with fresh produce from the garden will be served. In addition it will be possible to taste the renowned Saffron of San Gimignano DOP.
Then it will be time for a tasting in a family owned winery within the Vernaccia di San Gimignano region. We will do a tasting of a regular Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a Riserva of Vernaccia and several reds including a Super Tuscan. We'll return home with full bellies, a happy heart and great memories around 6 pm.
Possible modification (for whom may be travelling with a group of mixed interests): It is possible to modify this tour to be more of a foodie tour, so skip one of the wineries and add a chocolate tasting at a local chocolate maker, olive oil & balsamic vinegar tasting in a medieval village, cheese and meat tasting at a local buther.
PRICING FOR PRIVATE VERNACCIA WINE TOUR
Our tours are all included:
- full day (7-8 hrs) tour with expert English speaking wine guide
- transportation in air-conditioned car/mini-van
- 2 tastings at great wineries of the region
- delicious Tuscan lunch (remember to mention food allergies)
- our fine wine map
- handling of your purchases (wine/olive oil) to shipper
- pictures from your day (please request this in advance)
Prices are in Euro and are per person (incl. taxes):
2 people: € 300,00
N.B. The Vernaccia di San Gimignano tour is indicated with departure from Florence or Siena or thereabouts (not from locations further away).