San 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.
The area is also Chianti so area for light reds, and in recent years the area has also shown
an interesting potential for more potent red wines.
Sample itinerary (please remember that the tours are customized and will be planned uniquely for you when you book the tour and may change according to availability with our collaborators): We will start thirsty from you accommodation in the morning. On our way we'll introduce you to the region and its history.
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 small chocolate maker where we will have a tasting of artisan chocolate.
Then we will head to an old Enoteca in the village of Colle di Val d'Elsa for a tasting of olive oils and vinegars and talk all about what makes the Tuscan olive oil so unique and wonderful.
We will then pay a quick visit to the town of San Gimignano where we will taste great cheeses and there will be a little free time to visit the village for sight seeing or shopping.
Lunch will be in a family owned saffron farm. 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 and to understand the characteristics of this world renowned saffron.
Then it will be time for a tour and tasting in a wonderful little organic 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 couple of reds typical of the region. We'll return home with full bellies, a happy heart and great memories in time for dinner.
NB. Wine will be served throughout the day :)
PRICING FOR PRIVATE VERNACCIA WINE TOUR
Our tours are all included:
- full day (8 hrs) tour with expert English speaking wine guide
- transportation in air-conditioned car/mini-van
- Tour & tasting at a great winery of the region & lots of food and wine samples during the day
- 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):
people: € 350,00
N.B. The Vernaccia di San Gimignano tour is indicated with departure from Florence or Siena or thereabouts. Please note that private tours are usually only available on week days.
For families traveling with kids we offer special prices for the between 8-16 yrs old - we will respond to your request with the rates for the tour that you request. Please note that we do not provide seats for children so we recommend minimum age being around 8 yrs.
If you are staying in other parts of Tuscany, you can either come meet us closer to the region you would like to tour or we can arrange for your wine tour with a professional driver from the region you'll be staying in: Tuscany à la carte
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