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Private San Gimignano wine tour

Itinerary


San Gimignano's wine growing region surrounds the famous hilltop town, a must-see for the first time traveller to Tuscany. Whereas we will make a quick stop to let you explore the town, our day will be mainly in the countryside around the village where we can relax at the wineries, away from the crowds of the town. The drive out from Florence is around an hour and we will immediately dive into the organic vineyards at the first winery. We'll get to know the fantastic winery owners who will most probably personally take us around the property. We'll have time to stroll through the vineyards (weather permitting), see the cellars and learn first-hand about the winemaking in the region. Tasting of several kinds of Vernaccia wines will follow along with a snack to soak it all up. Lunch is possibly in a saffron farm, or otherwise in a local restaurant in the countryside. We'll enjoy the local specialties and have time to delve into conversation about local traditions and history. In the afternoon, we'll visit a second winery in the region, or if you're keen to go to a Chianti Classico red wine producer we'll head overthere on our way back towards Florence.




Highlights


● Guided 8 hr excursion by our English speaking expert Grape Guide! ● Visit 2 exquisite wineries with tours of vineyards & cellars. ● Tasting of some of Tuscany's best olive oils ● 3-course light lunch at a farm, winery or countryside restaurant. ● Stop to stroll around San Gimignano (around half an hour)




Price & tour info


Prices are in Euro, are per person, and are all-inclusive of: ● Guided roundtrip escorted by Grape Tours wine expert ● 2 winery visits with tastings of Grape Tours' choice ● Delicious farm-to-table style lunch at a winery, or at a local restaurant. Full-day (8-9 hrs) from Florence for a min. of 2 people and a max of 8 with the following prices: 2 people: €450,00 per person 3 people: €300,00 per person
4 people: €275,00 per person 5 people: €250,00 per person
6 people: €225,00 per person 7 people: €200,00 per person 8 people: €175,00 per person





Private tours are exclusively run for the party of people who have booked. No group-ups will occur. The Grape Tours' private tours are fully escorted and include the roundtrip.

We accept group sizes from 2 to 8 people.

In the all-inclusive private tours, 2 winery visits of our choice are included with tastings and a typical Tuscan lunch. We base our choices on what we believe are the best places to experience, and we're quite picky!

You can customize your tour with any specific request (winery or restaurant). Please get in touch with your ideas, and we'll send you a quote.

VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO

Wineries: Around 70

Total square hectares: Around 730

Total production: Around 5.5 MM bottles

Also a region inhabited first by the Etruscans, some of the first written information about the Vernaccia is to be found in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

First DOC wine region of Italy in 1966.

Even though the region of San Gimignano overlaps a small part of the Sienese Chianti, the most important characteristic grape is Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Sangiovese remains the second most grown grape in the area. 

The white Vernaccia di San Gimignano is Tuscany's only DOCG white wine. Most of it is fresh and bottled in spring after harvest, but also a Riserva is made, oak-aged and fuller-bodied, worthy of aging. 

The area also makes San Gimignano DOC, an appellation that allows for a little bit of everything, and, of course, Chianti.

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