As a region known for producing the finer things in life – art, fashion, culture, food – it should come as no surprise that excellent wine is another Tuscan specialty. So exploring Tuscany vineyards and wineries is a bucket list essential on any trip to this area of Italy.
Happily, touring a vineyard makes for the ideal tourist activity. You get to take in the glorious views of rolling hills covered in vines, learn all about the local culture and discover how wine is made here. Best of all, you get to indulge in a wine tasting (or several, we won’t judge!), often accompanied by delicious typical Tuscan snacks too.
Get planning your next Italian adventure discovering the unique charms of these Tuscany vineyards and wineries…
Toast to an incredible view from an ancient castle
Perched atop a hill and overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany, Castello di Nipozzano has been passed from generation to generation of Florentine nobility. The enchanting medieval castle is worth a visit just to see it, but you know what we’re really here for. Wine tastings are a must-try experience, taking place in the Frescobaldi family’s private cellars. Visiting the ancient underground cellars and strolling through the vineyards and olive groves, founded over 1000 years ago, you get an authentic feel of for the essence of Tuscany.
Don’t want to leave? You don’t have to. Castello di Nipozzano is one of many Tuscany vineyards and wineries that offer luxurious accommodation too. Can you imagine a more perfect break than sipping local wine from a hot tub overlooking ancient vineyards?
Where better to enjoy fine Tuscan wine than somewhere that’s been producing it for around 1200 years? If they don’t know their stuff at Capezzana, we don’t know who will! This is a must-visit Tuscany vineyard and winery if you’re looking for an immersive culinary experience. Book in at their cookery school and get a hands-on lesson in preparing delicious Tuscan delicacies as well as a tour of the ancient cellars and a tasting of their finest wines.
Get a taste of organic wine in Montalcino
The medieval hill town of Montalcino is known for its production of one of Italy’s best known and most expensive wines: Brunello. Wine purists, this one’s for you. One of the most historic wineries in the Montalcino region, Col d’Orcia is dedicated to producing organic Brunello wine. With its elegant stone villa and rolling vineyards overlooking the Orica River, the winery is the perfect place to stop and enjoy a wine tasting in rural paradise. Whether you go for a classic wine tour or book a private BBQ with the owner, winemaker Count Cinzano, this is a dreamy Tuscan wine experience.
Head off the tourist track to medieval Montecucco
Located on the slopes of extinct volcano Monte Amiata, the highest peak in Tuscany, Castello di Potentino is a remote, historic castle surrounded by wild, unspoiled countryside. With a unique microclimate and volcanic soil, their small but perfectly formed vineyard produces really special wines. Book to stay in one of their beautifully rustic rooms after your wine tasting tour to make the most of the enchanting Tuscan setting. If you’re lucky, your trip will coincide with one of the music events the castle hosts too!
Also forming part of the spectacular landscapes around Monte Amiata is Poggio Stenti. A haven for artisanal food and wine, this welcoming farm is home to olive groves, animals, traditional crops and – of course – a vineyard. If you find yourself in the vicinity, make sure to stop in to taste their wines. You’ll be rewarded with a feast. Award-winning red, rosé and white wine will be accompanied by their extra virgin olive oil, ham, salami and sausage all produced there on the farm.
Enjoy sea views with wine from the region’s oldest vines
What could be more perfect than gazing at the Mediterranean Sea with a glass of wine in hand from the historic vineyards of Tuscany? Home to acres of centuries-old olive groves and vineyards, Podere Castellaccio is located in the Bolgheri wine region of Tuscany just 10km from the coast.
Whether you’re here for a few hours to explore the vines and taste their award-winning wines, or you decide to stay overnight, this is an unforgettable experience of Tuscan wine and nature. Just make sure you’re here for sunset to toast to the spectacular sea views.
Further inland but still in the Bolgheri region, you’ll find Ornellaia. This well-established winery should be a Tuscany bucket list stop for fans of art as well as wine lovers. As part of their winery tour, visitors can admire the works of art created through the winery’s Vendemmia d’Artista project, which celebrates the unique character of each new Ornellaia vintage.
As well as seeing these incredible contemporary artworks, all inspired by one word which describes the character of the wine itself, you also discover the estate’s historic vineyards and indulge in a guided tasting of their current vintages. If you can’t get enough of Ornellaia, there’s good news – they also have a restaurant in Zurich where their fine wines are paid with exquisite Italian cooking.
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