Tuscany has many superb wine producers throughout the region. Touring one is an interesting and informative way to spend a morning and sampling their produce is a truly excellent way to spend an afternoon. Here’s my top 3.
- Biondi Santi – Birthplace of the famous Brunello di Montalcino, this prestigious winery sits in the most stunning surroundings. Situated 3km south of Montalcino, tours of their vast wine cellars are free and wine tasting tours start from a very reasonable €15.
- Volpaia – Magnificent cellars are carved into the churches and palaces of the surrounding village. A visit to Volpaia is a truly unique experience. Situated about 40km south of Florence, the drive through Chianti country is breathtaking. Cellar tours start from just €11 but stay for lunch if you can for €25 per person.
- Castiglion del Bosco – Located on the pilgrim route to Rome near Montalcino this vineyard has a rich history. Now part of a very luxurious resort, Castiglione del Bosco offers a “from grape to vine” wine experience from €70 per person. For an extra €20 try the barrel tasting, an opportunity to sample not yet released Brunello straight from the French oak barriques.