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Italy Tours 2018

Wine Tours in Tuscany

Italiano Limousine English Speaking Driver will meet you at your Hotel/Villa to experience and guide you Through the mother area of all wines (Tuscany) while Touring/tasting a few vineyards your driver Will be with you answering to your question and assisting in all your needs.

Tuscany has many sub regions called "denominations" (DOCG) that are great to visit, for their high quality of wines & incredible beauty. Even though most regions in Tuscany specialize in reds often using the same grape varieties, each denomination is distinct in its wine making according to terroir & history and therefore no same wine is made in two separate areas.

The wineries choosed to go to are usually of the small family run kind, that make excellent wines (possibly organic or biodynamic). When possible, we will have the opportunity to discuss the wines and wine making with the actual owner or wine maker. In any case, our guides are experts and great communicators in English about the Tuscan wines so you can get your questions answered no matter what Of course Wine is always accompanied with food so you might taste some cheese, ham and bread.

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Wines

CLASSIC - Red Chianti

Probably needless to say, but Chianti is a red wine region (as is much of Tuscany), so we're suggesting this itinerary especially for people who've not had a lot of exposure to the Italian wine world, but who know that they like good reds and want to know more, of course.
Chianti is one of the largest wine regions in Italy, subdivided in 7 subregions amongst which the most noteworthy are Chianti Classico or Rufina. What commons them all is that the wine is made from the Sangiovese grape prevelantly.
The style of Chianti wines varies from light and fresh to full bodied and age worthy. Furtermore Chianti is an area where also other red grapes can be found such as Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot.


Brunello

Montalcino is a small hilltop town South of Siena, and the region from which Brunello di Montalcino comes circles the town. The famous Brunello grape (Sangiovese Grosso - see picture) has its very origins and growth here. Brunello di Montalcino is Tuscany's only required pure Sangiovese wine and was invented more than a century ago by Ferruccio Biondi-Santi and has become one of the most famous wines in the world, prized and praised by important wine critics, wine collectors and wine lovers.
Montalcino is a paradise for Sangiovese as the microclimate is absolutely perfect for it, and moreso the wine is given a maturation of about 5 yrs before it hits the shelves - which is part of what makes Brunello so unique and so precious!
On this day tour we will present you to this wonderful region, we will discover the origins and the evolution of the Brunello wine, visiting some of the most outstanding wineries of Montalcino.


WHITE CHANTI

Tuscany's sun is strong and shines loads so most regions are able to make mainly red wines, and there's a long tradition for red wines, as well. However, there are definitely exceptions to the rule and San Gimignano is one of the best of them.
So this is the region for you if you love white wines more than reds.
The region stands out as island in the sea of reds, and the grape that reigns is the age old Vernaccia, native to the region and just about the only place it grows.
Michelangelo himself described Vernaccia di San Gimignano as the wine that "bacia, lecca, morde, picca e punge" (that "kisses, licks, bites, heats & stings"!)



Top Tuscany Wine Producers

Altesino

Altesino’s best-known Brunello, Montosoli, was one of the first single-vineyard Montalcino wines when it was introduced in 1975. Part of a vanguard of ambitious young wineries, Altesino helped elevate winemaking in Montalcino. The property has changed owners, but Claudio Basla is still making its bold, earthy reds


Antinori

The Antinori family have been making wine since the 14th century. While their empire now includes estates in nearly every Italian region (and winemaking partnerships around the world), Tuscany remains Antinori’s center of gravity. For such a historic estate, the Antinoris make very modern wines; their Tignanello, for example, effectively created the Super-Tuscan category.


Argiano

Hans Vinding-Diers made wine on four continents before becoming head winemaker at this Montalcino estate in 2004. Breaking with house tradition, he ferments vineyard lots separately, then blends the best for Argiano’s flagship Brunello. Also in the portfolio are a Super-Tuscan and a mini Super-Tuscan.


Castello Banfi

The Mariani family had been importing Italian wine to the U.S. for 60 years when brothers John and Harry Mariani decided to become vintners in 1978 and established this Montalcino estate. Expansion into Piedmont brought the Vigne Regali estate into the fold, but Castello Banfi remains the mother ship, with 7,000 acres and a huge output of high-quality Tuscan bottlings.


Castello di Ama

Castello di Ama makes some of Tuscany’s best, and most expensive, Chianti Classicos. Similarly renowned is its Merlot-based L’Apparita cuvée, from the winery’s Gaiole estate. Winemaker Marco Pallanti also produces four more-modestly priced wines, including a Chianti Classico, a white blend and a rosé.


Castello di Fonterutoli

Brothers Filippo and Francesco Mazzei are the 24th generation to run this Chianti Classico estate. In recent years, the family has expanded its vineyard holdings, built a cutting-edge winery and hired legendary winemaker Carlo Ferrini. They’ve also refocused Fonterutoli from Super-Tuscans to Chiantis (though the famous Sangiovese-Merlot blend Siepi remains).


Fattoria Ambra

Ambra is a stellar winery in Carmignano, an often overlooked DOCG northwest of Florence where vintners have been blending Cabernet with native Sangiovese since the 1500s. Ambra’s wines are softer than most Tuscan reds (an exception is the 90 percent Sangiovese Elzana cuvée). Thanks to its under-the-radar location, Ambra offers some of the best value in Tuscany.


Fattoria di Fèlsina

Though Fèlsina has started planting French grapes and making wines approachable in their youth, it is still best known for structured reds of great longevity. Top cuvées such as Rància can require decades of aging. Fèlsina gained prominence in the early 1980s, when owner Domenico Poggiali’s son-in-law, Giuseppe Mazzocolin, took over and hired winemaker Franco Barnebei.


Fattoria le Pupille

Superstar winemaker Christian Le Sommer, a veteran of Bordeaux’s Château Latour, is the latest in a line of high-visibility consultants hired by Fattoria le Pupille. Owned by Elisabetta Geppetti, this is one of the top wineries in the Maremma’s Morellino di Scanscano DOCG. Portfolio highlights include two Morellinos, a white blend and a lauded Super-Tuscan, Saffredi.


Il Poggione

This top producer has been owned by the Franceschi family since 1890 and is best known for its basic Brunello and its Vigna Paganelli riserva, made only in exceptional vintages. Located in Montalcino’s hilly southwest subzone, Il Poggione’s vineyards benefit from the area’s cooler temperatures, which help create concentrated, ageworthy reds. The portfolio also includes a stellar Rosso di Montalcino and a Super-Tuscan blend.


Isole e Olena

Isole e Olena owner Paolo de Marchi is a Sangiovese purist who makes his top cuvée, Cepparello, with Sangiovese alone (though it’s an IGT Toscana). Monovariety Chianti was a radical notion when he introduced the wine in 1980; now it’s a prized benchmark offering. Marchi bottles Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay on their own too, and they’re consistently excellent.


Le Macchiole

Unlike many Bolgheri estates, Le Macchiole was founded by a native of the coastal region, Eugenio Campolmi. Campolmi began working with consulting winemaker Luca d’Attoma in 1991, and their success with international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah helped launch Le Macchiole into the ranks of Tuscany’s elite modern estates. D’Attoma still helps craft the estate’s wines—one charming white and four rich reds.


Poderi Boscarelli

Brunello specialist Boscarelli was founded by owner Paola de Ferrari Corradi’s father in 1962. Thanks to the estate’s location on one of Montepulciano’s finest vineyards, Cervognano, Boscarelli’s wines have excelled even in less-than-stellar vintages (such as 2008). Since coming on board in the mid-1980s, consulting winemaker Maurizio Castelli has helped put Boscarelli among Montepulciano’s top properties.


Querciabella

Unusual for a Tuscan winery, one of Querciabella’s best-known cuvées is a white wine, a luscious, toasty (and pricey) blend of Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay called Batàr. But it’s the estate’s reds that have made the winery’s reputation, led by the stupendous Camartina Super-Tuscan. Forward-thinking proprietor Sebastiano Castiglioni, who took over the estate from his father in the early 1990s, adopted an organic—and later biodynamic—farming regime long before it became trendy.


Ruffino

Ruffino is one of the most consistent large Chianti producers, turning out a vast selection of wines sourced from across Chianti and beyond, plus estate bottlings from farms in Chianti Classico, Montalcino and Montepulciano. Launched as a négociant business in 1877, the company is run by the Folonari family, who bought it in 1913 and turned it into one of Italy’s megabrands.


Tenuta di Capezzana

Though records of winemaking at this Carmignano estate date back 12 centuries, Tenuta di Capezzana is a very modern winery. Owners Count Ugo and Countess Lisa Contini Bonacossi promoted the use of Cabernet Sauvignon in Carmignano in the 1960s and later led the drive to establish the region as a DOCG. Today Capezzana is Carmignano’s finest producer, with a lineup ranging from everyday reds to a muscular Super-Tuscan.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Please kindly note  that your driver will be at your complete disposal for the entire time, personalizing your sightseeing tour in order to offer you the best possible experience; in our tour descriptions  you can read the highlights of each location, but of course you can discuss with your driver the itinerary and the timing between each place which might be subject to change (traffic - weather conditions).
  • Entrance fees to Museums, Churches, Monuments ARE NOT INCLUDED into the price.
  • If you have any doubt or question about this tour please email Italiano Limousine: info@italianolimousine.com