Discover Bolgheri’s Bordeaux blends, the subtleties of Sangiovese and some surprise whites in Tuscany.
Tuscany wine tours take you from the seaside, where the Mediterranean does its magic on the classic Bordeaux varietals to create the now legendary Super Tuscan wines, to the pulsating heart of Chianti with many vinous wonders in between. Tuscany has it all: from stunning seascapes to the medieval warring cities of Florence and Sienna, and walled hilltop villages surrounded by verdant rolling countryside, old stone villas, olive plantations and glorious vineyards, making it unique for unforgettable wine tours. Italy, Tuscany, are truly a match made in vinous heaven!
Wine tours in Tuscany range from visiting the birthplaces of the superbly structured Super Tuscans made from the Bordeaux varietals in the Bolgheri DOC next to the Mediterranean to discovering the various inland takes on the Sangiovese grape of Chianti DOCG, including the Chianti Classico DOCG heartland, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano DOCG and Brunello di Moltalcino DOCG. Chianti Classico is the oldest official wine region in Italy, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2016 and is the cradle of the Sangiovese grape that continues to shine. Learn how Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, made from Prugnolo (a clone of Sangiovese) became the first Italian wine to be awarded the most prestigious DOCG classification on a bespoke Tuscan wine tour. The region also has yet another Sangiovese clone – Brunello, which makes the wonderfully long-lived reds of Brunello di Moltalcino.
A Super Tuscan wine tour details the remarkable story of how Bolgheri shocked the wine world with premium quality Bordeaux-based blends with Mediterranean magic in the mix. The likes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot simply thrive on the coastal sites. Some of Italy’s most iconic wines of all hail from here, such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia, which are an integral part of the best wine tours. Tuscany is the land where both local and international varieties meet and are free to express themselves in their various guises, making Toscana one of the best Italy wine tours. Tuscany never ceases to amaze wine lovers.
But Tuscany is not only about red wines thanks to the vibrant high-altitude whites from Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG from the namesake town, often dubbed the ‘Medieval Manhattan’ thanks to its many magical towers. Vernaccia di San Gimignano has the privilege of being the only white wine DOCG in Tuscany with its floral and vibrant profile. However, Vermentino can handle the Bolgheri heat and makes some expressive and full-bodied whites that are worth discovering on private wine tours. Tuscany as a whole is blessed with warm days and cool nights, so the vines planted high up on slopes get ideal exposure to the sun, resulting in wines that capture that fine balance between fruitiness and freshness.
The best wine tours in Tuscany often include a gastronomic side: you will understand how the local cuisine provides the perfect partner to vast and varied wines, and your guide will explain how to match the Italian vino with delectable local dishes, such as ribollita, a delicious vegetable soup that makes the most of stale bread; wild boar stew made from the Cinghiale that populate the dense scrubland of Maremma and the forests further inland around Chianti and Montalcino. Our private Tuscany wine tours will also help guide your palates and enable you to appreciate the complexity of Tuscan wine in all its shapes and forms. All this is just scratching the surface of what is offered on a spectacular Tuscany wine tour. Tuscany, Italy awaits!
Thanks to our close partnerships with the leading local travel agencies of each wine-making region in Italy, we have compiled the finest collection of wine tours in Tuscany to make the planning of your next trip easy and hassle-free. If you don’t find the perfect one for you among our suggestions below, a local travel expert can help you create a fully-customized wine trip to suit your preferences and needs. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!