What a great time we had! After years of hearing about this place in the clouds called Tuscany you showed it to me in all its beauty, history, and delights for gourmet palates. I'm recommending you to many Europe-bound friends! -Lucy Friedman
Your English-speaking driver with private luxury vehicle will meet you at your accommodations in the morning and you will set off across rolling Tuscan hills to your first destination: the wine region surrounding San Gimignano. Your first visit of the day will be to a historic Vernaccia winery on the outskirts of San Gimignano. At the winery, you'll learn about both ancient and modern winemaking techniques and learn firsthand how a winery can interweave tradition and innovation to produce superb wine. Your guided tasting will include Vernaccia di San Gimignano and other estate wines.
You'll then be transported back to medieval times as you visit the amazingly well-preserved medieval town of San Gimignano. Known as the city of the fair towers, you can marvel at the fourteen soaring towers (of the seventy-six original). You can have a relaxing lunch in an charming enoteca specializing in delicious dishes paired perfectly with the local Vernaccia wine.
In the afternoon you'll visit another winery and be able to compare and contrast winemaking styles and techniques with the winery you first visited. You will of course have a chance to sample their Vernaccia wine as well as their excellent extra-virgin olive oil.
Set half-way between Florence and Siena, you can see the distinct skyline of more than a dozen jutting towers as you approach San Gimignano from any direction. The surrounding rolling green hills provides the perfect climate to create the town's famous white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
The town has much to offer, including medieval history, delicious food and a plethora of handicrafts. The name of the grape variety, Vernaccia, likely derives from Latin words for of the house, home, place, or town, suggesting that the grape is locally indigenous. In 1966, Vernaccia di San Gimignano was the first wine in Italy to be granted the prestigious DOC recognition. In 1990 it gained further importance by being assigned the DOCG recognition. In recent years the area has also shown an interesting potential for great red wines as well.
We strive to ensure private visits at the wineries, however in particularly busy times of the year, or in certain wineries this may not always be possible. If you want guaranteed private visits please get in touch for a customized quote.