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'll set off across rolling Tuscan hills to your first destination: the wine region surrounding the hillside town of San Gimignano. Your first visit will be to a historic Vernaccia wine cellar on the outskirts of San Gimignano. At the winery, you'll learn about both ancient and modern wine-making techniques and see how this winery interweaves tradition and innovation to produce their superb white wines. Your guided tasting with a winery expert 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. It is known as the city of the fair towers with its 14 soaring towers belonging to the ancient families in Sam Gimignano (14 of 76 original towers remain standing). You can have a relaxing lunch in an delightful wine and food bar that serves up delicious dishes paired perfectly with the local Vernaccia white wine.
In the afternoon you'll visit a second winery, and on your guided tasting, you'll be able to compare and contrast wine-making styles and techniques against the first winery you've visited. You will of course have a chance to sample their Vernaccia wine as well as their special extra-virgin olive oil.
Set half-way between Florence and Siena, San Gimignano's distinct skyline of more than 12 jutting towers is viewable from any direction. The surrounding landscape of rolling green hills provides the perfect climate to grow the grapes for the town's now famous white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
The town offers many sightseeing opportunities, including medieval history, delicious gourmet foods and countless artisan handicrafts. The name of the local grape variety, Vernaccia, derives from the Latin vernacular meaning: of the house, home, or town. This fact does indeed suggest that the grape is indigenous to the area, indicating a long history of Vernaccia production in this hillside Tuscan region. In 1966, Vernaccia di San Gimignano was the first wine in Italy to be granted the prestigious DOC recognition, followed by assignment in 1990 of DOCG recognition. In recent years the area has also shown an interesting potential for great red wines as well.
SPECIAL NOTE: We strive to ensure private visits at the wineries, however in particularly busy times of the year, or in certain winereis this may not always be possible. If you want guaranteed private visits please get in touch for a customized quote.