Top 5 wine tasting tours in Tuscany

The list of the top tasting tours in Tuscany region

If you love wine and you want to travel among beautiful landscapes in the countryside, Tuscany is the place for you. Tuscany is famous all over the world for its fine wines like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vinsanto and moreover, each area has its specialty and produces it with passion for centuries.

In Tuscany you will feel wine in a new way, you will immerse yourself in its countryside and in the beautiful landscapes that surround it, you will venture into castles medieval villages, ancients farmhouses and estates living a unique experience among the best wineries that preserve all the taste of this land.

In Tuscany the excellent wineries are many and to not miss anything the best way to taste the best wines is to take a tour of these magnificent places, starting from the city they will take you to these unique places giving you the chance to taste their wines.

To help you in the discovery of the fantastic world of wine in Tuscany we have prepared our list of the top tasting tours in Tuscany region, a journey from Florence and Siena to the best wine estates of the countryside.

 

Wine Tour from Florence

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This tours takes you in one of the most beautiful and charming area of Tuscany, Chianti, in a wine tasting tour from Florence that takes you away from the chaos of the city to discover the best wines of the splendid Tuscan countryside.

On this afternoon trip you will visit the medieval villages of Greve and Castellina, enchanting places where to get lost in their ancient alleys and churches. Here the wine culture is everywhere, in bars and restaurants, in the streets and even in museums, indeed in Greve there is the Wine Museum, where you can discover the history and tradition of wine in Tuscany, admiring its ancient instruments and learning the secrets of winemaking.

Among this Chianti tour you will visit two different wineries and taste up to 10 wines produced here, hearing the stories of their magical vineyards and the process that leads to these fantastic wines.

At the end of the tour you will visit Castellina, a medieval village famous for its the archeological sites, here you will find medieval fortress and Etruscan ruins that will bring you back in time.

This tour will pick you up from the center of Florence to take you in the wonderful countryside of Chianti, with expanses of vineards and olive groves that surrounds wonderful and ancients estates.

Here you can visit wineries and cellars tasting their wines with some local products, with an expert tour guide that will explain you the fantastic art of winemaking and the products you are tasting.

This tour is perfect for a relaxing afteroon far from the city, tasting fine wines and discovering incredible places.

 

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Wine Tour in Siena

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In this tour you will taste some of the best wines in Tuscany in a place of unique charm, Castello di Ama, a castle of 1300 near Siena that produces its wines respecting its land and the tradition of winemaking in this area. The castle is nestled in hills of vineyard and from there you can admire breathtaking views of the tuscan countryside.

Back in 1700 the castle was famous in this area as wine estate, that during the time has been abandoned by its previous propriety. In the 70s a group of families of the area restored the castle to its former glory bringing back the art of winemaking in the cellars and wineries of this charming castle nestled in the Tuscan countryside.

In this castle you will discover wine in a new and special way. The castle and its magnificent cellars are the backdrop for exhibitions and installations of modern art, involving international artists who decide to exhibit their works in this very special location. The result is a path that mixes art and wine, history and modernity together, giving a unique background to the wine tasting tour you will be doing in the castle.

This estate in the heart of Chianti Classico wants to teach and preserve the art of winemaking and hand down it to the next generations giving the chance to discover this world in a new way.

The visit to Castello di Ama takes to all the historical buildings of this estate, the village of Ama and its chapel, the villas in it and their beautiful gardens. Then you will admire the winery, ageing cellar and vinification plant, tasting and learning the secrets of the wines in this castle.

A wine tasting tour in Castello di Ama is an experience that involves art, history and wine, discovering Tuscany in a new way.

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Wine Tour in Chianti

An unexpected and unique location for one of the most famous wineries of the Chianti Classico, that of the Marchesi Antinori. Antinori’s makes wine from 26 generation, carrying on tradition and love for this land and its products.

Inside an architectural structure with a modern and innovative design, the whole history of this family is preserved. Through barrels, ceramics and presses it will be possible to read the history of winemaking and how it has evolved until today. Art is an important part of this winery and it will accompany you in this journey. In the winery are exhibited works of classic and modern art, such as ceramics of 1500 along with contemporary exhibitions that creates the background for this unique experience.

Follow the passion of this family for wine and discover the history behind their bottles. Visiting Antinori’s winery you can discover its most suggestive places, such as Bottaia and Barricaia Tour, walking through spaces of unique beauty and understanding the love for winemaking that follows this family from centuries.

The winery proposes tasting tours suitable for each guest, opening the doors of its most characteristic rooms and taking you inside the history of the family and the philosophy of their secular art of winemaking. After the visit and the tastings you can take with you these wonderful wines buying them at the enoteca, a wine shop where you will find all the best Antinori’s wines and local products produced in the Tuscan estates of the family.

This fantastic building dedicated to wine is enriched with a restaurant at the top of the winery, where you can taste the traditional Tuscan dishes and from which you can admire the splendid panorama of the Chianti hills.

The Antinori winery tasting tours are the perfect place to learn about curiosities and secrets of winemaking through a passion that lasts for centuries.

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 Wine tour in Montepulciano

photo: salcheto.itOn the beautiful hills near Siena, Salcheto produces wines with a philosophy of eco-sustainability, in respect of nature and territory in which it is produced.

This estate near Montepulciano has made innovation its strong point, a young company that believes a lot in its way of producing. During the visit to the winery you will discover all the work and the technics behind its bottles, learning more about sustainability and territory.

Salcheto is deeply involved in being responsible of this products and their impact on the environment, indeed in 2011 Salcheto is the first wine company in the world that calculated and certified the carbon footprint of each bottle produced here.

Relax admiring the beautiful view of the countryside and taste the wines of this modern estate meeting the new generation of winemaker in Tuscany and finding a new way to produce. If you are interested in sustainability and environment, this is the place for you.

In the tasting tour the wines are accompanied with local food, all produced here in the estate, and in the restaurant you can taste more of their genuine products enjoying the dishes from typical Tuscan cuisine and more, all prepared with local products of the estate and the nearbies lands, like cheese, meat and oil. Then in the enoteca inside the estate you will find on sale all the best wines produced by Salcheto.

Visiting Salcheto with its tasting tour is the best way to discover a new horizont for wine and food in Tuscany, respecting and loving the territory that you will admire from there.

 

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Wine Tour in Pisa

The winery of Poggio al Casone overlooks the Tyrrenian coast from a castle nestled in the hills of Pisa countryside. In this magnificient historical building you will find all the beauties of winemaking in Tuscany, easily reachable from Pisa and Siena. Walking between the vineyard rows you can watch all the process, from grapes to the bottle.

In this estate vineyard are growth in respect for the territory, with organic methods and in the most natural way possible. This production, respectful and in symbiosis with the field, leads to a more genuine and natural wine, capable to enhance the quality of the territory.

This area is near the sea and its position, different from the more central Chianti area, reflects on the taste and the variety of the wines here produced. From its vineyard you will enjoy beautiful views that embraces all tuscan landscapes, from the hilly countryside to the coast.

This winery is a meeting between ancient and modern, in the newest cellar you will learn the modern methods of winemaking and the actual technics and processes used by the estate, the older cellar has been preserved and restored to a place where you can admire all the history and passion of this estate for winemaking. Now the oldest cellars are the beautiful setting for tastings and tours, where guests can finally enjoy all the flavors of these wines.

These tours and visits are available from march to november and booking is required. Depending on the season of the visit you will admire the different phases and the work behind each bottle produced here.

Poggio al Casalone is a wonderful estate, perfect to discover the wines of the tuscan coastal area. Here you will find that winemaking is everywhere in Tuscany and each area has its particularities worth visiting.

 

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Volognano: the best accommodation for an amazing wine tour experience 

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If you are looking for a wine holiday in Chianti, one of the most wonderful areas of Tuscany, you need the right accomodation where to start your journey among the best wine tours in Tuscany.

Volognano is a castle of the 1100 near Florence, immersed in vineyards and olive groves giving you the opportunity to stay in an accommodation engaged in the wonderful art of winemaking.

The castle makes its own wine from the lands around the estate and the production includes IGT Chianti Colli Fiorentini, grappa, Vin Santo and Extra Virgin Oil. A complete journey among the excellent products of Tuscany, that you can taste and enjoy in this wonderful castle.

The vineyards that surround the castle and the winery inside it makes this estate perfect to truly discover and understand Tuscan wines. Staying in Volognano you can have your tailored tasting tour, living an amazing wine tour experience with the best wines of the estate and unforgettable dishes preparred by the chef of the castle

In Volognano you can taste wines and local products, know how to perfectly pair wines and food and learn to cook the best tuscan recipes at the cooking classes making a dive into this fantastic land and its flavors.

Moreover, the castle is a charming accommodation for your holidays in Tuscany. Relax swimming into the pool surrounded by lemon trees, stroll in the Italian garden around the castle or simply stay in one of its rooms finely furnished with antiques decors.

 

In Volognano you have the opportunity to feel and live a wine estate as if it were yours, living your best Tuscan holiday in a wonderful castle in Chianti.

 

 

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The list of the top wineries in Tuscany region

Tuscany is a land of unique beauty, it evokes the image of extraordinary works of art, breathtaking landscapes and, especially, great wines.

Wine is a piece of Tuscan culture, each area has its own specialty, which has been producing with tradition and pride for centuries. From the famous Chianti area to Montalcino, the home of the Brunello di Montalcino, one of the greatest wines in Tuscany, this land is rich in wineries and vineyard of extraordinary charm.

If you want to have the chance to taste the best wines in your holiday you need to know where to go, and for this we have prepared our definitive list of the best wineries in Tuscany.

Discover with us some of the best wine tours in Tuscany!

 

Map of the best wineries in Tuscany

Hera the map of the best wineries in Tuscany we have selected for this list. Check it to better orient you in your travel among wines of Tuscany.

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1 Antinori nel Chianti Classico, Bargino, Tuscany

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In the Chianti region, Antinory’s winery gives its visitor an experience of incomparable beauty making a journey through the taste of the best Tuscan wines.

Visiting Antinori the first thing that hits is certainly its architectural structure, a modern building designed by famous contemporary architets, which wraps harmoniously the winery inside.

The Antinori’s family has been linked to winemaking for 26 generations, six centuries of history and tradition that can be observed in the winery exposition.

Art is an important element, here are exhibited pieces of classical art such as the 1500 ceramics by Giovanni della Robbia, along with contemporary art exhibitions housed inside, creating a path that crosses historical and modern through the art of winemaking.

To visit the winery you need to book one of the four different tours offered, from an introduction to winemaking and Antinori’s products to a Taylor Made experience designed for your tastes and preferences.

On the top of the roof there is the winery’s restaurant, where you can giva a taste of Tuscany admiring beautiful landscapes from its tables.

Antinori is one of the most famous and recognizable names in Tuscan winemaking, visiting them is a unique experience between art, history and wine tasting.

 

 

2 Castello di Ama, Siena, Tuscany

In this castle wine has been produced since 1700, in a fascinating historical structure on the top of a hill from which it is possible to admire the expanses of vineyards that produce the wine of this splendid winery. In ancient times the castle was an established wine estate that over the centuries has seen a decline and abandonment by the property of the time.

In the 70s a group of families of the area decided to restore the castle to its former glory and resume the art of winemaking.

This fascinating historical structure hosts inside exhibitions of contemporary art by international artists, creating a path that unites ancient and modern, giving the opportunity to admire and taste the wine of these lands. In the castle there is also a wine shop with kitchen, where it is possible to taste dishes and wines of the best Tuscan tradition.

Visits and tastings need to be booked and the experience can be customized by request.

Visiting Castello di Ama is not just a tour of cellars, barrels of aging and vineyards, but also a historical journey within the ancient castle and its nearby buildings. A symbol of how in Tuscany wine has been linked to its most special places for centuries.

 

 

3 Badia di Coltibuono, Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany

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A fascinating structure with an ancient atmosphere, a former monastery now transformed in a wine estate of particular beauty. In Badia di Coltibuono the art of winemaking is cultivated and carry on from six generations, with passion and love in the name of Chianti Classico.

More than a simple winery, Badia di Coltibuono is also an accomodation with its charming rooms and apartments, and to complete the tasting experience there is the restaurant that will bring you the most classic Tuscan cuisine. Badia di Coltibuono gives the opportunity to its guests to join cooking classes, discovering and learning to prepare typical Tuscan dishes, in a kitchen rich in atmosphere and emotions.

The best way to discover all the beauty of this place is visiting and tasting its products, not only wine but also extra virgin olive oil, bruschetta and even more. Badia di Coltibuono offers many different tours for every need, creating unique experiences for its visitors.

Visiting this extraordinary winery is a journey through the history of its structure, of this family that produces excellent wines here and other products of excellence in Tuscany.

 

 

4 Capezzana, Carmignano, Tuscany

A property where wine has been produced since ancient times, one of the oldest wineries in Tuscany, where since the 804 a unique and particular wine, the Carmignano, was made until today.

Capezzana represents the history and culture of Tuscan wine from its origins, with particular interest in the sustainability of its crops, respecting the land and products.

Inside the structure you can admire its history and the evolution of the art of winemaking over the centuries, linked to the noble families that have succeeded one another within it for generations.

Capezzana organizes numerous tours, meeting all types of guests, from the most expert to beginners of Tuscan wines.

In this beautiful wine estate there is a farmhouse immersed in the beautiful private village inside the property, where you will find accomodations and restaurant to live a true Tuscan experience in this charming place.

 

 

5 Barone Ricasoli, Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany

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Almost a thousand years of history in the production of Chianti Classico in this splendid 11th century castle. The building overlooks the hills and allows you to admire a splendid views over the vineyards of the estate. The winery is a mix of ancient and modern, the renovation has preserved the aesthetic of the past, bringing inside the ultimate technologies in winemaking.

Ricasoli’s offers several tours including visits to the castle and the beautiful gardens around it, historical buildings and the wineries where you will taste the wonderful Chianti Classico made here.

In the restaurant Osteria di Brolio you will enjoy tradition and innovation of Tuscan cuisine.

In this estate there is a wonderful accomodation, a restored farmhouse ideal for a charming holiday in the Chianti Classico area.

Barone Ricasoli’s estate is a wonderful meeting of great wines, history and nature.

 

 

6 Tenuta Torciano, Ulignano, Tuscany

Tenuta Torciano is more than a simple winery, it is an estate that offers various and special experiences in the heart of Tuscany. From wellness and spas to cuisine and wine tasting.

Near the beautiful medieval village of San Gimignano, Tenuta Torciano from 1720 creates its wines from the vineyards around the estate.

There are many experiences and adventures like excursions in vespa, expeditions in helicopter, truffle hunting and cooking class; here you can taste the cuisine and the wines of this fantastic winery in its most splendid and spectacular rooms and spaces. Tenuta Torciano offers the opportunity to visit the vineyard with lunch or dinner and wine tasting in the winery.

Tenuta Torciano produces a wide variety of wines, like Chianti Classico, Montepulciano and Vernaccia. Visiting this winery and tasting its production is a travel among Tuscany and its wines.

This estate is also perfect for wedding and events, thanks to its vast gardens and halls.

Tenuta Torciano is a wonderful mix of all the Tuscan beauties, wild and wonderful nature, historical buildings, great food and wine to discover and taste.

 

7 Avignonesi, Montepulciano, Tuscany

best wineries in tuscany This winery is one of a kind, here is produced a special wine according to the biodynamic approach. Organic and natural wines that respect their land and the origins of the winemaking.

Avignonesi is a winery young in history but that takes bravely a new filosophy in its vineyard and wineries.

In Avignonesi’s estate you will have the opportunity to taste its particular wines, discovering all the love for winemaking behind them. Learn about the biodynamic viticulture and how it lives in harmony with nature, discover the magic of its products.

One of the most special experiences offered by this estate is the tasting in the sky, a trip in a hot-air balloon flying over the lands of the vineyard and the hills of Montepulciano, and once back on the ground will welcome you with a brunch and then tasting with private tour of the winery.

If you want to enjoy a complete experience of taste, Avignonesi is the perfect location for a private dinner, its wineries and vineyards will be backgrounds of extraordinary beauty for you and your guests.

 

 

8 Frescobaldi, Nipozzano, Tuscany

Frescobaldi is one of the most influent families in the history of Florence, since the Renaissment.

Deeply linked to the roots of this land, Frescobaldi family carry on 700 years of winemaking in the heart of Chianti Classico.

This family produces wines in its estates scattered throughout Tuscany, Gaiole in Chianti, Montepulciano and Nipozzano are only a few of the lands where Frescobaldi make their wines.

We chose to present you the most historical and charming of this estate, the Castle of Nipozzano.

In this castle dated 1000 an imposing medieval building meets inside the Renaissence history of the family, with furnitures and decorations that brings you back in time in the beauty of the noble Florence.

The estate offers tours that will make you taste the great variety of its wines and the most typical Tuscan cuisine visiting a charming and suggesting place such as Nipozzano Castle.

The vision of winemaking for this family is to respect and cultivate Tuscan diversity, in each estate is produced a different wine, exalting the diversity of its territory and promoting the art of winemaking at its best.

Visiting this estate is a unique experience, where history and wine meet together.

 

9 Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Tuscany

A small village that contains within itself a wine estate with a unique charm. Located in the Val d’Orcia, Castiglion del Bosco is surrounded by hills that produces one of the finest and most famous wines in Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino. An history of winemaking that has lasted since 1100 and continues to cultivate and produce with passion.

Castiglion del Bosco is also great hospitality, inside the estate there are eleven beautiful luxury villas created from restored 17th and 18th century farmhouses, here you will find a loving accomodation for a wine holiday in this wonderful lands.

The estate offers several tours and experiences for visiting the winery. The firs visit is a classic wine tasting to the discovery of Brunello di Montalcino in the evocative setting of the cellars.

Moreover, the estate offers experiences like tastings with visits to the vineyards from which to enjoy the splendid panorama or a helicopter flight in the hills to admire the vast territory.

In respect to the land in the vineyards grows only San Giovese and the production is inspired by the classic wines of Montalcino, the Brunello di Montalcino and the Rosso di Montalcino.

Castiglion del Bosco is one of the many expressions of how in Tuscany winemaking tradition is closely linked to its territory.

 

 

10 Grimaldi Savelli, Capo d’Uomo, Tuscany

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A special estate, overlooking the sea with its 100 acres of vineyards and olive groves in the wonderful coast of Tuscany. The landscape that you will admire in this winery is certainly not the usual hilly Tuscan countryside, indeed the estate faces the Tuscan bay giving wonderful views.

This beautiful estate is also a charming accomodation with different kind of holiday rentals, from cottages to luxurious villas.

The particularity of this land reflects on the wine produced, the winery’s most famous wine is the Passito (straw wine), different from the classic Tuscan wines like Chianti and Brunello, this variety is made with dried grapes, giving more density of the juice that results in a wine with golden shades of color and a strong bouquet with hits of fruit.

The winery is open for tours and visiting, giving you the opportunity to taste all the variety of wine produced in this beautiful vineyards mersed in the sea air.

 

 

11 Il Borro, Loro Ciuffenna, Tuscany

Il Borro is certainly a unique winery where wine, art and fashion meet to create a unique place. Belonging to the Ferragamo family, the famous Italian fashion brand, the estate with its magnificent buildings enhances its historical beauty, with its suites with antique charm that can be rented for a holiday, its restaurants and event locations and in particular the production of wine.

The estate offers tasting tours to discover the flavors of Tuscany through various types of experiences, such as cooking classes, wine tasting tours in the cellars and truffle hunting in the grounds of the property.

An experience definitely not to be missed is the vinoterapy spa, an experiential journey of tasting and relaxing among the pools and saunas of the wellness center inside the estate.

Great space is also given to art, in fact there are particular paths where it will be possible to taste the wine of the cellars surrounded by the works of the Ferragamo family’s private collection, all works strictly with a wine theme.

Visiting the Il Borro estate is a unique experience that embraces taste, art and well-being.

 

 

12 Il Palagio, Figline e Incisa Valdarno, Tuscany

In the hilly countryside south of Florence there is a fascinating seventeenth-century estate that stands out among the Chianti vineyards. The property and its cellars are famous for being owned by the popular singer Sting, as well as for being his personal residence.

Within the estate there are five apartments where it will be possible to spend the night and discover this magnificent area more closely. Guesthouses and magnificent spaces of the estate make it the ideal place for luxurious events and ceremonies with a unique charm.

Il Palagio offers its guests unique experiential itineraries such as yoga and meditation in the Tuscan hills or horseback riding through the grounds of the estate.

The lands of Il Palagio are cultivated with passion and here wines are produced in respect of the classic Tuscan tradition but not only, also honey and olive oil.

This magnificent estate is a symbol of how Tuscany with its uncontaminated nature and its precious products can make those who visit it fall in love with this land.

 

 

13 Tenuta Bossi, Pontassieve, Tuscany

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This magnificent estate immersed in the Chianti Rufina area has belonged to the noble Florentine Gondi family since the 1600s. Here in this land have been cultivated for over three hundred years the vineyards from which the fine wines of this estate are still produced.

The production varies from Chianti Rufina, characteristic of this area, to Rosso Colli up to the typical Tuscan Vin Santo.

Tenuta Bossi offers tours that will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in its history and in the products of its fantastic territory, tasting the company’s wines in the fascinating scenery of its historic cellars.

Inside the estate there are seven farmhouses accommodation where it will be possible to stay and discover the history and charm of this company.

Tasting the wines of this estate will be an experience to the discovery of one of the most historic families in Florence and its charming villa.

 

 

14 Grignano, Pontassieve, Tuscany

A 15th century villa surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, here in Grignano the beauty and history of Tuscan winemaking is preserved in its land and buildings.

Among its villas and farms it’s possible to admire not only places of unique charm but also vast lands that offer unique panoramas.

The wine production of the estate is dedicated mostly to the Chianti Rufina, representing culture and tradition of winemaking linked to its territory. From the lands of the estate is also produced a precious Extra Virgin Olive Oil obtained through organic farming and served to accompany the wines during the tastings in the cellars.

The estate offers three types of tasting tours, meeting every taste and need, from the classic tasting of four wines to a more complete tasting of the best bottles of Grignano up to a tour of the vineyard with tasting and private dinner in the splendid halls of the property.

 

 

15 Volognano, Rignano sull’Arno, Tuscany

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Volognano is a castle from the 1100s near Florence, immersed in hectares of vineyards and olive groves where you can breathe the art and passion for winemaking. In the Chianti Colli Fiorentini lands this splendid estate embraces all the taste of Tuscany. In fact in its cellars and kitchens it will be possible to taste the true flavors of Tuscany, enhancing its culinary tradition but innovating it and bringing it to the present day, but always respecting the tradition.

Volognano offers tasting tours designed to let its guests discover the fine wines of the estate through unique sensory experiences. Not a simple taste but a new and special journey among the flavors of Tuscany.

The products of this winery are a journey among the great excellences of Tuscany, from Chianti to Vin Santo passing through Bianchi di Toscana and Grappe.

In addition to great wines Castello di Volognano is also a splendid holiday accommodation, it’s possible to book the castle and stay there to fully experience the beauty of the Tuscan countryside. Being close to Florence it is also an excellent base from which to explore the beauties of one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

 

 

Tuscany is a land of wine, this wonderful products has influenced its culture, its history and the everyday life of the locals that everyday admire the beauty of the vineyards that color the lendscape around them. Visiting and tasting this world of tradition and love will be an unforgettable experience among the roots of Tuscany.

 

 

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Ferrari Experience at Volognano

Luxury, power, elegance, are the 3 main characteristics and sensations you will experience at Volognano by driving the latest designed Ferrari cars.

Do you want to make one of your biggest dreams come true and be part of an exclusive world and Italian lifestyle?

Volognano together with Driving the Dream had designed a number of private tours for those willing to drive the luxury Ferrari experience through the amazing roads of the Tuscan landscapes.

Wine and Art

You would drive through the Tuscan vineyards of the Chianti territory and will arrive at one of the most particular wineries in Tuscany, Castello di Ama, where you will experience the perfect match between wine and contemporary art. You will also drive up to the Antica Macelleria Cecchini at Lunch in Panzano in Chianti to have a unique bistecca experience.

Wine and Fashion 

 

You would drive through the Tuscan vineyards of the Chianti territory until arriving at one of the most iconic wineries related to Italian fashion, Il Borro di Ferragamo, where you will have an amazing tour through the cellar and an exquisite lunch at Ferragamo´s restaurant.

Wine and Sustainability – Valdorcia endless views 

 

You would drive up to Pienza, the pleasant City of Pius, located in Val D’Orcia where you will have the opportunity to taste the local products of the city. You will drive later through the amazing views of Montepulciano and will arrive in Salchetothe only sustainable winery in the region. The experience of the wine tour and tasting here is simply amazing.

Vip Luxury Experience in Siena 

 

Driving through the curve hills of Tuscany until you arrive at Siena, one of the most emblematic cities in Tuscany. You will experience this medieval city in a luxury way by having a lunch/dinner in the highest private terrace overlooking Piazza del Campo, the main piazza in Siena.

You can choose between 3 different Ferrari models:

The first one is the Ferrari 488 Spider, presented in 2015 with a rear-central V8 engine. The second is The Ferrari Portofino, which takes its name from the exclusive Ligurian city in Italy and the third Ferrari option that Volognano provides you is the Ferrari California Turbo designed to be the evolution of the 2008 Ferrari California.

 

If you are interesting on driving the experience, please contact us at info@volognano.com.

 

 

TUNA TARTARE WITH GUACAMOLE

March is the spring month, mainly because yes, spring arrives, and all the fresh and colorful dishes comes out to be tasted. For that reason, we want to share with you a very fresh delicious dish for this season.

Country: MEXICO

Prep time: 10 min, 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

For the Tuna:
1. 350 g sushi grade tuna
2. 1 ¾ teaspoons of soy sauce
3. ¾ tablespoon of toasted black sesame seeds
4. 1 scallion, thinly sliced

For the Guacamole:
1. 2 avocados- peeled and mashed
2. 1/2 small onion, finely diced.
3. 2 tomatoes, diced.
4. 3 tbsp, fresh cilantro, chopped.
5. 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and finely diced.
6. 1 lime, juiced.
7. 1/2 tsp salt.

 

INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a bowl, mash together the avocados, onion, tomatoes, lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix all and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2. Cut the tuna into small cubes. Add the soy sauce, black sesame seeds, and scallions. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
3. Place a ring mold on a plate and fill it with guacamole. Then add on the top a big spoon of tuna tartare.
4. Remove the ring mold and sprinkle a few sesame seeds on top. You can top it too with a cilantro leaf for an additional aesthetic effect.

PAIRING 

This recipe matches perfectly with a chardonnay white wine like Volognano´s PER TE wine. The combination of the tuna and the creamy taste of the avocado, balance with the dryness of the wine.

RECIPE SOURCE

mixed-seafood-paella

PAELLA

For these Easter Holidays, we will share with you a very characteristic Spanish recipe, full of sea products. Paella is the typical rice dish originated in Valencia, usually recommended to be cooked on a big pan. An open fire fueled by orange and pine branches would produce an aromatic smoke on it. Try it with our Baccante red wine.

Country: SPAIN

Prep time: 20 min    

8 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil and dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound chorizo sausage, casings removed and crumbled
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt and black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons olive oil, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper. Stir in chicken pieces to coat. Cover, and refrigerate.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or paella pan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, red pepper flakes, and rice. Cook, stirring, to coat rice with oil, about 3 minutes. Stir in saffron threads, parsley, chicken stock, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Stir in marinated chicken and onion; cook 5 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and sausage; cook 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp; cook, turning the shrimp, until both sides are pink.
  4. Spread rice mixture onto a serving tray. Top with meat and seafood mixture.

PAIRING

We recommend you to taste this recipe with Volognano´s Baccante red wine. The blend of Sangiovese and Merlot with the spicy notes of this wine will perfectly match the saffron taste of the paella.

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Honey Mustard Salmon with Mango Quinoa

Honey Mustard Salmon with Mango Quinoa

Salmon, honey mustard, mango and quinoa. Healthy food for a healthy recipe in order to face the new year’s wellness challenges. With a lovely glass of Volognano’s white wine, obiouvsly

January is not just the first month of the year but also the specific month after holidays when everyone starts their New Year´s Eve resolutions. Which were your resolutions for this year? Ours of course diet and exercise among others, but for that reason and in order to motivate ourselves to accomplish them during the whole year, here we share with you a healthy good recipe option to make.

Honey Mustard Salmon with Mango QuinoaIngredients.
• 2 fresh skinless salmon fillet (230 g)
• 2 teaspoons honey
• 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
• 1 large clove garlic, minced
• ⅔ cup cooked quinoa
• ½ cup chopped fresh mango
• 1 to 2 tablespoons seeded and finely chopped fresh jalapeño chile.
• 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted
• 1 teaspoon olive oil (Volognano´s extra virgin olive oil)
• Salt & black pepper

Instructions.
1. In a small bowl, stir together honey, mustard and garlic. Brush both sides of salmon with honey mixture.
2. For a gas or charcoal grill, place salmon on grill rack directly over medium heat. Cover and grill for 4 to 6 minutes. You can also cook it on a pan.
3. In a medium bowl, stir together quinoa, mango, jalapeño pepper, toasted almonds, olive oil, salt and black pepper for the quinoa salad.
4. Served the grilled/cooked salmon together with the quinoa mixture salad.
Volognano • Donna Patrizia
Pairing.
This recipe matches perfectly with Volognano´s white wine “Donna Patrizia”. The fruity citric and smooth taste will balance the honey – mustard salmon and quinoa salad.

Although we know they exist thousands of amazing good healthy recipes to make, we liked to share with you this one, for you to know that being healthy could be very easy and preparing some dishes is not always as hard as we think.

For us, healthiness is a lifestyle and eating well is a habit. Food can have a positive impact on us, not only in our bodies but also in our state of mind, for this reason we aim you to adopt for this year a lifestyle full of healthy dishes and healthy habits which will bring to you a lot of benefits. We hope you the best for this year 2019!

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zuppa di cavolo nero

Winter stay at Volognano

When we talk about Florence and its surroundings we usually think of spring or summer walks and do some shopping in the Tuscan capital, visits to museums or a day lunch in the Chianti countryside. All true, and all beautiful, but there are also a huge number of other activities and places that this territory has to offer during the cold season.

If you have in mind a weekend off during this winter, trying to get away from the daily activities and have the opportunity to refresh yourself with hot food, meditate with a good glass of red wine and – why not – give yourself some luxury and relaxation, a stay at Volognano is the perfect choice.

Private dinners. Once arrived and welcomed in our castle on Friday evening, you will have the option to enjoy a dinner, Italian style prepared by our personal chef. From traditional Tuscan dishes up to vegetarian options such as the black cabbage soup, cooked with dried beans, celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, tomato paste and of course extra virgin olive oil made in Volognano, the taste experience will be simply amazing.

zuppa di cavolo nero

The wine. Among the wines produced in Volognano the NOI – Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG with its ruby red, its intensity and soft and balanced persistence is what we suggest you to combine with this type of recipe. Served around 18 degrees, it is also ideal to rest for a long talk after dinner.

Activities. After a good rest in Volognano´s suites and rooms, Saturday can be a good day for a nice excursion. About 30 minutes’ drive from Volognano you can find the Abbey of Vallombrosa, at the same time a hermitage and a monastery that embellishes one of the most beautiful and representative woodland areas of Tuscany. In its Latin cross plan you can appreciate its Baroque references and live a moment of spirituality, immersed in the silence of the surrounding.
Abbazia di VallombrosaOn your way back to Volognano the idea of stopping for a meal or snack at the Bottega di Rosano is certainly to be considered. Among the many regional specialties that you will find, the harsh climate allows you to dare a delicious Tuscan sopressata.

Shopping. An afternoon of shopping is always a good idea. Our suggestion is to spend some time at the Sartoria Rossi boutique in Florence to choose the clothes and accessories you prefer, or opt for a tailor-made dress characterized by a style that encompasses the exclusiveness of the long tradition of Italian high fashion. It is definitely s triumph of refinement and comfort.

Sartoria Rossi FirenzeThe food. For a Saturday night dinner we recommend the Tripperia Osteria Il Magazzino by Luca Cai, in Piazza della Passera, Friday’s vegetarian option will be a distant memory. Together with the many typical Tuscan dishes you can choose from the menu reserves a treasure that in recent years has been rediscovered and repeated overwhelmingly by Italian cuisine, also revisited: the lampredotto, a strong and decisive flavor, excellent for the winter, to which – in case you want to opt for a softer solution – you may prefer the excellent Florentine tripe, also amazingly cooked.
Sunday is the day of greetings. Before leaving to go back to your daily life, however, in Volognano, after a short walk in the bitter cold of the surrounding countryside, a rich Sunday lunch at the Castle awaits you, with a dessert accompanied by a sip of Aetius, our sweet Tuscan wine excellent to taste with blue cheeses. But we will talk about this better on other occasions…


Your winter stay in Volognano

Period of the year: Week-end in winter (request our availability)
Recipe not to be missed: Black cabbage soup cooked by the personal chef of Volognano
Wine pairing: Noi – Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG
Recommended local product: Tuscan Bottega a Rosano Soprassata
Shops in and around Florence: Sartoria Rossi, via Porta Rossa, 33 / red, 50123 Florence.
Landscapes and itineraries in the Volognano area: A naturalistic itinerary among the 14 available in the area of the Hermitage of Vallombrosa
Food & Restaurants: Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino by Luca Cai

Panettone Recipe

Homemade Panettone

One of the best difficult things in the gastronomic world is the match between food and wine. The purpose of this union is to get the perfect balance between flavors, providing the taster a remarkable experience.

For this reason, we want to share with you some recipes paired with Volognano’s wines, enhancing your culinarian skills and warm you up this season with some traditional Italian recipes.

Panettone RecipeWe selected one of the most famous Italian recipes for this winter: panettone. Look how to make one of it on the following steps:

Ingredients.
• 4 eggs
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 tbsp dry yeast
• 1/2 cup milk
• 6 tbsp melted butter
• zest from 1 orange and from 1 lemon
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 tsp salt
• 3 1/2 cups flour
• 2/3 cup golden raisins
• 1/3 cup chopped candied orange peel
• 2 tsp orange flavored liqueur

Volognano • taste AetiusInstructions.
1. Pour milk in a small bowl and sprinkle the yeast over it. Stir and cover. Let it sit for 7-8 minutes.
2. Pour hot water over the raisins. Let them soak for 15 minutes.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together 3 eggs, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, orange liqueur, lemon zest and orange zest. Add the milk yeast mixture, the flour and salt. Mix for 4- 5 minutes, then add the melted butter and mix until combined. Add the raisins and candied orange peel. Mix to combine.
4. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Set aside.
5. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and shape into a ball. Place in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place for 1 – 1 and 1/2 hours, until it doubles its size.
6. Spray a 7-8 onch panettone mold with cooking spray.
7. After the dough has risen, dump it onto a floured surface and shape into a ball. Transfer to the mold. Cut a cross on top and brush with some melted butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for one more hour, until it doubles (almost triples) its size.
8. Preheat oven to 175° C. Place the panettone mold on a baking sheet. Brush with egg wash (egg + 1 tbsp water) and bake for 40 -45 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean and the top is golden brown. In the process of baking, if the panettone starts to brown too quickly, you can cover it with foil, to prevent burning.
9. Transfer to a wire rack and let it cool completely. Store tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

Pairing. This recipe matches perfectly with Volognano´s sweet Tuscan wine Aetius. The sweet taste of the panettone with the sweet notes of fig and prune of Aetius, create the perfect balance for the end of the meal.

Volognano NOI DOCG

What does DOCG mean?

Italian wine, is worldwide known not only for its amazing flavor and characteristics, but also for its certifications that guarantee quality and uniqueness

“Wine lovers” know that a Chianti DOCG label means “wine excellence”, and it stands for the Territory where the grape was grew, in this specific case, the growth mainly of Sangiovese grape in the Chianti area of Tuscany, Italy.
The geographical area of Chianti has a specific certification with a distinctive band around the neck of the bottle and the DOCG initials, which in Italian means “Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita”, or “Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin”, the highest certification for wine.

 

Consorzio Chianti Colli FiorentiniThe Chianti Consorzio, is one of the principal nonprofit organizations in Italy that is allow to grant the DOCG certification. The Consorzio of the Chianti Colli Fiorentini territory was founded in 1994 by a small number of winegrowers with 2 main purposes: to enhance quality and promote the denomination. Its symbol is the “Marzocco”, the rampant lion on the Tower of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

It follows very strict regulations and consider the entire wine production chain, focusing on different factors such as the percentage of the Sangiovese grape (at least 80%), specific measures of vineyard’s elevation, aging process, minimum alcohol level, chemical tests and more other requirements that a Chianti wine producer has to accomplish in order to obtain the certification.
This procedure, means a brand certification of quality not only for the consumer but also for the producer.

 

Volognano NOI DOCGVolognano is an important and strong supporter of the denomination of its territory and produces a DOCG Chianti Colli Fiorentini red wine named NOI, which in English means US. This wine was made in specific as a present to celebrate the wedding of Volognano’s owners’ daughter and it has a very important meaning for the family. It also refers to the team work of all the producers that belong geographically in the denomination. Working on team, adds value not only to the wine but also to the image of the territory and tradition.

NOI wine is a blend between 3 autochthonous varietals Italian grapes, typically from Tuscany territory, those are the Sangiovese (80%), Canaiolo (10%) and Colorino (10%). The wine is aged during 12 months in big barrels made of oak called BOTTI and its lightness and smoothness allows this wine to be perfectly paired with red meat or a homemade fresh pasta and tomato based sauces with meat like ragú sauce.
Do not miss its amazing flavor and taste it!

Volognano • table red wine

“Per me” and “Per te”

Volognano takes up and updates its wine tradition by launching the new labels Per me and Per te, respectively an IGT red blend aged in wood, decisive and persistent designed for the guests of the structure and a white IGT designed for those who want to take and taste at home a fresh and spicy bouquet, with a tropical mood briefly aged in wood.

• Per me (red – IGT 2016) 

Origin: produced by the historic vineyards of the Volognano farm, owned by Pecchioli family since 1957, located close to Florence.

Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol content: variable between 13% and 14% by vol.

Vinification: The best grapes selected manually are fermented in steel containers at a controlled temperature of 22° C for about 10 days. The malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in the winemaking cellar; after that the wines obtained from Cabernet grapes, are brought to the aging cellar. Then they begin the aging process of at least 12 months in 17 hL oak barrels for Sangiovese and 225L barrels for Cabernet. At the end of the aging process the wines are assembled after a careful evaluation of the organoleptic characteristics of the product, and refined in the bottle for at least 6 months before the marketing.

• Per te (bianco IGT 2017)

Origin: produced by the historic vineyards of the farm, owned by the Pecchioli family since 1957, located close to Florence.

Vines: Chardonnay and Malvasia Toscana (in small percentages)

Alcohol content: 13% by vol.

Vinification: The grapes are gently pressed, the must is clarified and after 24 hours the alcoholic fermentation starts at a controlled temperature.
After that, the malolactic fermentation is completed, the wine is left to rest for about 2 months in small steel containers and then transferred to 225L oak barrels where it will remain for a time of about 3/4 months. Bottled at the end of the spring, the wine is marketed after a short refinement in the bottle.

Tasting notes: Intense yellow color. Strong aromatic notes of tropical fruit and spices deriving from both the grapes of origin and the short maturation in wood. The taste of the wine is persistent but characterized by an excellent freshness, deriving from the typical acid notes of a white wine. We recommend to pair with dishes based on fish sauces, medium-aged cheeses and white meats.