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From Siena: Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour by Minivan

1. From Siena: Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour by Minivan

Brunello, considered the best wine in the world, has its ancestral roots in the passion of the inhabitants of Montalcino and in the ancient winemaking tradition, handed down from one generation to the next. The town of Montalcino, with its Sangiovese grapes the wine is produced from, stands on a charming hill that lets you relish its natural wholesomeness. The town, its ancient fortress, and some of the best wineries in the world are the focus of this specialized tour. The winemaking process which includes a long maturation in casks made from valuable wood, make Brunello the “Italian ambassador in the world of our winemaking reality.” Taste prestigious wines from some of the finest wineries in Montalcino and enjoy the wonderful surrounding area.

From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

2. From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

Enjoy a day of culture, wine, and food as you visit some of the most impressive towns and villages in Tuscany. Go to the picturesque town of Pienza, and taste world-famous wines produced in Montalcino and Montepulciano. Meet your guide in Siena and join the rest of the group to start your full-day tour. Depart Siena and transfer to a wine cellar in Montalcino. Cross gently rolling hills full of vineyards, and then sample local wines served with a delicious snack of the local produce. Continue to Pienza to discover the “Touchstone of Renaissance Urbanism.” Considered an artistic jewel of the landscape of Val d’Orcia, Pienza is a perfect combination of architectural beauty and harmony. Most of the lanes bearing impressive names overlook the breathtaking landscape of the Val d’Orcia. Unique smells and flavors are entwined with this natural and artistic heritage. Pienza’s most renowned tradition is pecorino cheese. End the tour at Montepulciano, where the stateliness of its Renaissance buildings and the refined beauty of the town's churches mix with the ancient tradition of wine making. Enjoy some free time before your return transfer to Siena by bus.

Brunello di Montalcino Full-Day Wine Tour with Tastings

3. Brunello di Montalcino Full-Day Wine Tour with Tastings

Wine lovers will enjoy this full-day tour through the beautiful Tuscan landscape with stops to visit some typical local wineries. Explore the famous wine hills of Montalcino and learn about the process and passion involved in creating Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy's most prestigious wines. Your tour begins with a drive along the ancient Roman road from Siena to the famous wine hills of Montalcino. The first stop will be at a small, typical area winery where you’ll have a chance to walk in the vineyards, explore the cellars, and enjoy an introductory tasting of world-famous Brunello wine. Next, you’ll head to Montalcino, the hill town that gives its name to the region and its wines. Here you’ll have the opportunity to climb the fortress walls, spend some time browsing the shops and tasting the Brunello wines in wine bars, or simply enjoy the incredible views of the valleys and vineyards below. After visiting the town of Montalcino the tour continues on to the stunning ancient mystical Benedictine Abbey of Sant Antimo, a special place in a tranquil setting. You’ll enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch at a family-run winery, accompanied by the delicious wines produced at the facility. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the farm. In the afternoon you’ll visit a third winery where you’ll get a detailed description of the wine-making process, and learn how the vines are cared for and about the long aging process in oak barrels. After visiting the cellars and getting to know the winemakers, you’ll sit down for a final tasting of this nectar of the gods.

Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Tuscan Castle

4. Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Tuscan Castle

Take part in an exclusive wine tasting experience and enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in the setting of an elegant medieval Castle in Montalcino. Walk in the vineyard with an expert sommelier and take in the stunning views as you learn about traditional wine-making. Taste 3 different local wines before sitting down for a 3-course lunch. Meet your sommelier and stroll together in the vineyard during which you hear the history of the castle and its family. Admire the beautiful Tuscan landscape and learn more about traditional high-quality wine production methods and techniques. Enjoy your exclusive guided wine tasting of 3 local wines with some Tuscan snacks. During the wine tasting, you will taste three of the most important and world-famous Tuscan wines, such as Sangiovese IGT or Brunello di Montalcino. The professional sommelier will provide in-depth explanations about what you taste and the uniqueness of these Italian wines. After, sit down to eat a typical Tuscan 3-course lunch. The lunch menu is composed of a selection of cold cuts & cheeses, hand-made pasta with sauces, and dessert with coffee. A vegetarian option is available, please advise at the time of booking if desired.

Montalcino: Castle and Vineyards Tour with Tasting

5. Montalcino: Castle and Vineyards Tour with Tasting

Visit a famous estate in the Brunello region and learn how wine is produced. Discover 600 years of history in the castle with its courtyards surrounded by Brunello vineyards. Enjoy a 1-hour tour of the castle, cellars, and vineyards, ending with a tasting of Brunello in the historical courtyard. Starting at the main entrance, stroll through the entire walls of the castle and reach the Baldassare Peruzzi bridge, which was built in the early 16th century, and the Chapel of the Virgin of the Veil, which still contains a fragment of the veil of Virgin Mary. Along the way, visit noble vineyards and ancient medieval cellars. Finish your tour with a tasting of 3 selected wines paired with delicious local snacks.

Val D'Orcia: Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour from Florence

6. Val D'Orcia: Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour from Florence

Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and experience the heart of Tuscany on this day trip from Florence. Ride in a spacious and air conditioned van to the luch Val D’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop a wineries, stroll through local towns, and savor local cheese. Hop aboard the comfortable bus at a centrally-located meeting point in Florence. Relax on the drive through the Tuscan countryside on the way to Montalcino. Try some world-renowned Brunello wine and stroll through the cellars and museum of a wine estate. Hear about the history of this estate which once belonged to the powerful Piccolomini family, whose members included Pope Pius II. Move up to the peak of the town for views of rolling hills, ancient oaks, picturesque olive groves, vineyards, and cypress trees. Continue to Pienza, which stands high upon a hill and dominates the Orcia valley with extraordinary views. Sample Pecorino cheese  and explore the charming streets of this small town at your leisure. Head to Montepulciano, home to the famous Vino Nobile vineyards where some of the vampire movie "New Moon" was shot. Sip on some wine while visiting the dungeon where the wine is stored under the ancient walls of the winery. Return by bus to Florence.

From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

7. From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

The first part of your full-day tour begins with a visit to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, the City of Fine Towers. Armed with helpful information from your tour escort you’ll have free time to explore the town’s historical center and browse its artisan shops. San Gimignano is also the birthplace of Vernaccia, a white wine produced exclusively in the area. The wine is noted for its high quality and for being the first Italian DOCG wine. The tour continues on to Monteriggioni, the ancient crown-shaped fortress that appeared on Italy’s old 100-Lire currency. The 13th-century walls feature 14 towers that Dante likened to the giants in his Inferno. Afterwards, you’ll stop at a winery for a lunch of salami, cheese, and other local products, accompanied by a tasting of Chianti wines. Visit Val d’Orcia, another Tuscan jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Montalcino, perched on a hill overlooking 1,500 hectares of Brunello vineyards that have contributed to the area’s international reputation. The final stop of the day will be a local wine cellar, where you’ll have a chance to taste the renowned Brunello of Montalcino, rated among the finest Italian DOCG wines. Sample other typical local products as well.

San Gimignano: Romantic Vineyard Dinner Experience

8. San Gimignano: Romantic Vineyard Dinner Experience

Take part in a unique, private dining experience, a must for fans of Tuscan wines and those interested in learning more about the area and various Tuscan places. In spring and summer, you will be surrounded by the magic of the Tuscan hills, and breathtaking views of landscapes covered with vineyards, olive groves, and woods. There, enjoy dinner accompanied by the estate's wines that distinguish them from other wineries.  The package includes: Dinner in the vine rows of the vineyard with Tuscan products: Appetizers: Tuscan cheeses and salami, Bruschetta and snack. First Course: Truffle lasagna and tuscan ribollita Second Course: Roasted meat with roasted potatoes Dessert: Cantuccini with dessert wine Tour and Tasting of wines including our current release and our vintage reserve library. Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. Cabernet Bartolomeo Riserva I.G.T. Merlot Baldassarre Riserva I.G.T. Syrah Cavaliere Riserva I.G.T. Vernaccia of San Gimignano D.O.C.G. Chianti D.O.C.G. Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Chianti Classico Riserva D.O.C.G. Vino Nobile of Montepulciano D.O.C.G. Red of Montepulciano D.O.C. VinBeato - Dessert Wine Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cold Pressing White Truffle flavored Olive Oil Pepper Hot Olive Oil Balsamic Old Vinegar selected

From Rome: Private Day-Tour of Tuscany

9. From Rome: Private Day-Tour of Tuscany

Take a break from the chaos of Rome with a Tuscan holiday. The tour focuses on the famous Val D’Orcia region, visiting the historic hill towns of Montepulciano, Pienza and the vineyards of Montalcino. If you have a taste for Tuscany but just a short time in Italy, this tour is for you! A comfortable air-conditioned car or minivan will collect you in Rome and by mid-morning, you will be in the ancient Etruscan town of Montepulciano. The next stop is at the vineyards of Montalcino. This is where one of Italy’s best wines, Brunello di Montalcino, is produced. Absorb views over some of Tuscany’s most beautiful vineyards before heading to Sant’Antimo Abbey where, with a bit of luck, you’ll be just in time to hear the monks perform Gregorian chants. Your private driver will take you out of town to a beautiful Tuscan vineyard. At lunch, enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by bruschetta and three more types of wine along with a spread of cold cuts and local specialties over a three-course lunch. Next stop – Pienza. You will hear how this World Heritage site was conceived by Pope Pius II as a “utopian village” and get information on sites you may want to visit, such as the two Renaissance palaces and the beautiful Duomo. Pienza is a small town so you'll go off on your own and take some time to wander around, enjoying ancient architecture and views of the rolling countryside. Whatever you choose to do with your time, be sure to sample Pienza’s most important product, pecorino cheese, in one of the many artisan food stores around the town. With full bags packed with wine and cheese, meet back at the car for a comfortable and scenic drive back to Rome.

Montalcino: Winery Tour and Picnic in the Vineyard with Wine

10. Montalcino: Winery Tour and Picnic in the Vineyard with Wine

Tenuta Corte Pavone was established in 1979 and owned by the Loaker family. They are the pioneers of modern organic and biodynamic viticulture in Italy and are proud of their 40-year-old organic wine heritage and philosophy. The entrance to the winery follows down a cypress-lined driveway, through wrought iron gates. On the way, enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding valleys of Montalcino, a Medieval hill town. Appreciate the vineyards, olive trees, fields, and other little villages. Once there, take a tour of the vineyard and wine cellar before receiving a full picnic basket. Then, feel free to find a place in the vineyard to start the tasting. Make yourself comfortable with a picnic blanket and savor a bottle of wine accompanied by various homemade Tuscan specialties.

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What people are saying about Montalcino

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 399 reviews

Awesome tour of the Brunello region!!! We had a fantastic day. This tour exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide Ambra, is very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. My wife and I shared the tour with other 3 couples who made the tour even more enjoyable. Ambra is a very safe driver and knows the region very well. She first took us to the Casanuova delle Cerbaie winery, where Simone Carlotti explained to us the process that they follow to obtain their wonderful wines. Ambra also took us to the town of Montalcino and shared with us interesting facts that were fun to learn. Then, we visited Molino di Sant’Antimo winery, a family business. Giulia Vittori one of owners was our host and she treated us to a delicious lunch there, paired with their great wines. It was a treat! Lastly, we visited the Piombaia winery. They differ in the way they manage their vineyards. They use a method called biodynamic, it’s free of chemicals and works with the vines and not against them. It was very

Beautiful countryside and towns, very enjoyable wine. Great to have free time to explore Pienza and Montepulciano on our own. If you prefer to be led around the town, look elsewhere. Wine tasting outside Montalcino was very well done. Logistics were smooth throughout the trip.

The view is gorgeous, Tuscany typical. The guide is very friendly and he speaks good English, Spanish, Italian. The wine is very good. The whole property is breathtaking and easy to get to from Montalcino.

Super recommended experience for both wine and cheese lovers and photography enthusiasts. Serena and Antonio were a very professional and competent team.

Wonderful trip. Beautiful small villages. Great tour guide and driver