Vin Santo grapes drying
10 - 15 November 2007
This Ultimate Tuscany tour focuses on the greatest wine estates in Chianti, Montalcino and Bolgheri.
Here we will see the wonderful blend of respect for tradition and determination to achieve sublime quality which makes this one of the most exciting wine regions of the world.
We start with a comprehensive tour of the Bolgheri wine region taking in most of the leading vineyards here.
Our first few visits include the original cult ‘Super Tuscans’. Our exploration of the Bolgheri region begins in great style with lunch at Tenuta dell’Ornellaia. We have the rare opportunity to visit Tenuta San Guido where world renowned ‘Sassicaia’ is made. We continue for lunch at the Antinori owned Guado Al Tasso. Next we head to the DOC of Montalcino to taste the truly outstanding wines at Neri before continuing for a private invitation for lunch at the beautiful castle of Argiano.
The second part of the tour covers Chianti and we stay on the Tuscan wine estate of Borgo San Felice, in their Relais & Châteaux hotel. Over the next few days we see how Chianti has transformed its wine industry especially following the Chianti 2000 project. The region now concentrates on exploring the qualities of their native grape varieties. In a sea change of fashion it is now viewed as old fashioned to consider putting Cabernet Sauvignon anywhere near your prestige Chianti.
Jane Hunt M.W will host a tasting of a range of top estates such as Castello di Ama, Fonterutoli, Querciabella and Brolio. We continue with our ‘super star’ visits followed by Fontodi who join us for lunch. This evening is spent in Siena where you are welcome to join the team for dinner.
Next morning we visit Isole & Olena and lunch at at the magnificent premises of Castello di Volpaia. Our final dinner will be at Felsina di Berardegena. We’ll have a vertical tasting of their Reserva Rancia and Fontalloro. On the last day we visit the leading estate in Chianti Rufina, and indeed one of the top Tuscan estates, Selvapiana.