Cast any ideas of simple straw-covered bottles decorating Tuscan dinner tables from your mind. The Tuscany of today is as close to perfect wine country as you can get. Dating back to the 8th century BC, this is Italy’s most ancient wine region.
And wine is at the centre of the region’s story: the Etruscans, the Romans and then the great abbeys of the Middle Ages all planted vineyards. And then wine fuelled the Renaissance... It is fitting that the region that includes Florence, Siena and San Gimignano is also home to some of Italy’s most beautiful wines: from Chianti Classico, to Brunello di Montalcino to the Super Tuscans. Wine as art.
The Italian wine scene has undergone a dramatic change in the last thirty years – with Tuscany at the forefront of the revolution.
Touring the region is not a five-minute affair, it is an immersive experience. Surrounded by the quintessential Tuscan countryside – rolling, cypress-studded hills – we visit estates that have been at the forefront of quality improvements and whose fortunes we have followed for almost twenty years. With each visit, we have fallen more and more in love. Its unmatched personality, graceful beauty and a wonderful blend of respect for tradition and determined attitude has made Italy one of the most exciting wine countries in the world.
In many ways, Tuscany is like a truly vintage bottle of wine which has been lovingly crafted and aged. The more time you spend contemplating it, the more you enjoy it. Our memories of this wonderful region will linger on forever… and we know yours will too.
- Discover the secrets of Tuscan cuisine during a hands-on cookery class
- Taste the wines of Badia a Coltibuono, a tenth century abbey, and tour its beautiful Middle Age gardens
- Enjoy a guided tour of Montalcino, surrounded by flower-clad hills and ancient oak trees
Tuscan wines include some of Italy’s most famous appellations. We explore Brunello wines at Il Poggione in Montalcino, the fragrant wines of the Volpaia estate and the DOCG wines of the excellent Col d’Orcia. Volpaia wines are particularly fresh thanks to the height of the vineyards above sea level.