Biodynamic Brunello Wine Tour - Florence, Italy

Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
Meet The Maker
Included
Meal, Pick up, Tour guide
Languages
English, French, Italian
Theme
Organic, Countryside, Private
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
181
22
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$
391
67
/ Person
Giacomo C
Activity Overview
On this tour, you will experience modern farming techniques combine with ancient farming methods to produce some excellent wines

Produced purely from Sangiovese grapes, Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most popular Italian wines in the world. It is cherished for its natural features and the unique combination of its aromas. It is produced using traditional, agricultural methods with gentle processes which do not damage the soil and the vines, hence enhancing the characteristics of the grapes, as well as the unique sensory qualities of the wine.

FULL DESCRIPTION OF BIODYNAMIC BRUNELLO WINE TOUR:
The biodynamic agriculture movement began in 1924 when Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher was requested to give a lecture at a palace in Poland, in the city of Koberwitz. During the talk, he presented some of his impressive new concepts to the farmers who attended the lecture.

Rudolf Steiner aspired to arouse a scientific-spiritual concern in the farmers so that they would take on better and healthier techniques in agriculture. His presentation was about the introduction of technology and new chemical products; he argued that the farmers were gradually straying away from the agrarian knowledge that had been passed down through the years. The ways of farming that were being used caused soil deterioration and a weakening of the plants that produce food.

A hundred years later, it appears that the lecture is paying off: winemaking is now a branch of biodynamic farming that has spread far and wide. It is being appreciated in the entire world, and Brunello wine is one of its initiators.

True to its roots and proud of its high-quality standards, biodynamic farming is a combination of modern winemaking methods and environmentally sustainable farming techniques that involve the use of organic fertilizers, biodynamically prepared from cow manure, medicinal plants, and minerals.

The objective of biodynamic winemaking is to produce sturdy and robust vines so that the grapes that reach to the wine cellar are in good shape, healthy and flawless. These grapes will produce the Brunello di Montalcino wine, which is the highest quality of our region’s most specific varietal, Sangiovese.

However, this Tuscan wine tour is not only about food and wine. Our expedition will take us to discover some captivating places and see fantastic views. The fields of the valley floor, where cereals and sunflowers are grown, represent the center of the framework of the rolling hills, marked out by rows of cypress trees and gradually giving way into vineyards, olive groves, and oak woods. This is all topped by a delightful medieval village whose erection began in the tenth century, although its origins probably date back to the Etruscan period.
 
Included
  • Guided visit of a biodynamic winery in Montalcino and stroll through the vineyards and cellars
  • A tasting of Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva and Supertuscan wines
  • A visit to the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a place full of mystery and graceful beauty
  • Homemade lunch and tasting of Brunello di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva and Supertuscan wines and extra virgin olive oil at a local organic winery
  • Short guided tour of the medieval hilltop town of Montalcino
  • Private transportation in a luxury 9-seater van
  • Departure from and return to your accommodation
  • Services of our driver and tour guide in Italian, English, French or Spanish
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
391
67
Price per person for private group of 2 people
Person
$
292
29
Price per person for private group of 3 people
Person
$
263
06
Price per person for private group of 4 people
Person
$
227
99
Price per person for private group of 5 people
Person
$
210
45
Price per person for private group of 6 people
Person
$
192
91
Price per person for private group of 7 people
Person
$
181
22
Price per person for private group of 8 people
Timing
Dates
Daily
Duration
8 H
More Info
Cancellation Policy
Strict
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Our Tour was great! the driver was so knowledgeable about the area. I would recommend this company to anyone trying to embrace the Italian culture.
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Best part of our trip to Italy. Amazing wineries & lunch!!!! Visiting beautiful towns. Most important part was our tour guide Giacomo, he was amazing! The only bad part of the trip , we should have had a second day with Giacomo and Tuscany!!!!!
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Tastings Nearby
$
210
45
/ Person
Tuscany, Italy
Duration:
11 H
 (1)
We invite you to a full day Minivan tour, with a traditional Chianti lunch, and wine tasting. You will drive through some of the most enchanting Tuscan sites and towns in Siena, the ... moreChianti area, S. Gimignano, Pisa, and Monteriggioni.

HIGHLIGHTS

Take a trip through the most popular Tuscan towns. Drive past olive groves and vineyards in the heart of the Chianti region. You will appreciate the striking prehistoric cities such as San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, as well as Pisa; - one of the most recognized towns in the world.

Enjoy a break in a lovely country estate, where a typical Chianti lunch will be served. The dish is prepared using local products. You will take pleasure in a guided wine tasting session of a selection of fine Vernaccia and Chianti wines.

This tour will enable you to understand the diversity of unmatched artistic treasures that our country has to offer. This tour offers you a noteworthy, exceptional experience.

DETAILS
Allow your senses to be absorbed by the lasting charm of the Tuscan towns. Here the beauty of the monuments, painting, and sculpture is connected to the way of life, which is still on a human scale, and where every stone exhibit centuries of history.
We will drive through the characteristic hilly Tuscan countryside, on our way to Siena, a splendid prehistoric city. Siena is globally recognized for its imaginative treasure and is classified by the UNESCO as a world heritage site. It is here that we will tour the popular shell-shaped, Piazza del Campo.
The Municipal Palace, established in 1298, with its stylish Mangia Bell-tower, that was constructed in 1325 and rises above the square. It is here that the renowned Palio is held every summer.
You may utilize your free time to explore the imposing Cathedral, one of the most fabulous, imaginative accomplishments of the 13th, to 15th centuries. You will appreciate the grand buildings and medieval churches along the narrow, lively alleyways.
From Siena, you will be driven through a scenic route to acknowledge the olive groves and vineyards in the heart of the Chianti region, on the way to the 13th century reinforced hamlet of Monteriggioni, a tiny jewel, fully encompassed by its authentic fortifications.
You will take a stroll within the private perimeter of the bordering walls with its 11 towers. You will discover an enchanting corner of Tuscany, that has been preserved since the Middle Ages.
A short distance away, in a welcoming country estate, encompassed by spicy plants, you will be served a typical Chianti lunch made from local products. You will also enjoy a guided wine tasting session of a selection of fine Vernaccia and Chianti wines, provided with expertise and passion by the amiable owner of the farm.
After lunch, we depart from the farm and a short distance away, we discover San Gimignano, another delightful town. This town is endorsed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. It is recognized for its ideally preserved ancient plan and alleys, as well as for its grand towers, which have resulted in the town being referred to as the Manhattan of the Middle Ages.
The town is also famous for its hills, which are covered with aromatic, white Vernaccia vineyards and saffron estates.
A walk around the town center discloses absolute treasures like; - the elegant 14th-century frescoes on the other side the double doors of the Collegiata, Piazza della Cisterna, the Palazzo del Podestà with its museum, and the Church of Sant'Agostino, with its Benozzo Gozzoli frescoes.
Finally, we will drive towards Pisa; -one of the most famous towns in the world, with its splendid Piazza dei Miracoli, another UNESCO world heritage site. Here outstanding marble jewels rise above; - the artistic green Cathedral sward, the renowned Leaning Tower, the stately Baptistery, the splendid Cathedral, and the commemorative Cemetery. There are also principal expressions of the Romanesque architecture of the 12th, and 13th centuries, that contain astonishingly beautiful works of great artistic importance.
$
227
99
/ Person
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Duration:
11 H
 (1)
Following the scent of the Great Wines (Black Rooster Chianti, Montalcino, Brunello and Montepulciano) through the most stunning hilly landscapes of the Chianti, Val d’Orcia and Val ... moredi Chiana. Lunch with typical products and wine tasting complete this excursion.

What Makes This Tour Unique

Relish following the scent of Chianti wine, driving through the most famous wine districts: the Black Rooster Chianti, Montalcino, Brunello and Montepulciano. You will appreciate the genuine, ancient, farming tradition that produces wine, oil and typical products.

Visit a historical farmhouse, where you will be served lunch and will eat local products and be guided through a wine - tasting session of Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello and Supertuscan wines.

You will visit Greve and its historical square flanked by open galleries, Castellina an ancient village perched on a hill with its historical wine - cellars, Monteriggioni a small medieval jewel, Montalcino where you will wander along narrow streets between wineries and craftsmen’s workshops.

Penetrate the heart of the most genuine aspects of Tuscany with medieval villages of incomparable charm, an ancient farming tradition that produces wine, cheese, cold cuts and excellent meat renowned and appreciated all over the world.

The landscape is an exquisite blend of natural and man-made harmony, which has existed for centuries in matchless equilibrium. Through the hilly expanses of the old vineyards and olive groves, covering most of the splendid Chianti territory, we reach Greve where one can enjoy the charm of its historical square flanked by open galleries, wandering around the fascinating shops offering local hand-crafted items as well as typical Chianti products.

Once more, we drive on to Castellina, an ancient village, perched on a hill, where we visit a historical wine-cellar.

Just outside the village, in one of the area’s most famous wine-farms, you will be offered a wine-tasting session of different wines of the Chianti area, extra virgin olive oil on Tuscan bread, vin santo (Holy Wine) with locally produced cantuccini and lavender honey.

Proceeding along a scenic route we admire the picturesque village of Monteriggioni, a small mediaeval jewel still surrounded by its ancient walls.

Further on, the unmistakable landscape of the Crete Senesi, where impressive, dramatic, clay ravines and cavities split the hillsides.

We drive on to an area - which is a total contrast to the Crete territory – the lusciously green Val d'Orcia, another UNESCO heritage site, a harmonious succession of hills dotted with cypresses and castles, churches, ancient villages of Etruscan origin and farms strung out along the famous Via Francigena, a High Medieval Pilgrim’s Way. Here, in a historical farmhouse, you will be served lunch and will be guided through a wine-tasting session of the renowned Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello and Supertuscan wines.

You will be able to enjoy a large selection of typical products of the territory and a delicious homemade fruit pie.

All this is followed by a visit to the wine-cellars and some free time to enjoy the countryside. We then drive on to the medieval village of Montalcino, its boundary walls studded by towers, with the imposing 14th century fortress that offers one of the most beautiful views onto Val d’Orcia.

In Moltalcino, one can also wander along narrow streets with dozens of wineries and artisans’ shops selling local produce.

Finally, after a short journey along a scenic route, we reach Montepulciano, enclosed by fortified walls and perched on a hill 600 metres above sea level between Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana.

The town is renowned for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, obtained from the grapes growing in the surrounding vineyards. We stop briefly in the town to take a walk through its steep streets and elegant squares and admire the splendid Renaissance buildings and churches, and visit one of the many wine-cellars of the old town to taste their delicious wine, after which we drive back to Florence.
$
198
76
/ Person
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Duration:
4,5 H
 (1)
We drive on two fabulous country roads that offer breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside, with amazing views of the Chianti Classico wine district. Your guide leads you in a ... moreprofessional wine tasting and olive oil savoring while you enjoy a fantastic meal of many Tuscan specialties.

What Makes This Tour Unique

Amazing drive through Tuscan roads

Scenic stops, amazing photo opportunities 

Full lunch by the pool overviewing the hills

Drink the Wine, relax, enjoy the “dolce vita”

Fabulous for families or anyone wanting to escape the heat and take a well deserved break from the city, this adventure will have you driving an iconic vintage Fiat 500 through the best scenic routes of Tuscany. We begin with an introduction to the Fiat 500 and its handling, and then head for the hills! We head into the Chianti wine district area, all around us monasteries, olive groves and grapevines, and your guide entertains you with history and local knowledge. 

During the itinerary we drive on the via Imprunetana and the via Chiantigiana, that offer breathtaking views of the two fabulous country roads Tuscan countryside. We will take two stops, one in front of a very well known terracotta factory, with an amazing view of the Chianti Classico wine district. The second stop is on the way back, along the road, at a spot where you have the chance to take pictures and bask in the beauty of the Florence panorama, the mountains around the city, the Arno river and the city center from above. After the panoramic stops we are hosted in the splendid Renaissance Villa, where a Tuscan lunch is laid with class out for us beside their private swimming pool. Your guide leads you in a professional wine tasting and olive oil savoring while you enjoy a fantastic meal of many Tuscan specialties. We have access to the swimming pool (particularly popular with kids) and towels are provided for your enjoyment. Our tour ends at the villa, and there’s no more driving, so you can relax and enjoy the wine and the rest of the afternoon in good company!