Going to stay in San Gimignano?
Going to drink some wine?
Of course you are.
Let me offer a recommendation for the a fantastic wine tour through Chianti. I did hours of research online, looking for a private wine tour for our group of 8 that could pick us up from the ridiculously beautiful town of San Gimignano where we were staying. Many of the full day tours I found start and end in Florence. Then a friend was given a recommendation for TuscanyEX and were offered everything we hoped for.
TuscanyEX offers much more then wine tours as it turns out. They offer cooking classes, cullinary tours, truffle hunts, saffron picking, dairy tours (I asume cheese is going to be involved) and many more. You can even request your own specialized tour.
This is one of the largest wine companies in Italy with a history that dates back to 1385. Their claim to fame is their innovations of the Super Tuscan where their Tignanello was the first to be called as such. The winery itself is a great way to start off a tour of the Chianti Region. Here you will see a massive winery where you will see a building in harmony with the landscape. They pride themselves on innovation with tradition. You'll start the tour off with a movie introducing you to the Antinori family and the history behind the making winery. Then you're guided through the heart and soul of the winery where their amazing wines are created and finally treated to a tasting before you leave.
Il Molino di Grace. A stunning property that has had thriving vineyards for well over 300 years.
These wines were by far my fovorite of the day.
It was hard for me not to spend my total travel allowence here and have several cases of wine shipped home.
We spent an hour wandering the old narrow streets, eating gelato and peeking into peoples windows because they made them so enticing.
Again, another private tasting and tour of the winery and cellar with an added bonus of seeing where they were laying out their grapes to make their Vin Santo (holy wine), a sweet Italian desert wine. This was something special to see and smell. The process is unlike anything I've ever seen. The grapes are laid out on mats or hung from rafters to dry for many months. They are then pressed and placed into special barrels where the natural process of fermentation begins.