Tuscany is one of Italy’s most evocative destinations. This region, home to rolling countryside and dotted with antique farmhouses, is famous for being the home of the Renaissance, the beautiful ornate cities of Florence and Siena, and, of course, beautiful art.
But there’s one thing Tuscany is famous for above all else – wine. The area is one of the world’s most notable wine regions, home to the Sangiovese grape, where world-class DOCG wines such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano, to name just a few, hail from.
The vineyards which line the hills are alive with activity and waiting for you to visit and discover more about this beautiful region and its delicious fine wines. We’ve put together a post of the 15 best Tuscany wine tours, not only to help you make the most of your trip but to tantalize your taste buds and educate your palette about some of the finest wines Europe has to offer.
1. From Florence: Full-Day Tuscan Wine Tour with Lunch
Enjoy round trip transportation from the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence to two Tuscan wine producers on this exciting 10-hour tour.
First, you’ll get a guided tour of the historical village of Montalcino, where Brunello is made. You’ll visit the cellars and see barrels full of wine that must remain casked for five years before they’re put on sale to the public. You’ll have the opportunity for a tasting too.
Then, it’s a delicious lunch before heading to the second winery of the day, this one in the beautiful Val d’Orcia. As well as wine, you’ll get a taste of locally grown olive oil, before being driven back to Florence.
2. Siena: Half-Day Vineyard Tour with Lunch
Don’t miss this incredible tour to the vineyards of Siena, a beautiful city where the historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
You’ll visit a famous estate where Chianti Classico is produced and have the opportunity to wander through the vineyards and descend into the historical cellar.
Then, onto the best part: a traditional lunch made up of local and seasonal ingredients, accompanied by a tasting of four wines and four olive oils.
For foodies and wine buffs, this tour is an absolute must.
3. Brunello di Montalcino Full-Day Wine Tour with Tastings
This eight-hour trip combines seeing the best of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside with tasting one of the most refined Tuscan wines – Brunello di Montalcino.
You’ll explore the hills of Montalcino, the village where one of Italy’s most prestigious wines was created from an experiment in the late 19th century. Throughout the day, you’ll visit three wineries, each one offering you a taste of their take on Brunello.
The history of the region will also be showcased on your tour; you’ll visit a Benedictine Abbey and have free time in Montalcino, where you can scale the fortress walls. All that wine tasting means you’ll need to line your stomach – luckily, there’s a traditional lunch at the second winery, where you’ll also have a chance to visit the family-run farm.
4. San Gimignano Private Dinner with Wine Tasting
If you see San Gimingano from afar and squint, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s New York. This extraordinary town is one of the most famous symbols of Tuscany; it’s four towers and medieval walls dominate the skyline of the rolling hills around it.
It also happens to be the perfect place to experience Tuscan gastronomy and wine. Your special dinner will be in a private room at one of the town’s wineries, where you’ll sample a traditional, seasonal menu prepared with the freshest ingredients, accompanied by carefully selected wine pairings.
You’ll be guided through the night by an excellent sommelier, who’ll be on hand to answer all your questions about the wine and food.
5. Sassicaia, Ornellaia and the Coastal Wines
Take full advantage of being picked up and dropped off on the doorstep of your accommodation in an air-conditioned minivan on this luxurious 10-hour tour, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about and taste some of the finest wines of the Tyrrhenian coast, including Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Masseto.
Your helpful and knowledgeable guide will lead the excursion, which sees you take a guided tour of the Fornacelle winery before stopping for a delicious lunch at the Enoteca Tognoni in Bolgheri.
After lunch, it’s time for another visit to a winery, complete with tasting, before heading back to your accommodation in complete comfort.
6. Montepulciano Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour
Not to be confused with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – the name of a grape rather than a wine – Montepulciano is a medieval village in the province of Siena, where five different fine wines are produced.
You’ll get a chance to head down into the wine cellar, where you’ll see the quality wood which is used to age Montepulciano’s red wines.
Of course, you don’t have to enjoy the wine on its own. You’ll be presented with a plate of delicious local cheese, cold cuts of meat, and rustic bread, all ready to have locally produced olive oil drizzled over it.
7. Tuscan Hills 5-Hour Tasting Tour from Florence
This is an enjoyable tour which starts at the doorstep of your accommodation in Florence, where you’ll be picked up by an air-conditioned minivan and accompanied by an expert local guide who will answer any questions you have throughout the day.
On this informative and fun tour, your first stop will be the village of San Casciano, where you’ll try honey made by a local beekeeper, as well as extra virgin olive oil, and, of course, organic wine.
The afternoon will be a truly unforgettable experience; you’ll be welcomed like an old friend by a local farmer and taste the products that they produce and sell.
Round the day off with a comfortable journey back to your hotel.
8. Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano Food Tour from Siena
Siena is undeniably beautiful, but everyone needs a break from city life every once in a while. This tour is the perfect opportunity for that break, with a whole day in the Tuscan hills and the Val d’Orcia, strolling through the cobbled streets of quaint villages and tasting the delicious food and wine on offer.
In Montalcino, you’ll explore a wine cellar and see the medieval fortress before marveling at the architecture of Pienza, famed for its pecorino cheese. Your tour will end in Montepulciano, where you’ll have some time to yourself to discover the city before you head back to Siena.
9. Siena, S. Gimignano & Monteriggioni with Wine & Food Tasting
Any Assassin’s Creed fan will already be very familiar with San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, but for those who don’t spend their time gaming, they’ll still be enchanted by two of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns.
You’ll have free time to explore San Gimignano and its famous towers in the morning, before heading to UNESCO World Heritage city Siena. You’ll have lunch in Siena, although it’s not included in the tour price. In the afternoon, you’ll continue to the village of Monteriggioni.
After some free time there, you’ll get to a winery in Chianti in the evening. An indulgent end to the day will see you sampling four different wines and balsamic vinegars.
10. Florence: Dinner and Wine Tasting in a Tuscan Villa
Pick up from your accommodation isn’t necessary for this tour, as it’s a stone’s throw away from the awe-inspiring renaissance center of Florence. It will feel miles away though, with a tranquil atmosphere and panoramic views of the city.
Settle down to a four-course meal of traditional Tuscan fare in the villa’s garden, complete with olive groves and vineyards.
Not only will you be able to enjoy a fine meal, but you’ll also learn about the process of making wine from a local producer, as well as sampling four different wines and visiting the cellars where they are produced.
11. San Quirico Winery: Traditional Winery Tour
A tour that’s kind on the pocket, this whirlwind 45-minute tour lets you get to know the San Gimignano winery as you wander through the vineyards, before or after being introduced to the process of vinification.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a wine tour without a tasting; the San Quirico tour gives you the chance to sample three of the winery’s organic offerings. Not only will you be presented with a glass of wine, it’ll be accompanied with a delicious side of organic bruschetta.
This tour is a great chance to learn more about a local wine producer. Don’t miss it.
12. Florence: 60-Minute Wine Tasting Tour
Yes, it’s great getting out of the city and seeing the Tuscan countryside, but sometimes you don’t want to spend a lot of time getting to and from places. If that’s you, this is the perfect tour – you don’t even need to leave Florence.
This hour-long tour is held in an Enoteca right in the center of Florence, bringing the best wines from the surrounding areas straight to you, as well as some local cheeses, cured meats, and olive oils thrown in for good measure.
No need to worry about crowds; this tour is limited to small groups so you’ll get the chance for plenty of interaction with your sommelier guide.
13. VIP Small-Group SuperTuscan Wine Tour from Florence
Super Tuscan wines are a relatively new type of wine (they originated in the 1930s), which consist of locally grown grapes like Sangiovese, which are blended with grapes from other wine producing regions across the world, creating tastes like no other.
Take an air-conditioned minivan from Florence to three Super Tuscan wineries in the Chianti region, where you’ll be led by an expert sommelier guide. You might think you’ve accidentally traveled through time; the first winery is contemporary, but the second will take you back to the middle ages. Take in the differences of the cellars, before heading to the third stop, a boutique winery.
At each stop, you’ll have a tasting. Your knowledgeable sommelier guide will teach you how to tell the difference between Chianti and Chianti Classico, and more importantly, the best wines to go with your favorite dishes.
14. Chianti Wine & Food Safari
Want to combine Tuscany’s beautiful landscapes, fine wine, and tasty food into one tour? This is the one for you. You’ll head off the beaten track on this ‘safari,’ with a 4WD vehicle taking you down the region’s backroads to get to the vineyards and farms that are just a little bit harder to access.
There will be food tastings throughout the day, including sheep’s cheeses and salami, as well as eight different wines. An exquisite traditional lunch also awaits you, where you can learn more about the food you’re tasting from your expert guide.
Away from the food, enjoy the panoramas of the Chianti hills and the cobbled streets in the picturesque town of Greve.
This trip is an unmissable opportunity to experience the best that Tuscany has to offer.
15. Tuscany: Helicopter Wine Tour
A real showstopper of a tour, this 3 ½ hour experience will see you get a bird’s eye view of Florence, its most famous monuments, and the Arno River.
After you’ve crossed the Chianti hills, you’ll touch down in the medieval town of San Gimignano, where it’s time for a spot of lunch. You’ll be welcomed at the Tenuta Torciano winery with a champagne reception and the chance to try some fine local wines.
This tour is undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable experiences you’ll have on any trip.