is one of Italy's most popular tourist destinations, and with good reason! The historic and art centers of Florence and Siena are separated by the lovely rolling hills of Chianti, where both traditional and "Supertuscan" style wines are made. Apart from the great wines, Chianti has a wealth of local artisans from pottery and art to chocolate and the unique attraction of Dario the butcher, who now has a restaurant where he serves his famous "McDario" burger, unquestionably the best you'll likely ever taste!
One of our favorite cooking schools is located here, just outside of Siena, where you can spend a morning or a full day learning traditional Italian cuisine in a fun, informal setting on an idyllic farm. A week is easily taken up just with this part of Tuscany, but no wine visitor should leave without a visit to Montalcino to see how the fabulous Brunello is made. And once your down there you might as well carry on to the coast...
Maremma, on the Mediterranean shore west of Siena, is the new "hot" region of Italy, one of the most exciting in Europe as top winemakers buy up land to make traditional and "Super Tuscan" blends. The coastal climate shows its influence in the finesse of these wines - this is, after all, where the first "Supertuscan" blends were made.
We're happy to set up a custom itinerary for your Tuscan wine experience, or you can join one of our small group tours, hosted by Peter Smith or one of his hand-picked local guides.