You cannot leave Siena without having lived a food and wine experience with all that characterizes the area. And wine is just one of the speciies of this area of Tuscany: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and VinSanto are some of the most famous and appreciated types in Italy but also in the world. A tour of the cellars is therefore a must in order to fully appreciate the Tuscan traditions, the customs that have been handed down from generation to generation, the weh of the surroundings of Siena. Here are 5 wineries not to be missed!
San Giorgio a Lapi
strada di Colle Pinzuto, 30- Siena
A family-run farm, immersed in the beautiful Sienese countryside, in an area where wine was already produced in the 1700s. For years, it has offered wines of different types – such as Chianti Classico, Chianti Colli Senesi, Fiore di Maggio Igt, Lapi d’Autunno, Chardonnay, just to name a few – and extra virgin olive oil. Just six kilometers from the center of Siena, the staff organizes tastings and wine tours by reservation. www.sangiorgioalapi.it
Premiata Fattoria di Castelvecchi in Chianti
Località Castelvecchi, Radda in Chianti (SI)
In the heart of the Chianti hills, and more precisely in Radda in Chianti, the Castelvecchi winery produces wines of « character », such as Capotondo, Lodolaio, Madonnino, Solana, all awarded both in Italy and in the world. The landscape surrounding the company tells centuries of history, where vineyards and olive groves frame. In fact, the ancient village of La Volpaia is located just in front of the winery. Here it is possible to live different experiences related to wine and the territory: classic wine tasting, sensory wine tasting, picnic in the vineyard, visit to the cellar with tasting.
Castello di Radda
Località Il Becco, 101/A, Radda in Chianti (SI)
Still in the charming hamlet of Radda in Chianti, the Castello di Radda farm is housed in a fascinating building carved into the rock, built for a low environmental impact. Chianti Classico DOCG, Toscano IGT and rosé Toscano IGT are some of the wines that can be tasted inside a tasting room, after a tour of the cellars (by reservation). An experience not to be missed to get to know better the excellent products, and the passion that characterizes them.
Azienda Agricola Crociani
via del Poliziano 15, Montepulciano (SI)
Wine is a family tradition in this historic Montepulciano winery. The vineyards of his property are located in Le caggiole, considered the heart of the production of Vino Nobile. In the winery’s cellar, an environment that contains history and tradition, it is possible to taste not only the Vino Nobile but also other fine wines such as Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Chianti Colli Senesi and Caggiolino Bianco, Rosso and Rosato IGT. The winery is open all year round.
via Romana 139, Torrenieri- Montalcino (SI)
A historical winery of Montalcino, with long activity, which cultivates only one grape variety, Sangiovese. From which Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Ardengo Rosso IGT are produced. You can both visit the Cellar-Museum and the company park, from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the Via Francigena, the Tuscan hills and the town of Montalcino. The tastings can be of wine, oil and grappa of Brunello Riserva.
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