Bolgheri is the land where the Supertuscan IGT bland was born in 1968. This “terroir”, to use a French word, made the luck of a few wine-producing estates. The more famous wineries have regular visiting hours on fixed days of each week (Monday to Friday) and charge an admission fee. All wineries are usually closed during the grape harvest.
This tour starts early in the morning from Florence. The journey will be 2 hours along the highway. Bolgheri is a small wine region on the Tyrrhenian coast, set south of Livorno.
The stop at the 2 wineries also includes an excursion into the vineyards and the cellars. The visit will be conducted in English by the staff of the cellars themselves. In the end, you will gather around a table of the elegant wine tasting room to taste the best Bolgheri wines production.
Usually, this tour includes two wineries chosen from the following list: Argentiera, Ornellaia, Le Macchiole, Grattamacco, Guado al Tasso, Campo alla Sughera, and Franco Chiappini. You can also ask to have included in the tour the Ornellaia cellar.
The Ornellaia winery must be booked far in advance the tour date. When Ornellaia is not available, the company books Guado al Tasso or Le Macchiole which are two wineries of the same level.
Sassicaia is a label of an important winery named Tenuta San Guido, please notice that this cellar is not open to the public. DO NOT ask us to have a wine tour in there. What we can do is to make a reservation at their gourmet restaurant Enoteca San Guido with a special menu with a wine pairing with Sassicaia.
Our tour guide Giovanni picked us up from our hotel and he was just so kind and enthusiastic about what he does! We gave us the history of wine and of Tuscany and was very very knowledgeable! He was super patient when some things ran long- and he even stopped to bring us on the way back to show us a view of Florence as he knew we weren’t visiting for long! He was just so exceptional and passionate about what he does and he made it such an amazing and memorable experience for us and for our honeymoon!
We did this Bolgheri wine day tour with the knowledgeable, interesting, and fun Vittorio. We went to the lovely family-owned vineyard called Chiappini and also Guado al Tasso vineyard. We learned a lot about tasting and super Tuscans even though our knowledge level was already relatively high. Vittorio shared a great deal of info and also took us for an incredible meal at the Sassicaia estate where we had an amazing wine there to compare to the others we had tried. He was a great host and it was a trip to remember!
Memorable Tour in Bolgheri! We were picked up promptly at our cruise ship in Livorno and wished to the Bolgheri area of Tuscany. Our guide did an excellent job to giving us the history of the area and viticultural how it differs from the rest of Tuscany. We stopped at Ornellaia, Osteria San Guido Enoteca that serves as a tasting venue for Sassicaia and at and a small winery Guado de Gemoli. Ornellia was the highlight since the property is so beautiful and the wines so delicious (not unlike Peter Michael Winery in Napa Valley). The mean at Osteria San Guido Enoteca was really first class as were the Sassicaia wines we tasted. The tour took about four hours and we were taken back to our ship in plenty time. Memorable Wine Tour of Bolgheri! I recommend it and our guide to anyone who wants to see a great area of Tuscany!