Tuscany is known for the excellent red wines but few know this small region called San Gimignano where it is also produced an exceptional white wine named Vernaccia. This is a dry wine, not very aromatic but with great structure.
San Gimignano is known for white wines more than red. Since the wine region lies very close to Chianti Classico usually I suggest sharing the wine day tour among both the regions. We could stop in a winery in Chianti Classico to enjoy the reds and then we drive to San Gimignano to enjoy this great white wine.
What to expect
The stop at the first winery is also the excuse to get to know a little bit more about the winemaking process, you will explore the cellar with one of the staff of the winery who is very knowledgeable and passionate about the wine.
You will taste 3 or 4 wines of the top productions and labels. Usually in Tuscany wineries produce also excellent extra-virgin olive oil, so you will also taste some of the best olive oil in Tuscany.
San Gimignano is about 1 hr drive from Florence so the second winery is a little bit further afield, anyway no worries the region where we will be driving is one of the best and most breathtaking of Tuscany.
The second cellar produces the famous Vernaccia di San Gimignano and you can taste the simple version and the reserve that normally ages in small oak barrels for 4/6 months. After a quick cellar tour, we will sit down to enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch matched with the different wines produced at the winery. Olive oil on the table is made at the winery itself with the olive trees grown on the property.
Stroll in San Gimignano
After the second cellar, we will stop to visit the beautiful San Gimignano a real jewel of the Middle Ages. You will have time to walk through the cobbled streets and stop to photograph the beautiful medieval towers or you can enjoy a homemade ice cream produced by one of the most famous ice-cream shops in Italy.
My wife and I joined Matteo on a private wine tour in Tuscany. Matteo was helpful, knowledgeable and a great guide through the Tuscan countryside and wines. We will definitely recommend to friends and hope to get back soon for more fantastic Italian wine!
My family wanted to book a wine tour and most companies only offer up to 8 people but we had 9. We also wanted to be able to taste some white wines and not all reds knowing Tuscany is famous for its Chianti. I emailed Italy and Wine and they were so accommodating to our requests and our guide, Ingrid, was so informative about the history of San Gimignano. We not only enjoyed the wines and the vineyards but also loved our time exploring San Gimignano. We all wished we had more time there! Also, the lunch we were served at the first winery was amazing. The food just kept coming out and they paired each course with a different wine. Overall, a great experience! Highly recommended!