Great Visits Planned for Our Fall Tours to Tuscany & Emilia Romagna

By August 5, 2012Winemakers

We’re 90% complete with the itineraries for our upcoming tours this October. The final definitive schedules will be out by the end of the month but I’m happy to share these details for your vicarious moments.

I’ve divided Tuscany into regions and each day we dedicate to one region:

San Gimignano:We start with a tour of this historical town famous for its medieval

San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano, Italy (Photo credit: Jason@Dynamicmoment)

towers; then we have a tour, tasting and lunch at Montenidoli Winery and end with a tour of Volterra, a very cultural day.

Montepulciano: We start with a visit to Talosa, then a tasting and lunch at Gattivecchi and followed by a tasting at Contucci, all located in the historical center. On our way back to Siena we’ll visit the abby at San Biagio.

Montalcino: Our day starts at Argiano, one of the top producers; then we have a tasting and lunch at Camigliano and finish at Ciacci, a small producer with a long history in the area.

Chianti Classico:a visit to the ancient cellars of Castello di Volpaia followed by lunch with the owners in their villa. The day ends with a visit to the fairytale setting of Castello d’Albola, another outstanding producer.

English: Square tower of Volpaia now wine shop...

English: Square tower of Volpaia now wine shop of the Castello di Volpaia winery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our last day is a free day to explore Siena, ending with our farewell dinner in the old town.

Emilia Romagna:

Even before we get to our hotel in Parma, we have a full day with a winery visit to Casale del Groppone including lunch, and visits to

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, the true "par...

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, the true "parmesan" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

producers of Parma ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Our next day has a class at the Barilla Academy, lunch and a visit to the Barilla pasta factory with another visit to be determined.

Modena: we start this day with a guided tour of Modena, followed by a tour and tasting at Villa di Corlo winery with lunch, and a tour of their balsamic vinegar cellar; we end with a visit to the Ferrari Car Museum, and maybe another winery visit.

The following day is a wine day: 3 winery visits, including lunch at the top flight Medici Ermete Winery.

On our transfer to Bologna day, we’ll again have 3 visits: Orsi San Vito, Bonzara and Vallona.

Today, the final day of the tour, is a free day to visit Bologna, ending with our farewell dinner in this culinary capital city.

If you’d like to receive the final definitive itineraries, please send me an email at

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