Balmy weather, beautiful landscapes and the finest produce: here’s to a wine escape in Tuscany
Rolling hills, spectacular sunsets and exquisite fresh produce: it’s little wonder Tuscany features on countless holiday destination lists. In this charming, sun-blessed region of Italy, life moves at a slower pace and the usual everyday worries gently fade away. This is an area especially renowned for its gourmet produce, in both the food and wine departments - with dedicated foodies flocking to Tuscany from all over the world.
And what better time to visit bounteous Tuscany then during the golden months of autumn? During this season the weather remains balmy yet lacks the harshness of the hot summer sun. What’s more, October heralds Italy’s grape harvest, bringing with it food and festivities aplenty. Base yourself in a grand countryside palazzo or elegant former farmhouse and slowly explore the local area, stopping by several vineyards to sample the local fare – it is harvest season after all! Simply speak to your dedicated onefinestay concierge about organising a wine tour of the local region and they’ll take care of the rest.
Tenuta Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona estate
Tucked away on the outskirts of the charming medieval hilltop village of Castelnuovo dell'Abate, the Tenuta Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona estate is a paradise for oenophiles. Spanning a vast 220 hectares, the estate boasts endless vineyards and olive groves, perfectly set against a backdrop of rolling Tuscan hills, pastures and forests. Enjoy a tour of the estate, before indulging in a tasting of their best wines, either in a private tasting room or outside on the vast sun-kissed terrace. Combine your visit with a trip to the famous Romanesque Abbey of Sant’Antimo, also located in Castelnuovo dell'Abate, and you have yourself the perfect Tuscan adventure.
Established and run by two siblings, Tania and Luigi Moriniello, the determined duo searched long and hard to find the perfect place to base their vineyard. Geographic location, soil quality, sunlight exposure all come into the equation, making it a tricky task, however, they settled on an excellent location in the hills of Chianti and the rest is history. The Tenuta Moriniello estate now produces a wide variety of excellent wines, all of them organic and made in a sustainable manner - respecting nature, the landscape and Tuscany’s rich wine-making traditions.
Castello Banfi il Borgo
Located in the famous Brunello di Montalcino Wine Region, the magnificent Castello Banfi il Borgo is a treat for gourmands and historians alike. A tour of this private estate will take you through the Balsameria - a balsamic vinegar ageing cellar - the vineyards and the winery, followed by a tasting (very important). If you wish, you can also tuck into a delicious lunch of fresh Tuscan produce, paired perfectly with the different wines from the estate.
Fattoria al Dotto
Close by the charming Tuscan town of Lucca, known for the incredibly well-preserved Renaissance walls which encircle the historic city centre, the picturesque Al Dotto farm is well worth a visit. Nestled on the gentle hills just north of Lucca and stretching across 62 acres, this estate produces an array of rich and fragrant wines. Take the tour of their vineyards, cellars and olive groves and learn more about the traditions and processes behind the wonderful world of Tuscan wines.
Castiglioni Estate - Frescobaldi
Those seeking culture and history will find their spiritual home in Florence. For centuries, this resplendent Renaissance city has been captivating visitors with its intricate architecture, magnificent galleries and quaint cobbled streets. Even better, the capital of Tuscany is close by an abundance of excellent vineyards and wineries, making it the ideal destination for wine lovers and art aficionados alike. Operating since 1300, the Castiglioni estate is one of the founding fathers of Tuscan wine, even supplying Henry VIII and the English Court with a steady stream of Italian vino during the 16th century. Visit this age-old winery for a real taste of Tuscan vintages. Rich, full-bodied and silky-smooth - wine doesn’t get much better than this.