Canaiolo Grape Variety In the rolling hills between Florence and Siena, there is a grape variety with ancient origins. It has been part of this timeless landscape for centuries, providing color, acidity, and verve to the wines of Chianti. It is an Italian red wine grape with beautiful aromatics and a very distinct flavor profile […]
Montepulciano Grape Varietal Montepulciano grape is an outlier among Italy’s eclectic palette of red grape varieties. It lacks the international renown of Sangiovese (although it is Italy’s second most widely planted indigenous variety) and the glamour of Nebbiolo. It is not achingly trendy; it does not lend its name to luxury brands marketed at oligarchs. […]
What is a typical Tuscan Food Dish? As a world-renowned travel destination, Tuscany has stolen the hearts of many. Located in Central Italy, idyllic landscapes of verdant hills and valleys encompass the region. Arts and culture abound in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. While some of Italy’s most famous wines come from the region’s […]
What kind of wine is Vin Santo? There is an abundance of diverse wines waiting to be discovered in Italy. Over 350 grape varieties are authorized for commercial wine production; this includes a vast selection of exquisite dessert wines, each with its unique regional significance. Recognized for its mysterious ancient origins and exceptional production methods, […]
An Introduction to Sangiovese Grape and its Wine Italy’s most-planted red grape variety comes in a multitude of guises. Sangiovese [pronunciation: san·jow·vei·zuh] is both an industrial-grade workhorse and the source of Tuscany’s finest wines. It is the ultimate viticultural chameleon. Sangiovese caters to every possible need and every gastronomic eventuality. With Cellar Tours, you […]
After more than 45 years of reinvention and revolution, it is tempting to conclude that Tuscany’s wine renaissance has ended. Spearheaded by pioneering winemakers such as Piero Antinori, the Tuscan movement has wholly transformed the region’s viticultural landscape. A surfeit of new ideas, backed up with considerable talent and investment, managed to achieve more dramatic […]
“Super Tuscan” is a wine term that you may have come across before but not known what it means, are we right? So what is the definition of “Super Tuscan” exactly? Super Tuscan wines are super high quality – and generally super high priced – red wines from Tuscany, intentionally made with non-indigenous and non […]
What are the best vineyard hotels in Tuscany? Wine lovers in Tuscany are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful vineyards, charming restaurants, and quaint family-run wine estates; however, luxurious and stylish accommodation has in years past, not been one of the highlights of the rural Tuscan wine country. Not any longer! Wine hotels […]
Luxury Castle Retreats in Italy Staying in a castle in Italy is one of the most romantic and unforgettable experiences you could imagine. Having the whole castle to yourself is happiness at an entirely higher level! We have compiled a list of some of our favorite Italian castles available for exclusive rental, from Trento’s mountains, […]
Which are the best wineries to visit in Tuscany? Sightseeing and wine drinking in Tuscany – is there a more perfect combination in life? Even Bacchus, the god of wine, would envy a road trip through Tuscany’s wine heartlands, marveling at the most spectacular scenery on earth. To taste, drink, and dine exceedingly well, this […]
Brunello di Montalcino, despite some stiff competition from the newer firmament of self-styled “Super Tuscans,” has comfortably retained its title as Tuscany’s finest and most lauded wine. At its best, it is a wine like no other in the region: dense, elegant, and extremely long-lived. Its signature scent and flavor have made it a darling […]
Is wine a good investment? Who initially coined the idea of buying wine for profit as well as pleasure? Well, the British were some of the first off the starting line in wine investments, purchasing excess cases of Bordeaux classics like Chateau Palmer to sell at a later date. This provided welcome funds for younger […]
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Cellar Tours is a Luxury Travel Specialist, operating since 2003 and offering exclusive Mercedes chauffeured Gourmet Vacations in Chile, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. We specialize in luxurious custom designed vacations, events and incentives related to food and wine. We are proud members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).