This delightful one-day excursion is designed for food and wine lovers staying in Tuscany or Umbria and looking for a private wine tasting tour. Arezzo, Perugia, and Orvieto are all each an hour’s drive to Montepulciano and within easy reach. Cortona is only a forty-minute drive. Florence and Siena are a bit further afield, but this excursion is still viable and highly recommended! Our elegant and friendly driver guide will come to collect you at your villa or hotel and the day will be fully chauffeured so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the wine!
Montepulciano is a splendid medieval hamlet located between the Valdichiana and the stunning Val d’ Orcia. The village is completely surrounded by wineries on all sides and has a magical almost fairy-tale like quality. The wines here have a fascinating pedigreed history. The DOCG red wines made here are called Vino Nobile, i.e. Noble wines and indeed the wines have been famous in the aristocracy since the 15th-century poet Poliziano brought these wines to the court of none other than Lorenzo dei Medici. Legend has it that in the late 17th century English King William III actually sent his envoys to the area to buy wine after reading a poem called Bacchus in Tuscany dedicated to Montepulciano wine. These days, luckily those of us not born into the aristocracy can also enjoy these voluptuous and wonderful wines. The wineries of Montepulciano are mainly boutique and family run, and top names like Avignonesi, Poliziano, Salcheto, and Tenuta Valdipiatta have found a home in wine collector’s cellars all over the world. On this VIP tour, you will visit two of the region’s best wineries, and enjoy lunch right in the picturesque village. This is a day to remember and a wine lover’s treat.
Montepulciano Wine Tour Highlights:
- Vino Nobile Wine Tasting Tour
- Private Chauffeured Mercedes
- Excursion to Montepulciano and Monticchiello
- Wonderful trattoria lunch
Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Montepulciano Wine Tour
Sample Montepulciano Wine Tour Itinerary
- Lunch with wine
- Privately Chauffeured Mercedes
9 a.m. Your driver guide will pick you up from your hotel or villa.
Arrive at a charming wine estate such as Valdipiatta. The visit today is ultra VIP and you will even get to taste their Vino Nobile wines straight from the barrel- a rare and exclusive opportunity. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by your hosts and you will begin the tour in the vineyards with an overview of the region and the wines of Montepulciano. A detailed and interesting tour of the pretty cellars will commence and you will conclude your morning with a tasting- of course! You will try the Rosso di Montepulciano as well as the top Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, along with the estate’s excellent Grappa and even Olive Oil. A very complete visit.
Lunch is coming up, right in the middle of the striking medieval hamlet of Montepulciano and is a four-course affair topped off with grappas, benissimo!
After lunch take some time to enjoy a walk around Montepulciano, take some photos of the dramatic views of the valleys below, and browse the wine shops. You will enjoy a second winery visit to a contrasting estate, perhaps to one of our favorites such as Salcheto. This is one of the most interesting and fairly new wineries in the appellation and the owners are very dynamic. Visit the vines and cellar and taste some fabulous wines such as their delicious Vino Nobile Riserva.
On the way back to your hotel in the afternoon, you will stop at the cute tiny hamlet of Monticchiello, for a short walk and some photo opportunities. Check out the Rocca, and admire the tidy stone houses with flowers spilling from their balconies, so darling.
You will be dropped back at your hotel by about 6 p.m.
“A VIP Deluxe Wine Tasting Excursion!”