Best 5 Wine Tours to enjoy Autumn in Tuscany

September 12, 2014
Enrico Catani

In Italy, autumn officially starts on September 23rd and lasts until December 21st: a wonderful season to take a vacation in Tuscany for many different reasons.
As the summer flows away and the days are blessed by a warm pleasant weather, the landscape of Tuscany is tinged with a thousand of colors, creating vibrantly colored mosaics of leaves decorating the countryside. In those months tourist numbers decrease and you can wander through the empty picturesque alleys of the most beautiful Tuscan villages, avoiding crowds, meeting locals, and giving yourself an authentic eXPerience. Also, let’s not forget the seasonal dishes of the world-known Tuscan cuisine, such as pumpkin risotto, porcini mushrooms and the luxurious, earthy truffles.
But among all the autumn activities that take place in Tuscany, without doubt the most important is the wine harvest! With so many wine tastings and wine festivals taking place in the entire region, this period is ideal to spend your holidays between wine and traditions.
So, here is list of the best wine tours, offered by ItalyXP, to celebrate the beautiful autumn in Tuscany!

Vineyards & Wine Trails Tour of Tuscany

The wines of Tuscany and especially those from the region of Chianti are known in the entire world as some of the finest. This Wine Trails Tour of Tuscany is a unique experience, designed to explore the most important trails that will let you discover the "Chianti Classico", one of the best known and loved wines, with its Back Rooster logo that has become a trade of high quality all over the world.
This unforgettable wine trail tour in small-group is a full day eXPerience into the world of Italian wine. Aboard a private minivan you’ll visit some of the most charming, traditional wineries in the region, surrounded by amazing landscapes characterized by olive groves, cypress lined roads and vineyards.
If you like riding a Scooter, you can also enjoy a Tour of the Wine Trails by Vespa: a fun-filled and alternative way to explore the peaceful roads of the Tuscan hills, wrapped in the perfumes of the countryside and the sound of the working farms. Through this tour you will be stopping in a renowned farm for a wine tasting and a delicious lunch with typical products.
Note: A valid driving license is required and you must be at least 18 years old to ride a Vespa. Those who do not feel confident enough about riding on their own can opt for riding with an expert driver! 

Wine Tasting in Florence at the Wine Academy

Have you ever wondered why the Tuscan wines are considered among the best in the world? The Florence Wine Accademy Tour is dedicated to those who want to know all the facts and secrets of the Tuscan wine.
The entire culture of Florence is linked to its most typical and popular products, such wine and olive oil. Obviously, not only you’ll have the opportunity to learn about those delights, but you’ll also taste them, under the expert guide of professional sommeliers: the ideal eXPerience to immerse into the world-known Tuscan gastronomy.
As well as the wine, you will also taste the best olive oil and other specialties from Florence, like cheese and honey. This is truly the perfect break from visiting the attractions of Florence, especially for food and wine lovers or anyone interested in the traditional culture of Tuscany.
Have a close encounter with this fascinating city, understanding and appreciating the history, the traditions and the secrets of the wine culture in Italy.

Winemaking Tour by FIAT 500

Imagine travelling in the Tuscan countryside by a legendary FIAT 500, authentic icon of the “Made in Italy”… Imagine driving smoothly, through the characteristic green rolling hills and carefully cultivated vineyards and farms… Our Tuscany Wine Tour by FIAT 500 is a unique eXPerience that will enrich your trip in Italy, with all the flavors, the smells, sounds and sights that you will remain with you when you get back home.
Discover a huge fleet that boasts gorgeous FIAT 500s, with attention to every detail, fully restored, with the logic of preserving the original and simple touch that has always been the pride of the classic Fiat 500.
Through this tour you’ll have the opportunity of living at the same time two characteristic aspects of Tuscany: the wonderful landscape of the Chianti hills, and the genius of the Fiat 500, synonymous with the unique style that has always characterized our Italian history.
Furthermore, if you are lucky to be in Tuscany during the fall, you will have a wonderful surprise! Between September and November, in the Chianti vineyards there is great ferment, and you will have the opportunity to be part of it, with a Winemaking Tour aboard a FIAT 500: through this tour you will collect the grapes, then bring them in the baling chamber and you will learn the ancient technique of pressing of the grapes barefoot (so fun!).
Note: A valid driving license is required and you must be at least 18 years old to ride a FIAT 500. Those who do not feel confident enough about riding on their own can opt for riding with an expert driver! 

Wine Tour of the hilltop villages of Tuscany

One of the greatest features of Tuscany is its picturesque towns that dot the beautiful landscapes of rolling hills. We are talking about enchanting villages with a medieval heritage, built upon the rolling hills. Each of those towns boast artistic and cultural heritage, and most of them have their own wine, made from local grapes.
With the tour of Montalcino with Brunello tasting you’ll discover the historic and architectural treasures of the town of Montalcino (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO) as well as the long lasting wine tradition of the world-famous Brunello wine. This tour, available also in the private deluxe version, is the perfect mix of great Italian cuisine and fascinating landscapes: the perfect way to take a break from the hectic pace of the urban life and enjoy relax and good food.
Our tour of Monteriggioni with Brunello wine tasting will give you the opportunity to visit the magnificent town of Monteriggioni, one of the most impressive places in Italy: characterized by its crown shaped fortress, with 10 meters high walls and 14 towers, it has been immortalized in several movies, TV commercials and even quoted by Dante in its “The Divine Comedy”.
Furthermore, the tour of the Val d’Orcia is another amazing opportunity to both taste some local wines and visit the treasures of the Val d’Orcia, a wide valley on the border between Tuscany and Umbria: the tour begins in Montepulciano, a medieval town also known as "the pearl of the Sixteenth Century" for the extraordinary elegance of its buildings, also renowned for the production of the Vino Nobile, a high-quality red wine (which you’ll taste in a typical winery). The tour continues in Pienza, a small village that was the birthplace of Pope Pius II, who had it rebuilt during the Renaissance, transforming it into a real gem: you can visit the Duomo (Cathedral), walk along the walls of the city and explore the narrow streets of the historic centre. 

Private Luxury Tour of Bolgheri to discover its delicious wines

Last but not least, we would like to suggest of our best eXPeriences: a private luxury tour of Bolgheri, exploring the charming wine area in the Tuscan countryside and learning more about the fascinating process of the wine-making.
First, you’ll be comfortably driven to Bolgheri through a scenic cypress road. Here, you’ll have a visit of its historic centre, admiring the romantic atmosphere and the beautiful 11th century castle. Then, you’ll move to a renowned traditional winery, where you will discover the process of wine-making, a tradition that goes on for almost half a century, with a tasting session of the local best wines, such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Tignanello.
The amazing wine experience will continue with a traditional lunch in the village of Castagneto Carducci, surrounded by vineyards and the magical glimpse of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
This private luxury tour will continue with a visit to other wineries, an olive press, and with a walk down the beach, among pine groves and the sparkling blue sea. 
If you want to experience the best that Tuscany has to offer do not miss this tour.

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