Mastering Wines Of Tuscany

Montalcino region, Tuscany
7 Nights
Starting at $4,884 /person

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1 Home base
3 Destinations
Activity level
Light
Service level
Home
Group size
Max
10
1 Home base
3 Destinations
Group size : 10

Tuscany is like a great bottle of wine; lovingly created and carefully aged. The longer you spend contemplating its rich hues, the better it gets. It is fitting that this region’s undulating hills house some of Italy’s best known appellations, including Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, as well as Vernaccia di san Gimignano and Carmignano.
Our wine-centric journey is not a five-minute tasting at a roadside wine bar. It is an immersive experience into the region’s fabric and history, from the ruins of medieval churches to landscapes that inspired Leonardo da Vinci. Food, naturally, is a big part of the wine tasting culture here, so expect to do some first-hand research on Tuscan wine and food pairings.

What is Included

Nights
7 nights at a luxury Tuscan property
Meals
7 traditional breakfasts

3 lunches with wine, at local estates

5 dinners, including two off-site - paired with wine
Activities
Private guided walking tour of Siena

Private guided walking tour of Florence

Wine exclusive experiences throughout (visits, tastings and lunches)

Truffle hunting experience

Cooking class (1)

Self-guided visits of several local hilltop towns and villages
And More
Services of two journey hosts 24/7

Luxury air-conditioned transportation throughout

Private airport transfers (from Rome or Florence - service to/from other airports available)

Open bar at the property

Courtesy car on site

Highlights

Traditional and home-style culinary experiences

One recurring theme on our villa-centric journeys is the authenticity of our experiences and the warmth of the friendships it contributes to creating. Be it at a local trattoria or at home with our chef and his local counterparts. Take part in the making of pasta, tiramisu or just enjoy watching our chef do his magic, prosecco on hand.

And the wines, oh the wines!

Let's admit it, this has to be one of the main reasons for journey-ing to Tuscany and tour incredible wine regions, not the least being Chianti, Montepulciano and Brunello. We will certainly make sure to introduce you to some of these fine producers by picking small and less known estates which we have established great relations with, all offering true Italian hospitality (and incredible wines) along the way

Culture and history without excess

Discovering Italy also means understanding the local culture and the country's history. Both are quite essential components of the food and wine traditions as well when you think about it. Yet, we also know that too much of it can be..well, too much of it. So we have created a balanced itinerary, inviting you to discover, without excess, Tuscany's traditions, culture and history through the eyes of our local historian-guides.

So much is included

As for many of our journeys, we have taken some of the worries related to planning and budgeting out, so you may fully enjoy your experience. To that effect, all our tours and excursions as listed on the itinerary are included, as well as most meals, while leaving room for a romantic outing or two. All you have to do now is just show up and let yourself be pampered without worrying about breaking the bank once there.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
|The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
Welcome to Tuscany

Day 1- Welcome to Tuscany

Day 1 : Welcome to Tuscany

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This morning, you are picked up at the airport and whisked away to Orvieto where we have organized our first wine tasting and a light lunch. You are then taken away to our property located in the countryside of Montepulciano. After settling down and enjoy some of the amenities and grounds, we gather for our welcome dinner, prepared by our local Chef, and paired with wines carefully picked by Katie, our wine specialist, and host.

Siena & Montepulciano

Day 2- Siena & Montepulciano

Day 2 : Siena & Montepulciano

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Today we pay a visit to Florence's rival sister, Siena. Complete with a private walking tour led by a local historian, we uncover its deepest secrets and most fascinating culture. After lunch at leisure, Katie takes us to one of his favorite wineries of Montepulciano, a mere 20 minutes away. There, we indulge in a private visit of the cellars and a tasting. Tonight is at leisure. Our hosts are at your disposal to take you to local towns for dinner, with our recommendations. Or enjoy the comfort of the property where private dinners may be arranged.

Montalcino & Michelin Star experience

Day 3- Montalcino & Michelin Star experience

Day 3 : Montalcino & Michelin Star experience

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Today, we make it a Montalcino day. After a late morning, we depart for the winery where we have a private visit of the cellars organized, followed by tasting and a lovely Tuscan lunch prepared by our hosts. After this lovely experience, we head to the town of Montalcino where guests have a chance to wander on their own before we return to the property. Tonight, we are expected at the Relais Borgo San Pietro (a Michelin starred restaurant) for a tasting dinner, with wine pairings.

Picnic & Harvesting

Day 4- Picnic & Harvesting

Day 4 : Picnic & Harvesting

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This morning is at leisure, Take advantage of the property's amenities or have one of your hosts take you to local traditional markets. Then join our friends at Tancredi for an hour or so of harvesting (pending confirmation of final harvesting dates). Learn about their techniques and approach to sustainable harvest. For lunch, we have prepared a picnic to be enjoyed in the vineyard, Italian style! Later this afternoon, Katie takes us to another one of his favorite estates for a visit and tasting. Tonight's dinner is prepared by our Chef, at the property.

Truffle hunting & more wines

Day 5- Truffle hunting & more wines

Day 5 : Truffle hunting & more wines

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After a traditional breakfast, we are being enrolled by the locals for a traditional truffle hunting experience. It is followed by a low key/laid back cooking class at their farm before lunch is served. On the way back to the castle, we are expected by another wine estate for a private visit and tasting. Tonight's dinner is at leisure, with our recommendations. Our hosts will be on standby to drive you to town, or a private dinner at the property can be organized.

Florence & Chianti

Day 6- Florence & Chianti

Day 6 : Florence & Chianti

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This morning, we make our way to Florence where Paolo and his team of historians are wait for a private walking tour of the Renaissance capital, including a guided visit to the Accademia where The David can be admired. While lunch is at leisure, we will be making a reservation at our favorite traditional hang-out, away from the touristy areas. On the way back to the property, we stop and spend some time at one of the traditional Chianti wine estates, for a private tour and tasting. Tonight, dinner is at leisure, with our recommendations.

Last chance to indulge

Day 7- Last chance to indulge

Day 7 : Last chance to indulge

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Your last day at the castle can be enjoyed on the property, or by having us organize for you some really incredible experiences around the area. Whether it is a sunrise hot air balloon ride or a day driving one of our vintage cars around hilltop towns and villages, let us know what we can do to enhance your last day in Tuscany. For those interested to join, Katie will be having another winery visit and tasting. Tonight, our farewell dinner is held at another one of our favorite Michelin-starred restaurants, with wines carefully picked by their master Sommelier.

Take the opportunity to extend you stay

Day 8- Take the opportunity to extend you stay

Day 8 : Take the opportunity to extend you stay

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This morning, you are transferred to the airport to catch your flight home, or to the nearest train station should you extend. Our experts are at your disposal to assist in connecting post-journey plans for a stress and hassle free experience. Let us go Beyond Travel for you.

Accommodations

Deluxe Room | Panzano

Villa Panzano Donne

Panzano, Tuscany

This superbly re-modeled villa maintains much of the antique charm of its 16th-century origins.
Located in the Greve in Chianti district of Tuscany, it enjoys its own expansive estate with a lovely dining terrace and private infinity swimming pool. The classical architecture features beautiful stone facades and a colombaia (turret) with 360-degree views of the countryside. It is tastefully decorated and features superb artwork with women-centered themes (hence the “Donne” of the villa’s name).

Nestled amid flowering gardens and surrounded by some of the region’s finest vineyards, the estate offers an exceptional venue for special occasions or serene escapes.
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This superbly re-modeled villa maintains much of the antique charm of its 16th-century origins.
Located in the Greve in Chianti district of Tuscany, it enjoys its own expansive estate with a lovely dining terrace and private infinity swimming pool. The classical architecture features beautiful stone facades and a colombaia (turret) with 360-degree views of the countryside. It is tastefully decorated and features superb artwork with women-centered themes (hence the “Donne” of the villa’s name).

Nestled amid flowering gardens and surrounded by some of the region’s finest vineyards, the estate offers an exceptional venue for special occasions or serene escapes.
The main dining room with farmhouse table is perfect for night-time feasts with family and friends. Upstairs, the spa-style plunge pool gazes out on the landscape through a picture window.
All seven suites feature queen beds and en-suite or private bathrooms.

Your Host

Katie Barratt
Katie Barratt
Wine Educator & Journey Director

What is Included

Nights
7 nights at a luxury Tuscan property
Meals
7 traditional breakfasts

3 lunches with wine, at local estates

5 dinners, including two off-site - paired with wine
Activities
Private guided walking tour of Siena

Private guided walking tour of Florence

Wine exclusive experiences throughout (visits, tastings and lunches)

Truffle hunting experience

Cooking class (1)

Self-guided visits of several local hilltop towns and villages
And More
Services of two journey hosts 24/7

Luxury air-conditioned transportation throughout

Private airport transfers (from Rome or Florence - service to/from other airports available)

Open bar at the property

Courtesy car on site

What guests have said

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Kat and Dale

Thank you so much for our amazing trip to Umbria! Your team truly catered to our personal preferences on every level; with both of us being foodies, it made a difference! Our favorites were the fantastic dinners by Chef Jennifer and her AIV touches? Her culinary creations were arts themselves! The truffle hunt with Bruno was a wonderful experience as well as the visits to the various local towns! Looking through the pictures they were each different and very charming! Memories for a lifetime for sure!

October 2019
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Important Information

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All listed activities are optional in attendance

Our property selection is always subject to change as these are privately owned. In such rare instances, it will be substituted for one of equal or great value offering similar features and amenities.

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

International flight to and from Italy may be arranged through us.

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with ALLIANZ)

Price is based on a double occupancy. We charge a small single supplement.

Space is limited to 8 with a maximum capacity of 10 guests
Smallprint

Our day-to-day itinerary may, from time to time and prior to departure, need to be altered or slightly modified to address possible unforeseen logistical and weather challenges. In such rare instances, Art In Voyage guarantees delivery of the content of the itinerary yet, in a different order.

All listed retreats (hotels, villas, and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. In such rare instances, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

In case of a cancelation within the penalty period: Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
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