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vivian Jul 1st, 2002 07:11 AM

Wine tours in the tuscany region
My husband and I are planning a trip to Italy and wanted to tours some wineries in tuscany. It looks totally overwhelming. Are there decent wine tours that anyone has taken or perhaps a simple wine tour book.<BR>vivian

Ian Jul 1st, 2002 09:52 AM

We visited Banfi, 5 - 10kms south of Montalcino. We had a gourmet lunch with wines (including '77 Brunello!). You must reserve ahead. Nice wine store with pay-by-the-glass tastings. See

Ian Jul 1st, 2002 09:54 AM

Make that '97 Brunello - the vntage of the decade.

amy Jul 1st, 2002 01:23 PM

Vivian ... I've just been doing a ton of research on wine tours ... as my husband and I will be in Italy this October. We really only have time to do a day trip from Florence, but I think we've finally settled on one. We didn't want to be part of a big group ... were looking for a more personal experience. That is what I seem to have found through Tours Around Tuscany. website:<BR><BR>I have had several email messages from them to personalize our itinerary. We will be meeting our driver at 8:40 am and he said he will return us around 7 or 8 pm. The day will consist of driving towards Siena on the "Castle Road" and returning on the "Winery Road" ... we'll also have an authentic Tuscan lunch.<BR><BR>This seemed like the perfect tour for us ... although I did come across several others; some where more expensive, others had more people in the tour ... but here are some of the other ones I found :<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>Hope you will find something to suit you among these options!<BR>

JIll Jul 2nd, 2002 02:47 AM

We just returned from our honeymoon spent in the chianti region. It is completely amazing, you will be overhwelmed by the landscape. You can plan the estates you wish to visit, most are open everyday and sell direct. A few of our favorites - Le Miccine (where we stayed), Castello di Meleto, Badia a Coltobuono (stay for lunch here and get the tasting menu). Contact the DOCG and request a map of the chianti region, they will mail it to you for free. This map is excellent. Not only does it have every docg vineyard listed clearly it is big enought that you can easily find your way. The email info is [email protected]. You will have a great time!!

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