Tour of Tuscany
- Dream of iconic golden hills and smooth red wines.
- A portal into a world-renowned wine region.
- Travel through time to a land with Roman roots.
Luxuriate in the golden sunsets and rolling hills of Tuscany.
Daydream of long, lazy days spent basking under the Tuscan sun with this journey across the homeland of Chianti.
Picture it: you’re strapped into the passenger seat of a vintage, cherry-red Alfa Romeo convertible, the warm Italian breeze ruffling your hair as you zip across the countryside, travelling from one famed Tuscan winery to the next.
Okay, so you might not be able to jet off to Italy just yet — but our Tour of Tuscany is the next best thing. Drink in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the region that inspired a thousand stories with overnights at renowned names and detours into exciting new territory.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Tuscany is home to the Chianti region, a renowned wine hotspot whose fame is on par with the likes of Bordeaux.
- Tuscany’s famous undulating hills create different microclimates, giving the wines from each sub-region highly distinctive characteristics.
- Tuscany is positively steeped in legend and history — Chianti’s trademark grape, Sangiovese, literally translates to ‘blood of Jove’ — with swaths of it having been inhabited since the Old Stone Age.
WHAT YOU’LL RECEIVE
- Immerse yourself in the legend that is Tuscany, with expertly curated tastes of the world-famous Chianti and thrilling peeks into secret regional gems.
- A look at the vino that put Tuscany on the map (and keeps it there), featuring trailblazers of Italy’s ‘Wine Renaissance’.
- Restaurant-quality wines delivered in custom gift box experience.
Under the glow of the sun that birthed Chianti. Here’s where we’re going:
Poggio al Sole Trafiore 2018
Poggio al Sole lies between Tavarnelle Val di Pesa and Greve in Chianti, home of the annual Chianti Classico Wine Festival. Documents found in a nearby abbey date its wine production to the 12th century, but for 25 years, it’s been in the hands of a Swiss family, who’ve revitalised the estate. Italian for ‘sun-facing hill’, Poggio al Sole more than lives up to its name, with vines stretching into the golden distance and sun-drenched olive groves from which the winery creates award-winning olive oil. The organic and vegan Trafiore shines a spotlight on Canaiolo — an Italian variety that typically takes a backseat to Sangiovese, the bedrock of Tuscany’s near-mythical Chianti wines.
Querciabella Mongrana 2017
‘Honour the land, and it gives you greatness.’ So reads one of the tenets of Querciabella, the barrier-shattering winery that sprawls across Maremma, the almost painfully picturesque region along Tuscany’s Etruscan coast. In the ‘80s, Sebastiano Castiglioni set the estate on the sustainability course for which it’s become renowned — converting it to organic viticulture ahead of nearly all Italian wineries and adopting a plant-based, ‘cruelty-free’ philosophy shortly thereafter. Querciabella translates to ‘beautiful oak’, but as its history — and this regionally unique blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot — attests, it might just as well stand for ‘innovation’.
Candialle Chianti Classico La Misse 2017
If Chianti had a Grand Cru region, the Conca d’Oro would absolutely hold that title. Literally translated to ‘Golden Shell’, the Conca d’Oro encircles the ancient village of Panzano in Chianti, which was once contested by the powerhouses of Florence and Siena. Owned by Josephin Cramer and Jarkko Peränen, Candialle farms just 11.5 hectares — a miniscule amount for the region — within their sustainable ‘agroecosystem’, but what they lack in size, they more than make up for in mouthwatering, memorable quality. La Misse, which showcases the vibrant cherry brightness and refreshing juiciness typical of trademark Chianti, is one of two Chianti Classicos that Candialle produces.
Fattoria Montecchio Chianti Classico 2015
Originally owned by the Torrigiani family way back in the 1700s, Fattoria Montecchio found renewed life in 1973, when it was acquired by leather entrepreneur Ivo Nuti. Ivo, his wife Maria, and their sons Andrea, Fabrizio, and Riccardo restored the main house and vineyards to glory, and today the 279-hectare property is a vital piece of the local community, playing home to natural parks, hunting areas, and even a kiln used by master artisans and craftspeople. Sprawling amidst the splendor of the Chianti Classico zone, Fattoria Montecchio crafts rich classics — like this silky-fresh Sangiovese-dominant gem — that show off what this region’s famous for.
Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2018
The ‘Renaissance of Italian wine’ supposedly took place in the 1970s, which is why so many of our Tuscan stops find their current roots in that decade. Castellare di Castellina, nestled amongst the hillsides of southern Tuscany, is no exception, having been founded in the ‘70s by publisher Paolo Panerai. Only indigenous varieties stake their claim on Castellare’s hallowed ground — and we literally mean hallowed. The medieval church of San Niccolò stands sentinel on the vineyard, and Castellare’s wines are aged in the cellars beneath it. As for the bird on the label? It’s a call to Paolo’s sustainability commitment, which saw him establish a nature reserve on the property where rare birds fly free.
Bissoni Girapoggio Sangiovese di Romagna 2017
And now we step just outside Tuscany into Romagna, a truly ancient region that’s been inhabited since the Paleolithic era. Here, we visit the organic producer Bissoni Girapoggio, founded by Raffaella Bissoni in 1988. According to legend, Roman Emperor Theodosius’s daughter Galla Placidia once visited the area and proclaimed that the local white grape variety Albana should be ‘drunk in gold’, a phrase immortalised in the name ‘Bertinoro’ — the medieval town against whose hillside Bissoni rests. In a nod to this history, Raffaella grows only Albana and Sangiovese, which finds spicy, savoury expression in this welcome regional detour.
Explore the legend that is Tuscany with six exceptional bottles of the world-famous Chianti and thrilling peeks into secret regional gems.
You'll discover only the finest wines from passionate, talented producers, showcasing different regional facets through the lens of well-known icons, the wine road less traveled, and the occasional delightful detour to help you expand your wine horizons.
- For lovers of smooth, savory reds.
- Explore local secrets in your glass.
- Exclusive wines, usually reserved for restaurants.
What's included in my Journey?
An expertly curated wine adventure-in-a-box. Complete with six wines, maker and destination notes (in the form of post cards), with knowledge tapped straight from the locals — that helps you explore and discover the world’s most exciting and renowned wine regions. You'll be drinking like a local in no time.
“Few regions in Italy have had a more profound impact on me than Tuscany, thanks to its rich history and culture, unparalleled hospitality and cuisine, romantic scenery, and truly world-class wines crafted mostly from the Sangiovese grape."