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Tuscan Wine Tasting

WINE WEEK 2023

We are hosting a special Tuscan wine week based at i Castagni this summer from 27 August to 2 September (7 days, 6 nights). This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn all about Tuscan wines, with expert-led tastings and visits to wineries in the local wine denominations of Montepulciano (with its famous Nobile di Montepulciano), Montalcino (famed for its Brunello di Montalcino), the beautiful Val d’Orcia, and the renowned Chianti Classico region.  There will also be great Tuscan food and every opportunity to enjoy the local towns, villages and scenery.

 

This very special week will combine all the best elements of Italian life: you will live in a real Italian village and see the community going about its daily life; eat in restaurants where Italians eat; and discover some of Tuscany’s most breathtaking scenery.  All as a backdrop to sniffing, swirling, learning about and tasting Tuscan wines.

 

A side programme will run in parallel during the week for those who may like a break from wines or to spend more time visiting local attractions.  Time is also built into the programme for adequate rest during the day.

 

Guests will be accommodated at i Castagni.  The cost per person for the week is €5500, this includes everything in the programme (visits, wines, meals, accommodation).  It does not include airfares and transfers from/to your arrival airport to the hotel (although we can book these for you- please ask).

 

i Castagni owner and host, Tim, knows personally all the wine producers you will be visiting and will be delighted to answer any questions you might have before you book. Please do get in touch with him using the Contact Us form below if you have any questions or queries.   

OUTLINE PROGRAMME

Sunday 27 August

afternoon arrival at i Castagni and settle into your accommodation

evening drinks/aperitivo on the i Castagni terrace with a relaxed and 'hands-on' introduction on 'how to taste wine' 

dinner at a village restaurant

Monday 28 August

Montefollonico

presentation on Tuscan wines and grapes in the iCastagni cellar, followed by lunch 

 

tasting with Montefollonico's wine producer

dinner in a nearby sommelier-owned restaurant

Wednesday 30 August

the Val d'Orcia

Tuesday 29 August

Montepulciano

presentation on how to taste wines

visit to an organic vineyard in Montepulciano (pictured) with wine tasting and lunch

visit the town of Montepulciano

dinner in a Montepulciano restaurant with wine tasting

    

Thursday 31 August

Chianti Classico

presentation of the Val d'Orcia region with tastings

 

lunch with Val d'Orcia wines in one of Italy's acclaimed historic gardens

 

visit to a Val d'Orcia organic vineyard, tour and tasting

visit to, and dinner in, Pienza

Friday 1 September 

Montalcino 

Picking Purple Grapes

visit Montalcino vineyard with tasting

 

lunch with Brunello tastings

 

dinner with Montalcino wines in Montefollonico 

visit Chianti Classico winery with tasting

lunch in the town of Gaiole in Chianti

visit Chianti Classico winery in Gaiole in Chianti

dinner with Chianti wines

Saturday 2 September

Vineyard

leisurely morning followed by departure 

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