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.
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
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
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
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
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
leisurely morning followed by departure