Embark on our 2017 Tuscany Study Tour with on site professional-level instruction
Tuscany Wine Study Tour Highlights
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to travel through all the key appellations of this authentic Italian wine region with a true expert and fabulous instructor!
Tuscany’s famous hills are home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano showcase Sangiovese, the king of red grapes in Toscana. The wines of Bolgheri will challenge what you think you know about Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Experiencing the incredible wines of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, may make you see Italian white wines in a whole new light.
A lot meets the eye when you visit the beautiful Toscana, but so much more is waiting to be discovered. Toscana’s diverse climatic conditions, soils and topography makes the region a vast mosaic of distinctive terroirs—often combined with a rich historic and cultural heritage hard to match elsewhere.
- Enjoy personal guidance and instruction from Jane Hunt, Master of Wine and senior judge for Italian wines at the Decanter World Wine Awards tasting competition
- Visit the region’s most iconic wine appellations including Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Bolgheri
- Get access to some of the most prestigious and sought-after small wine producers and experience the wonder of “insider” tours
- Discover how short distances between wine regions manifest themselves in the glass as you taste the remarkable differences
- Let Tuscany’s medieval cities transport you through time as you follow cobblestone trails in the region’s famous walled cities
- Indulge in the renowned, authentic cuisine of Tuscany…cave-cultivated button mushrooms, juicy white Sologne asparagus, goat cheeses, black truffles, saffron, artichokes and all manner of tree and berry fruits.
Travel with like-minded, committed students of wine, whether serious wine hobbyists or wine professionals, and share with us an unforgettable educational, epicurean and enlightening experience!
Your Instructor & Guide: Jane Hunt, Master of Wine
- Senior judge for Italian wines at Decanter Wine World Awards tasting competition
- Master of Wine specialized in Italian wines
- Jane speaks fluent Italian and spends 6 month of the year in Umbria where she produces olive oil from her own trees
- Director and Lecturer for 'Wine Academy Italia' running WSET Courses in Italy
Your Tour Manager: Mauro Businaro
Assisting the instructor and making sure logistics run smoothly and that your needs are answered will be Mauro Businaro.
Mauro is an experienced Sommelier and member of the AIS (Italian Sommelier Association). He lives in Padua, Italy and organizes food and wine events, classes and day tours in Venice and the Veneto wine region.
Sunday, May 14 | D
- Participants arrive independently and meet late afternoon in Pisa (location TBD)
- Transfer south to the Maremma on the Mediterranean coast and check into beachside hotel 4-star Hotel Park Marinetta.
- Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the Hotel’s fine restaurant.
Monday, May 15 | Bolgheri | B, L
- Begin the day with an overview of Bolgheri and its vineyards at the Bolgheri DOC Consorzio del Tutella (Bolgheri Winemakers Union).
- Visit Ca’Marcanda, where Angelo Gaja, the renowned Piedmont winemaker, concentrates on growing international grape varieties. A tasting of Gaja’s fabulous wines completes the visit.
- At top Super Tuscan producer Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, you’ll have an in-depth visit and tasting.
- Enjoy a wonderful gourmet lunch nearby.
- Visit Podere Grattamacco, an organic producer in an unusually sunny microclimate. You’ll have a visit with the technical staff and a wonderful tasting.
- Return to the hotel for an evening on your own to enjoy one of their two fine restaurants, or other recommended restaurants nearby.
Tuesday, May 16 | Bolgheri, Suvereto | B, L
- An auspicious start to the day with a visit and tasting at Tenuta San Guido and the most venerable of the Super Tuscans, Sassicaia.
- Visit and tasting at Tenuta Guado al Tasso, part of the illustrious Antinori family of vineyards.
- After a light lunch in a wine bar in Bolgheri, continue on to Suvereto and Gualdo del Re, the great organic producer in the Val di Cornia DOCG.
- Arrive in Siena, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, and check into 4-star Hotel Athena. The evening is yours to discover this incredible city and dine at one of our suggested restaurants.
Wednesday, May 17 | Brunello di Montalcino | B, L, D
- At the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino you’ll learn about this prestigious DOCG and its great wines.
- Visits and tastings today at three top producers like Casanova di Neri, Maronetto, Biondi Santi or Il Poggioni, with lunch at a fine restaurant along the way (TBD).
- Move on to Radda in Chianti and check in to 4-star Relais Vignale in the village center.
- Dinner is at the lovely (and delicious) Ristorante La Botte di Bacco.
Thursday, May 18 | Chianti Classico | B, L, D
- Stop for a short overview of this famous DOCG at the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico.
- Your first visit is at Isole e Olena. Here Paolo De Marchi produces the 100% Sangiovese Cepparello, hailed as one of the greatest expressions of Sangiovese from Tuscany today.
- Visit Castello di Fonterutoli, with its state-of-the-art winery, spectacular view of Siena and great wines.
- Enjoy a gourmet meal of Tuscan specialties at the estate’s own Osteria di Fonterutoli .
- A visit awaits you at Fontodi, a certified Organic estate with a special terroir called “Conca d’Oro” (the golden shell) for its amphitheatre shape.
- Return to Radda for your farewell dinner at the hotel’s excellent restaurant, where you’ll enjoy fine local cuisine and views over the vineyards from their lovely terrace.
Friday, May 19 | Chianti Classico | B, L
- Visit Castello Vicchiomaggio, with its ancient castle, and taste through their range of great wines.
- Enjoy lunch at Rinuccio restaurant on the roof of the spectacular cellar at Antinori’s winery in Bargino.
- Round out your time in Tuscany with a visit and tasting at the Antinori family’s legendary estate, Tenuta Tignanello.
- Late afternoon group transfer to Florence. You may wish to extend your stay to visit this beautiful city with many cultural sites of interest.
Legend for meals included in your tour: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
* Itinerary subject to change: every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what appears here; however, the final itinerary and estates/winemakers included may vary due to wine producer schedules, availability and factors beyond our control. The wine estates visited during this trip will all be of the highest quality.
As impressive for its amazing eco-design and architecture as for its spectacular wines made with precision and attention by the Gaja family of Barbaresco fame.
- Tenuta dell’Ornellaia
Founded in 1981 by Marchese Antinori, the estate is owned since 2005 by the equally aristocratic Marchese de’ Frescobaldi family. Amongst their wines is the unique and magnificent 100% Merlot Masseto.
One of the earlier Bolgheri estates founded in 1977, the 25 hectares of organic vineyards include the full gamut of French “Bordeaux” grapes growing alongside Sangiovese and Vermentino.
- Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia)
Tenuta San Guido’s iconic Sassicaia wine was the result of an experiment to grow Bordeaux grapes in the Bolgheri region, which previously had little history of viticulture. This incredible wine was “born” internationally in 1968, though owner Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta had been making the same wine for private consumption since 1948!
- Tenuta Guado al Tasso
This fabulous estate (the name means “Badgers’ Crossing”) owned by the Marchesi Antinori has over 300 hectares. As with the majority of Bolgheri producers, wines are oriented around the classic red ‘Bordeaux’ varieties though a very fine white Vermentino is also made.
- Gualdo del Re
Situated farther south in the Suvereto area, Gualdo del Re is a family business. Consultant winemaker Barbara Tamburini has gained a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the finest Merlot wines in Italy.
The estate was purchased in 1974 and has been slowly developed since then. Now after well over 30 years, it is considered one of the finest in the Brunello di Montacino region.
- Canalicchio di Sopra
One of the newer generations of Brunello producers and an upcoming star. The owner, Francesco Ripaccioli, is passionate in his approach to vineyard management and in the cellar.
- Biondi Santi
The “original” Brunello di Montalcino producer. Owned by the Biondi Santi for many generations, it is from the 1920’s that today’s real story begins. These wines have an affinity for great ageing.
- Isole e Olena
Owned by Paolo de Marchi who, in his very modest and quiet way, has been a trailblazer for Chianti Classico. His attention to mapping the geology of the estate took place at a time when few considered the importance of the ‘terroir’. He also pioneered the first 100% Sangiovese wine.
- Castello di Fonterutoli
Situation in a stunning position, the ancient hamlet of Fonterutoli owned by the Mazzei family looks toward Siena. The estate is a huge and historic mixed farm growing olives, vines and lavender with wild game roaming in the surrounding woodland.
The Manetti family purchased Fontodi and came to produce Chianti Classico comparatively recently in 1968. A certified organic estate, the winemaking has evolved unencumbered by local tradition and the wines demonstrate a marvellous purity of flavor.
- Badia a Coltibuono
This beautiful estate located in an ancient abbey is as stunning for its garden and buildings as for its wines, which have been firmly in the higher echelons of Chianti Classico for many years.
- Tenuta Tignanello
The original “Super Tuscan” wine born in the Chianti Classico area. Owned by the Marchese Antinori family, this special wine is a barrel-aged blend of local Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc.
- Antinori at Bargino
The new Antinori winery at Bargino is a masterpiece of architecture. From outside, it is as if nothing is there – on the inside it is a cathedral built for making and ageing wine.
Your 5 Day, 5 Night Tuscany Immersion Study Trip includes:
- Instruction throughout by Tuscan wine expert Jane Hunt, Master of Wine
- Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
- 2 nights at 4-star Hotel Park Marinetta in Marina di Bibbona, double occupancy
- 1 night at 4-star Hotel Athena in Siena, double occupancy
- 2 nights at 4-star Hotel Relais Vignale in Radda in Chianti, double occupancy
- 3 gastronomic dinners with fine wines
- 5 gourmet lunches with fine wines
- 5 delicious breakfasts
- All professional-level tours and extensive tastings at top-quality wine producers
- All hotel and other taxes, and gratuities for included restaurants
Price per person, double occupancy: US$ 4,095.00
Single Supplement: US$ 295.00
Deposit upon reservation: US$ 1000.00 per person, per trip
Get US$ 150 off each additional trip you take!***
NOTE: There are a limited number of twin rooms available. Please let us know if you’d like to share a twin room with another participant to avoid the single supplement and pay the double occupancy price instead.
***After you have reserved your first Study Trip in 2017, you will receive a Discount of US$150 for each additional Study Trip you take in the same calendar year. This Discount will be deducted from the final balance payment for each additional Study Trip. You must pay in full for the first Study Trip you reserve to be eligible to receive the Discount for additional Study Trips.
Space is limited to 18 participants, so reserve your space today!
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Enjoy memorable meals at Gastronomic restaurants and estates
The following video is taken from our past member webinars library. Enjoy!
PAST MEMBER WEBINAR: Chianti Classico with sommelier Jeffrey Porter