Vineyards to visit in Tuscany
Green rolling hills, ancient picturesque bridges, and of course, symmetrical rows of vines are some of the many beautiful sights to be taken in while travelling through Tuscany. While this region is known for having a breathtaking landscape and villages, many come here specifically for the vineyards.
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Tenuta di Capezzana is 104 hectares full of organic vineyards and olive groves owned by the Contini Bonacossi family. Mondays through Saturdays they offer 3 wines to taste as well as a tour of the wine cellars, olive press and their “vinsanteria”, sweet wine cellar for just €10 per person. They also offer either a 5 day cookery school or a 1 day course if you are looking to improve your skills while in Italy.
In 2011, Salcheto became the first self-sufficient Italian winery that is completely off-the-grid and it won the sustainable winery of the year in 2014. Through their use of renewable resources such as solar panels, water reclamation practice and recycled winery material, this vineyard is known for being extremely innovative. Take a walk around and learn more about this place which opens from 11am - 5pm with prices starting at €5.
Badia a Coltibuono is a beautiful 11th century Benedictine monastery that offers an interesting tour through the historic building and vineyards. After you finish taking it all in, you can rest and order some mouthwatering food with a perfectly paired wine to suit. Make sure to book their 90 minute tour in advance as hours and availability vary throughout the year.
The ancient hamlet Castiglion del Bosco was built in 1100 and is located in the Orcia Valley. Here you can tour the barrel cellar, visit the wooden amphitheatre and make your way to the best part, the tasting room. If you are not a wine connoisseur but are still interested in visiting this area, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy. One such option is the 519 acre 18 hole golf course which was designed by British open champion, Tom Weiskopf and it is a beautiful place to enjoy the scenery while doing something you love.