Etruscan, or Supertuscans coast? Bolgheri and Valdicornia
Tour to the Bolgheri, Valdicornia, and Montescudaio wine zones, the ideal ones to taste Tuscan Cabs, Merlot, Syrah and all their blends. Bolgheri, in particular, is the town of Sassicaia, and Ornellaia, mythical first supertuscans. This informal, outdated name, has defined confusely rich, full bodied wines, with variable blends and ageing, yet mostly sharing three elements: French oak ageing, intense flavours, preferred - much more abroad than in Italy - to the austere Sangiovese, and high or very high prices.
The more mythical, and expensive bottles to which the superlative was stuck, come from here, within a few minutes from Bolgheri. Tenuta San Guido above all, home of Sassicaia, Antinori’s Ornellaia, Guado al Tasso, Michele Satta, Grattamacco, Le Macchiole, just to mention the first, more famous ones. Thirty years later, though, you can find much more to taste and enjoy in this incredible wine garden. This is where one really appreciates what the noble French grapes can become when raised near the coast with its salty winds, like in Bordeaux, but in the mild Mediterranean climate, that adds warmth and smoothness, growing on Tuscan soils, made with the passion and care of dedicated producers, with the art of the best, and more innovative winemakers. You will easily realize why the once marginal Etruscan Coast, has triggered the Renaissance of the Tuscan wines, and how it turned into one of the more exclusive, almost snob wine destinations ever.
We start in the Baratti area - Valdicornia DOC wine zone - in a winery which is really near the beautiful Baratti bay, and the Etruscan necropolis. Then we head to Suvereto, a medieval village with a special charme. We can visit a special, small estate, or Petra, if you prefer, a large winery and a masterpiece of Italian cellars design. The afternoon is for the heart of the Bolgheri DOC: we follow a mythical road to Bolgheri, crossing the most valuable terroirs, and tasting in one of the fancier wineries. We end in the Bolgheri village itself, for a coffee, or for a last tasting in one of its classy wine bars, where you can practically taste any wine made in the area.
During this day - even better if you take two days - we visit be large or small wineries, with or without noble crests over their gates, but all constantly proposing the finest quality. You will see an amazing, little, and warm region, meeting when possible the people who do grow the vines, and make the wines, in order to feel the essence of these wines, with the feel of their terroir and history.
If, instead, your target are the star wines only, the more famous of the supertuscans, Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Ca’Marcanda, Le Macchiole for example, just let us know and we’ll bokk these estates in particular. They need early booking, please let us know in advance, and ask for a quote.
Our favourite wineries: Argentera, Michele Satta, Tua Rita, Grattamacco, Petra, Sorbaiano, La Regola, Cajarossa, Ornellaia, Jacopo Banti, Gualdo del Re, La Regola, Guado al Melo, Meletti-Cavallari, Sapaio, Poggiorosso.
The wines are Bolgheri, Valdicornia, Montescudaio, Superiore and Riserva, made with diverse blends of Cabernets, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese, and other less common grapes. In many estates you can taste Vermentino, a typical white from the Thyrrenian coast, in Tuscany as well as in Liguria and Sardinia.
€ 300 for 2-1 people, with comfortable sedan, € 400 with Mercedes
€ 350 for 3 people,
€ 440 with 6-4 people, with van
€ 480 with 8-7 people
These cost base does not include wine tastings or lunch. Have 1, 2, 3 or more tastings at your choice. See the RATES page for details on the wine tastings, the mileage, and and our best, custom made prices.Then, let us know where you are lodging and how many you are, for a customized quote.
Which wineries we go to, join a group, how many wines, lunch is included, what schedule????
Open Group Tours. NO fixed departure open groups, no fixed big wineries tours, our tours are custom made.
The IWT tours are really customized, not to compare with routine packages. Winetastings: we can suggest 2-3 wineries per day, that allows time for sightseeing, lunch and shopping. If you want less or more tastings, let us know. If you already know which wineries you want, just let us know, otherwise we pick 3 very good ones, of different size and style.
Each visit can last 1 hr, more in a large estate.
A tasting can include 3 to 6 wines, more in the largeer estates.
Lunch is not included, there is all kind of choices and menus available.
Departure you choose, we suggest departure at 09:00 am and return around 06:00 pm