Lucca and Montecarlo, City, Villas, Wineries
You visit the beautiful walled city of Lucca, the Montecarlo DOC and the Colline Lucchesi DOC vineyards, one of the celebrated Villas that ornate the Lucca countryside, and its Italian garden, all what makes an the day appealing and various. The red wines are based on the classic Sangiovese Canaiolo formula, but they also include Merlot and others. The whites blend different french grapes, with the classic Trebbiano. We start the day with a tasting, we visit Lucca, then in the afternoon we have one or two winetastings in the Montecarlo area, and in between we visit, if you want, one of the historical villas.
Once that we are in the Lucca plain, we have our first tastings in a beautiful winery of the Colline Lucchesi DOC, not far from Lucca, in the Matraia area. We drive downtown Lucca, and walk around this elegant old city, which has an amazing commercial history, a traditional love for music, the Puccini house in facts is regarded as a national monument, and a special, very intriguing, local cuisine that includes also seafood, unlike most places in Tuscany. From whenever you reach Lucca, you have to cross a narrow, arched gate, to cross the massive, red brick city walls that encircle completely the old Lucca. This heritage, reminding why the city was never conquered (by Florence), is a masterpiece of the Renaissance military architecture. We stroll along the pleasant pedestrian streets, between elegant, not too showy shops, we can visit see one of the artistic churches - S. Michele in Foro, or S. Frediano or the Duomo - and the place thgat with its oval shape marks where the Roman amphitheater was. We can take time to shop, or go directly to lunch. Lunch can be downtown, or in the countryside, maybe in a winery’s restaurant, at your choice.
In the afternoon we have one, or two tastings in the Montecarlo DOC zone, a little known area that, still, has a wine tradition dating back to 1200. During our itinerary we see the Montecarlo town, we drive by one of the more artistic Villas built by the rich merchants, and if you want we visit it. The Montecarlo wine makers renovated the Tuscan Sangiovese tradition since 1800 already, blending moderately French grapes, way before that that turned almost in a compulsive worldwide trend. The result is a style that is, eventually, gentle, well balanced and definitely local. This area has a particular vocation for white wines, of which you do not find many in Tuscany. They are based on Vermentino, Trebbiano - local grapes - or on Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. The reds are Syrah, Cab and Merlot based.
Our Favourite Wineries
Sardi-Giustiniani, Matraia Colleverde, Fattorìa del Teso, Wandanna, Il Poggio, La Torre, Buonamico, Tenuta Maria Teresa, Fubbiano, Tenuta di Forci. The local DOC wines are: Colline Lucchesi, Montecarlo, reds and whites, Vin Santo and Occhio di Pernice dessert wines.
DAYTRIP RATES. Variable depending on the number of people, as on the mileage. Please click on Daytrips page for details, or better tell us how many you are, and where you are lodging for a customized rate. WINETASTINGS. As an indication, a tasting can cost between € 6 to € 20/person. Not included in our guide service, you pay the winery.
INCLUSIONS We offer a driver/guide service, including expert driver, car, fuel, tolls. Winetastings, meals, entrance fees are not included.
OPEN GROUPS. We have NO fixed departure or group tours scheduled, to join, sorry.
FAQs Which wineries we go to, how many, how many wines, lunch is included, what schedule ? ? ?
• No point in comparing our tours and routine tours prices, we are convenient, not cheap, and we customize the day each for each client. Hence, we don't go to the same three famous wineries all the time, we can choose among hundreds of good, and more special ones.
• Lunch is not included. You have choices from light lunches at € 15 or big meals.
• Winetastings: we suggest 2-3 wineries per day, which leaves some time for sightseeing, lunch and shopping. If you want more tastings, please 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 tasting may take 1 hr, and include 3 to 6 wines depending on the estate size, bigger onesmay have 10-12 wines to try.
• Suggested travel time. Departure 09:00 am, return 06:00 pm, or later in summertime, if you agree.