San Gimignano Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour
- San Gimignano: Time travel to the Middle Ages as you admire the medieval architecture, well-preserved examples of both Romanesque and Gothic styles. The village's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Wine tasting: Enjoy a visit at a local cellar and taste exquisite wines hailing from the region including Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Supertoscano, and Vin Santo. Taste some oils, salami cheese and bruchetta.
- Tuscan countryside: Bask in the uniquely distinctive views of Tuscany. From its undulating hills to its abundant vineyards, it's a picture-perfect backdrop to an unforgettable day.
About this Siena Tour
San Gimignano, the "Town of Fine Towers," is known for its medieval tower houses and palazzos. The Tuscan hill town is also known for Vernaccia, a white wine produced from the ancient variety of grapes grown on its sandstone hillsides. It boasts the distinction of being the region's only white wine to reach DOCG status.
On this GoBe discovery of San Gimignano, you'll visit a local cellar and taste the exquisite Vernaccia in addition to several of the region's favorites. Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions and your tasting includes Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino made with Sangiovese grapes. You'll also sip Supertoscano, or "Super Tuscan," a Bordeaux blend made mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Round out the tasting with Vin Santo, a dessert wine made from a variety of the region's grapes.
San Gimignano is a gastronomic tour de force thanks to the development of trade on the Via Francigena, the road crossed by thousands of Catholic pilgrims on their way to Rome and the Vatican during the middle ages. The trading of agriculture from the fertile neighboring hills also built the town's culinary reputation.
Pair the wine with samplings of Tuscan oils including extra virgin olive oil, truffle oil, pepper oil, and balsamic vinegar. Accompanying the oils is a traditional Italian salad, fennel-infused finocchiona salami, Tuscan salami, cheeses, and bruschetta. Experience the tastes of this medieval town on your epicurean Tuscan adventure.
A tale of two towers
You can tell how much power a man has by the size of his…tower? Such was the case in medieval San Gimignano. The Torri dei Salvucci in the Piazza Duomo, also called the Torri Gemelle (or Twin Towers), was built by the Salvucci family, the city's most prominent. Their bitter enemies, the Ardinghellis, built twin towers on the opposite side of the piazza to show them they weren't all that. Luckily, an ordinance prevented either from building any higher.
Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise tat check out your hotel name so we can meet you in the lobby.
Don't forget you camera! There are some beautiful photo opportunities on this tour.
Expect to walk for about 0,5 miles, up/down steep inclines, steps and over cobblestones. If your mobility is limited, you may find it too challenging to keep up with the group and enjoy yourself. Tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Food & Wine
Oil and Balsamic Tasting
English, Spanish, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Under 18 years old? Sorry you won't be able to sample wine on this tour. Bring photo ID as proof of age if asked.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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