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The trip goes on the discovery of the Etruscan and especially the Tuscan Coastal wines for a whole week starting from the South to the North of the beautiful coast, discovering the amazing wines of the Maremma region of Tuscany (the wild west!) and eating amazing local specialities wherever we go. AVAILABLE ONLY FROM APRIL TO SEPTEMBER.
Day 1 – PITIGLIANO
We meet & depart from Florence at 9 am and we start our journey to the South of Tuscany where our first stop will be the amazingly beautiful village of Pitigliano, built on tufo stone. This area was inhabited by the Etruscans already 3000 yrs ago and here we will find an age old grape varietal called Ciliegiolo that we shall discover in the afternoon of the same day at a local winery, Sassotondo – best of the area. We’ll check in to our hotel in Pitigliano and for dinner we’ll enjoy a lovely meal at a local restaurant in Pitigliano with more wine tasting. After dinner you can enjoy free time to
stroll around idyllic village before hitting the sacks.
Day 2 – GIGLIO ISLAND
We’re up to an early start because today we are heading to the small island of Giglio where wine making is really extreme because so rocky and dry. The grape that we’ll encounter here is mainly Ansonica, but also many other varietals grow. First we’ll enjoy an incredible fish lunch with the Ansonica wine. After lunch we’ll check into our accommodation and if you don’t need to nap you’ll have time for a stroll around the port of this island who’s inhabitants are merely 2000. Then we’ll meet with the Altura winery and visit the estate with the owner followed by dinner bathed in a great deal of fantastic wine. Overnight at the island.
Day 3 – MASSA MARITTIMA
Another early start – but you can take it easy on the boat back to the mainland – for we are heading into Maremma to visit super modern winery Rocca di Montemassi, which we visit after another slow lunch. Here we will encounter the first modern take on the Coastal wines influenced by the great wines of Bordeaux. In the evening we will enjoy a cooking class at our B&B and dine on our creations while enjoying the peaceful countryside.
Day 4 – ELBA
Today we head to the island of Elba for the day. Elba is where Napoleon was exiled and was another Etruscan establishment. Here we will encounter the native grape Aleatico which gives origin to a marvellous dessert wine and more. We’ll visit La Piana winery when we arrive for a cellar tour and tasting in front of the seaside. After lunch we head to visit the Aquaviva winery for another tasting before we head for Porto Ferrraio the main village for a quick stroll and dinner in the Fortress. We’ll sleep in a local B&B in Portoferraio.
Day 5 – SUVERETO
We get back on the main land with the local ferry and visit Populonia which is an Etruscan village and archaeological sight, very impressive and right on the coast. After some time for relax, we’ll grab a “panino” and head up to the region of Suvereto that has recently marked itself as a DOCG region. We’ll visit a notorious winery such as Tua Rita and learn about the region from the best! In the evening we’ll enjoy dinner at Guado al Re – another well regarded winery. In the evening we head for Bolgheri for dinner and for our nex night.
Day 6 – BOLGHERI
Bolgheri is the star of Coastal Tuscany, where some of the most famous wines of Tuscany are made – and we’ll have all day to discover it. We’ll visit 2 wineries – of which one will be either Sassicaia or Ornellaia winery, the other Le Macchiole or Grattamacco. In between we’ll have a fine lunch, but we’ll keep it light because in the evening we’ll head for Michelin star restaurant La Pineta for our farewell dinner on the beach!
Day 7 – back to Florence
Departure around 9am, drop off where you want in Florence by 11.30am. End of our services