Duration: 5 hours - In late August and September 2017
HOW IS WINE MADE?
A “vendemmia” (Italian for grape harvest) is one of the most fascinating experiences you can enjoy in Tuscany during the harvest season. It is a wonderful way to learn a lot about the local wine & food traditions but also about the local culture. Those who tried it report that the atmosphere in a working winery is something definitely unique! You can participate to a vendemmia on a charming wine estate, see the process of wine making during the most thrilling operational phases and taste some excellent local wines served with lunch.
An experience in the vineyards with the harvesters
Our grape harvest experience takes place in the morning for about two hours (timing is flexible). You meet our local guide and have an introduction to the world of vineyards before acting! The guide gives you a lot of information about the plants and the cultivation of the vines as well as the weather conditions of the seasons and how they affect the fruits. Then you get your scissors and your crates and you start collecting grapes assisted by your guide and the other winemakers around.
The winery during the “fermentation mode”
After collecting some grapes you will follow your guide and the tractor to the operational areas in the winery, where you see all the machinery involved in the process, to understand the wine-making process in detail. From the destemming machine to the fermentation casks you will learn in detail how the grape juice is transformed into wine. Finally, you rest in the tasting room of the property and sample some great wines produced by the winery, served along with a full lunch.
If you visit Tuscany right at the beginning of the harvesting season you may coincide with the grape stomping. This is a habit in one of our wineries in the very first day of the vendemmia to facilitate the fermentation of the grape juice. Hopefully you will coincide with it!
What you taste
This is a list of specialties that you are likely to sample as part of the program of this tour. Please, note that the specialties of the tasting session and/or lunch may vary according to the season and the availability of the products in the day of the tour.
In our tour we like showing you places off the beaten track and introducing you to Tuscan people with their personal stories, careers and characters.
You will have one of our guides with your party during the whole tour. Please, see below all the guides who can be with you.
During this experience you can also meet some of the Tuscan friends involved in the events. Please, see below which friends you are likely to encounter.
The total rate for this activity varies according to the number of people in your party.
Check rates in the table below.
HALF-DAY GRAPE HARVEST EXPERIENCE & LUNCH
NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY
|2 persons||€ 330 – personal insurance included*|
|3 persons||€ 395 – personal insurance included*|
|4 persons||€ 460 – personal insurance included*|
|5 persons||€ 525 – personal insurance included*|
|6 persons||€ 590 – personal insurance included*|
|7 persons||€ 655 – personal insurance included*|
|8 persons||€ 720 – personal insurance included*|
|9 persons||€ 785 – personal insurance included*|
|10 persons||€ 850 – personal insurance included*|
|extra person||€ 65 – personal insurance included*|
|child 4-11 y.o.||€ 25 – personal insurance included*|
|* The daily personal insurance is obligatory and will be issued by our staff according to your nationality and age.
More details will be provided in the booking procedure by our staff.
- A tour leader for the whole experience
- 1.5 hour of grape harvest in the vineyards
- A guided visit to the operating winery
- Lunch after harvesting
- A guided wine sampling session during lunch
- * PERSONAL INSURANCE: Rates do not include a personal insurance for the grape harvest experience, which is compulsory when working in the vineyards. More details will be defined by our booking staff.
Rates do NOT include
- Transportation is not included in the rates above. For more info on transportation, please see the box “Transportation options”.
This is an email we received from Jen who experienced a day grape harvest experience at a fantastic winery in Tuscany with us.
I wanted to let you know that my family and I enjoyed the Grape Harvest tour. We’re very glad that Hilton recommended your tour group. Massimo our guide, was fantastic! He was well informed, pleasant and very accommodating. We were a group of four and he addressed all our questions whether they pertained to wine-making or not. He provided us with technical and operational insight about the wine industry, from agriculture to wine-tasting. Probably one of the best tours in Tuscany showing professionalism and hospitality. Massimo gave us a personalized tour which we appreciated very much. We definitely got more than we expected from the tour…and all because of Massimo!
We hope to do other tours with your team when we return to Toscana!
This tour takes place in the area of Terricciola, Peccioli and Palaia, a rural district between Pisa and Volterra, or in the area of San Miniato, near Florence.
Unless differently specified, the tour guide meets you at a meeting point in or near Peccioli.
This program takes 5 hours. Time for transportation not included.
Available between the end of August and mid October. Availability is subject to the havesting plans of the wineries involved in the program. The grape harvest is in the middle of the fields and is strictly related to the weather conditions of the day. If you are booked in for this experience in a day in which it is impossible to harvest, we will arrange for you an alternative program to get the best from the day.
This tour is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian or Italian with no surcharge.
Not ideal for children
Comfortable shoes and clothes recommended. As we walk in vineyards, we recommend to wear no shorts nor sandals. The first part of the morning can be quite cool.
The foods served during this tour might contain gluten, lactose, nuts and alcohol. If you have any food restriction, please inform our personnel during the enquiry process.
This program and its rates do not include transportation and are set on a self-driving base. For further information see the box "transportation options".
A personal insurance is necessary for the harvesting experience. Rates may vary depending on your nationality and age. Please, see table of rates.
The destinations reached during this activity are in the Tuscan countryside, in areas off the beaten track that cannot be reached by public transport. We highly recommend renting a car or a scooter in order to reach them. As an alternative, we can offer a valued service by chauffeured car, van or minibus. Any cost of transportation is to be added to the rates displayed on the rate table of this page.