A PEARL OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
A fascinating four-hour experience in an ancient farmers’ settlement in the area of Terricciola, a charming wine district in Terre di Pisa, about 30 minutes from the town of the leaning tower, with guided visit to one of the most renowned wineries of Tuscany. It is one of the few Chianti DOCG production areas of Tuscany and in the last decades many “big ones” of Italy’s winemaking sector opened their local branch here. Arianna & Friends helps you discover this wine area off the beaten track.
A little hamlet in Tuscany
This fascinating tour starts with a guided visit of a small medieval hamlet originated during the agricultural development in the rural Tuscany between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance times. Through a quick but very interesting walk, you learn a lot about the overall agricultural organization of the area, a socio-economical model that brought to the spectacular aspect of the rural Tuscany of today!
A panoramic contemporary winery
After the walk you visit an extraordinarily panoramic, beautiful and technologically advanced winery, whose premises are mostly all underground. The facility has a wonderful view over its vineyards and is the starting point of a nice walk among the vineyards together with the winemaker. The visit to the premises continues with a detailled explanation of the fermentation area, where in Autumn the grapes boil inside several casks just after being harvested. All this is followed by a walk into other storage areas where the rest of the aging process takes place, up to the most fascinating room in the whole complex: a large and artistically decorated barriccaia full of wooden barrels. Along with the details about the winery, the tour guide gives you general and historical information about the region and the art of winemaking.
Wine tasting with snacks
Finally, you sit in a charming and panoramic tasting room and you enjoy a gamma of 6/8 wines produced by the company, starting from younger white and rosee up to aged and intense red wines (the selection of wines depends on what is available in the wine cellar). The wine tasting is accompanied by some delicious local snacks (such as cheese, hams, salami) and locally produced extra virgin olive oil.
This is the best way for you to discover this enchanting world, deeply rooted in the cultural traditions of Tuscany.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 may vary according to the season and the availability of the products in the day of the tour.
The visit is followed by the sampling of unique wines in a very charming tasting room. During the tasting session some snacks are provided to accompany the served wine, including focaccia, cold cuts, bread and pieces of cheese. The duration of this guided tour is about 4 hours and a 6/8 wines are served during the whole winery experience.
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.
PRIVATE HALF-DAY WINE TASTING TOUR IN TUSCANY
– RATES 2023 –
NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY
|2 persons||€ 280|
|3 persons||€ 325|
|4 persons||€ 370|
|5 persons||€ 415|
|6 persons||€ 460|
|7 persons||€ 505|
|8 persons||€ 550|
|Extra Adult||€ 45|
|Extra Teenager (12-17 yrs)||€ 35|
|Extra Child (4-11 yrs)||€ 25|
- A guided visit to one winery
- A private English speaking tour leader for the whole tour. Also available in French, German, Spanish and Russian
- A guided wine tasting sessions of 6/8 different wines (the selection of wines depends on what is available in the wine cellar)
- Snack with cold meats, cheese, olive oil and bread
- A guided walk in a nearby medieval hamlet
Rates do NOT include
- full lunch
Transportation is not included in the rates above. For more info on transportation, please see the box “Transportation options”.
Here a message of appreciation of Barbara after a guided winery tour with Massimo:
We so enjoyed our fantastic tour with Massimo. Will be sure to refer other travelers to take advantage of this superb tour and winery
It would be much appreciated if you could please relay to Massimo that i am very much looking forward to receiving vis email the recipe for the delicious barley salad we enjoyed while at La Spinetta he had noted he would forward.
I very much appreciate your assistance to connect with Massimo with a reminder to forward same.
Here a picture of the mentioned salad:
This is an email we received from Laura, who took her friends to a private tour in the Tuscany area visiting a pasta factory and a wine farm:
Sorry I missed this email, but we were already in Italy!
Thank you again so much for the tour. It was absolutely lovely.
Everyone really had a great time.
I completely envy your job!
Let me know if you need anything!
This is an email we received from Signe and Anders, who stayed in Pisa and took a half-day wine tasting tour to the Pisan hills with us:
Hi Arianna and friends,
We want to thank you for a fantastic wine tour last week! Massimo was a excellent guide with a lot of knowledge about the vineyards we were visiting, and very pleasant to speak with:)
You will definately be recommended to everyone we know who wants to go to Tuscany, and we ourselves is concidering a holiday on a vineyard for the next time we are going.
We hope to keep in touch.
Signe & Anders from Denmark
This tour takes place in the area of Terricciola, a rural region about 20 km from Volterra, San Gimignano and Montaione, 3 km from Selvatelle.
Unless differently specified, the tour guide meets you at a meeting point near Terricciola.
This program takes 3 hours (transportation not included).
Available all the year through, from Mondays through Saturdays.
This tour is available in English language. German, French, Spanish, Russian or Italian are also available with no surcharge.
Not ideal for children
Comfortable shoes recommended.
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".
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.