We are visiting Tuscany this summer and would like to know wineries that offer tours & tasting. Since we are already staying in the Cortona area I would like to deal directly with the winery than with a tour company. Are children allowed on these tours?
I was in Tuscany in October 2003 and visited the Tenuta Torciano winery in San Gimignano near Siena. We did not take a tour, but did manange an afternoon of wine tasting. This was with a tour group, but I believe that they might work you in if not with a tour. I seem to remember several people that were at the tasting that were not on our tour.
I think children would be allowed as long as they are well behaved but I think they'd be bored to tears!
In any case, you must go to Castello Verrazzano in Greve in Chianti. This is a 900 year old family owned winery, castle and farm that produces fantastic wines, oils, vinegars, honey and other products.
They offer a great tour of the grounds and the facility that includes a 5 course luncheon with wine tasting (different wines for each course and grappa and vin santo to conclude. ) The charming and warm Gino is the tour guide and his is funny knowledgeable and just a delight.
See the website for details and to make a reservation. This was so worth it - Euro 42 for tour, tasting and luncheon (one of the best meals we had in Italy, by the way...) Stunning scenery and views too as the property is at the top of one of the higher hills in Chianti.
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Address: Via Crocetta, 18 - Frazione Ulignano, San Gimignano, Tuscany, 53073, Italy