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- September – October, April – May are the most comfortable
- July and August may be very hot
- Some attractions, agriturismo bed and breakfast, churches and wineries may be closed November to March
Travelling by car or getting on one of the organized wine tours would be the two best options to taste wines in Tuscany.
Using public transport would require more organization and planning, but it is possible to reach wineries by train, bus and a bit of biking and walking.
An organized wine tour is another good option when travelling without a car. Tuscany wine tours pick up from Florence, Rome, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca, Arezzo, or your accommodation in Tuscany.
Self-guided Wine Tour in Tuscany
Chianti is the closest to the city of Florence.
Tuscany Without a Car
Reaching wineries using public transport means a bit more planning and a tighter time schedule.
Trains to Tuscany wine regions from Florence, Siena, Rome and other cities. Train schedules can be found here.
To visit Chianti wineries take a train to Poggibonsi or Castellina stations. You need to change trains at the Empoli train station if you’re coming or going to Florence. To reach wineries from there, arrange a taxi or ask wineries to pick you up.
If travelling by bus from Florence, one of the options is to reach Greve in Chianti or another town of Chianti that I listed above, and walk from the town to one of the wineries.
How to Arrange Winery Tours in Tuscany?
Tuscany Wine Regions
Chianti and Chianti Classico
Southern Tuscany - Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
This wine region is located to the south of Siena. It is warmer here than in Chianti, and the wines are often more intense and fuller-bodied.
The Brunello di Montalcino DOCG appellation is a star of Tuscany. Brunello is one of the most treasured wines of the world. Today, there are nearly 200 producers of Brunello di Montalcino, mostly small farmers and family estates, together producing nearly 330,000 cases per year.
The wines are produced strictly from Sangiovese grapes grown around Montalcino, a picturesque classic Tuscan hilltop village with amazing views. Brunello di Montalcino wines undergo a minimum ageing of five years. Brunello has enormous tannins with touches of leather, tobacco and dark fruit. I would not miss an opportunity to taste Brunello and take some home.
The best years for Brunello di Montalcino have recently been 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016 (Parker).
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is produced around the town of Montepulciano. Wines must be a blend of Sangiovese (minimum 70%) and other permitted varieties primarily Canaiolo Nero and must be aged for a minimum of two years in oak and 6 months in the bottle before being made available for purchase.
Vino Nobile’s small brother, Rosso di Montepulciano is lighter and can be enjoyed at any time.
Brunello di Montalcino wineries dominate many wine rankings (see James Suckling top 100 wines of 2019).
You can find more information about Montalcino wineries to visit and to stay, and book your wine tour in the catalogue of Tuscany wineries.
View wine tours to Brunello.
The Coast and 'Super Tuscans' of Bolgheri
The coastal region of Tuscany is cooled by sea breezes. Cabernet Sauvingnon, Merlot and Syrah are widely planted here. Super Tuscan wines, a mix of French grapes with Italian terroir first became popular in the 1970 and still are among the most appreciated wines of Italy.
The best Super Tuscans are rich and full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and spice from oak, and can age for decades.
High quality wines are made in the new appellations of Bolgheri and Maremma Toscana on the cost of the Tyrrhennian sea. Maremma is also home to excellent Morellino di Scansano DOCG robust reds, great beaches and outdoor hot springs open all year around.
The best years for Bolhgeri have recently been 2006, 2009, 2016 (Parker).
View wine tours to Bolgheri.