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    Wine Route in Tuscany: 6 itinerary ideas to enjoy it


    Summary
    • History of Tuscany wines
    • Itineraries to enjoy wines in Tuscany
    • - 1. The Chianti classico wine route
    • - 2. the Etruscan coast: a wine route by the sea
    • - 3. from Montepulciano to Sinalunga
    • - 4. the roads of Maremma
    • - 5. The Brunello di Montalcino wine route
    • - 6. on the Carmignano wine trail
    • How to get to Tuscany
    • - Getting to Tuscany by plane
    • - Going to Tuscany by train
    • - Getting to Tuscany by bus
    • - Driving to Tuscany
    • - Go to Tuscany by ferry

    You're going to the land of Chianti and cypress? Don't miss out on the wine route in Tuscany! Here are a few ideas of itineraries to enjoy.

    Welcome to Tuscany! This region with its bucolic landscapes is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in Italy. Here, everything rhymes with elegance: wheat fields, vineyards, olive groves, orchards and medieval villages. There is no shortage of things to do and see in Tuscany: visit the sumptuous monuments of Florence, wander the streets of the charming city of Siena, discover San Gimignano, enjoy the translucent waters of the Mediterranean or admire the Tower of Pisa. Among these countless discoveries, don't miss the Tuscan Wine Routes, where you can enjoy the great wines as much as the landscape.


    In the heart of the Tuscan countryside, as far as the eye can see, lie the vineyards of some of the world's most famous wines. Chianti, Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino or Morellino di Scansano, all these sumptuous red wines will delight your palate and your gastronomic discoveries. To discover them, there is nothing better than walking the Tuscan wine route.


    Ready to taste the grape varieties of the largest wine-producing region in Italy? Here are a few ideas for itineraries to enjoy.

    Also to be read: Tuscany in Motorhome: tips, areas, itineraries

    History of Tuscany wines

    The first traces of vine cultivation in Tuscany date back to between 600 and 400 BC, during the Etruscan period. In antiquity, the Greeks and Romans helped to improve wine-growing and made wine a noble drink synonymous with wealth. This alcoholic beverage will lose its titles of nobility in the Middle Ages and becomes commonplace. Under the influence of the Medici, Antinoris and Frescobaldis, Tuscan wines gained great popularity throughout Europe. In 1709, while French and German vines were devastated by the cold, Tuscany's vineyards escaped the weather disaster that struck its neighbours. Tuscany then became one of the main production areas in Europe and demand continued to grow.

    To avoid competition from other Italian regions attracted by the success of Chianti, Cosme III de Medici delimited in 1716 the production area of this wine, the symbol of Tuscany. At the end of the 19th century, phylloxera devastated Italian vineyards and halted the development of Tuscan vines. In order to get out of this situation, the winegrowers decided to extend their production to more popular wines, produced and sold in larger quantities. This reorientation of production did not go smoothly. Many advocates of traditional Tuscan wines are protesting against this production, which they consider to be cheap.

    Itineraries to enjoy wines in Tuscany

    1. The Chianti classico wine route

    Between beautiful Florence and the discreet city of Siena lie the vineyards of the Chianti classico. Undoubtedly one of the most famous Italian wines! On your journey, you will discover hills and groves, dotted with charming little villages and towns, such as Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, San Casciano Val di Pesa and Barberino Val d'Elsa. Vines and olive trees are everywhere.


    Learn more about this world famous wine. First a white wine in 1300, this wine became red in 1716. In the 19th century, Barron Bettino Ricasoli invented a new recipe for Chianti, with a mixture of red and white grapes. Finally, with the difficulties due to the phylloxera crisis, the recipe was simplified and modernized. While Classic Chianti is produced between Siena and Florence, Chianti is produced in the region of Tuscany, outside this area. You can also discover the grape varieties of Cepparello, which is on the same wine route in Tuscany.

    2. The Etruscan coast: a wine route by the sea

    Along the coast, facing the island of Elba, come and explore the Etruscan coast and its vineyards. This is where the supertoscans were produced. You will discover the vineyards of Sassicaia, one of the greatest Italian vintages. You can visit the beautiful village of Bolgheri or the Petra estate designed by the architect Mario Botta. Finally, you will walk through the vineyards of the Castello del Terriccio and visit its cellars. A wine route in Tuscany not to be missed!

    3. From Montepulciano to Sinalunga

    Start by visiting the fortified town of Montepulciano, dating from the 14th and 16th centuries. Then head towards Sinalunga, the gateway to the Valdichiana. All along the way you can admire the vineyards of Montepulciano. Our world-renowned Montepulciano was the first Italian red wine to receive the DOCG label of controlled origin. A wine route in Tuscany, full of charm and nobility awaits you!

    4. The roads of Maremma

    This region of Maremma has many grape varieties of very beautiful qualities. Start your journey in the surroundings of Grosseto. You can visit the vineyards and cellars of the famous Maremma Toscana Baffo Nero or the Maremma Toscana Ciliegiolo. Another option for discovering the grape varieties of the region: take the paths around Monte Amiata and taste, in moderation of course, a few glasses of Montecucco.


    5. The Brunello di Montalcino wine route

    In the province of Siena, in the Montalcino area, a world-famous red wine is produced: Brunello di Montalcino. Originally, the best known wine of the area was a sweet white wine, the Moscadello di Montalcino. The first official vintage of Brunello dates back to 1888. For many years it was produced only in small quantities.

    On your way, don't miss the visit of the village of Montalcino. Make a stop to taste the local specialities, including the famous Pecorino di Pienza, the Tuscan cheese par excellence.

    6. On the Carmignano wine trail

    Around Prato, Florence and Pistoia you will find the Carmignano vineyards. The history of this wine dates back to the Etruscan era. Wine growing has always existed here. The Medici people developed and developed this excellent red wine. In 1716, the Grand Duke Cosme III grants it a first patent of nobility as well as its protection. Take time to visit the splendid villas of Poggio a Caiano and Artimino built by the Medici.

    How to get to Tuscany

    The area is very well served. You can easily get there by plane, train, bus, car and even ferry. The car is very convenient to take full advantage of the different routes of the Tuscan wine route.

    Getting to Tuscany by plane

    There are numerous flights from the main French and European cities to the airports of Pisa, Florence and Elba. Numerous connections from Barcelona, Rome, Bologna, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica are provided by regular and low-cost airlines. Fares are often attractive. To find the best prices, remember to book your ticket well in advance and compare prices on Skyscanner before booking.

    The Pisa San Giusto Galileo Galilei airport is only one kilometre from the centre and eighty kilometres from Florence. Amerigo Vespucci Airport is four kilometers from the center of Florence. Shuttle buses and taxis provide easy access to the city centre. You can also easily rent a car directly from Florence, Pisa or Siena airport. This is undoubtedly the ideal way to get around Tuscany with ease. Compare prices on rental comparators before booking your car.

    Going to Tuscany by train

    Pisa, Siena or Florence are also very well served by train from most European cities. Of course, the journey is longer than by plane, but it will allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Getting to Tuscany by bus

    Most bus companies offer routes to Pisa, Florence and Siena. Buses are often comfortable and modern. The journey is often long, but the fares are unbeatable.

    Driving to Tuscany

    This is undoubtedly the ideal solution to make the wine route in Tuscany and enjoy the different itineraries. Still, it takes twelve hours from Paris to Florence, four and a half hours from Nice, and six hours from Geneva.

    Go to Tuscany by ferry

    It is perfectly possible to reach Tuscany by ferry. You can arrive from France (Marseille, Nice, or Corsica), Sardinia or Sicily. The two main ports are Livorno or Piombino. Ferries are ideal if you wish to visit the island of Elba in addition to the Tuscan wine route.

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