Best Wineries in Tuscany, Winery Resorts and the Best Places to Go Wine Tasting in 2024
One of the most popular wine destinations in the world is undoubtedly Tuscany. Everywhere you go in Tuscany you can discover hidden gems. You’re met with stunning vistas, simply-executed food and an over-abundance of quality wine. The region extends its welcoming hospitality to global travelers and offers many different types of experiences. Tuscany is a romantic destination for couples, a great place for groups and a warm, family-friendly place to travel to with children.
The Tuscany wine region is a vast one. It borders Liguria to the northwest, Emilia-Romagna to the north, Umbria to the east and Lazio to the southeast. Given the expansive topography the region covers and the many microclimates within it, it’s an ideal place to grow grapes. The familiar wines you can expect to see from the region include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Super Tuscans and Vino Nobile, among others.
White varieties include Vermentino, Malvasia, Trebbiano, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Moscato and Vernaccia. You’ll also find a dessert wine called Vin Santo made from white grape varieties Trebbiano and Malvasia, that is classically paired with cantucci biscuits made for dipping.
In this wine travel guide we break down the region into sectors highlighting different vineyards and what they’re known for to help curate a thoughtful and worthwhile trip to Tuscany. While many wineries are located within the Chianti region, we can assure you that the reach of Tuscan vineyards goes far beyond producing world-class wines you may not even be aware of.
- Best Wineries in Tuscany, Winery Resorts and the Best Places to Go Wine Tasting in 2024
- Off the Beaten Path Wineries in Tuscany & Family Estates
- Established Tuscany Wineries to Visit for Wine Tasting
- Exceptional Hotels in Tuscany
- Vineyard & Winery Resorts in Tuscany
- Best Tours in Tuscany, Experiences and Culinary Adventures
- Frequently Asked Questions about Tuscany Wineries
Begin at the Beginning
The region of Tuscany is so vast and with the immeasurable number of vineyards and properties to visit the thought of creating an itinerary can quickly become overwhelming. What’s best is to begin with an idea of what type of experience you’d like to have and work within that theme.
Are you looking for all organic and sustainable wineries? Are you looking for tastings for large groups with food and wine pairings? Does a day tour in the region seem more up your alley? One crucial thing to decide is how you want to travel. If it’s on your own, you’ll need a car to get to and from. If you’re looking for a driver, a tour may be the best overall option. And finally, a combination of the two— on your own adventures sprinkled in with a few specific tours—may provide you with the best experience.
Tuscany Travel Logistics
Tuscany is accessible by plane, car or train from other major Italian hubs like Rome or Milan. Travelers from the US can take a connecting flight to Florence from either Rome or Milan, while other international travelers may be able to get a direct flight into Florence.
Once in the Florence region, car rentals are abundant and one of the best ways to get around Tuscany. You can also access Tuscany via bus into Florence and from there utilize tour companies like this one or unique day trips to help navigate the region.
Off the Beaten Path Wineries in Tuscany & Family Estates
These Tuscan wineries aren’t the highly trafficked ones. In fact, they fly under the radar for the average traveler.
Fattoria di Montechiari
Via di Montechiari, 27, 55015 Montecarlo LU, Italy
Take for instance Fattoria di Montechiari, a stellar, small-batch Tuscan winery. This boutique is run out of a family’s private home in Montecarlo and has planted grapes on 10 hectares including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Groups can only visit by appointment for a tour and tasting, which includes a tasting of five wines, a Tuscan appetizer platter and homemade pasta.
Podere Le Ripi
53024 Montalcino, Province of Siena, Italy
Podere Le Ripi in Montalcino has garnered critical acclaim in recent years for its hand-crafted, biodynamic Brunellos, so much so that winemaker Sebastian Nasello decided to try his hand at a new, natural wine effort called Bakkanali. The new operations produces a rosa, a “kab” (Cabernet Sauvignon) and a rosso, showcasing the grapes from the terroir that is 600 meters above sea level.
Castello di Verrazano
Via Castello di Verrazzano, 1, 50022 Greve in Chianti FI, Italy
Castello di Verrazano, perfectly situated in Greve, between Florence and Siena, is a castle steeped in history that directly relates to New York. Giovanni da Verrazzano, native of the castle in Greve, was the first to explore the east coast of the current United States of America where he eventually reached the New York bay. The vineyard, now run by the Cappellinni family, channels that spirit of exploration through their vineyard that spans 52 hectares. They also recently renovated their property to allow for guests to stay in one of their two independent apartments or six double rooms. The property offers bikes, breakfast and optional wine tasting packages.
Via Enrico Fermi, 14, 56036 Montanelli PI, Italy
Dating back all the way to the 9th century, Villa Saletta has spent the last ten years revitalizing the historic property. The owners believe in the beautiful process of winemaking and today are producing wines that primarily come from the Sangiovese grape. Saletta Ricarddi is the winery’s favorite expression of the grape that presents aromas of ripe red fruit, tobacco and leather. The Hands family decided to invest in modern technology and blend it with traditional techniques to produce what they believe to be the next generation of Tuscan wine.
Querceto di Castellina
Loc. Querceto, 9, 53011 Castellina in Chianti SI, Italy
Querceto di Castellina has garnered international attention for their vineyard dinners with guests coming from all over Italy and beyond to dine among the vines at the estate. The vineyard collaborates with like-minded family-run restaurant called Albergaccio di Castellina to produce the events. These dinners can be curated for groups of 12 and larger and include a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking the vineyards with a selection of small bites to start, followed by a 4-course dinner served with a tasting flight of wines. As the owners, the Di Battista family, likes to stay, “come for the wine, stay for everything else.”
Querceto di Castellina also doubles as an agriturismo, offering exceptional accommodation options for this looking to stay on a vineyard in Tuscany.
Pieve De’ Pitti
Via Pieve Dei Pitti 5, 56030, Terricciola Italy
Pieve De’ Pitti is located on the southern edge of Terricciola, in Terre di Pisa, which stands at 140 meters above sea level. Given that most of the lands in Tuscany has soil, sand, clay and limestones, the terroir is rich of shells and fossils, but the property also benefits from the character of the sea breezes that blows all year round from South-West, over the Miemo and Castellina hills. The vineyard plants a variety of grapes, most notably Vermentino, Sangiovese and Trebbiano and Syrah. Oh, and you can also stay on this delightful property.
Azienda Agricola “Santa Giulia”
Località Santa Giulia, 48, 53024 Torrenieri, Montalcino SI, Italy
Santa Giulia is a small, family-run winery in Montalcino that spans eight hectares of vineyards, with five hectares of Sangiovese and three hectares of Merlot, and employs biodynamic farming methods. Gianluca Terzuoli, who is at the helm, in charge of the estate’s wine production, represents the most recent generation of the family, along with his wife Kae Ikeda. For guests looking for a tasting, they will experience a home-cooked meal made by Gianluca’s mother, charcuterie with homemade cold cuts with local cheese, fresh vegetables from their garden and a small dessert with their version of Vinsanto.
Località Le Miccine, 44, SP2, 53013 Gaiole In Chianti SI, Italy
Le Miccine is located in a valley between the villages of Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti. Everything is done by hand on this vineyard, from the pruning to the harvesting, to have the best quality, organic grapes. The owner and winemaker, Paula Papini Cook, speaks four languages: English, French, Italian and Spanish. She is a biologist and studied viticulture and enology in France, Spain and Italy. Given her international experience, the tour and tastings reflect the vineyard’s ethos and about the vinification and the aging of the wines. The property also boasts a villa and apartment for rent.
Azienda Agricola Corbucci
SP64, 25/A, 50050 Gambassi Terme FI, Italy
Corbucci Wine Boutique is crafting natural, Super Tuscans with Francesco Paolo Corbucci leading the charge. They offer a variety of special vintages with limited numbers of bottles for sale, including the Corba Nero 2018 and the Falaia 2016 Super Tuscan as well as the T 2018, an orange wine, made with 100% Trebbiano grapes.
Castello di Albola
Strada Provinciale 72, 53017 Radda in Chianti SI, Italy
Castello di Albola and its property represents the finest of Italian nobility and its history. The property once belonged to the noblest Tuscan families, from the Acciaioli to the Samminiati, from the Pazzi to the Ginori Conti. Since 1979, it has been owned by the Zonin family who are committed to the practice of sustainability. Given the vineyard sits on of the hills of Chianti, the grapes benefit greatly from the microclimates. Wine tours and tastings take guests through the underground cellar where they’ll see how the vineyard’s reds are aged in large Slavonian oak barrels.
Tenuta Le Potazzine
Località Le Prata, 262, 53024 Montalcino SI, Italy
Le Potazzine, a female-run boutique winery, is comprised of only five hectares, that produce all of Sangiovese Grosso grapes, all signed by Brunello di Montalcino, with half of its production used to make Rosso di Montalcino. The winery is committed to natural, biodynamic practices, where fermentations are completely natural with only wild yeasts and temperatures free. The family also owns and operates Vineria Le Potazzine only 4 kilometers away from the vineyard. The restaurant features typical Tuscan cuisine paired with an extensive wine list offering over 500 wines to choose from.
Established Tuscany Wineries to Visit for Wine Tasting
The Tuscan wine region is home to internationally-recognized vineyards and wineries that are worth including in your itinerary to get a full picture of the breadth and scope of the Tuscan wine landscape.
Castello Banfi Wine Resort
Castello di, 53024 Poggio alle Mura SI, Italy
Castello Banfi is one such place, known as a pioneer in the Brunello category. This fully-functioning winery and 14-room boutique hotel is located on 7,100 sprawling acres of vineyards and olive groves, but was originally built as a fortress between the 9th and 13th centuries. Today, it is a sustainably farmed agricultural estate that offers two restaurants (including Michelin-starred La Sala dei Grappoli), culinary activities like truffle hunting and cooking classes, and has a Balsameria that guests can tour and taste.
Via di Cervognano, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
Another is Frescobaldi, a prominent staple in the region. With several estates to visit, Tenuta Calimaia is situated between Val di Chiana and the Val d’Orcia. The 70-hectare property is dedicated to the production of Sangiovese, given its location, 300 meters above sea level.
Castello di Ama
Località Ama in Chianti, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti SI, Italy
Castello di Ama delivers an unparalleled experience in Tuscany, where the serene beauty of a historic estate is complemented by modern amenities and exceptional service. Winetravelers rave about the picturesque pond, sprawling lawn, and the art installations that dot the property, adding a contemporary twist to the vineyard’s classic charm.
The standout wines, particularly the varieties involved with their sweet and sparkling wines, are a highlight for many, alongside the generously poured tastings. It’s the kind of place where you’re encouraged to linger, enjoy a meal on the patio, and feel at home thanks to the hospitable staff. Whether it’s the detailed wine tours, the stunning views, or the tranquil ambiance, Castello di Ama is a memorable retreat for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the essence of Italian wine culture.
For those who are fans of the famed singer, Sting, a visit to Il Palagio should be high on the list. Sting and his wife Trudie Styler opened up the Il Palagio property and have since created a pizzeria and tasting room, Tenuta Il Palagio Wine Shop, known for its elevated Tuscan style and quality cuisine. The pizzeria menu includes staples with a rotating list of daily specials.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wine Experience La Rocca
Via della Rocca, 1, 53037 San Gimignano SI, Italy
Our wine tasting visit at Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wine Experience La Rocca was nothing short of delightful. Opting for the superior wine tasting package, we enjoyed a massive range of exquisite whites and a robust red, all while basking in the knowledge shared by our guide.
Post-tasting, we unwound on the terrace, which offered a charming view of the Tuscan landscape. The setting was serene, with a lovely pond and a vast grassy expanse that made for a perfect afternoon retreat. While the views may have differed from the mountainous vistas of other wineries in Tuscany mentioned throughout this guide, the beauty of La Rocca had a unique vibe we found thoroughly enjoyable. With generous pours and an engaging guide, the service was top-notch. For an engaging and educational experience that highlights the distinct flavors of Tuscan wine culture, don’t miss Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Exceptional Hotels in Tuscany
Options may seem endless when it comes to where to stay during your trip. There is everything from luxury properties to boutique hotels to agriturismos and vineyards. It’s best to begin trip planning by making decisions on where to stay and if you’d like to stay in different regions. For a multi-stop trip you can look to several options for accommodations. If you instead plan to pick one place to stay, you can build your trip around a centralized location.
Via Nicola Pistelli, 75, 50066 Reggello FI, Italy
When it comes to luxury, Viesca, the recently-opened Ferragamo-family property that was once utilized as the family’s personal hunting land, is a great option and only 25 minutes outside of Florence. For smaller groups and couples, they offer a main building with suites and for those with larger groups, they have several villas to rent. What’s nice about this property is that if you choose a villa, there is still an on-site restaurant, concierge, swimming pool and newly-opened spa. You can access all of the luxury amenities a hotel property would offer, but with the exclusivity of having your own private villa. There are also many culinary and wellness options to choose from while there. They can offer things like a grocery delivery upon arrival, a private cooking class where a local cook will teach and prepare a memorable meal for your entire group, a wellness experience complete with a private yoga instructor or they can organize a number of other curated culinary meals.
Activities for all ages, opulence, wine, yoga and so much more. What else could you ask for? Images courtesy Viesca Estate.
The artfully decorated spa that has beautiful Ferragamo artwork hung on the walls, opened just this season, and boasts a sauna, steam room and Turkish bath with a full spa menu offering everything from couple’s massages to facials to manicures and pedicures.
Loc. Monastero D’Ombrone, 19, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga SI, Italy
Another luxury option in Siena is Castel Monastero, a Leading Hotel of the World property that was once a medieval monastery. The property has 74 rooms, suites and one villa as well as a bar for the perfect aperitivo, two on-site restaurants, one a casual concept and one fine-dining. La Cantina, the casual concept is in the XIII century cellar, a breathtaking place to sit and enjoy a typical Tuscan meal with your travel companions. Connected by a secret tunnel, La Cantina leads to the fine-dining concept, Contrada where an innovative tasting menu awaits, that does a beautiful job of elevating the local cuisine with an elegant twist. In both restaurants, the wine list shines. You can choose from many local vineyards and taste through the region and you can also indulge in some of Tuscany’s critically acclaimed wines, like Antinori Tignanello.
It doesn’t just stop at the food and beverage program that will wow guests at Castel Monastero. Given the property is in the heart of Siena, they showcase monthly opera nights where guests can sit back and enjoy a curated Opera program complete with songs from iconic operas like Tosca and Le Nozze di Figaro.
Vineyard & Winery Resorts in Tuscany
Località Borro, 1, 52024 Loro Ciuffenna AR, Italy
If staying on a luxury property that also happens to be a winery is your thing, look no further than Il Borro, the famed historical wine resort dating back to 1800 that is celebrating its 30th year this year. This property includes not only its own medieval village, but also two restaurants, the Tuscan Bistro and Osteria Il Borro, La Corte Spa, the Vin Café wine bar, on-site wine tasting experiences and much more into their offering.
A few of the sights, scenes and comforts you can expect at Il Borro. Images courtesy Il Borro, Francesca Pagliai and Marco Badiani.
At the heart of the property is its winery, with 85 hectares of vineyards, the winery produces traditional Tuscan grape varietals as well as international varietals like Syrah.
Castello di Velona Resort Thermal Spa & Winery
Strada Provinciale della Badia di Sant’Antimo, Km 11+200, 53024 Castelnuovo dell’Abate SI, Italy
Additional luxury properties like Castello di Velona Resort Thermal Spa and Winery are perfect for the wellness traveler who can relax in the on-site thermal hot spring by day and enjoy the Brunello-vineyards by night.
Località Badiola, 58043 Castiglione della Pescaia GR, Italy
L’Adana Resort is an additional luxury property located in the Maremma region surrounded by olive groves and only a few miles away from the Mediterranean sea.
Via Villa Bianca, 15, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
If staying at a smaller, family-run vineyard is more your thing, Tuscany can deliver on all accounts. Cantina Salcheto is a sustainable, organic and biodynamic winery that also has a farmhouse where guests can stay and be connected to the land and the wine they produce. The Salcheto winehouse is a 13th century farmhouse on the estate that has six rooms with a main lounge and kitchen complete with a furnished garden and hot tub. There is also an Enoteca and a newly-opened elevated dining concept where guests can dine during the course of their stay.
53019 Pacina, Province of Siena, Italy
Pacina Farmhouse is another option located in Siena, this agriturismo includes things like a billiard room, a library, several lounges and an indoor pool in the colder months. The farm is comprised of 65 hectares, with 11 dedicated to vineyards that produce grape varietals including Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Tuscan Trebbiano, and Chianti Malvasia.
Via Podernuovo, 13, 56030 Terricciola PI, Italy
Another option located close to the Tuscan coast is Tenuta Podernovo owned by the Lunelli family who operates the sparkling wine brand, Ferrari Trento. The wines produced on property are uniquely crafted for 20 months in large oak casks.
Chiappini, located in the heart of the DOC Bolgheri at Via Bolgheres, is another great option that blends tradition with Italian hospitality, based on respect for the earth and the protection of biodiversity. The cultivation of the farm is entirely organic, certified since 2011, complete with 36 hectares of land, with 17 of them dedicated to the vineyards. The property has six rooms and six apartments where guests can stay and sip amongst the olive groves.
Tenuta di Capezzana
Località Felciaino 189, C, 57022 Bolgheri LI, Italy
Located in Carmignano, Tenuta di Capezzana dates back to the 1920s when Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi and his wife Vittoria decided to focus on the production of high-quality wine and oil. Today, fourth and fifth generation family members are at the helm and welcome guests to visit the property to take part in wine tours, olive oil tastings or to even take a class at their own cooking school. Tastings go through the family’s broad portfolios of wine, including their take on Vin Santo, which they are particularly proud of. For those looking to stay on property, they also have a variety of accommodations for guests to immerse themselves in Tuscan culture.
Agriturismo Il Poggione
Località Capannacce, 53024 Montalcino SI, Italy
Il Poggione in Montalcino is one of the three original producers of Brunello. Led by father-son winemaking team Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci, Il Poggione produces Brunello, Rosso, and Rosato, but also offers top quality Grappa and olive oil. Obtained from a completely renovated farmhouse, the Agriturismo Il Poggione offers seven independent apartments on the property.
Via Crocetta, 18, 53037 Ulignano SI, Italy
Tenuta Torciano is a family-owned winery in San Gimignano founded back in 1720. Guests can explore wine tastings comprised of one of their hundreds of wines, and also choose to participate in a cooking class, truffle hunt or even a helicopter ride above the property and beyond. The family also operates Hotel Torciano, a wine resort, that offer packages where you can stay, taste and dine within the heart of Tuscany.
Il Molino di Grace
Localita’ Il Volano, SP di Lucarelli, 50022 Panzano In Chianti FI, Italy
Il Molino di Grace produces Chianti Classico and IGT wines from certified organic grapes, that are mostly Sangiovese grapes. It also boasts an extensive art collection with artworks canvassing the cellar and adorning the vineyards, where the most iconic piece is a 50-foot statue of San Francesco perched atop the highest elevated vineyard. They also have a program called ‘Vineyard stay’, where guests can stay in their apartments in an old farmhouse, called Rimocine, surrounded by the vineyards. All the apartments are fully furnished and every stay includes a tour of the winery and a wine tasting.
Castello di Fonterutoli
Via Giacomo Puccini, 4, 53011 Fonterutoli SI, Italy
Another wine resort to explore is Castello di Fonterutoli, in Chianti Classico, operated by the Marchesi Mazzei. Guests who stay at the resort can experience the magic of their winery in two ways—either with a tour and tasting or a food and wine experience crafted at the property’s osteria. The property is under the guidance of Filippo Mazzei in conjunction with his brothers and sister, and continues to bring innovation to the family’s properties, with two in Tuscany and one in Sicily.
Best Tours in Tuscany, Experiences and Culinary Adventures
One of the best things about the region—other than the wine—is its dynamic food scene. Many of the restaurants, osterias, and bars showcase typical Tuscan cuisine which include dishes like pappardelle with wild boar ragu, Bistecca all Fiortentina and ribollita, a Tuscan bean stew. Rustic and simple at its core, the cuisine beckons travelers to these particular dishes that pair perfectly with the locally produced wine.
While Florence has numerous outstanding restaurants to try, some exquisite eateries lie outside of the city walls. You will also find amazing home-cooked meals at many of the wineries. When coordinating your visit, it would be worthwhile to include lunch into your plans. Often, you will get a salumi and formagi (meat and cheese) plate paired with a bowl of pasta before, after or in-between the tasting. These experiences are not to be missed!
A wine or culinary tour is a great option to be able to see and eat at all the places on your master itinerary. For the like-minded luxury traveler, Tours in Tuscany has great tour options, like this one in Chianti, with curated packages that can you get access to a behind the scenes look at the Florentine art scene to a Tuscan food and wine tour with local cooking classes.
Other tour operators like Fun in Tuscany offer the opportunity to traverse the Tuscan countryside on a vintage vespa, including stops at charming Italian villages, lunch and wine tastings. Bespoke Tuscany has access to luxury vans, buses and cars and offer a variety of tours to local cities like Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and Pisa, and can incorporate stops to off-the-beaten path wineries within the tours.
Be sure to check out our in-depth guide detailing recommendations for a variety of the best Tuscany wine tour options.
If culinary is your passion, there are a number of cooking schools, agriturismos and farms that are wonderful to visit for those looking to immerse themselves in Tuscan cuisine. Podere Il Casale offers everything from farm tours to cooking classes to pizza making classes, providing the true essence of what Tuscan cuisine is all about.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tuscany Wineries
Featured image courtesy Castelo Banfi Tuscan Wine Resort.
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