Tuscany is synonymous with Italian wine culture abroad, and opportunities to discover the local wines paired with gorgeous scenery and delicious food abound in this region.
Perhaps the most famous Tuscan name in the wine world is that of the Antinori family, who have been making wine for 600 years and whose award-winning wines first caught the attention of international wine collectors in the latter half of the 20th century.
Travelers wandering through the area of Siena will not want to miss Montalcino, the heart of production for Brunello di Montalcino fine wines and one of the best day trips from Florence.
The town itself – perched on a hilltop with what seems like an unending list of wine shops and an impressive medieval fortress – is definitely worth a visit, but it is the local wineries, such as San Polo, that will leave a lasting impression on all who set foot on their grounds.
In addition to the two main winemaking areas of Chianti and Montalcino, Cortona/Montepulciano and Bolgheri offer stellar wines and experiences.
Avignonesi is a breathtaking property near Cortona making exceptional biodynamic wines and offering visitors tours of the winery along with scrumptious meals at their on-site restaurant.
The coastal wineries of Tuscany – in particular Tenuta San Guido and Guado al Tasso – make blends of international varietals that have been known to rival the best Bordeaux wines.