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Montepulciano: Historical Cellars Guided Tour & Wine Tasting

1. Montepulciano: Historical Cellars Guided Tour & Wine Tasting

Start at Piazza Grande and discover the history of Montepulciano and the deep roots that for centuries have shaped the local people and the Vino Nobile. A guide will lead you inside 2 underground cellars, through tunnels dug into the spectacular brick vaults.  Here, you'll find the gigantic oak barrels, inside which the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG and the Rosso di Montepulciano DOC “rest”. At the conclusion of your visit, enjoy a tasting of the wines, with an explanation of their basic characteristics.

Tuscany Taster Tour: Day Trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine

2. Tuscany Taster Tour: Day Trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine

A comfortable, air-conditioned coach will pick you up in Rome. As you drive towards rolling hills, your expert tour guide will explain Tuscany’s rich culture and answer any questions you might have about the day ahead.  First, enjoy a walking tour in the hill town of Montepulciano. Take in an ancient but still-functioning wine cellar and ruins that pre-date Rome. Next visit San Biagio, a 16th-century Renaissance church with a travertine facade welcoming in the sunlight and exquisite decorations inside. Just a short drive away awaits a delicious Tuscan lunch. Enjoy a 3-course meal with wine pairings in the wine cellar of an authentic vineyard farmhouse, including the famous Brunello di Montalcino and varieties from the vineyard itself.  Buy your souvenir Tuscan wine here or wait for the final stop: Pienza. Your tour leader will offer insights, but your time is yours: shopping for pecorino cheese, balsamic vinegar, wines, and other local specialties, finding the right photo opportunity, or simply wandering the streets like a local. Next, return to Rome in air-conditioned comfort — fulfilled, relaxed, and ready for the next day.

Montepulciano: Winery Tour and Tasting with Appetizers

3. Montepulciano: Winery Tour and Tasting with Appetizers

Head into the heart of Montepulciano to a historic underground cellar dating back to the 16th century. Learn about the cellar and admire its impressive vaults and tunnels which create a charming setting for the experience. Next, enjoy a tasting of premium wines with an expert sommelier. Sample some of the cellar's most prestigious wines, and learn about the different flavors. The tasting session includes four of the most well-known wines of the region, including Rosso di Montepulciano DOCG and Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG. The wine is also accompanied by some delicious snacks, so you can taste the very best that Tuscany has to offer.

Montepulciano Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour

4. Montepulciano Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour

Embark on a fascinating journey through the wine making traditions of Tuscany on a guided cellar tour in the medieval village of Montepulciano. Famous for its noble red wines, the wine region is also notable for the use of quality wood to age the wine. Marvel at the rows of enormous oak barrels from Slavonia, where refined Nobile di Montepulciano wines are stored alongside barrels made from quality French wood. Hear about the sandy tufa soil of the area, where fossils have been found to provide evidence of ancient origins. Pair your wines with bruschetta with extra-virgin olive oil.

Val D'Orcia: Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour from Florence

5. Val D'Orcia: Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour from Florence

Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and experience the heart of Tuscany by visiting the enchanting Val D’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the beautiful towns of Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano and enjoy two different wine tastings and savour the famous Pecorino cheese! The tour starts with a wine tasting session in Montalcino, the land of the world-renowned Brunello wine. Here you will be enchanted by the outstanding charm of a special and definitely worth visiting wine cellar/museum. The estate has a rich history: it once belonged to the powerful Piccolomini family, whose members included Pope Pius II. Next you move up to the peak of the town, where a magnificent sight will take your breath away: sunny rolling hills, ancient oaks, picturesque olive groves, scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards and isolated cypress trees atop hills. The tour continues to Pienza, which stands high upon a hill and dominates all the Orcia valley with extraordinary views. Enjoy the cheese tasting session with the famous Pecorino cheese (included in the tour!) and explore the pretty alleyways of this small town at your leisure. The last stop takes you to Montepulciano, home to the famous Vino Nobile vineyards and more recently famous for the filming of the vampire movie "New Moon". Enjoy your second wine tasting session while visiting the dungeon where the wine is stored under the ancient walls of the winery, before heading back to Florence.

Montepulciano: Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Typical Winery

6. Montepulciano: Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Typical Winery

Enjoy an exclusive 1.5-hour wine tasting experience and typical Tuscan lunch in an elegant, ancient wine cellar in Montepulciano. Together with an expert sommelier, discover the cellar vaults and tunnels dating back to the 14th century Discoer the various steps in wine production. Then, take part in an exclusive wine tasting experience combined with a variety of delicious snacks. Sample four local wines including the world-renowned Rosso di Montepulciano DOCG and Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, as well as some local Tuscan products. Afterward, enjoy a full typical Tuscan lunch comprised of cold cuts, cheeses, and a seasonal pasta dish.

From Siena: Pienza and Montepulciano Small-Group Tour

7. From Siena: Pienza and Montepulciano Small-Group Tour

Travel along one of the most panoramic roads in Tuscany, driving the characteristic moonscape of the Crete Senesi en route to the medieval hamlet of Pienza in the Val D’Orcia valley. One of the first towns to be entirely planned on paper by important architects and artists of the time, Pienza was commissioned by Pope Pius II - the humanist pope - to help him renovate his native town and bring it to new splendor. A wholesome lunch, based on fresh local ingredients will be waiting on a beautiful terrace (weather permitting) at a local dairy farm. Learn about the process of making Italy’s famous pecorino cheese. Continue in the afternoon to Montepulciano, one of Tuscany’s largest hill towns. Under the dominance of Siena in the Middle Ages, and Florence during the Renaissance, today it is renowned for its wine. See influences from both towns in the architecture and art of the historic center, located on a steep hill with beautiful views of the Tuscan and Umbrian border. Go to the main Piazza Grande, and tour one of the many wineries, carved out of the earth below the city. Discover some of the palaces of the noble families that once lived here. After a short walk around town with a guide, enjoy some free time to taste the fabled wines, or continue to explore the palaces, churches and streets on your own. As you follow the route of the main road downhill, imagine how hard the “Bravio delle Botti” festival must be; a competition to race wine barrels from the bottom to the top of the hill!

From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

8. From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

Enjoy a day of culture, wine, and food as you visit some of the most impressive towns and villages in Tuscany. Go to the picturesque town of Pienza, and taste world-famous wines produced in Montalcino and Montepulciano. Meet your guide in Siena and join the rest of the group to start your full-day tour. Depart Siena and transfer to a wine cellar in Montalcino. Cross gently rolling hills full of vineyards, and then sample local wines served with a delicious snack of the local produce. Continue to Pienza to discover the “Touchstone of Renaissance Urbanism.” Considered an artistic jewel of the landscape of Val d’Orcia, Pienza is a perfect combination of architectural beauty and harmony. Most of the lanes bearing impressive names overlook the breathtaking landscape of the Val d’Orcia. Unique smells and flavors are entwined with this natural and artistic heritage. Pienza’s most renowned tradition is pecorino cheese. End the tour at Montepulciano, where the stateliness of its Renaissance buildings and the refined beauty of the town's churches mix with the ancient tradition of wine making. Enjoy some free time before your return transfer to Siena by bus.

Montepulciano: Tuscan Winery Tour with Wine Tasting & Meal

9. Montepulciano: Tuscan Winery Tour with Wine Tasting & Meal

Tour a traditional winery in Tuscany with a guide and learn all about winemaking techniques in the cellar. Enjoy a romantic 4-course lunch or dinner in the vineyard surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Tuscan countryside. Sample a different wine made in the winery paired with each course. Meet your guide at the entrance to the winery for a cellar tour to discover how wine is made in traditional Tuscan fashion. Learn about winemaking techniques, such as growing grapes, harvesting, fermentation, and aging, from your expert guide. End the tour at your table in the vineyard. From your seat among the rows of vines, admire the Tuscan hills covered with vineyards, olive groves, and woods. Admire breathtaking views no matter the season. At night, enjoy a truly romantic experience with your partner in the vineyard illuminated only by lights hanging from pylons. Tuck into a traditional 4-course Italian meal, such as a Tuscan cheese and charcuterie platter, handmade pasta with sauce or lasagne, traditional roast veal with baked potatoes, and finally a dessert. Enjoy wine from the vineyard paired with each course to bring out the flavors.

From Florence: Pienza and Montepulciano Guided Wine Tour

10. From Florence: Pienza and Montepulciano Guided Wine Tour

Explore the wine lands and medieval villages of Tuscany on a full-day tour from Florence. Escape the “Cradle of the Renaissance” to sample some of the most celebrated wines in all of Italy. Transfer to Pienza to explore its Renaissance heart. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Val d’Orcia, and learn about Pienza’s ancient traditions.  Next, go to the village of Montepulciano in the Val d’Orcia where you'll discover stately Renaissance buildings and churches of rare beauty, all set among the vineyards. Have some free time to visit the village before your return transfer to Florence.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 785 reviews

I wasn't too exited about this activity to begin with. But then it turned out to be the best! Best Italian cuisine during the tasting !( quite small portions unfortunately but still the best) and the wine ... exceptional! The scenery of the rolling hills, small towns will make you wanna move there and enjoy it every day Highly recommended this activity to everyone who wants a "taster " of Tuscany.

As a group of family and friends, we really appreciated the transfer included in the price. The winery is a medium size with amazing wine and olive oil production. Our guide (Francesca) made the tour very interesting and created perfect atmosphere for such an occasion.

Great trip with a lot of historical information, amazing views and landscapes. Our guide, Constantino, was amazing, really funny, anf providing a lot of information. Many thanks to our driver, Paulo, who took care we got safe everywhere. Really worth the price!

Great value money-experience. Our guide Andrea was really amazing and made the tour interesting. I would definitely recommend it.

Was a great day, a great way to see the smaller towns. The wine tasting was amazing, well done. A great experience.