A day in Italy is best spent drinking wine, savoring cheese, and sampling local fare. There is perhaps no place more perfect for such succulent activities than a farm in Tuscany, spanning over 700 years of family-owned production. Choose from a variety of quick and delicious Tuscan tasting experiences, set to introduce you to Italy’s world-famous artisan wine and cheese — straight from farm to table.
Step into the vineyards of an historic Etruscan farm set in the gentle hills between Florence and Siena. Venture back in time and wind along the ancient Via Cassia, where rolling green fields melt into clean air and blue sky. The farm sits on a Tuscan hilltop, overlooking the valley stretching from Florence to Siena. Herds of sheep graze naturally in the pastures, providing the purest milk for the property’s artisan cheeses. Chianti, Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia, and Trebbiano grapes are grown in centuries-old vineyards, then crafted into exquisite reds and whites by the team of knowledgeable and talented winemakers. Thousands of organic olive trees dapple the hillside, ripe fruit awaiting their savory press in the oil mill. Come along and taste for yourself the artisan food products of Toscana!
Cheese & Wine Tour ~ Halfway Between Florence & Siena
A herd of over 650 sheep grazes in the pastures, awaiting milk collection in the early mornings. Milk production is highest in the spring and summer, when farmers walk out to the pastures and collect milk each morning, but cheese is available year-round. The family has spent 25 years perfecting fifteen varieties of sheep’s milk cheese, from creamy Blu and Ricotta to sharp Pecorino. A Tuscan favorite, pecorino toscano dates back to the times of the Etruscans and remains an important flavor in Tuscan cuisine. But the highlight is the farm’s giant wheel of Ruota del Rey, best served with grapes from the vineyard. The cheese production is high quality and provides truly delicious cheeses supplied to some of the finest delicatessens in all of Tuscany.
Experience an in-depth guided tour of the property’s grounds, from the vineyards to the rustic cellars where the fabled goods are stored. During the tour discover precious wines, cheeses, and olive oils, made organically on the farm. After your tour, enjoy a light Tuscan lunch in the Italian countryside.
The menu includes: 3 different wines, artisan cheeses, cured salami and ham, Tuscan schiacciata bread, extra-virgin olive oil, Caprese salad made with their Marzolino, seasonal vegetables, a seasonal dessert with Mostarda di Cremona, chutney, and locally produced honey or jam. All of the specialties are made from the farm fresh ingredients and prepared with age-old technique by the family.
- Tour of the property.
- Wine & Cheese tasting including the property artisan cheese, wine and oil
- Traditional Tuscan lunch.
$90 per person, based on minimum 2 people, all taxes and Italian VAT included.
*Note: Transfers are available and can be arranged at a surcharge. Please call for details.