Umbrian & Tuscan Wine Tour September 7 – 19, 2017 and September 21- 30, and October 5 -15, 2017

Wine Tour UMBRIA and TUSCANY – Fall 2017

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PROGRAM  (Typical schedule, subject to change according the interests for the group)

Day 1            Working our way to Maridiana

 – 10:00               Meet at hotel in Florence

– 11:30                City tour of Arezzo, tour of the art of Piero della Francesca

– 13:00               Visit hill city of Monterchi, Lunch and visit museum of Madonna  del Parto by Piero della Francesca

 -16:00                Local buffalo farm to buy cheese

– 17:00                Arrival at Maridiana, settle in

– 19:00               Welcome reception with Gianni & Marisa Berna

 

Day 2            Montefalco – tasting Sagrantino wines

 -10:00              Visit Montefalco – Tour City

                            Visit winery wine taste and lunch pairing

-19:00                Dinner at local typical Umbrian country restaurant

                                                           

Day 3            Olive Oil & Wine Tasting in Upper Tiber Valley

Olive oil making

Olive oil making

– 9:30                     Visit and tour Anghiari           

-13:00                    Olive Oil tasting and lunch at Frantoio Ravagni, Anghairi

-19:00                    Visit Donini Family Winery and Taste wines and food pairings

 

 

 

Day 4           Cortona  and Syrah wines

–  9:                   Tour Cortona, the famous hill city of “Under the Tuscan Sun”, visit Etruscan Tombs, Le Cella a monastery founded by St. Francis

13:00                Lunch at a local restaurant, enjoying the local Tuscan cuisine and win

-16:00               Wine tasting at wineries near Cortona know for their Syrah wine, excellent and unique to this region                     

-20:00               Dinner at home

                             

Day 5            Montepulciano – Vino Noble Winesgrape harvest

-10:00                Visit Polozenie Winery

 (Read:  At Least You’re in Tuscany, by Jennifer Criswell, she is an American pours wine at Polozenie Winery)

-13:00                  Lunch and wine at rural winery

-14:00                 Tour Montepulciano, on your own, lots of tasting rooms and shops

-19:00                  Dinner at home of local Cortonese restaurant

 

Day 6            Montalcino – Brunello Wine  (Pienza – cheese tasting)

 – 10:00              Visit winery– 13:00               Lunch and wine tasting at the home of Candace & Ferenc Mate

                        (Read, A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover’s Dream, by Ferenc Mate)

– 16:00             Visit Brunello wine museum

– 17:00              Brunello Wine tasting at Enoteca La Fortezza di MontalcinoDSCN0411

Day 7         Lago Trasimeno and Tuscan Cooking Lesson

 – 10:00              Isola Maggiore on Trasimeno Lake – by water taxi

                            Visit 3 tiny island museums and explore the village

-13:00              Cooking class and dinner and enjoy an evening at home

Day 8            Perugia

 -10:00           Tour the great city of Perugia, largest city of Umbria.  City of great museums,                             

-20:00             Dinner at home

Day 9           Orvieto – delicious white wines

 -10:00               Visit the city of Orvieto –  with a guide, see the famous cathedral and underground caves

-13:00                Lunch and wine tasting at a local winery famous for it’s crisp white wines

-20:00                Dinner at home and packing to depart tomorrow morning

 

Day 10  Chianti

– 9:30                   Arrivederci Maridiana

-10:00                  Southern Chianti wine tastings

-12:00                   Lunch at a local restaurant dining on Tuscan food in Radda

-14:00                   Northern Chianti Wine tastings – Greve

-18:00                   Arrival in Florence, Hotel B&B

Chianti in the fall

Chianti in the fall