Badia a Coltibuono

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Badia a Coltibuono
4.5
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Badia a Coltibuono or "The Abbey of good harvest," is approximately two thousand years old, which today serves as a vast estate composed of vineyards, chestnut and olive trees, all producing some of Tuscany's finest wines.
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Paul F
Aldington, UK350 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We booked a tour and wine tasting after lunch in the restaurant. We had a fantastic lunch and it’s lovely views and great service.

The tour and wine tasting lasted ver 90 mins and we were really well liked after by our guide who spoke perfect English and was able to switch between her native Italian with some clients and us. We were 8 in the group. All worked Covid secure and sensible precautions unlike others have mentioned.

The Abbey is an amazing place, well worth a visit in its own but why wouldn’t you eat here as well!!
Written August 26, 2020
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Susy-1974
Zurich, Switzerland385 contributions
Jul 2020
Back for the third time as it remains my favourite restaurant in Toscana.
The combination of a nice menu with regional ingredients but a modern twist, great wines, good service and a fantastic view just make the package.
As I have some dietary restrictions I ordered à la carte and my boyfriend the tasting menu. Every dish was delicious.
We just enjoy every time we visit, that's why I love coming back every time I am in the region.
See you next time!
Written August 2, 2020
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S A D
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK174 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This was a really interesting tour with superb wine tasting to finish. Sabrina, our tour guide, who spoke faultless English, gave my husband & I a really interesting and passionate tour of the monastery, cellars and gardens. The frescos were beautiful. The English-style gardens were immaculate.

After the tour we were offered several of their own red wines to taste - all delicious in different ways.

A *must do* wine estate.

We also visited the restaurant next door - see separate 5* review
Written October 22, 2021
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springfield2018
San Francisco, CA7 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Oh dear!

These days eating out involves more than a financial Investment - it’s also a risk assessment of previously unimaginable health concerns. That’s why eating in a place we’ve known and loved for years should have been a safe bet on both fronts. Sadly, this was not our recent experience, so much so that we feel compelled to post an adverse review by way of warming to others.
Let’s start with the food which was, in a word, disappointing. Lamb that had been overcooked perhaps a day or two earlier and smothered in some tasteless gloop, pork that was dry and tasteless, drizzled with what looked like the mint sauce the menu had described as part of the lamb dish ! And to top it off, a cheesecake that tasted of nothing other than gelatine. All this from a restaurant adjacent to a cookery school.
Enough said.

What was most disconcerting however was the large and loud group of 6/7 people who sauntered in late, without masks making no effort to adhere to local COVID measures, nor were they asked to. It’s one thing for guests to behave irresponsibly and without respect for health and safety measures but it’s another for the proprietors to allow this.

We left as soon as we could, feeling unsafe and dissatisfied for the first time in our 2020 visit to Tuscany. That said, there’s a bigger issue here and please owners, address it without delay. Whatever about the subpar food, you cannot let health regulations slip
Written August 13, 2020
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Megan V
13 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We had a lovely tour around the estate, the cellar and the gardens, a small wine tasting and then moved to the vineyard and wine making facility where we also had an incredible picnic. Great views and such lovely people who really give you personal attention. Does not feel commercial at all. Would highly recommend going here for tour and picnic or any of the other experiences. Great value! Also happy we have an importer in our hometown. Thank you so much.
Written July 21, 2021
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Sarah C
Atlanta, GA507 contributions
Sep 2021
Beautiful venue. Our tour was with the winery owner. He provided a great tour of the property and history. Some of the wine we were able to see, dated back 100's of years. The tasting was in one of the rooms. Next door there was a cooking class going on. The courtyard is peaceful place to sit and enjoy a glass (bottle). They do have rooms for rent. Then have dinner in the restaurant.
Written December 21, 2021
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Venicel0ver1958
Lexington, KY31 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
My wife and I contacted Badia a Coltibuono by email several weeks before our month-long holiday in Tuscany, inquiring about a reservation for lunch and to taste wine. I received a response confirming our lunch reservation, and informing me that I did not have to make a separate reservation for a wine tasting. After lunch we walked to the reception area, which appeared to be closed. We rang the doorbell and were greeted by a woman informing us that we needed to make a reservation for a wine tasting. I showed her the email. She repeated that we had failed to make a reservation. We had driven an hour and a half from Cortona because the wine tasting had been recommended. We would not have traveled that distance only to each lunch. I am disappointed that they misinformed us and feel I wasted a great deal of time, money and effort to drive to Badia a Coltibuono for an overpriced lunch that was not at all special.
Written April 4, 2014
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palmpirate
British Columbia, Canada554 contributions
Oct 2019
This garden is beautifully cared for and a joy to wander through. We were a group on a guided tour. Do book ahead. There is a lot to see In the villa as well as a visit to the wine cellars. They have wines aging in the library dating back over 40 years. We tasted two vintages and got to appreciate the differences. It was a thrill to wander down in the dark moody cellar tunnels and feel the history first hand.
Written October 21, 2019
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riboflvn
Arizona60 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
One of our trip highlights! Spend hours immersing yourself under the care of an authentic, charming and wise Italian chef! She will teach you things you can read about but she brings it all to life in the Badia kitchen.

Then you have a break to eat some appetizers and it all ends with you eating your Tuscany creations in a beautiful dining room with the Badia’s own grown and branded wines and the biscotti you rolled out for dessert!

You walk away full, happy, with cooking knowledge passed down by an expert, a recipe pamphlet and a Badia apron!

Would cozy up to her marble cooking table again in a heartbeat!!
Written August 9, 2019
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Turkey T
New York City, NY20 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We toured many wineries in Tuscany, but this one stood out as a different experience. Every winery can show you their vineyards and barrels, but the caves underneath the castle offer what few others can.

We stood in a room with bottles dating back to 1937 and almost every year since, all perfectly preserved due to a naturally occurring (and non-harmful) mold in the cave. We would have loved to buy a bottle of the 1937, but its not for sale (not that we could afford it anyway).

Our guide was such a sweet lady and runs super on-time. The tour was called for 6:30 and we were told to arrive at 6:15; at 6:31pm the door was being closed and locked behind us.

Great wine, also bought a few bottles. What I really liked was that the guide wasn't pushing or pressuring us to buy anything, that function is completely separate from her. When our group told her we wanted to buy bottles, she phone the wine store (which is closer to the entrance from the main road) and asked them to stay open a bit longer. I like that dynamic.
Written September 6, 2016
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