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Small-Group Chianti Wine-Tasting and Castles Trip from Siena
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Small-Group Chianti Wine-Tasting and Castles Trip from Siena

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This is the ideal tour for wine lovers, and architecture fans. Save hours of research and planning time, and go on a comprehensive small-group tour to Chianti. See spectacular countryside views, and visit Castello di Brolio—a historic castle and the birthplace of Chianti wine. This stress-free tour including multiple winery visits, wine tastings, and a delicious Tuscan lunch.
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TJMChippingCampden wrote a review Oct 2020
Chipping Campden, United Kingdom992 contributions40 helpful votes
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We are frequent visitors to Italy, and particularly to Tuscany. It therefore confuses me why we haven’t been to Castello Di Ama before. There is no confusion about the fact that we will be returning as soon as we can. Castello di Ama is indeed a “castle to love”. A truly wonderful place in the Chianti Classico region with a great ambiance and heritage serving their fabulous wines and amazing food in a stunning location. We enjoyed a simply superb lunch on a terrace overlooking the Tuscan landscape of vines and olive trees, ( which had provided the ingredients for our dishes and excellent wine), the service was impeccable and personable, and given the fine quality of the food, wine, service and location, proved to be good value. ( As I always say, there is cost and there is value and they are different). From the impressive and enticing September menu we chose the Crostini Misti d’Autunno and the Caponata di Verdure dell’Orto di Ami, followed by the Cappellacci di Cinta con crema di Patate and the Costola di Maiale Brasata, accompanied by the Castello di Ami “Purple Rose” rose wine. There was a certain inevitability that dessert would be the Chocolate Fondant which is a joint favourite and commonly a true test of a kitchen. Suffice to say, this kitchen passed all tests with the highest of marks! We shouldn’t forget as you sit in such a fabulous location, marvelling at the view and the history of the surrounding buildings that the wine was so good and the home made olive oil and breads were simply amazing accompanied by some of the best balsamic we had every dipped our bread in. A leisurely lunch was followed by a walk around the grounds of Castello di Ami, admiring the tastefully appointed rooms, historic and beautiful buildings, artwork and features. This includes the captivating 25 metre mirror wall set in the landscape with windows framing the Tuscan panorama. This was installed in 2001 by artist Daniel Buren and is called Suile Vigne Punti Di Vista and is one of many installations and artworks at Castello DI Ama which have evolved through the owners combined talents and backgrounds as winemakers and art historians. Perhaps one of the most awe inspiring and contemporary pieces is the “Confession of Zero” by Hiroshi Sugimoto which is situated in a small curved space behind the alter in the chapel and it lit by a camera obscura in a small window. It is a sculpture made from marble and stainless steel. The opposing tapered points are in fact less than 1 mm apart and the structure is formulated as physical model of the mathematical concept of zero and “emptiness”. Whatever you understand about it or take from it, when you view it through your camera's viewfinder it’s simply amazing. So we will return to Castello Di Ama to marvel at amazing renaissance and contemporary art, drink skilfully produced wine from their Sangiovese grapes and eat their superb food (including olive oil from their olives pressed in their frantoio) and enjoy being in a Tuscan haven. This place has to be recommended to anyone who wants to enjoy the best of Tuscany, and like us particularly a truly fabulous lunch.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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#rooftopfoodie wrote a review Oct 2020
Zurich, Switzerland2,493 contributions174 helpful votes
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The Castello di Ama is definitely worth visiting even if someone is not a wine drinker but a fan of contemporary art. The estate has about a dozen specially commissioned pieces throughout the area, stunning work of art by the likes of Anish Kapoor and Michelangelo Pistoletto. The tours which are by reservation only last about 90 minutes followed by the possibility of wine tasting. We decided to skip the group and do an individual tasting which was a great idea as the wonderful Christina really dedicated special attention to us and in the end we enjoyed probably the best selection that Castello di Ama has to offer. If in the area again, would definitely consider also staying at the property and trying their restaurant’s offerings.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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the wine wally wrote a review Sep 2020
Billericay, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
This is what Tuscany is all about, wine; views and Tuscan buildings! I had bought some 2016 San Lorenzo so as we were nearby thought we would pop in to see where it came from. Even if you dont like wine go and savour the location and the views, simply stunning. We arrived without booking and were the only people there, despite this our host was extremely accommodating and very knowledgeable about the wines and the area. We tasted four wines and we loved the Haiku, which we ordered to add to the San Lorenzo, whilst the paper work was sorted, our host showed us around the cellar and some the art work. A very pleasurable experience and another very good wine found that you just dont get in the UK
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Date of experience: September 2020
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h0b0ken07030 wrote a review Aug 2020
Hoboken, New Jersey22 contributions4 helpful votes
We had the pleasure of visiting Castello di Ama for a wine tasting and tour. In addition to learning about their impressive wine and olive oil production, we also had the unique opportunity to enjoy their contemporary art collection. With international artists providing installations that challenge your senses and inspire you with their beauty, this was far and way THE BEST winery tour we’ve ever been on. Our tour guide Sigrid, who has a degree in art history, expertly guided us around the property. She was passionate and knowledgeable about this unique estate and the renowned artists that contributed to its prominence. And after more than a decade of working on the estate there wasn’t one question she couldn’t answer about the wines either. She’s a true expert! Trying their award winning wines was a highlight. They were robust, well structured and balanced wines that paid homage to a family that has been cultivating the land for close to 50 years. Our fabulous tasting was followed by a delicious lunch served on their outdoor terrace overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills. To say it was a picture perfect lunch would be an understatement. I think we spent four hours there and it went by in a flash. Take note that this is not your typical vineyard. It’s more than that, it’s something very special. If you love food, wine and art, we can’t recommend you plan a visit highly enough. Spending the afternoon at Costello di Ama was definitely a highlight on our trip!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Undercovertraveller wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom13 contributions7 helpful votes
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...in a beautiful setting up in the Chianti hills. We had a fantastic lunch on the terrace paired with the 1er Cru estate wines and olive oil. Then we did the wine tour and thoroughly enjoyed the cool contemporary art installations across the estate (Pistolleto, Kapur etc) and the walk around the winery. Love the Ama people who showed us amazing hospitality - Cristina who helped us with the booking and chaperoned us during the visit, Julius who looked after us during lunch etc. We have been to many wineries in Tuscany over the years but Ama is the best experience by far - you will not be disappointed! Regarding the wines - if money is no object, my personal favourite is the Vigneto Bellavista (magic Sangiovese blend) and then L’Apparita (pure merlot) - their flagship wine....otherwise, you can never go wrong with Haiku (Bordeaux blend) which always features in my home cellar. Well done Ama team and see you soon!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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