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wine tasting with lunch in tuscany

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wine tasting with lunch in tuscany

We are three ladies heading to Siena the last week of February and are wondering if anyone knows of some wineries to visit that we can do by car that are not as touristy and that would offer private or semi private tours with a lunch or cheese tastings.

Also, will most everything be open this time of year?

Thanks for any assistance!

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1. Re: wine tasting with lunch in tuscany

remember that whoever is driving can't do wine tasting - the alcohol limits for driving in Italy are much much lower than in the US -- you might also look for a tour to do this if you all want to partake

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3. Re: wine tasting with lunch in tuscany

Late Feb is a very quiet time indeed when you'll only find the larger estates open to visitors. These may be more geared up for tourists, better organised, some might argue slightly more "commercialised" than the smaller vineyards but last week of February you'll probably be the only visitors there so don’t be put off. You'd need to do your research though and then make bookings if you want an estate tour / something to eat. At Ricasoli (Castello di Brolio) you can wine taste in the very nice enoteca without a reservation year-round but to tour / eat you should book. At Rocca delle Macie outside Castellina it's a similar scenario but Ricasoli is a more impressive tour. To do this though, as others have rightly pointed out one of you would have to forego any drink in order to drive and they're both about a 30 / 35 min drive away. Alternatively, heading south if you pre-book you can tour at Altesino (no food) even in winter and it’s one of the nearer Montalcino estates to Siena. Once you've toured the very beautiful estate, you could then head on up the hill to Montalcino where a number of restaurants / enoteche are still open and serve excellent food for lunch. Here are some links:

http://www.altesino.it

http://www.ricasoli.it/

http://www.roccadellemacie.com/

http://www.enoteca-italiana.it

Alternatively, although it’s currently closed, assuming it re-opens on schedule you can taste a massive array of wines in Siena itself at the Enoteca Italiana (link above) in the fortress. And the tourist office on Il Campo arranges formal tours with a guide by bus to both the Chianti and Montalcino vineyards but how frequent these are in winter, I’m afraid I don’t know.

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