23 Jan An Unforgettable Wine & Cheese Experience in Val D’Orcia
We offer more than simple tourist excursions: we can tailor your tour to suit your own interests and desires.
This unforgettable wine and cheese experience begins with our expert private driver transporting you from your accommodations into the beautiful Tuscan countryside. After driving along the rolling hills that surround the picturesque hamlet of Montepulciano, through ancient olive orchards and grape-covered valleys, you will be welcomed to one of the region’s most prestigious wineries for a VIP tour of the grounds. Witness what it is like to be stewards of this historic land and producers of the distinguished Nobile di Montepulciano wine that is a true expression of the terroir in which it is grown. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will learn all about the traditions and biodynamic processes behind the estate’s best wines while visiting the vineyards, the vinsantaia (the Vin Santo aging cellar), and the historic underground cellar. Following the tour, you will be welcomed to the elegant panoramic terrace to enjoy a four-course, wine-paired gourmet lunch featuring seasonal, organic dishes made with locally sourced products (many of which come from the estate’s own biodynamic vegetable garden).
Following your wine tour and tasting, your private driver will whisk you off to an organic farm where you will meet an artisanal cheese producer. A paradise of Tuscan simplicity, this organic cheese farm produces pecorino (sheep’s) and goat cheese, unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Located off the beaten path just outside the picturesque town of Pienza, along a 10thcentury pilgrimage route, the area draws foodies and wine lovers looking to discover the best of Italian authenticity. While visiting the 65-hectare farm you will be in awe of the 600-year-old stone farmhouse backdropped by the breathtaking Val d’Orcia, the iconic Tuscan valley that is now a UNESCO world heritage site. This tour will take you on a peaceful walk through the farm’s fields, vineyards, olive groves, orchards, and stables as you learn all about the agriculture and the processes behind their truly artisanal products. Following the tour, you will be welcomed to the farm’s panoramic terrace to have a glass of wine and homemade bread, olive oil, and 8 of their best cheeses.
Finish the day with a visit to the picturesque hamlet of Pienza, a Renaissance hill town of exceptional beauty, which is one of the gems of Tuscany and should on no account be missed by anyone visiting the Val d’ Orcia. The ideal place to sip a cocktail, take in the view of the surrounding countryside with its superb peaceful vineyards and olive groves, as you watch the sunset.