Wine tours

WINE TOURS

Renata Kostelnikova and Antonio Sferlazzos Divine Wine Tours

Tuscany dream Wine and Tourism, one of a kind vacation, holiday, travel, accommo-dation in Tuscany and Italy

luxury wine tasting for wine lovers, collectors, enthusiasts; visits to the top wine estates cellars in Tuscany and Italy, with bilingual guides, simultaneous translation, discovering the most important Italian wine regions and their prestigious wines such as CHIANTI, BRUNELLO, NOBILE, BOLGHERI, SUPER TUSCAN, BAROLO, AMARONE, PROSECCO, ETNA, with direct wine purchase at the cellar and worldwide shipping.

pls. watch our 14 years wine tours anniversary slide show on Youtube: https://youtu.be/9ClDMWZRHyM

for any request, pls contact us: info@tuscanydream.eu

Wine Tour through Vineyards

No joinable or shared tours, but only high standard sophisticated individual, coorporate, incentive, educational "customized", "tailor made" private wine tours, including golf and wine tours, for small/medium group in Tuscany and Italy tours, with private transfer, transportation, bus or mini van;

accommodation in 4*/5* luxury resorts, exclusive relais, chateaux, sophisticated hotels or private villas, with swimming pool, located in the marvelous country landscape of Chianti, Montepulciano or Montalcino countryside; rather than in the Langhe, Piemonte, the land of famous Barolo wine; or in Valpolicella, Verona, the land of the amazing Amarone wine; or in Umbria, in Orvieto or Montefalco, the land of Sagrantino... just some of the spots, the most aimed from all over the world sophisticated wine tourism, where we take our clients.

culinary tours to discover the delicious traditional regional gastronomy and cuisine; olive oil tasting; private cooking class; top restaurants reservation

visit to the famous Art cities, such as Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Verona

The region we promote the most is undoubtedly Tuscany and its wine districts: Chianti, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Bolgheri, Maremma, and others. Our standard 3-day wine-tour is:
1st day Chianti Classico, San Gimignano; 2nd day Montalcino, Montepulciano; 3rd day Bolgheri

pls have a look to some standard programs of ours:

Wine Tour through Cellars

Tuscany Dream, with increasing success just by word of mouth, for over 14 years, originally from Czech and Slovak Rep, now from other countries, has been promoting a highly selected incoming tourism towards Italy and Tuscany, mainly focused on wine and culinary gourmet tours. We feel very lucky we were able to get closer to the core of the wine art. It is a joy and passion for wine, which we try to share with our clients.

Tuscany dream is a small but “great” agency; we offer our most sophisticated customers the opportunity to discover the ultimate and secret aspects of the Italian wine regions and of Tuscany in particular, with a high standard professional service: “custom” itineraries and holiday stay according to the clients’ individual requirements; our extensive knowledge of the territory and Italian wine world; the personal friendship with many of the wine producers, who often open their wine cellars only to our clients, make our tours an unforgettable experience full of wonderful surprises.

Tuscany dream’s aim is to create a friendly and trustful relationship with our customers, being always “there” for them, with all of our care, passion, enthusiasm. Many have in fact become “old” friends who come back every year to say “cheers” together, over a good glass of wine. Away from the main tourism chaotic stream, giving themselves up completely in the enchanting landscape and the ecstasy of the wine, our clients truly experience the Magic of Tuscany and Italy

Wine Tours

 

The Tuscany Dream crew (view photo-gallery)

Antonio SferlazzoAntonio Sferlazzo (Italian/English/French speaking), born in Tuscany, he actually lives in the Chianti wine district; former succesful photographer, he’s now a free-lance wine journalist, Italian correspondent for Slovak and Czech wine magazines such as Vinoteka (Vinitaly 2014 - Vinitaly 2016) and Sommellier (Vinitaly); he’s a talented wine expert, in love with biodynamic and organic wine; he follows every year any new edition of the most important Italian wine trade fairs and exhibitions, such as Vinitaly in Verona, or Chianti Classico Collection in Florence, Benvenuto Brunello in Montalcino; he’s an experienced travel consultant and Tuscany Dream team and marketing manager

 

 

 

 

Renata KostelnikovaRenata Kostelnikova (Czech/Italian speaking), born in Moravia, Czech republic, she felt in love with Tuscany, where she has been living no stop since year 2000, being able to transform her passion into business; she’s a young, determined business woman and a charming PR; a  tourist guide, tour operator, wine and culinary expert, who helped thousands of compatriots discovering Tuscany; she constantly promotes and organizes wine and culinary events also in Czech and Slovak Republic, and intermediate trade contacts between Italian wine producers and importers of her country;

 

 

 

 

 

Lucia ChenLucia Chen (Chinese, English, Italian speaking)
Born in Taiwan, R.O.C, she has been living in Italy for the last 15 years. One of the few Chinese who attained the 2nd degree of the FISAR sommelier course. She worked three years as wine import manager at G1 International Group in Shanghai. She has a vast knowledge of Italian wines and works regularly as sommelier for several wine tasting events in Italy and China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The "tough" training of the Tuscany Dream crew:


Something about Wine and Wine Tours in Italy,
by Antonio Sferlazzo

Wine tours in Italy are aimed at wine collectors, lovers and for those, who want to discover and share their passion for wine with friends.

Italy has always been the homeland of wine. Unlike other countries, Italy grows so many varieties of vine (Vitis vinifera). Each of the variety is suitable for its corresponding microclimate, which is located in different zones and in 20 wine regions of Italy. It can be said that each area has its own autochthonic vine varieties; which, good for wine lovers, the most passionate wine producers are lately trying to rescue and reintroduce, in order to produce local amazing wines, nearly disappeared up to a few years ago So we can say that Italy is so precious for wine lovers, because its wines variety.

On the other side, from the same vine, for es. Sangiovese, the Queen of Tuscany vines, red wines rather different from each other, such as Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, are produced; the Sangiovese grape is rich in tannin, therefore its wines are all suitable for ageing; yet, the composition of the soil, the microclimate, the laws which rules the wine making process, different for each micro-district, finally make of Brunello, the King of Tuscan wines, and one of the top in the world. The same is for Barolo and Barbaresco, in Piemonte. So we can say that the vine varieties grown in Italy are as unique as the wine itself: an expression of their "terroir"! The meaning of the French word "terroir", which express so well the diversity above mentioned, can only be understood after visiting each district of each wine region, alongside with specific wine tasting.

Following are short notes for some of the wine regions, and districts, where we lead our clients the most:

A) Tuscany:

San Ginignano

pls notice, our standard 3-days wine-tour is: 1st day Chianti, San Gimignano; 2nd day Montalcino, Montepulciano; 3rd day Bolgheri; sometime, the tour may focus on the southern part of Tuscany, to discover the wines of Maremma; in this case, even Umbria (Orvieto and Sagrantino di Montefalco) can be attached to the tour; pls have a look to a couple of our standard programs:


- Chianti and Chianti Classico
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Chianti

Vast hilly area between Florence and Siena; a magic landscape, still wild, mainly covered by wood and vineyards, where old castles and ancient fortified small towns from middle age, still intact, such as Radda, Castellina, stand on top of every hills. The capital is Greve in Chianti, also famous because of the Tuscan navigator, born in the family castle near the town, Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discover the Hudson River and Manhattan. Wine has been produced in the Chianti since at least 2500 years, as some archeological Etruscan paintings show; in fact, at that time, Tuscany was named "Enotria" (the land of Enos, "wine" in the ancient Greek language); the top worldwide wine makers, such as Antinori or Frescobaldi, both based in Tuscany, still make their wine in the same 500 years old cellars, which belonged to them since the Renaissance. The term "Classico" refers to the wine produced in an smaller elite district of Chianti, according furthermore to a strict rule which request 80% minimum Sangiovese grape in addition of other grapes which the wine maker decides eventually to add in order to smooth the tannin, such as Merlot or Cabernet, fortunately no longer over used as in the past, when producers were trying to match the international taste. Chianti Classico must be sold no sooner than one year, or else two, if destined to be a "riserva" (aged wine). A Chianti Classico wine tour, of course won’t ignore the nearby San Gimignano, the "Manhattan" of Middle Age, not only famous for its towers, but also for its Vernaccia wine, the only autochthonic Tuscan white grape.

- Nobile di Montepulciano (view photo-gallery)

Montepulciano

The magnificent hill town of Montepulciano, situated 45 minutes southeast of Siena, was built during the Renaissance on top of a hill made of "tufo", a volcanic rock, where the Etruscans, centuries and centuries before, curved underground tunnels already used as shelters and cellars. The vineyards around the city, produce one of the best Tuscan wine, named Nobile, after a letter of the Pope, who, during the Renaissance, requested the bishop of Montepulciano, to send to Rome, that "noble and fantastic wine" he tasted when visiting the city. The variety of Sangiovese cultivated in Montepulciano is called "Prugnolo Gentile". Vino Nobile di Montepulciano must age for two years at least, while "Riserva" for three. Rosso di Montepulciano is a kind of a younger Nobile, which is ready to be consumed after a shorter period.

- Brunello di Montalcino (view photo-gallery)

Brunello

Montalcino, a small hill town 40’ south of Siena, gives the name to one of the world wide top wine, the famous Brunello di Montalcino, made, 100% by regulations, of a variety of Sangiovese, named "Grosso", so rich in tannin to require at least 5 years of aging. But in the cellar of the father of Brunello, Franco Biondi-Santi, who recently died, there are bottles more than one hundred years old, still in good shape. A younger Brunello called Rosso di Montalcino, can on the contrary be sold just one year after the harvest.

- Bolgheri (view photo-gallery)

Bolgheri

This is a very small wine district of Tuscany, a coastal area just 20 km long, in the western part of Tuscany, which extends from the small town of Bolgheri towards the sea. Thanks to their intuition, Marchese Incisa-Della Rocchetta and Giacomo Tachis, the father of all Italian wine makers, decided, during the ’70ies, to cultivate here French varieties of vines: a few years after, Sassicaia, a blend of Cabernet and Merlot, became the most famous wine in the world. Then, in a few years, in a sort of Gold Rush to buy land, vineyards and build new cellars, all the top Italian wine producers (Angelo Gaja, the father of Barbaresco, first), landed in Bolgheri, which became the most famous wine district in the world, expanding from 250 hectares to 960 hectares of vineyards in 20 years. The perfect adaptation of Bordeaux vine varieties to the Mediterranean micro climate, warmer and drier than the Atlantic coastal area, gave birth to many other important wines, such as Masseto, Ornellaia.

B) Veneto (view photo-gallery)

Veneto

pls notice, our standard 3-day wine-tour is: 1st day Verona/Valpolicella; 2nd day Soave, or Bardolino/Garda Lake, or Franciacorta, the land of Italian champagne; 3rd day, Prosecco and Friuli/Collio, or else Verona can be the 1st stop on the way to Piemonte; a wine tour to Verona, can be eventually attached, before or after, also to a stop in Trentino Alto-Adige, see below; pls request a customized program, based on your needs.

Veneto is one of the largest wine producing regions, where the vineyards are a characteristic landscape element. Vine exists here in all its forms: red, white, sparkling or sweet, as Reciotto, a dessert wine from Valpolicella. Thanks to so many different micro-climates, variously influenced either by the Alpes, the Garda Lake, the Adriatic Sea, and different soil, the many "terroirs" of Veneto express such a vast variety of wines, and grapes. From the white Soave, so full of mineral, as the vines are grown in a volcanic hilly area east of Verona, to the sparkling Prosecco of Valdobbiadene, near Treviso; from the light wines of Garda Lake, such as Bardolino to the strong reds of Valpolicella, the wine district around Verona, such as Ripasso and Amarone, undoubtedly the king of the Veneto wines, and one of the most famous Italian reds, made out of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes, dried for a few months before being pressed. The result is a full-bodied wine, rich in sugar, nearly a "meditation" wine. Verona, Romeo and Juliets city, thanks to the nearby Garda Lake and the summer Opera festival at the Arena, is one of the most attractive tourist Italian location; but its also the world capital of wine business, where each year, in April, hundreds of thousands of traders, gather from all over the world, to visit VINITALY, one of the most important wine fairs of the world. 

C) Piedmont (view photo-gallery) pls. watch also on Youtube, the slide show of our Autumn 2016 Verona/Valpolicella and Piemonte/Langhe wine tour: The DiVine Wine Tour - November 2016

Piemonte

pls notice: our standard 3-day wine-tour is: 1st day Verona/Valpolicella; 2nd and 3rd days Piemonte/Langhe; pls have a look to our standard program:

C private Valpolicella/Langhe STANDARD wine tour ENG 

Although Piemonte is the top Italian region in the production of wine, and many are the wine districts, including Moscato dAsti, Gavi, Roero, the area on which the entire international wine circus focuses its attention, is a very small territory named Langhe: here, two of the greatest Italian wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, worldwide famous, are made 100% out of Nebbiolo, the king of the grapes of Piemonte. As Sangiovese, Nebbiolo is very rich in tannin, therefore both Barolo and Barbaresco, require a long term aging, minimum 4 years, and they are destined, to evolve, improve and last for many, many years. For this reason, Barolo, together with Tuscan Brunello, and Amarone from Valpolicella, are the most demanded, and expensive of the Italian wines. In the Langhe, a magic hilly landscape, nearly each squared meter is occupied by vineyards, except for a small percent of soil, where the wood has been preserved...for a very specific purpose: that of harvesting the famous white truffle of Alba, the capital of the Langhe, where each autumn, the lovers of this precious "tuber" gather from all over the world, to buy the best ones; or at least, as the price is not that cheap, to smell its unique flavor

D) Trentino Alto Adige (view photo-gallery)

Trentino Alto Adige

pls notice: a Trentino AltoAdige (Trento and Bolzano) wine tour, can be eventually attached, before or after, to a tour in Valpolicella/Verona (see above)

Trentino Alto Adige it’s an important wine district, which stretches from the foothills of the Dolomites to the great Italian lakes. Here, vine is grown in the valleys, in an absolute harmony with the landscape, often on steep slopes, which are strengthened by stone walls in a perfect geometry. The variety of soil as well as the diversity of climatic conditions at different altitudes, including a significant temperature swings between day and night, allow the creation of micro climates and peculiar environments, to which specific vines, so different among themselves, can easily adapt. Generally speaking, the wines from this area, are more elegant, fragrant, fresh rather than powerful and bodied. The most important autochthonic red vine varieties are Lagrein and the aromatic Teroldego Rotaliano. While a widespread cultivation of international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noire and Chardonnay finds application in excellent sparkling wines, produced according the "charmat" method. Interesting and refined are the white vines here cultivated, such as Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, and the aromatic Gewürztraminer, imported from Austria and Germany, being Trentino Alto-Adige part of the Hapsburg Empire for many centuries.

E) Sicily (view photo-gallery)

Sicily

pls notice: our standard 6-days wine-tour is: 1st day, arrival in Catania airport, transfer to south area of Sicily; 2nd day, Nero d’Avola and Ragusa Ibla; 3rd day, Catania, Acireale; 4th day, Etna wines; 5th day, Taormina and Etna Volcano; 6th day, departure from Catania airport; pls have a look to our standard program:

E private Sicily wine tour ENG 

Sicily is an ideal tourist destination, where visitors can combine archeology, architecture, sea, sun, food, tradition, nature, the Volcano and of course, the Sicilians, with local wine tradition. On the island, imported centuries, and centuries ago by the Greek first, and the Arabs then, 15 original vine varieties are cultivated: Inzolia, Catarratto, Carricante, Grecanico, Ansonica, the most known among the whites. Among the reds, Frappato, Perricone and Nero d´Avola: until a few years ago, known all over the world, as a grape destined to produce a cheap, alcoholic table wine for supermarkets or else, to be exported to Tuscany, Veneto or Piedmont as must, to rise the sugar % in the wines produced in these regions; fortunately, thanks to the passion of a few wine makers, above all Salvo Foti, the "guru" of Sicilian enology, many of the Sicilian wine estates, produce now a days, amazing wines out of Nero d’Avola. And last but not the least, we’d like to award Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese, as the most "seductive" among Sicilian autochthonic red grapes. They both grow on volcanic black soil, on the east and north side of the Etna, where they are traditionally cultivated shaped as "alberello" (little tree), on micro terraces which climb up the sides of the Volcano, basically from the sea level to nearly 1.000 meters. A so called "viticoltura eroica" (heroic viticulture) still performed by hand, with no mechanical tools, to allow the roots of the vines penetrating the lava and absorbing its precious minerals. The microclimate, a mix of sea, strong sun, wind, salt, clouds and volcano, made the rest: the result is a fantastic wine so rich in minerals, flavors, acidity, noble tannins, probably not so different from the wine that Ulysses must have drunk to get inspired how to escape the Cyclops, who had lived the caves of this part of Sicily, the legend says. Finally, "dulcis in fundo" (the sweet at the end, the Romans used to say) Zibibbo of Pantelleria, and Malvasia of Lipari Islands, are the grapes which generate two amazing sweet wines... is that enough to book a wine tour in Sicily?

F) Puglia (view photo-gallery)

Puglia

pls notice: our standard program for a wine tour in Puglia will be uploaded soon, we are working on it

Puglia, as well as Sicily, is an ideal tourist destination, where visitors can combine archeology, architecture ( from the ancient rural shelter, the "trulli", to the pearls of Barocco, such as Lecce, Galatina), an amazing blue sea, sun, food, traditional music, "pizzica", nature, with local wine tradition. Imported centuries, and centuries ago by the Greek and Romans, many vine varieties are cultivated, mainly in Salento, the extreme southern heel of the Italian peninsula, shaped as a boot: Negroamaro, Primitivo the most important among the reds grape: until a few years ago, most of the wine production of Puglia, was destined to be exported to north of Italy, to rise the sugar % in the wines produced in regions such as Veneto, Tuscany or Piemonte; fortunately, many of the wine estates of Puglia, produce now a days, excellent wines. Finally let’s not forget that Puglia produces the largest part of Italian olive oil

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