The wine making estates surrounding Bolgheri, just inland of the Mediterranean shoreline South of Livorno, are home to some of the most internationally praised "Super Tuscan" wines.
The Sassicaia (Tenute San Guido) and Ornellaia vintages are the most prominent examples with some bottles selling for hundreds of euros. But these are just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath lies a region which offers a rich variety of estates and wineries within a few minutes one from each other.
Driving to Bolgheri takes roughly 1.5 hrs from Florence. It is a great destination for those wine lovers who want to try something different from the Chianti protocol. A day out in Bolgheri deserves a stop at a local restaurant.
Note: Although every winery is unique, a winery visit typically lasts about 1-1,5 hrs and comprises: a) Guided tour of the estate & cellars b) Description of wine making process c) Tasting of the locally produced wines. The visit is carried out in English by the local winery staff. The winery will charge a fee (typically around €15-€25 per person although some upscale estates can be more expensive). Minors will not be served wine but can attend for free with their parents. Wineries (especially larger ones) will often group visitors together (maximum group size is about 15 people). It is sometimes possible to request for a private visit (just for 2 or more depending on the size of your party). In all cases Reservations are required. Some wineries offer the option of having lunch at the winery (for a fixed price or à la carte). Many wine shops and some wineries offer the possibility of stopping by for a simple wine tasting (without a full guided visit), for free or for a small fee. A simple wine tasting usually lasts under 30 minutes. Our price does NOT include meals, winery guided visits & wine tastings which you would pay for directly to restaurant/wineries.