How does the PRICE work?
Each of our tour has a price based on the number of people joining it. We have no minimum numbers for the tour to start. We guarantee them all automatically. This obviously means if only one person is going, the price could increase a little. This is a shared tour so you MIGHT be joining someone else in our luxury vehicles. To find out the specific price of the tour please select the number of people and the date you are interested in. The next page will present you with a price per person based on the people in your group added to any other eventual group already present. Below however you find an idea of how the price works for this specific tour. Obviosuly if you are the first to reserve the tour, when other people will join, your price will decrease as well.
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What is included and what isn't ???
Please read carefully the following two lists. It will be easy to understand what the tour includes and what it doesn't. Anything not specifically mentioned here is not included. In case you have any questions send us an email and we will be happy to clarify the matter for you.
Included in this tour
Free WiFi on-board
Private tour ensures personal service
Free accomodation pickup and drop-off
Transportation in air-conditioned Mercedes coach
All taxes - fuel surcharges - parking fees and tolls - service fees
A local English speaking driver/escort in suit with an excellent knowledge of the local area
Bottle of Prosecco wine - which is always a good start especially if you don't have to drive :)
Mini Ipad with Wi-Fi and mobile data connection so that you can use it in the car and outside as you walk around the cities
Access to restricted traffic areas in all the towns
Pecorino Cheese Tour and Tasting
NOT INCLUDED in this tour
9:00 amDEPARTURE FROM FLORENCE FOR YOUR PRIVATE TOUR
Your private driver/guide will come pick you up at your accomodation
Montepulciano, is a renaissance town in Southern Tuscany and an important agricultural center, famous for its Nobile wine. Montepulciano lies on a hilltop in a panoramic position and is surrounded by the 15th century defensive works by Antonio da Sangallo. Birthplace of the famous poet Agnolo Ambrogini, called Poliziano. Thanks to its history throughout the centuries, the town has preserved many architectural jewels and artistic treasures along side the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. You have 60 minutes free time to visit the city on your own
12:00 pmORGANIC CHEESE FARM
In one of the most beautiful places you ll ever come across, near Pienza in the Val d Orcia in Southern Tuscany, there is a farm that makes one of the most heavenly things on earth: cheese. Real cheese. Cheese that speaks to you of a place and the people who made it. Pecorino cheese has long been famous in these parts. It gets its name from the word pecora, Italian for sheep as it is, unsurprisingly, made from sheep s milk. Enjoy a 2 hours Pecorino Cheese Tour and Tasting and Lunch included in the price
3:00 pmTHE WINERY
If you re into history you will love this winery. The oldest still existing bottles of Brunello (dating back to 1888) keep maturing in the cellar. No other winery in Montalcino has been producing Brunello for as long as them. History has its price. Enjoy this memorable wine tasting experience
Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 120 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, a diminutive of bruno, which means brown, is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino. In 1879 the Province of Siena's Amphelographic Commission determined, after a few years of controlled experiments, that Sangiovese and Brunello were the same grape variety, and that the former should be its designated name. In Montalcino the name Brunello evolved into the designation of the wine produced with 100% Sangiovese. 50 minutes free time to visit the city on your own
7:00 pmBACK IN FLORENCE
With a lot of nice memories to talk about..
Here is a brief description of the tour
Private Tour - The other side of Tuscsany: the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the Brunello di Montalcino and the famous pecorino Cheese from Pienza are one of the most undiscovered yet beautiful aspects of the Chianti region. Immerse yourself in this amazing journey made of ancient medieval history of Popes, nomad populations and amazing flavours which will delight your palate all day long. The tour includes a visit to the town of Montalcino, Montepulciano, Cheese tour and lunch in a magnificent Cheese Farmhouse and wine tour and tasting in a wondrefull winery in Montalcino. The tour includes wine tasting and a lunch in the south of the Tuscan region.
Your day trip takes you through the picturesque medieval town of Montepulciano. Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink. Renowned for its pork, cheese, ?pici? pasta, lentils, and honey, it is known world-wide for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile, which should not be confused with varietal wine merely made from the Montepulciano grape, among Italy?s best. According to legend, it was founded by the Etruscan King Lars Porsena of Chiusi; recent findings prove that a settlement was already in existence in the 4th-3rd centuries BC. In Roman times it was the seat of a garrison guarding the main roads of the area. The locals call themselves Poliziani after the Roman name for the town, and Poliziano is also the name the local classical scholar/humanist Angelo Ambrogini took when he went to Florence to hold discourses with Lorenzo de? Medici, tutor Lorenzo?s sons, and write some of the most finely crafted Renaissance poetry of the era ? some say his Stanze per la Giostra inspired Botticelli?s mythological paintings, such as the Birth of Venus and Allegory of Spring.
ORGANIC CHEESE FARMHOUSE
You can?t visit our farmhouse without tasting some of our products. Our farm tours offer unique opportunities to get to know our animals and our way of farming and producing (including visiting our delightful dairy on the grounds). What better way to end an exciting farm tour than to have a glass of wine and some cheese and to enjoy the stunning view of Val d?Orcia from our terrace if the weather is nice, or in our former cow-stable-turned-dining-room if it?s too cold to sit outside? Of course, all of the products served are explained so that you can truly enjoy feasting on 8 different types of raw milk cheeses, homemade bread and extra virgin olive oil from our own trees. We offer these farm tours and cheese tastings an unforgettable experience in the heart of Tuscany.Sheep's cheese from Pienza (pecorino from the Italian pecora for sheep) has been the epitome of good cheese since the time of the Romans. In those days, the countryside of the Val d'Orcia was little cultivated and full of meadows brimming with aromatic herbs. Today the greenfields have mostly disappeared and the soil is farmed up by means of modern tractors.A vast diversity of herbs and grasses leads to a much more aromatic milk which then produces delicious cheeses. The transformation of the meadows cannot be reverted by a flip of the hand, but the resulting insight helps us to a better understanding of sheep and goat cheese production When we bought our first sheep in 1992, it was for us a question of self-supply. Our first attempts at cheesemaking were more than satisfactory and so we were incited to carry on. The construction of a professional dairy for the public sale of cheese, fully corresponding to the present-day legal norms, had to wait until 2003. But meanwhile we were able to increase and perfect our cheesemaking ablity. We found winter and spring results to be most convincing, where as the summer heat proved more problematic, both for production and for storage. Today, thanks to balanced feeding, we are in a position to produce delicious rich milk from all of our 150 sheep and 30 goats. Apart from single exceptions imposed by vetinerary exigencies, our beasts are treated with homeopathic means exclusively. This results in the complete absence of chemical residues found in our milk. By using gentle methods in our farm dairy all year round, we not only produce our Pecorino and Caprino (goats' cheese) but a delicious ricotta as well. During cheese production, the temperature of 45° centigrade is never exceeded and we make exclusive use of natural ferments.The result is a savoury raw-milk cheese which has its character and identity, but which can vary slightly from season to season according to the climate and to animal feed supply.
The 1980 Brunello di Montalcino was the first wine in Italy to obtain the D.O.C.G. appellation (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita - controlled and guaranteed from the origin). The D.O.C.G. is the most prestigious classification of wine in Italy. As a result, only specialized and authorized vineyards can produce Brunello di Montalcino and a series of rules regarding production must be observed. Four years of total aging are required for Brunello. For more than a century Brunello was aged three of these four years in wood, but as from the 1995 vintage this requirement was reduced to two years. Nevertheless, at Poggio Antico we continue to respect the traditional method for our classic Brunello, keeping it three years in large oak barrels..........
The hill upon which Montalcino sits has probably been settled since Etruscan times. Its first mention in historical documents in 814 AD suggests there was a church here in the 9th century, most likely built by monks associated with the nearby Abbey of Sant'Antimo. The population grew suddenly in the middle of the tenth century, when people fleeing the nearby town of Roselle took up residence in the town. The town takes its name from a variety of oak tree that once covered the terrain. The very high site of the town offers stunning views over the Asso, Ombrone and Arbia valleys of Tuscany, dotted with silvery olive orchards, vineyards, fields and villages. The lower slopes of the Montalcino hill itself are dominated by highly productive vines and olive orchards. During medieval times the city was known for its tanneries and for the shoes and other leather goods that were made from the high-quality leathers that were produced there. As time went by, many medieval hill towns, including Montalcino, went into serious economic decline. Like many of the medieval towns of Tuscany, Montalcino experienced long periods of peace and often enjoyed a measure of prosperity. This peace and prosperity was, however, interrupted by a number of extremely violent episodes. During the late Middle Ages it was an independent commune with considerable importance owing to its location on the old Via Francigena, the main road between France and Rome, but increasingly Montalcino came under the sway of the larger and more aggressive city of Siena. View of Montalcino. As a satellite of Siena since the Battle of Montaperti in 1260, Montalcino was deeply involved and affected by the conflicts in which Siena became embroiled, particularly in those with the city of Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries, and like many other cities in central and northern Italy, the town was also caught up in the internecine wars between the Ghibellines (supporters of the Holy Roman Empire) and the Guelphs (supporters of the Papacy). Factions from each side controlled the town at various times in the late medieval period. Once Siena had been conquered by Florence under the rule of the Medici family in 1555, Montalcino held out for almost four years, but ultimately fell to the Florentines, under whose control it remained until the Grand Duchy of Tuscany was amalgamated into a united Italy in 1861. In the case of Montalcino, gradual economic decline has recently been reversed by economic growth due to the increasing popularity of the town's famous wine Brunello di Montalcino, made from the sangiovese grosso grapes grown within the comune. The number of producers of the wine has grown from only 11 in the 1960s to more than 200 today, producing some 330,000 cases of the Brunello wine annually. Brunello was the first wine to be awarded Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status. In addition to Brunello di Montalcino, which must be aged five years prior to release, 6 years for the Riserva, Rosso di Montalcino (DOC), made from sangiovese grosso grapes and aged one year, and a variety of Super Tuscan wines are also produced within the comune, as well as the Moscadello sweet white wines for which it was most famous until the development of the Brunello series