Full Day - The Tuscany Wineries & Gregorian Chant

Overview

Full Day - The Tuscany Wineries & Gregorian Chant

For those in Soriano and the nearby towns, we start in the town piazza at 9:30 AM. For those coming from Rome, you will take a train from Rome at 9:13 AM, and we will pick you up at the Orte station at 9:55 AM.

Once all together, we drive to our furthest point, the town of Castelnuovo d'Abate. To get there, we will be driving the famous Orcia Valley Wine Trail through this picturesque wine region which evokes the classic image of Tuscan rolling hills. This is the area of Tuscany that most of us think of, seen in many well-known movies, such as Under the Tuscan Sun, Life is Beautiful, and many more.

As we arrive, we will visit the St. Antimo Abbey, a beautiful Romanesque church that dates back to the 9th century. It sits in a valley just outside of Montalcino, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. While the monks are no longer active at the abbey, we can still listen to the beautiful Gregorian chants that are amplified throughout the church. You may sit or stand at the pews, or walk through the historical apse of the church with it's 12th Century frescoes and statuary.

Our next stop is in nearby Montalcino, home of what is arguably the best of all Italian wines: Brunello. Instead of going to the big wineries for impersonal tastings like other tours, we have something truly exclusive in store for you today. We will visit a small, private winery in Montalcino which boasts an amazing Brunello, among other wines and grappa.

We will be hosted to a wonderful lunch at the estate, as we sample their Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wines with our meal. We will see how their wines are made, in the true organic sense. No pesticides are used in the vineyards and water is only provided by the weather. We'll see the cantina and the traditional hand-press they still use today! As we have lunch together, we will learn about the family history and answer any questions you may have. It is a truly exclusive and unique Brunello experience.

Next, we leave for the town of Montepulciano, where we will do our another wine tasting and tour. Montepulciano is known for its Vino Nobile wine, a primary competitor for the Brunellos. Here we will tour the town's ancient 14th century cellar that was built underneath the Palace of Cardinal Ricci and is widely considered to be the most beautiful wine cellar in the world. After the cellar tour, we will participate in a complete tasting of Montepulciano's fantastic wines. Those that have seen the 2009 film 'New Moon' (The sequel to 'Twilight') will recognize this wine cellar and other areas of town from the movie.

After this long day, we will head back to the Orte train station (Around 7:30 PM), then back to Soriano (Around 8:00 PM)

Itinerary

Time Activity
9:13 AM* Guests coming from Rome should board the train at Termini (Central) Station, bound for Orte
9:30 AM Guests starting in Soriano or nearby towns, meeet in Soriano's main Piazza
9:55 AM* Guests coming from Rome will meet us at the Orte Train Station
10:00 AM Departure for Montalcino, Tuscany from Orte. Along the way, we will make a photo stop at one of Tuscany's most photographed spots.
12:00 PM Arrive at the St. Antimo Abbey in Tuscany and attend the 12:45 service of the Gregorian Chant.
1:15 PM Depart St. Antimo Abbey for Montalcino Vinevard
1:30 PM Arrive at Montalcino, TuscanyVineyard. Lunch at winery plus tasting, followed by tour of cellars and vineyards.
3:15 PM Depart Montalcino Vineyard for Montepulciano, Tuscany.
4:00 PM Arrive in Montepulciano. Tour Ancient wine cellar, plus tasting of Vino Nobile wines, followed by time to shop in Montepulciano's fantastic shops.
6:30 PM Depart Montepulciano for the Orte Train Station.
7:30 PM Arrive at the Orte Train Station. This is the end of our day for guests going back to Rome.
7:50 PM Arrive back in Soriano's main Piazza. This is the end of our day for guests that started with us in Soriano.
8:02 PM* Train for Rome departs from Orte for guests going back to Rome.
8:35 PM* Train from Orte to Rome arrives at Rome's Termini (Central) Station.
* Train times may change. If so, we will let you know and adjust our schedule accordingly.

Pricing

Availability November through April: Every Thursday
May through October: Varies Based on Availability
Duration About 11 Hours
Includes Transportation, English Speaking Guide/Driver, Lunch w/ wine, Brunello Winery Tour/Tasting, Vino Nobile Winery Tour/Tasting
Excludes Tips, Personal Expenses
Prices
# People Price Per Person (US$)
2 $375.00
3 $315.00
4 $285.00
5 $265.00
6 $245.00
7 $235.00
8 $225.00
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