During my few months in Italy, I had the opportunity to go to a wine tasting at a castle in Tuscany. Even writing that sentence feels like something from an Italian dream. Better yet, a scene in some romantic film about self-discovery and falling back in love with life. Although I didn’t experience self-discovery and falling back in love with life, I discovered the heart of Tuscany and fell in love with it.
Tuscany’s capital, Florence, is a 30 minute drive from the beautiful Castello del Trebbio. This location offers wine tastings, olive oil tastings, cooking classes, and wedding hosting. Near the castle are restaurants and hotels accommodations. It’s the perfect place to have a wedding or a short retreat if you wish to do so.
At the start of our tour, they walked us down to the land where they grow their grapes and olive trees. It was a wonderful experience to be hearing about the production of their wine and olive oil while standing in a field surround by endless Tuscan hills.
After touring the property surrounding Castello del Trebbio, we had a history lesson inside the courtyard before going into the cellars. It was difficult to get good photos since the cellars are ancient as well as underground. Most of the rooms were small (low ceilings) and dimly lit.
When it came time to actually tasting the wine, we went into a room with a snack buffet and dining tables. I’m not a wine drinker but I loved the snacks and dessert wine. I forgot to take photos of my wine, but we sampled about four different wines.
Italy + Wine
I’ve included some wine facts I learned while taking an Italian Culture class & living in Italy.
Wine is ingrained in the Italian culture, and this became obvious after spending time with locals.
Different wines are consumed with certain meals, and are seen as nourishment rather than a way to get sloppy and drunk.
Most Italians have some knowledge about the wine grown in their region, but not about wine from foreign regions.
Italians drink wine with lunch, dinner, or snacks like olives, nuts, potato chips, or small pizzas.
Classico. Wine from a limited, historic core within a DOC* zone.
Riserva. Wine that is aged longer in the cask.
Superiore. Wine that is aged longer and/or has a higher alcohol content than DOC standard.
Passito. Wine made from dried grapes. Tuscany’s honey colored Vinsanto (or holy wine) is the most famous.
*DOC. Denominazione di origine controllata. This is wine that has a set of production standards and should only come from the region, town or vineyard that is on the label.
Wine Tours in Tuscany
A trip to Tuscany is not complete without a wine tasting tour. I have listed some tours for you at a variety of locations throughout this gorgeous region of Italy. Click the name to learn more about the tour description, activities, meeting points, and price.
Castello del Trebbio (near Florence)
Tenuta Torciano Winery (San Gimignano)
Greve and Castellina in Chianti (near Florence)
Montepulciano (near Siena)
Chianti Countryside (from Florence)