This private day tour from Florence is designed to take private parties to some of the best small wineries producing so-called Supertuscan wines from special blends of international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The category of so-called Super-Tuscan wines is a completely unofficial category. Supertuscan is not a wine zone like Chianti or Montalcino. Rather, it is a new style of Tuscan wine that some wineries started to make here in Tuscany at the end of the 1960s. The tour covers a selection of my favorite Super Tuscan wineries among Isole e Olena, Montevertine, I Balzini, Querciabella, Vecchie Terre di Montefili, and La Massa.
Super-Tuscan wines are expensive (50/100 Euros per bottle and up), small-scale-production, international-styled blends, usually made from non-native grape varieties that are not traditional in Tuscany. The most typical blend is Cabernet and Merlot, but there are some Super-Tuscan wine types that incorporate other French grapes such as Syrah or Petit Verdot.
Curious wine lovers who want to learn what Tuscany's winemakers are experimenting with.
I prefer to take my guests to small, hand-picked wineries around Florence, where they can taste these special blends as well as enjoy the beautiful countryside from the comfort of a luxury minivan.