Italy is for food and lifestyle one of the most attractive countries in the World. This is due to the passion of many people that love their land so much to decided to take care of it and of its products.
Among these products, wine is probably the most loved and appreciated one, but, in order to truly understand the reasons of this passion, it is important to be aware that lots of people don’t consider it as a simple alcoholic beverage.
Many farmers recognize that behind a glass of wine lies, in fact, the secret charm of a millennial history that begun in the bronze age.
A glass of wine represents the relationship between human and nature and the ability of the man of working the land to obtain the most from it. Inside a sip there are new biological knowledge and cultural studies as well as new techniques joined together with mythological stories.
Although its ancient birth, in the last decades wine has been able to reach high quality levels and the export trends of this product are significantly growing year after year.
This let this beverage evolved from a typical product of the Mediterranean area into a product esteemed and produced all over the world; among the many countries, Italy occupies the first position in worldwide wine production. This is due to the land features from which rises the “DOC” label, a renowned synonym of quality.
The importance of the land and of the territory is then a fundamental element able to hold the secrets of wine and its quality. In Italy by the way, wine represents not only a commercial product of economical relevance but also something that forms part of the territorial heritage of any region able therefore to tell the history of a specific place.
For this reason some Italian regions are particularly renowned for their top quality wines; among the many, Tuscany give birth to qualities of grapes craved and praised worldwide.
Florence, capitol of Tuscany has a long enological tradition of noble Tuscan wines among which the most renowned one is Chianti. Indeed this is not the only variety present in the area and we invite you to explore the many touristic and gastronomical opportunities this land offers to you.
Tuscan wine day tours are very popular and there are several opportunities to discover the richness of wine in the Tuscan region, above all around the Florence area; moreover, beside the several tours available, so many are the wine festivals organized in the streets of the small medieval villages.
Not only foodies will love this destination, but also any photo lover would be completely satisfied by the colors, shapes and lights of the Tuscan and Florentine countryside.
Experiment with the trees, plants and geometries of the nature as well as with the curvy lines of the wooden barrels. Or try to capture, in the shades of a sunny autumn day, the order of the neat rows contrasting with the disorder of the vineyards.
Wine bottles and glasses too are interesting elements to portray, above all when depicted in their natural environment or on the table, together with cheese and other delicacies or the grapes or the vine leaves. When talking about these kind of experiences, reflections and background play a crucial role.
Try to create an image that could narrate the experience of tasting wine in the Tuscan countryside and don’t be happy with a flat image: play with lights and the charming colors of wines and include elements to add atmosphere.
Here you are some examples of the most renowned Tuscan wineries near Florence:
– Antinori chianti classico: the Chianti region wineries are among the most renowned and appreciated, this winery with its innovative architecture will forever be one of your favorite.
– Capezzana: in this historic building the noble Contini Bonacossi family offers incredible opportunities to get closer to the winery world and accommodate in a former hunting retreat of the Medici Family.
– Castellare di Castellina: the vineyards of the natural amphitheater of this estate will undoubtedly conquer your heart with the many colors of the valley and the many opportunities available for the tours and the tasting experience.
If you are going to stay away from Florence, here you are some of the best Tuscan wineries to visit for some wine tours:
– Badia a Coltibuono: former monastery this winery is now a day an impressive estate able to offer its tourists many opportunities to enjoy their stay in the best way possible.
– Barone Ricasoli: the oldest winery in Italy is today even the largest one in the Chianti area. Here ages ago, Baron Bettino Ricasoli invented the Chianti formula (1872).
– Capo d’Uomo: this extraordinary places joins together vineyards rising on terraced cliffs with a stunning view over the Argentario promontory overlooking the sea. A true breathtaking place.