Day trips from Florence to Montepulciano? Other Tuscany day trips?
I will be staying in Florence for 4 nights from Thursday - Monday this coming October and would like to take 1-2 day trips to other towns, to some good vinyards. I don't want to go through my hotel for arrangements, so I am hoping someone can recommend some ideas.
We love the Vernaccia, local to San Gimignano, a beautiful if very touristy town. YOu need to take the train to Poggibonsi, and walk or taxi to town. Here's a great enoteca:
And this producer:
Are you looking for a guided tour or will you be traveling on your own? Will you have a car or be traveling be train/bus?
Here is a link to a prior thread on winery tours:
Here is a link to a prior thread on wineries around Montepulciano:
I don't particularly want to do a guided tour, we tend to prefer to be independent, but then we also don't want to drive if we will be wine tasting.
I'll take a look at the threads you posted. If you have any specific recommendations, would love to hear them!
If this is your first trip to Italian wine country, don't expect California-type wineries/tasting rooms. Many wineries have no tour/tasting options, some require appointments, and only a few have tasting rooms. The more typical Italian version of tasting rooms is the regional enoteca. In Greve, for example, the regional enoteca has a wonderful selection of Chianti--maybe 100+. However, if you long for some Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, you'll have to go to Montepulciano; Brunello, go to Montalcino, etc. If you're relying on buses, neither Montalcino nor Montepulciano have easy bus connections. I'd suggest Greve because of the number of buses between Florence and Greve. It is close enough to allow a leisurely visit and it's a lovely little town--don't miss sites include the enoteca, the Antica Macelleri Falorni (Greve's butcher shop since 1729), and a wonderful bakery at the end of the piazza--just follow the aroma and look for the line.
Montepulciano is lovely, but you might also want to consider Montalcino, if you're specifically interested in vineyards. A day spent along the Chiantigiana would also be a nice choice. There are many towns to choose from--Greve, Radda, Castellina in Chianti--and many wineries along the way. You might want to start by picking which town or towns you most want to see and then start looking at nearby vineyards. During harvest season, though, many wineries don't have tastings or permit visitors because they're just too busy.