What to Expect From a Wine Tour
A wine tour is primarily an immersive stay, educational in its own way, set in a circumscribed geographical area or region which focuses on the discovery of wines and wineries of the very same area.
What exactly is a “wine tour”? What should you expect from this experience beyond the usual wine tasting? How can you make the most of it?
During a wine tour you can expect a visit to one or more wineries, and its duration can vary according to personal taste and the area in which the tour is focused: you can exhaust a whole day, or take tours that last for weeks on end.
The organization may be delegated to an agency or tour operator, or you can deal with it yourself by booking online visits to the wine cellars you find most suitable.
But beyond the duration and organization, there are the stages of a wine tour and what to expect from them which interests us the most.
The stages of the wine tour
The wine tour includes a visit to one or more wineries in a limited area. This visit isn’t just about seeing the vineyards, the landscape and tasting the wine; rather it becomes a completely immersive experience during which, with the aid of a guide, you are able to discover the wines made from the fruits cultivated in that very area, by means of a 360-degree course that embraces both the vineyards and the winery itself.
To give a practical example, at our Val delle Rose estate in Maremma we offer a journey that begins in the vineyards, where many varieties of grapes are cultivated, and here we reveal its secrets as well as recount the more special moments of the harvest to you. Following this we take you to the cellar for a closer look and thorough explanation of the wine making and aging process. The connection with the land (in this case the Maremma) is always central, just as it is in the identity and character of the wine produced.
Naturally the visit to the cellars changes depending on the time of year.
In September/October, the staff will be busy in the harvest and you can see “live” the magical moment that is our yearly ritual. In the following months, the focus is more on the production process. It should be said that a fundamental stage of the tour is the one related to the visit of the various rooms where this process is carried out, from fermentation to bottling, in addition to the areas in which the wine is stored.
An example of a wine tour route: the Val delle Rose experience
After a cultural and historical introduction to Maremma, the territory in which the Val delle Rose estate is situated, there is a stroll in the vineyards to take a close look at the plant, the type of terrain, the types of farming and different pruning techniques, with information provided about each grape variety.
The route continues inside the vinification cellar, where guests walk along suspended catwalks to observe the stainless steel tanks in which the transformation process of must to wine takes place. Here, during the harvest period, the smell is intoxicating and you can observe all the processes.
The tour ends in the barrel room, which is entirely underground and is where the wines are aged.
The wine tasting
The wine tasting is one of the highlights and is the true ‘closing of the circle’. Now you have come to know the land, the region, the history of those wines and who produced them, you’ve discovered how they are produced and stored, and now is the time when all these stories acquire a sense and a meaning: the tasting.
We can say this is a key moment. The wine tasted directly from the winery has a special flavor. The territory, its perfumes, the history of wine is all around you.
Of course, very often, you can enjoy food pairings with equally typical products.
At Val delle Rose, for example, guests have the opportunity to taste our wines accompanied by bruschetta with extra virgin olive oil produced on the estate, or stay longer to enjoy traditional dishes from Maremma.
The tasting signals the end of the tour - an experience that we recommend in every part of the wine-producing world. Because in the end, where there is wine there is always a story to tell. With the wine tour you not only discover the story, but in a certain way can live it directly. And it really is worth it.
Want to try a wine tour in Tuscany? Find out what it’s all about here at Val delle Rose, la the Cecchi family estate in Maremma.