Situated in the heart of Tuscany, Siena is just a stone’s throw from several of Italy’s most celebrated wine-producing regions. Wine lovers who make their base here will have plenty of chances to learn about—and taste—sought-after labels and rare vintages. Here’s what you need to know about wine tasting in Siena.
Wine lovers in this part of Italy can choose from among a number of famous wine-producing regions. North of town, between Siena and Florence, is the famous wine region of Chianti. Chianti is well known for its production of medium-bodied Chianti Classico reds, which are made using at least 80% sangiovese grapes, with the rest made of up blends that may include canaiolo, colorino, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and merlot.
South of Siena lies Montalcino, where Italy’s famous Brunello di Montalcino wine is made using 100% sangiovese grapes. Also south of Siena is Montepulciano, whose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano red is again made mostly of sangiovese, with small amounts of other varietals such as canaiolo and mammolo blended in. White-wine lovers may want to make the journey northwest to the hill town of San Gimignano to try Vernaccia di San Gimignano, made using the white vernaccia grape.
- See medieval castles such as Castello Monteriggioni and Castello Di Meleto during a wine tour of Chianti.
- Hike to a winery on the vineyard-surrounded Via Francigena ancient pilgrimage route.
- Learn about the production of Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti wines during winery tours.
- Train your palate during a guided wine-tasting workshop.
- Drive a vintage Italian car through the Tuscan countryside before stopping at a local winery for a multicourse meal accompanied by Tuscan wines.