Open Wine Cellars
In the history and traditions of Tuscany good wine and good food have always had a special place. It is common knowledge that Italy in general has a huge ampelographic heritage but talking about wine to Tuscans could mean raising an issue of vital importance. We are passionate and stubborn and we just can’t help standing up for our products, wine included: too many traditions, habits and stories from distant times are related to wine and wineries.
So, whoever is a wine and food lover, or whoever wants to discover something more about our traditions o just whoever wants to spend some time surrounded by Nature cannot miss Cantine Aperte (litterally ‘Open wine cellars’), a tour of several cellars in every region of Italy promoted by the Wine Tourism Movement, a non-profit organization founded in 1993 with the aim of increasing the visits to wine producing areas and the meeting with its producers.
From Saturday May 30 to Tuesday June 2, 2015 in Tuscany and In Florence takes place the 23rd edition of the most important enotouristic event of the year.
The main team of this year event is ‘Rare Food and Wine’ and every wine cellar associated to the WTM give you the possibility to visit and taste extremely hard-to-find Wines with matching high-quality dishes and products from the local area.
Wine cellars are also organising various initiatives to promote direct contact between producers and wine lovers: they will show how and where they work, accompying visitors through the vineyards and inside the wine cellar to discover how wine is made.
Florence and the Province are obviously taking part in this: below you can find a short list of the wineries included in the tour (if you want a complete list of any wine cellars of Italy you can visit the official website).
- ANTINORI CHIANTI CLASSICO (www.antinorichianticlassico.it)
Sunday May 31: the Antinori Family has a great passion for wine making and is one of the oldest cellar in Tuscany. The visit of the winery includes the wine making process and a taste of Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva.
Entry fee: 5€ (tour+wine tasting) – Via Cassia per Siena, 133 San Casciano Val Di Pesa – 0552359700 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- CASTELLI DEL GREVEPESA (www.castellidelgrevepesa.it)
Sunday May 31 from 10 am to 06 pm: visit of the wine-making area, of the cellars and the barriques. Tasting inside the historic cellar.
Free of charge. Dining in the restaurant Acino Rosso with special menus is possible upon reservation. Via Gabbiano 34, Ponte di Gabbiano – San Casciano in Val di Pesa – 055 821911 – email@example.com
- RUFFINO – TENUTA POGGIO CASCIANO (www.ruffino.it)
Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31: for the first Ruffino is opening its gate for the whole weekend of Cantine Aperte. The tour includes a visit of the wine-making area, the estate and the peculiar tunnel of barriques; but also a wine tasting of the most valuable wines of the winery and matchinf food.
Entry fee: 10.00 € (tour+wine tasting + ‘Ruffino’ wine-glass) – Via Poggio al Mandorlo, 1 Bagno A Ripoli –
055 6499712 – firstname.lastname@example.org