I'm setting up an itinery for my boyfriend and myself at the end of May to visit the Cinque Terre. Our flight leaves from Pisa and I'd like to work into the holiday a bit of wine tasting (as we come from another famous wine region in South Africa). We potentially only have one day and an evening to spare. And could possibly stay over if need be. We won't have a car so will be using public transport.
It doesn't have to be for long, could even be a nice lunch on a wine farm enroute back to Pisa for our flight. Just want to see vineyards in another country. (we've already toured the French Wine routes.. I'm looking for something similar to St Emilion in France if we just do lunch)
Any advice, as always, greatly appreciated.
you can find some informations about wine trails in Tuscany here:
along the tuscanian coast,in Bolgheri area, there are very famous wines (sassicaia red wine f. e.)
other good wines are in Florence and Siena area (chianti; red wine, vernaccia di san Gimignano (white wine)) and in the southern area of Tuscany(in Montalcino: Brunello and in Montepulciano: Nobile both red wines). Vinsanto, a sweet wine, is tipical all over the region. Tipically you drink vinsanto eating cantucci, a sort of biscuit with almonds.
that's are the most famous and also expensive wines, but there many other good wines you can taste.
in Cinque terre don't miss the chance to taste Sciacchetrà, a local sweet and delicious wine (you're not going to find it elsewhere)
without a car it could hard to reach a rural farm, but you can taste good food and wine in wineries, spread almost everywhere in Tuscany!
Bolgheri is a good idea for one night and we can recommend the La Taverna del Pittore Restaurant in the town.
If you want a more organised tour try Aolmaia Tuscany Society who operate out of Pisa province and run half day and longer wine visits all over Tuscany.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 6, 2007, at 7:38 AM by Delicious. Edited by Dr.Pepper on Mar 7: removed links ]