You don’t have to know Italian, French or German, to be able to appreciate wine. There are no barriers to cross in wine appreciation, just one long smooth ride into the world of wines and how to appreciate them. If you are a wine enthusiast, connoisseur or just a beginner, our wine tasting course guides you through an intoxicating maze of vineyards to enjoy and understand the ever more popular and appreciated "red" of Tuscany. Experience a whole new world of wines. If you are intrigued we promise you that you will be an expert connoisseur in no time!
Our wine tasting classes are held in English and teach you about the history of wine making, where we are heading in the wine industry, changing methods, cultural and geographical influences, how to recognize flavors, fundamental wine tasting techniques, DOCG wines and the super Tuscans all in a relaxed, friendly and fun environment.
Even Louis Pasteur said" "Wine is the most healthful and hygienic of beverages". Scientists, doctors, the intelligentsia and all the wine producing regions of the world endorse this wise statement. Wine is one of the first things that man made; its origins are lost in the mists of time. But through history, wine has played an important part in religious ceremonies, as a medicine and sometimes even as an antiseptic. Wine has been known to be a water purifier besides converting a simple meal into a feast. Wine has converted its uses into being a friend as well as a great comfort to soothe the body and mind.
Our wine appreciation classes and wine tasting classes are held in a unique atmosphere at our 14th century Villa Pandolfini, in the Chianti region, just a few kilometers away from Florence, Tuscany. Experience the ultimate wine tasting experience and go through the annals of ancient Tuscany in the antique cellar dating back to the 1100s, which is recorded as one of the oldest in the historical archives of Florence, Italy. We have sculpted the essence of antiquity and a fabulous ambiance to transport you to the realms of Bacchus. You will travel back in time and participate in individual or group wine tasting, which go through two wine courses, basic and advanced. Change your lifestyle at the Good Tastes of Tuscany and enhance your knowledge as you go on an authentic Tuscany wine tasting and appreciation journey.
Wine has been known to grace the poor man’s and kings’ tables alike and has crossed boundaries and oceans with its mystical properties.
The Program Includes:
- Wine tasting kit will be provided.
- Visit to the vineyard with briefing on various type of wines grapes, climates and soil.
- Back in the cellar: A bit of history on the wine and how the wine was made and used.
- Visit the wine cellar (Briefing on wine making process).
- The mechanic of serving the wine (glasses, bottles, corks, corkscrews and various paraphernalia).
- How to taste the wine (Including the usage of the Aroma Wheel)?
- Principle of food and wine matching.
- Buying wine for your cellar (Wine Selection Techniques).
- Super-Tuscan Wines Sampled: Fossi, Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Guado al Tasso and Lecente.
Our courses are given in the marvelous Estate of Villa Pandolfini, using the historical archives and the cellars where the wine is actually made. The teacher is a Doctor of Agronomy specialized in Enology, Dott. Stefano Tofanelli.
Tuscany is the land of the Renaissance, the birth of new beginnings, where the church has reigned with near invincible power; wine has strong ties to both art and religion. Yet at the same time, wine had always been the most humble of Tuscan comforts that are present even today at almost every meal. Explore with us the history of Tuscan wines through the years and taste why is maintains its popularity even today.
We want you to experience the best that living in Tuscany provides. Engage your senses as you are exposed to the fine wines of Tuscany with our wine class, Wines of Tuscany, which explores the varieties of wines in this region. In need to get out into the countryside, or need a break from the museums, join us as we head out to the countryside for Tuscan Views to smell the fresh air. Take advantage of one of our Tuscany wine tours program to experience all the good tastes of Tuscany.
The Villa Pandolfini Estate: The 150 hectare estate comprises of a private forest, vineyards and olive groves. Antiques, frescoes, beautiful loggia looking onto a breathtaking renaissance garden. Outdoor dining, walks, very quiet and private. This is the perfect place to discover Florence and enjoy the real Tuscan countryside living in an elegant castle that has accommodated guests such as Napoleon Bonaparte and King Charles VIII of France. Famous architecture design. Shared Swimming Pool. Wonderful dining experiences at the many local restaurants, some noted as being the best in Italy. Relax at the villa and enjoy its grounds, wine and forest, or discover the many local attractions such as horse riding, trekking, antique markets, Caruso’s villa and gardens, medieval villages and Etruscan ruins.
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