When traveling through Italy, or anywhere for that matter, there are a few important things to know about wine tours. Wine tasting is a sensory evaluation and assessment of wine with the focus being on the smell, taste, and feel of the wine.
While the process of tasting wine is as old as its production, an official methodology of wine tasting has been developed in 14th century Italy. By following this methodology, wine connoisseurs can accurately assess the quality and taste of any wine and hopefully be able to recommend wines that their friends and family will enjoy.
While there are numerous different types of tuscan wine tours available, one type is known as the ‘organic’ tour, as these tours promote wine consumption without using chemicals or preservatives. This is usually a small group tour, often involving just a few people.
The tours can last for several days but can be spread out over several weeks, depending on how far in-depth the tour gets. An example of an organic wine tour would include a group that was taken on a vineyard in Tuscany to sample the local flora and harvest the wines.
A more popular organic wine tour might go into small, family-owned estates in small-growing regions of Italy. For many of the families involved in these farms, the wine-making process has been family-owned and operated for centuries.
As such, the selection of wines is based solely on the direct taste of the winemaker, allowing the wines to have a full and rounded flavor that is found in large production facilities.
The tours often cover several days and nights, taking visitors to vineyards where the winemakers provide tours and tastings and sometimes stop at hotels or restaurants to provide food and wine pairing samples to guests. Organic tours of Italy are very popular for the sheer enjoyment of Italy, as well as the exposure to the natural and rural aspects of Italy.