Tour Tuscany & Umbria

Tour Tuscany & Umbria

Tour of the Hill & Towns Countryside of Tuscany and Umbria

May 9th to May 17th, 2023

For eight nights, you can have the exclusive opportunity to be escorted through the most magical parts of Tuscany and Umbria by Castle delle Serre owners, Salvatore Gangale and the Castello di Amorosa wine family.  We invite you to join in this intimate collaboration and cultural experience with Salvatore as he shares his most influential perspectives of the food, wine and history of his native country of Italy.  Based on over forty years of experience, we assure you that you will relish in the most authentic meals and local experiences during this stay, effectively capturing the essence of la dolce vita only as a true Italian could.

Guests through charming villages, farmhouses, majestic castles and the beautiful architecture of churches and monasteries. You’ll taste some of the world’s finest olive oils, wines, learn how the Italians cook, and eat meals you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Tour Host: Salvatore Gangale, Castle delle Serre owner and native to Italy. Salvatore brings with him over forty years of experience, that assures you that you will relish in the most authentic meals and local experiences during this stay as he takes you through Italy as only a local can, effectively capturing the essence of la dolce vita only as a true Italian could. Antonio and Kaci Gangale will also be helping to add local Italian insight during the tour.

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The Tour Will Include

♦ All meals (continental breakfast, lunch and evening meal)
♦ Beverages included with meals and select outings
♦ Bilingual local tour guides
♦ Bus Transportation
♦ Eight nights lodging in a premium Italian Castle and a Historic Inn
♦ Sightseeing, tours, museums
♦ Wine and olive oil tastings
♦ Cooking Demonstrations

The Tour Will Not Include

♦ Air Transportation
♦ Travel Insurance
♦ Laundry
♦ Telephone Charges, Room Service
♦ Gratuity to Local tour guides and bus driver

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Sassicaia Winemaker Sebastiano Rossa

Artistic Super Tuscans

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March 12th, 2014

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Artistic Super Tuscans

You may suspect a read detailing the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo or Botticelli as Tuscany is known for its artistic contributions. Florence, the heart of Tuscany, is considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance and is one of the most important cities in the world for art lovers and historians. Tuscany boasts some of the world’s most prized works of art in the numerous museums and art galleries, the Uffizzi, the Pitti Palace, and the Bargello, just to name a few.

The Uffizzi Gallery (left) and the Palazzo Pitti (right) are home to some of Tuscany’s most valuable works of art.

 

Aside from its artistic legacy, the cultivation and appreciation of wine is also deeply steeped in the history of Tuscany. Italy is one of the oldest wine-producing regions of the world and is still the largest wine producer by volume. There are over 350 different wine grapes commonly cultivated in Italy and many of these are indigenous to Tuscany. In Tuscany you can find everything from unpretentious local village wines to more sought after and prestigious wines like Brunello de Montalcino, Chianti Classico or Super Tuscans.

The ‘super’ heroes of Italian wine

In the early 1980’s prominent Tuscan wine producers believed the legal rules of the DoC and DoCG (Italian wine law) governing the production of Chianti were too restrictive. For example, they required the use of some white grapes and they prohibited blending non-indigenous grapes i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah. In an effort to produce the best wines and embrace artistry in their craft they continued to use these less traditional grape varietals. Although not legally defined or regulated, the term “Super Tuscan” was coined to distinguish these artistically expressive wines from the inexpensive, lower quality wines that were typically associated with the term vino da tavola, or ‘table wine’.

Today, super Tuscans use the legal labeling of IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica), which gives producers more flexibility, or artistic license, and certainly has more cachet than vino da tavola. Super Tuscans now represent some of the most luxurious wines of Italy and tend to be modern, big and rich—and often carry a price tag exceeding $100- $200 a bottle.

Some super Tuscans contain Sangiovese but others are made solely from Merlot (like the famous Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Toscana Masseto), or from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah (Riccardo Baracchi Toscana Ardito), or from even less traditional varietals, like a combination of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot (Argiano Toscana Solengo).

Castello di Amorosa’s 2009 La Castellana is 70% Cabernet, 15% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. Exotic dried plum and tinder box on the nose and a refined palate of brooding dark cherry and dusty cocoa.

La Castellana…she looks right at home in the Great Hall of the Castello. Learn more about our Super Tuscan Blend here.

Our 2010 vintage, the first blended by Sebastiano Rosa of Italy’s famed Sassicaia has garnered a whopping 92 points from James Laube of Wine Spectator.

Sebastiano may be Castello di Amorosa’s  Super-hero Tuscan!