Visiting San Gimignano in the Tuscan countryside you can taste the gold-coloured & famous white wine called Vernaccia. Well known for its historical city center, medieval towers, Vernaccia & saffron, it is a must-see while you are in Italy. Being a certified Sommelier and loving Tuscany I can stay hours talking about and enjoying the wines and the genuine productions of this small but amazing hill town. This wonderful wine started to be made from the indigenous grape called Vernaccia (from Latin vernaculum) already in the 1200, and became famous all over Italy and lately all around the world. Gold colour, fruity, dry, mineral and sapid, Vernaccia easily pairs with fish, soups, pasta, white meats, eggs, vegetables of every season and it is great also with fresh and semi-aged pecorino cheese. Several farms and wineries situated on the famous rolling hills of Tuscany with their small and cosy restaurants offer the chance to taste their superb wines and home-made local products, sharing their way of thinking and of making wine. The surrounding landscape of rolling green hills with lush vineyards produces the amazing Vernaccia di San Gimignano, the first wine in Italy which was recognised as DOC in 1966 and in 1990 DOCG, the highest level of certification of wines in Italy.
Contact me to plan your private wine tastings with me in San Gimignano, the medieval Manhattan of Tuscany, and you will live unforgettable days under the warm Tuscan sun and bring back everlasting memories of the beauty of this wonderful part of Italy.

Tuscany is a must visit because of its history, arts, wines, food and spectacular beauty of its countryside. What about celebrating a special birthday amidst the Tuscan hills like in Cortona, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, San Gimignano and the Florence countryside? I had the pleasure to do it for a client & friend from California a few weeks ago. I arranged a full day of celebrations, starting with a private Brunello tour in a scenic Montalcino winery, visiting ancient cellars and tasting the best and most known wines of Tuscany, Italy. Next stop was at a cheese farm nestled on a hill of the wonderful Orcia Valley near Pienza where we enjoyed a traditional Tuscan lunch that featured handmade pasta with the farm’s organic wheat, and of course their excellent and delicious pecorino cheese in front a spectacular view. This special day in Tuscany couldn’t end without a visit of the beautiful city of Siena where we enjoyed the view of the amazing Piazza del Campo with the monumental Palazzo Pubblico, and the incredible architecture of the Cathedral. The top of the celebration was dinner in a local restaurant that serves traditional cuisine of Siena, Tuscany: focaccia with wild boar and pork hams, handmade pici with wild boar sauce, tagliatelle with fresh porcini mushrooms, sliced beef tagliata with rosemary-scented olive oil, roasted veal with mushroom sauce...all paired with a great Chianti Classico from a family-run winery just out of Siena. A birthday candle could not burn better but on a freshly made tiramisù, especially made for this occasion, what a surprise!!! Wouldn’t you want to celebrate your birthday like this with me in Tuscany, Italy???