There are very few places that can compete with the beauty of Tuscany in the fall. The leaves are turning colors, the air is crisp, the temperature mild and if you love wine, now is the time to travel. La Vendemmia is the harvest of the grapes and each year, many take advantage of this time of the year to travel to Tuscany.
Italy is dependent on wine production for its economy and it’s an important time of the year. Unique grape harvesting activities abound in Tuscany while grape stomping like you may have seen in I Love Lucy is considered unhygienic. Fun, but unhygienic. Fret not, there are many activities you can take part in or if you are like us, you can just enjoy drinking it.
For those of us who enjoying drinking it, grape selection is an important part where the ripeness of the grape matters. There are many different tasks that must be completed during the grape harvest, and although no one can exactly predict the week the grape harvest will happen, it’s still a beautiful time of the year in Tuscany.
During The Ultimate Tuscan Wine Experience, we host you on visits to 4 different and stunning wineries in Chianti where you can live like a local and take part in the revelry—even if we don’t stomp grapes, we still enjoy all the abundant wine Tuscany has to offer with Chianti being the most well-known.
The harvest is not only for wine lovers. Many fall foods are abundant in Tuscany and ready for you to enjoy from fall root vegetables to chestnuts to mushrooms. During our Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun Experience, we take advantage of the fall abundance during our hands-on cooking classes. Simone, our resident chef, will show us how to make an authentic and mouth-watering mushroom risotto using farm to table mushrooms and herbs. It’s also time to hunt truffles for the other delicious dishes we will learn to make all as part of living like a local.
If you’ve always wanted to visit Italy or if you’ve already been and have always wanted to go back, now’s the time to pack your bags. All you need to do is get there and we’ll handle the rest!