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Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Siena

Whether its a guided tasting in a cellar or a visit to the vineyards of Chianti, you can learn so much more about Tuscan wines here in Siena.

At Siena's northern doorstep, the hills of the Chianti gather, producing the fine wines of Chianti Classico since the Etruscan era.

To the south of Siena stretches the Val d'Orcia, home to the archetypal Tuscan hillt own of Montepulciano and its ruby-red Vino Nobile wine, and the vines that produce the mighty red Brunello around the mountaintop town of Montalcino.

You can rent a car and strike off on your own to visit the vineyards; many wineries are open to the public (though the majority require an advance booking of a few days).

However, an escorted tour of the wineries has the benefits of not having to fiddle with advance bookings, providing a knowledgeable guide, and—this is key—a designated driver so that everyone is free to sample the wines at each stop.

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