Grape and olive harvest in Tuscany
In Montaione, the period of the grape harvest and the olive harvest (which runs from the beginning of September to the end of October) is certainly one of the most important moments for the whole territory but also an excellent opportunity to spend holidays in the name of traditions and the rural culture of Tuscany.
Starting from the beginning of September, this is the ideal period to know the main phases of a real ritual: that of the grape harvest, maybe by visiting the farms and understanding all the secrets that lie behind the birth of an excellent wine.
Starting from a guided tour of the vineyard you will know the difference between the various vines and the importance of the “terroir” where they are grown.
Visiting the farms, you will be able to see “live” the moment in which the “Trebbiano” or “Sangiovese” are harvested – typical Tuscan vines from which the “Tuscan white igt” and “Chianti” are obtained respectively -, but also the international varieties from which the famous and excellent “Supertuscans” are produced.
You will discover how the grapes are transported and processed in the cellar, the importance of aging, and why not, being on site, you can taste and buy excellent bottles of wine directly from the producer!
From the beginning of October, the period of olive harvest begins, and also in this case, by contacting the farms, you will know the dates in which they offer the opportunity to participate in the harvesting phases.
You will understand how an excellent Tuscan DOP extra virgin olive oil is obtained from a simple olive.
Here are the wine houses that you can contact and visit during the grape harvest and olive harvest period:
If you want to live an authentic experience during the period of the grape harvest and the olive harvest, do not miss these beautiful initiatives:
By e-mtb among the vineyards of the Via Francigena
September and October with their mild temperatures are undoubtedly the best months for a relaxing mountain bike ride, better if electric. In addition, the beauty of a countryside that is painted in typical autumn colors will be the setting for this 30 km tour that, starting from Montaione, will take us along one of the most evocative stretches of the Via Francigena through vineyards and olive groves passing through Gambassi Terme and then return again to Montaione.
- Organizer: iBikeMontaione
- Meeting point: Montaione at 9.30
- Duration: from 2.5 to 4 hours
- Minimum participants: 2
- Maximum participants: 4 (for a higher number of participants contact the organizer)
- Cost per participant: € 49.00 (including e-mtb and helmet rental)
An evening with dinner/tasting in a winery
A rich program to understand everything that lies behind the work of a winery. It starts at 15.30 / 16.00 with a visit to the company’s vineyards. Then we will return to the cellar where the techniques of winemaking and aging in barriques will be explained. At 19.30 pm the dinner-tasting will begin with a dish of “pasta” with “Cinta Senese” meat sauce, tasting of Cinta Senese cured meats, cheeses, bruschetta, pizzas and many other products of the Podere La Casetta farm. At the end of the tasting, you will receive a gift of 1 Chianti bottle.
- Organizer: Podere La Casetta
- Meeting point: Podere La Casetta at 15.30 pm
- Duration: about 4 hours
- Minimum participants: 4
- Maximum participants: 16
- Cost per participant: adults € 70.00, from 6 up to 18 years € 35.00, under 6 years Free.
Horseback ride among vineyards and olive groves
What better way to discover the beauty of the Tuscan countryside with a horseback ride? Even better if done during the grape harvest or the olive harvest time! At a slow pace, riding your horse, and immersed in the calm of the countryside, you will pass through vineyards and olive groves where it will not be difficult to meet our farmers while harvesting or picking olives.
- Organizer: Il Gelsomino Ranch
- Meeting point: Il Gelsomino Ranch at 10.00am
- Duration: about 1 hour and a half
- Minimum participants: 2
- Maximum participants: 4
- Cost per participant: € 45.00
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