Our final full day started in San Gimignano. I don’t normally do sightseeing but as many people were on their first trip to Tuscany it seemed a shame not to take a brief stop in this historic town with its famous towers. From there, we headed over to the Torciano estate. This property dates back to 1720 and is still run by the same family and have developed a very exciting proposition with vineyards in Chianti, Montalcino and San Gimignano.
Two family members hosted our visit – Lillo and Leo and I have to say the tasting lunch was a combination of delicious food, raucous laughter and an eclectic mix of wines from all over Tuscany. Leo had developed an Italianesque Carry On humour that added a rather unique touch and made it quite unlike any wine tasting we have experienced on tour.
It was great fun, the wines were good and it made for a bit of light relief from the intensity of the top estates we had visited in the previous days.
Back to Siena for a quick rest and then it was out for dinner.
Tar-Tufo restaurant was our destination and over four hours a truly wonderful Tuscan tasting menu unfolded.
Antipasti, stuffed squid, pici pasta, a seabass and crab pastry, lamb cutlets, cheese and a sumptuous chocolate cake were a superb finsh to the tour.