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Above 90 Brunello Wine Tour

Florence, Italy
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Above 90 Brunello Wine Tour
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kramEel_SaM wrote a review Oct 2017
Toronto, Canada10 contributions1 helpful vote
The best wine tasting experience in Tuscany. Silvio is simply great. He has great knowledge of Tuscan wines and for us the Brunello experience is a life time memory. We did our tour in late September (great weather helped but wasn't required) He is very informative and selected 3 wonderful Brunello producers for PRIVATE tastings. As others have mentioned your group is alone with the producers who proudly share their finest with you. You get a great opportunity to taste with a perfect presentation and atmosphere that allows you to experience the wine - not sold on the wine. We were fortunate to have the expertise and calm wisdom of Silvio, who by selected producers who spent their time with you. not a tasting host. It is clear these wine makers love what they do, care about their product quality and are so humble. Out only regret is that we could not carry more wine home with us.... Marco, Lucia, Ettore, Enrica and Silvio thank you for taking the time to tell us about your wine and where you live... We got fantastic value for the day we spent with Above 90 Tours. Great lunch, great tour of the wine country and we met some really nice accommodating and caring people who by the way make great wine. Loved all of it. Do reach out to Silvio and share your initial preferences...He will customize an experience for you and You will NOT be disappointed. Grazie Mille Silvio Magnifico
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Kelley B wrote a review May 2017
Austin, Texas16 contributions10 helpful votes
I reached out to SIlvio three months before my family's trip to Florence based on his website - above90.com. Silvio is selective in the number of tours he agrees to take on in any given year. It is worth planning ahead to get time on his schedule. He sets up everything and his pricing for us included three tastings, lunch, transport and his services as a private guide. The wineries he goes to are appointment only, small producers and based on long term relationships with each host location. Because of traffic issues (the Obama's and a car race in the region) our proposed schedule was actually reversed - and it may have even made that better. We started at Sesta di Sopra with a tasting in the owner's home. The conversation was just like making new friends - the owners who have been married for 50+ years tell wonderful stories. This producer has multiple listings on the annual Top 100 wines list. Fattoi was our second stop, again - no other guests while we were there. Just us and one family member walking us through the wines on offer. While Silvio didn't plan it - one spectacular surprise was seeing Michelle Obama and her protection coming out of a small castle in one town we visited that afternoon. We finished our tastings at La Fornace. Fabio escorted us around the vineyards and poured some truly delicious offerings. I fell in love with the 2012 Origini. The day was longer than Silvio or we anticipated, starting at 9 AM and returning to our hotel at 9 PM. We drove over vistas of the rolling hills and stopped for photos, walked in two small villages in addition to the winery visits. Silvio has my highest recommendation as a guide. He was entertaining, informative, genuine and made it a special day for my parents and I.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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BriMC65 wrote a review Feb 2015
Huntersville, North Carolina2 contributions
My wife and I still talk about the day we spent with Silvio and the wonderful people we met at the wineries we visited. Silvio picked us up, took us to three fabulous wineries and also to a local restaurant for a wonderful lunch. Silvio is knowledgeable, genuine and very personable. The Mantalcino region is beautiful and produces some of the worlds finest wines. You will experience them in a private setting (no buses) with the owners. You will also have the option to purchase (no pressure but I recommend it). This is must for any wine lover. Beautiful countryside , fabulous wine and a great host. I can't wait to go back! BMC
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Date of experience: September 2014
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KatieVC wrote a review Oct 2013
Rochester, New York3 contributions5 helpful votes
We actually did this wine tour about two years ago and have now just gotten around to share our wonderful experience with you! We were able to do this tour with another couple, which helped us to save a little bit of money. This was also nice to meet other people and learn from others while enjoying some wonderful wine. Silvio was more than just a wine tour guide. He provided us with an experience we will never forget. He was able to bring us to several different wineries that were not like anything we have ever experienced. Being able to meet "Grandpa", hear about his stories and experience his wine was awesome. While in this winery, we could see how long this vineyard was in the family since we were able to see "Grandpa" in a picture, on a tractor at this same vineyard when he was 6 years old. That was unforgettable. We have been able to recommend this experience to others and they have also said nothing but great things about this experience. No doubt, when we return to Italy, we will be booking another tour. This is something everyone should experience while in Italy. Not only will you have amazing wine, wonderful conversation, but you will see some amazing views of the Italian country side.
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Date of experience: July 2013
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JJSllim wrote a review May 2013
Seattle, Washington9 contributions4 helpful votes
Just getting to this review after a year and a half of procrastinating! My wife and I spent a little over a month in Italy and honestly, this was one of our most enjoyable days in country. Silvio was incredibly knowledgeable and was able to tailor his wine suggestions as we went along, based on the wines we liked at previous vineyards. He is very personable and knowledgeable. And of course, in my opinion, Brunello is the best wine there is in Italy (with the exception of maybe Barolo, which we like a lot too) so the trip was hard to beat regardless. If we visit Siena again (we plan to) we will definitely go with Silvio for another tour. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: July 2012
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