About your host
Hi my name is Sylvia, I was born in Holland and I live in Montepulciano where I work in the tourism and wine industry.
I am a certified Fisar sommelier and agent for several wineries in Italy. I give presentations and wine tastings where I discuss the history and the story behind the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Montepulciano is one of the most charming and romantic Tuscany hill towns. It is a jewel of Renaissance history in art and architecture with the most fabulous wines.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a high quality award winning wine rated in America as one of the top 15 wines to drink.
Wine and Food experience
I invite you to taste and learn about our wines during your visit in Tuscany.
We will begin our tour at the Piazza Grande where I will tell you about the story of Montepulciano and its famous wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. In the 16th century Montepulciano formed an alliance with Florence and I will share with you some of the symbols of Florence’s authority through art and architecture.
After a tour of the town we will walk to one of the most important wineries of Montepulciano.
This beautiful wine cellar is found under a church which belonged to a 14th century monastery “Convento dei Padri Serviti”.
We will visit the underground caves where the wine ages in oak barrels. When walking through the wine caves we’ll discover a wonderful treasure of an ancient Etruscan Tomb.
The visit to the caves will be followed by a wine tasting and lunch – dinner at the restaurant.
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
- Rosso di Montepulciano
- Vino Santo di Montepulciano
Food (lunch – dinner):
- Antipasto misto consisting of the local meats and cheeses of the area (Pienza)
- Primo piatto specialty of Montepulciano “tagliatelle al ragù” followed by Vin Santo and biscotti (cantucci the specialty of Montepulciano)
- Water and bread are inclusive
*There are options for vegetarian meals
The Wine and Food experience at this historical winery is a true Italian experience.
Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
-Tour at the Piazza Grande
-Fisar sommelier guide (Italian – English speaking, Dutch mother tongue)
-Visit winery and Etruscan Tomb
-Lunch – dinner (antipasto misto and pasta)
-Four quality wines
-Water and bread
55 Euro pp
Children’s consumption will be paid at location
Taxi service can be arranged upon request
Would you like to book a Wine and Food experience in Montepulciano? Just contact me for more information.
Sylvia van der Male
September 5, 2018
Sylvia organized a wine tasting tour at the Gattavecchi winery in September. We started with a white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano on the terrace. Then walked to the wine cellar and had a nice tour through the authentic wine cellar including a visit of the Etruscan Tomb. Then moved on for a delicious meal with 2 different red wines and as dessert a vin santo and grappa.
Four boxes of wine returned with us to the Netherlands. No regrets, because we have already ordered new Vernaccia di San Gimignano at Sylvia. Everything was and will be arranged down to the last detail.
Thank you Sylvia!
March 30, 2019
Sylvia gave us a terrific time in Montepulciano from the time we met by the ancient town water well, talking through some local history and a short walk to one of the oldest vintners in Montepulciano.
We visited the underground cellars and below this an Etruscan tomb room. We met the very friendly owner of the winery and his family, had a delicious lunch accompanied by vin noble tastings.
We needed a siesta by the time we were finished! Sylvia is a super simpatico and positive person who is happy to discuss any topic – wine and food related or just if you are curious about something Tuscan or Italian. Strongly recommended!
Tim (Wellington, New Sealand)
April 25, 2019
Splendid afternoon! Sylvia is very charming and knowledgeable. She went out of her way to accommodate us. Shelley (New York, USA)
April 25, 2019
Bella esperienza, ottimo vino, consiglio assolutamente!!! Federica (Genova, Italy)
April 25, 2019
Excellent experience! Peter (New Jersey, USA)
May 23, 2019
Sylvia was great and it was a really fun experience to meet the owners of the winery and the other guests in our group. A great value too! Favoloso!
Sylvia è stata fantastica ed è stata un’esperienza davvero divertente incontrare i proprietari della cantina e gli altri ospiti del nostro gruppo. Un grande valore anche!
Lori (Washington, USA)
May 25, 2019
We will be back to Montepulciano and hire Sylvia very soon, we had a wonderful experience and want to share this with others!
Amy (Elmhurst, Illinois, United States)
May 28, 2019
An amazing experience that I can’t recommend enough. Whether you enjoy wine, history or just spending time with great people, this experience has it all. Sylvia’s beauty and charm is only surpassed by her love and knowledge of wine and the gifted way in which she shares it. She delighted us with tales of local history and made us feel welcome. More like spending time with a lost family member than meeting her for the first time. The wine was superb, the pasta and cheese excellent, everyone should experience this if they visit Montepulciano…you won’t regret it.
Lee (Pennsylvania, United States)
May 31, 2019
Sylvia has a great passion for Italy and its wine. She takes you through a well balanced mixture of sightseeing, food and wine tasting. You start in one of the most amazing squares in the world (sunny in our case), you will descend in a deep and cool Etruscan tomb. And finally you will taste delicious Tuscan food in a former monastery of XIII century. Of course the highlight is the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Alberto (Brussels, Belgium)
A wonderful experience learning about the area and the wines. It was interesting to try the local Montepulciano wines and area cuisine. I especially enjoyed meeting the fellow travelers and sharing stories. Thank you, Sylvia. You are a charming and knowledgeable host!
Lori California, United States
June 8, 2019
Sylvia is amazing! My friends and I had the best time at this event. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about wine and gave us a wonderful experience. The food and wine is amazing, highly recommend!
Annabelle (Michigan, United States)
I had a great experience with Sylvia. She was very knowledgable and sweet. She walked us around and gave us suggestions on what we could do outside of the experience. She’s arranged for us to meet with the owners of the winery and we took some pictures altogether. It was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t exchange for anything. Highly recommend.
Izzy (Michigan, United States)
June 13, 2019
It was a pleasure to meet Sylvia and learn more about the wine from Montepulciano. We felt that Sylvia is passionate about her work and her country of adoption. We went to the winery and had the chance to meet a part of the family owning it, all were very welcoming ! My partner and I are very grateful to Sylvia for that experience and the time she spent with us, she was the perfect guide.
Anne (Toulouse, France)