Tuscany produces some of the most important reds in the world. It is a region full of tradition, but in continuous evolution since the introduction of international grape varietals that became common in the seventies. The term "super Tuscan" was penned when a group of winemakers began producing wines not in accordance to traditional blending laws. Today, you will visit the estate of one of those winemaking-rebels and taste some of their "super" wines.
You will first make a short stop in the medieval town of Suvereto. An hour from Livorno, this 10th-century village is surrounded by stone walls built to protect the town from attackers and features cobblestone streets lined with rustic houses, historical buildings, and impressive churches. Here you can grab an espresso or cappuccino before taking a stroll through the heart of the 10th Century village.
Next, you arrive at the Super Tuscan estate Azienda Agricola Tua Rita. This family-run winery began as a humble family project conducted in a tiny, rustic cellar. Not seeking commercial or critical recognition, it took only a few perfect ratings by the international wine press to turn a wine of disarmingly simple origins into a staple of the cult genre. Their renowned merlot, Redigaffi, received a perfect 100-point score from the Wine Spectator in 1997 and then in 2000 became the first Italian wine ever to receive the same perfect rating from Robert Parker. As their guest you will experience true Tuscan hospitality during a tour of their state of the art wine cellar, followed by a delicious multi-course lunch paired with their award-winning wines.
Before returning to the ship and in order to give you the opportunity to purchase a bottle or two of Super Tuscan wine, you'll make a brief stop in the spectacular old town of Bolgheri. You'll think you are in a picture postcard as you approach the town on a road lined on both sides by 200-year-old Cypress trees. Here, you can walk off your lunch, visit the gelateria or one of several wine shops that offer a wide variety of Super Tuscan and other Italian wines.
Oceania Cruises is proud to partner with FOOD & WINE TRAILS, in the offering of this tour. F&WT tours are always led by a knowledgeable, English-speaking wine or food expert, sommelier, cooking instructor or chef, who enjoys introducing visitors to some of the best and most authentic food and wine of their region.
Please note: There is approximately 3 hours of moderate walking and/or standing that includes steep cobblestone streets to negotiate in Suvereto and a spiral staircase to climb at Tua Rita The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. On occasion, due to last-minute operational issues at the wine estate, an alternate winery estate of similar quality and ranking may be substituted. The Super Tuscan region is famous for it's red wine selection and white wine may not be served or available during the tastings. Given it is a set meal that is served on this excursion, guests with any dietary restrictions should advise the Destination Services Desk once on board the ship.