Our wine tours & wine tastings are offered by Francesco Gronchi

Francesco is a sommelier, wine docent, and wine critic for Slow Food’s wine review, Slow Wine, as well as a lead guide for Rick Steves’ tours in Italy.

Francesco was born and raised in Volterra, in the heart of Tuscany. Good food, genuine wine, and great company have always been his passions.

Check out Rick Steves’ recent interview of Francesco

Wine is the only artwork you can drink.

Luis Fernando Oliverri
Francesco Gronchi, wine critic and sommelier, with a bottle of La Massa from Panzano in Chianti in his pocket

Il vino è bono, ma l’acqua avanza. In tavola.

Leonardo da Vinci


Riecine estate - where the terraced vineyard is accompanied by a contemplative bronze sculpture - near Gaiole in Chianti.

because life is too short for bad wine