10 Best Wine hotels in Tuscany
Tuscany is not only the most famous wine region in Italy but, arguably, one of the foremost wine regions in Europe. This is in no small part due to its romantic landscape of rolling hills and valleys, its abundance of sunshine and its striking, orange coloured soil, all which contribute to the flavour of local wines. But the region’s natural assets aren’t the only ingredients, the hilltop towns, the cypress-lined roads, and the way the grapes have been planted between them influence the flavour too, as does the region’s winemaking traditions. And it probably makes sense that some of the best hotels in Tuscany’s wine regions are also the best vineyard hotels in Tuscany.
Its signature red grape, Sangiovese, is responsible for the distinctive flavours of Montepulciano and Montalcino wines, while Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape variety of the so-called ‘Super-Tuscan’ red wines. Chianti aside - see our separate guide to the 12 best wine hotels in Chianti, we’ve found our 10 best wine hotels in Tuscany around Montepulciano, Montalcino, Orcia, Livorno and Cortona.
Great Tuscan Wine hotels for food lovers
Food and wine always go hand in hand, and there are a great many hotels in Tuscany that are good at doing both. Here are a few of our favourites.
The Castello di Potentino is a classic Tuscan castle with very friendly owners who create a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere - surrounded by working vineyards and an organic farm. The River Cafe’s Avinash Kumar flies in to teach the cooking classes and the rustic backdrops perfect for discovering the region’s wine. The 11 rooms start from €180 per night.
Tuscany is a great place to learn more about Italian cooking, and if that’s part of your travel plans then Tenuta san Pietro might be ideal for you. This ten room hotel has fabulous food and cookery classes, as well as sweeping views of the property’s olive farm and surrounding vineyard.
The hotel Il Falconiere occupies a stunning, 17th century manor house, and has 22 spacious rooms and suites. But the hotel really comes into its own in its Michelin starred restaurant where you can also take cooking classes or wine tastings. The pool and spa are completely charming too.
Great value wine Hotels in Tuscany
While some of the top wine hotels in Tuscany offer every luxury you can imagine, plenty of the best wine hotels in the Tuscan region are fantastically good value. You can find great places to stay in small, charming restaurants with rooms, estate agriturismo and in many of the smaller vineyards.
Close to Chiusi, Il Patriarca is surrounded by vineyards, and offers dreaming views over them from the floor to ceiling windows of its 22 comfortable, romantic bedrooms. But it’s the Michelin starred restaurant and impressive wine cellar, and relaxed bistro which helped it make the cut on our Guru’s list. It’s also extremely good value.
The Antica Fattoria la Parrina is a fantastic working olive farm and vineyard, with a selection of 15 rooms, suites and apartments sleeping up to eight. Traditionally Tuscan in style, and offering fantastic local cuisine - much of it straight from the estate, there’s also a lot to do here, from playing tennis or table tennis, swimming in the pool, or borrowing a bike to explore the local area.
Most Romantic Wine Hotels in Tuscany
During the Renaissance the Locanda dell’Amorosa was a whole hamlet, but today it’s a small luxury hotel with 27 beautiful rooms, most overlooking the local vineyards, a fantastic restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, and a charming wine bar with a vast wine list, and pool-with-a-view. The location is great for exploring the region.
The Castello Banfi il Borgo is a castle and wine estate, built in the 13th century, and now offering nine elegant, boutique-style rooms with arched ceilings, four-poster beds and stunning view. Plus an enoteca or wine shop, a spa and a gourmet restaurant. As well as being luxurious the enoteca probably goes towards making this one of the best hotels in Tuscany’s wine regions.
Poggio Piglia, near Chiusi, looks like a typical Tuscan farmhouse from the outside - and it does produce its own wine and olive oil - but step inside to unexpected sophistication: smooth wooden floors, huge windows, funky lights and modern art installations.
Luxury Vineyard Hotels in Tuscany
The Castello di Vicarello is one of the best luxury hotels in the Tuscan countryside, a seven room castle hotel with panoramic views over its own working vineyards. The decor is Italianate opulence: traditional and romantic, and there’s a top of the range spa and pool and a restaurant serving local sourced regional cuisine.
Conti di San Bonifacio is a stunning, five room Tuscan farmhouse renovation set in the hills above its own wine estate. Expect four-poster beds, furniture throws, marble bathrooms, fireplaces and terraces, and an infinity pool with incredible views. And of course fantastic food and wine.
It’s a cliché but there really is something for everything in our range of Tuscan wine hotels, whether you want good food, great views, romance, relaxation or just a simple base from which to explore the area. This list only dips its toes in what we have. You can continue dipping on our list of recommendations for the 10 best Tuscan hotels for food and wine. Or, to see our full Tuscan recommendations, check out all our recommended hotels in Tuscany. Or you might like to refine your search to just the best hotels in rural Tuscany, or the best hotels in Tuscan towns.
10 Best Wine Hotels in Tuscany
Castello Banfi il Borgo Tuscany 14 rooms from AU$685Foodies - Fantastic traditional Tuscan dishes and an Enoteca stocking wine from the 7000 acre wine estate.Good wine list - The castle has its own vineyard which produces award-winning wines.Romantic - Utterly romantic in location, decoration, and ambience.Views - Panoramic views of the hotel's vineyards around.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection
An award-winning Tuscan boutique hotel with serious joie de vivre. A stunning 13th-century castle and wine estate with traditional romantic interiors, gourmet Tuscan cuisine, an enoteca, and heated pool. Luxurious rooms and suites have arched ceilings, four poster beds, and stunning views. See More
Monteverdi Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Tuscany 7 rooms from AU$1141Romantic BreakCooking classes - Learn how to make Tuscan treatsRestaurant - Recommended.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
La Bandita Townhouse Pienza, Tuscany 12 rooms from AU$530Foodies - Home to a laid-back Tuscan restaurant with locally sourced produce and great wines, this hotel works well for foodiesHideaway - Offering quiet rooms in a picturesque Tuscan village, book this hotel for an idyllic hideaway holidayRomantic Break - With well-appointed suites and romantic soaking tubs, book this hotel for a tranquil couples' getawayGreat walks - See the sights of UNESCO heritage village Pienza on a long walk; ask your host for local tipsRecommended by - CN Traveller, Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
Sophisticated townhouse oozing contemporary chic with a fantastic restaurant. Minimalist bedrooms and suites have exposed brickwork, white washed walls, wooden four poster beds and stand alone bath tubs. Fresh modern Italian food with daily a changing menu. Contemporary townhouse vibe. See More
Siena House Tuscany 7 rooms from AU$404Groups - 4 rooms, modern and funky interiors, and shared open plan kitchen space, gardens and pool make this ideal for a group holidayHideaway - Pool, kitchen, and projection room, chic bedrooms to while away the afternoons, and endless regional sites nearbySights nearby - Lucignano, Cortona, Arezzo, Siena, Monteriggiono, MontepulcianoDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet
A refreshingly contemporary hotel in Tuscany. Just seven rooms and suites feature artwork, views, large bathrooms and chic furnishings. Shared kitchen space, cinematic projection room, pool and gardens. Very laid back atmosphere. A great choice for relaxing holiday for a group of friends or family. See More
Poggio Piglia Chiusi Siena, Tuscany 9 rooms from AU$310Romantic BreakDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Views - Great views from hotelFour poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Castello di Potentino Seggiano, Tuscany 11 rooms from AU$293Total relaxation - The perfect retreat to refresh and recharge, yoga in the mornings, cooking in the afternoon and wine in the evenings.Great walks - Wander around working organic farm, filled with vineyards and olive groves.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby medieval towns of Pitigliano, Sorano and SienaSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool set amid olive trees above the castle
Winning charm in a classic Tuscan castle setting. Friendly owners create a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere like visiting an old friend. Eight rooms and four apartments are filled with period furnishings, paintings and vintage bath tubs. Come here for haunting beauty and rustic charm. See More
La locanda del Loggiato Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany 6 rooms from AU$196Romantic Break - Visit local villages: Montalcino, Abbadia San Salvatore, visit the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni and nearby Bagni san FilippoFoodies - Brunello wine region. In the Autumn, Montalcino food festival in medieval fortress, with vats of polenta and cooking on spitsViews - Over the water-filled square of Bagno VignoniSights nearby - Siena, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano
Il Rigo San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany 13 rooms from AU$179Local exploring - Thermal baths in Bagno Vignoni (4km); walkable sights of Vileta Chapel and Pienza; San Quirico with 16th century gardensFoodies - Home grown organic produce from the farm, annual olive oil festival, nearby is home of Brunello di Montalcino wineCooking classes - Within hotel kitchen, 1 or 4 day coursesSights nearby - Val d'Orcia's small hilltop villagesRecommended by - Sawdays
A lovely country house in the Tuscan hills. Rooms are minimalist with rustic touches of embroidery and antiques. Complete with working farm, cyprus trees and vine covered terraces. Outstanding Tuscan cuisine, bicycles available, secluded setting. A great choice for couples or families. See More
Il Chiostro di Pienza Pienza, Tuscany 37 rooms from AU$209Romantic Break - Candlelight meals on the rooftop, lazy days by the pool and magnificant suites, some featuring original ceiling frescoes.Local exploring - Right in the centre of this ancient and orginal example of Rennaissance townplanning, explore and soak up the history.Sights nearby - In the historic central square of Pienza, only 100m from the famed Pienza CathedralGreat walks - The Tuscan hillsides and vineyards make for some spectacular walking.
Former monastery in the heart of Pienza offers elegance and style, with delightful bedrooms in natural tones with tiled floors and arched ceilings. The cloister terrace restaurant serves delicious food and there are beautiful gardens and a pool that overlook the undulating valley. A romantic spot. See More
Castello di Vicarello Tuscany 7 rooms from AU$1451Views - Stunning valley views of the vineyards beyond.Romantic - Rural romance and glorious countryside.Spa breaksLuxuryRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
A highly luxurious boutique hotel perched on a hilltop with panoramic views over its own vineyards. Romantic rooms and suites have traditional decoration and Italianate opulence. A top of the range spa, fabulous regional cuisine fresh from the garden, and a pool. Glorious, rural, romantic. See More
Il Falconiere Cortona, Tuscany 22 rooms from AU$710Sights nearby - Take a picnic to Lake Trasimeno and spend a summers day in the water.Cooking classes - On site cookery school, led by Chef and owner Silvia Baracchi.Restaurant - Restaurant holds one Michelin Star.Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
Romantic setting for food lovers. Dine at a Micehlin-starred restaurant in a stunning 17th Century Tuscan manor. Beautiful, spacious rooms are a perfect blend of homely meets luxury. Relax by the pool or at the spa. Dining is top class plus you can take part in cooking classes and wine tasting. See More
Tenuta San Pietro Lucca 10 rooms from AU$253FoodiesSights nearby - Not far from Lucca. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to and from the townCooking classes - One day classes or cooking holidays availableRestaurant - Serving regional and Mediterranean cuisineRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet
Locanda di San Francesco Montepulciano Siena, Tuscany 4 rooms from AU$326FoodiesSights nearby - Located in the centre of historic MontepulcianoViews - Wonderful views across the Val d'OrciaLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - I Escape
Conti di San Bonifacio Gavorrano Grosseto, Tuscany 5 rooms from AU$603LuxuryRomantic BreakHoneymoonsSights nearby - Explore the mediaeval hilltop villages of the Maremma regionRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Stunning Tuscan farmhouse renovation set in hills overlooking its wine estate. Superbly luxurious rooms and suites with four poster beds, fur throws, marble bathrooms, fireplaces and terraces. Fantastic food, infinity pool, wine tasting and endless views. Utterly romantic. See More
Il Patriarca Chiusi Siena, Tuscany 22 rooms from AU$204Views - Stunning views over the vineyards.Foodies - Michelin star Tuscan cuisine.Romantic - Good for couples.Local markets - Good for local colour.