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Excellent reasons to visit Valdichiana Senese at Christmas: quality food and wine and Michelin star rating

Give or treat yourself to a sensorial journey into the land of good taste!

The Christmas holidays are the perfect time to immerse yourself in the unique flavors and aromas of Valdichiana Senese, an area in southern Tuscany rich in food and wine excellence. We have thought of a sensorial journey through the local culinary tradition: a journey that will make your Christmas unforgettable. An irresistible proposal to get to know this land through its strong and inimitable flavours. From a gourmet lunch in a Michelin Star restaurant to tastings of award-winning cheeses, fine wines and high-quality extra virgin olive oil, Valdichiana Senese offers an extraordinary culinary experience that will satisfy your senses and your passion for good food.

Lunch in a Michelin star rating restaurant

Valdichiana Senese is renowned for its authentic cuisine and in the most magical period of the year, it is impossible not to indulge in a gourmet lunch in one of the two starred restaurants in the area, the Castello di Fighine Restaurant in San Casciano dei Bagni or Osmosi in Montepulciano, to enjoy the seasonal flavors of the area in a modern way but with an eye towards tradition.

Tasting of the 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano present in the "Top 100" of Wine Spectator

This land is also famous for the vineyards that lead to the production of one of the finest wines in Tuscany, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. During your food and wine journey, you will have the opportunity to visit the Cantine Dei in Montepulciano to taste the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2019, included in the ranking of the 100 best wines in the world of 2023 by Wine Spectator.

High quality extra virgin olive oil

Then there is the extra virgin olive oil produced here, considered one of the best in the world. The olive groves in the Valdichiana Senese hills lead to the production of an oil with a unique and complex flavour. To discover all the secrets of the prized local green gold, a visit to the Bardi Oil Mill in Trequanda will satisfy your curiosity.

Award-winning cheeses

But Valdichiana Senese is also known for its production of high quality cheeses. From pecorino to ricotta, from mature cheeses to fresh cheeses, there is a wide variety of cheeses to discover and enjoy. The package we have developed for you includes a guided tour with tasting at the Caseificio Cugusi, whose pecorino cheeses received five awards at the "World Cheese Awards" this year.

In short, if you are passionate about good food and want to make your Christmas holidays truly special, Valdichiana Senese is the perfect destination. This sensorial journey through unique flavors and aromas will allow you to savor the culinary tradition of the area in all its splendor. From gourmet lunches to wine tastings, from high quality extra virgin olive oils to award-winning cheeses, Valdichiana Senese will amaze you with its authenticity and its food and wine excellence.