Book a private group tour to any vineyard that is represented by Small Vineyards Winery. Anytime you want. Any date you want.
As many days as you want. You make the rules! Mix it up a little, with a tour of a historical sight, maybe a cooking class or two...whatever you wish for... we can build a trip together, designed by you. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Perhaps a tour of Siena... taste at a Small Vineyards estate on the way, or taste at 4 Estates if you like...take a peek at a Signorelli in an out-of-the-way church, then linger in a Piazza when your perfect day is done. Bring only yourself, your spouse, your family or friends together and design a trip to remember! Limited to 8.
Call Doumina or write for more information on other Tuscany tours or Italy tours to find how you can make this fantasy holiday come true.
The first time you find yourself blazing along in the passenger seat of Antonio Sanguineti’s car, you should steel yourself—either for a bolt of fear or for an adrenalin rush (or both) unparalleled in your lifetime. In a nation famous for its invisible speed limits and outrageous drivers, Antonio is truly one of the fastest. (To his credit, he’s also one of the best.) Everywhere you go, locals know the flamboyant winemaker’s car on sight: it’s the only canary yellow Audi wagon in Tuscany, and to them, this blur of a vehicle is known simply as "la Banana Rapida".
The first time you try one of Sanguineti’s wines, you’ll realize how perfectly they match the man– bold, intelligent reds that simultaneously suggest control and grace. But his was not to an easy road. As happens sometimes in Italian families, there was a disagreement about what to do with the Sanguineti family’s land. This happened while Antonio was still a young man and, in the end, it wound up being sold. Despite his love of wine, Antonio was left without a vineyard. As he recalls it, "I owned the knowledge, but not the land." But the accomplished young winemaker, dubbed ‘Il Maestro’ by his colleagues, was not to be deterred. He parlayed his wine knowledge into consultant work, and now trades his expertise for the right to select the best grapes from two wonderful estates. Without the ongoing overhead of a vineyard, Antonio is able to produce truly outstanding wines for a modest price.
About Doumina Whyman, a travel agent and tour guide for the past 4 years with The Enthusiastic Traveler, her private company, she has recently joined forces with Small Vineyards Travel because of their similar philosophy regarding the Italian Lifestyle, the families, and sharing the "real" Italy and not the tourist version with clients. Whyman says, that her biggest reward is happy, smiling clients. A true testiment to her work is her clients approval and referrals. Below, a few for your enjoyment.
"FANTASTICO!!! Doumina has a knack for surrounding herself with knowledgeable and fun local folks who guided us on interactive walking tours of the towns, taught us how to make Italian food from scratch, with care and love...(and a little more wine!)...and local dining places where they made us feel like the most important guests! I am still raving about this trip!"
Carol Sue Rogers
"... all of our guides immense, in-depth research, along with her incredible instincts to choose, was a gift to me, and the others, for our journey through Italy. My best advice... "don't leave home without her."
"With a guide that has boundless energy and enthusiasm, even the ordinary event seemed like an adventure. One of the best outings of my seventy years, and worth every dollar."
"Doumina has all of the keys to the cities...I know I saw things that a normal tourist could only dream of. I am signing up next fall to bring my family!"
"Doumina could give you a tour of your own backyard and make it fun. She celebrates life and it's contagious!"
Keith and Connie Twede
"Doumina gives you an up-close insiders view of the treasures surrounding the enchanted hill town of Cortona. You like olive oil? Meet a farmer who picks his olives, and the man who presses them. Art your thing? Listen to the passionate sermons of her guide, and real-life descendant of Cortona's own Luca Signorelli. Want to eat the way the heartiest Tuscans do? For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you will. Guaranteed."
Writer for Gourmet Magazine and Conde Nast
Chiara lives in Siena and joined Small Vineyard Tours after working for many years in a winery and running their related agriturismo in the Chianti Classico hills betwen Siena and Florence.
Speaking 5 languages, this gifted Sommelier is among the founders of the national association "Donne del Vino" (women of wine). Chiara understands wine in a way that benefits her lucky clients. Interested in art and history she loves Tuscany and her intention is to enlighten her guests to all of the different aspects of her region starting of course with the wine and the food which, in her opinion, are the best ways to understand and get to know a country.
Willie Joffroy spent 29 years in cross border logistics services along the U.S.-Mexico border. He and his family now live in Tucson, Arizona and travel to Italy annually. Throughout his business career, he focused on providing his clients with the very best in professional and personalized service. This commitment to the client helped Willie and his company develop an excellent reputation regionally and nationally.
Willie has been an avid cyclist for over 25 years. He is most passionate about the cycling, food, and wine that only Italy can offer. His number one goal is to provide clients with a level of personalized service that will make the cycling, culinary, and wine experience in Italy one to remember for many years. To that end, Small Vineyards Cycling Tours are limited to 10 clients per tour.
It is a rare opportunity for clients to savor the high quality wines of small family owned vineyards as well as the unique culinary delights of Italy. These elements are what inspired Willie to join forces with Small Vineyards Travel and to develop Small Vineyards Cycling Tours.
Willie speaks English, Spanish and Italian.