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Total Immersion Wine Tour in Chianti

1. Total Immersion Wine Tour in Chianti

All the guests will be welcomed at the estate and brought to the roof of the cellar to see the most breathtaking views of the rolling hills at 600 meters above sea level. Here one of the passionate members of the team will provide an introduction to a history of the estate and a small general explanation of what guests will see and what they will be doing in the next one and a half hours of their time. Clients will be able to visit one of the vineyards followed by an explanation of the working process and of organic agriculture with some additional biodynamic techniqes that are often used and practised at the estate. If the weather permits, guests would be offered a glass of sparkling wine or a fresh wine of their choice at the small adjecent terrace built under an oak tree.  The tour will then take everyone to a visit through the gardens of the villa and include a visit of the vegetable garden. The cellar is the next stop, where detailed explanation follows about the harvest and selection of the grapes during the harvest, fermantation, and further aging of the wines. Each step of the viniticulture process is explained in great detail and guests would learn a lot of new and exciting things about how to make wines in the Chianti Classico area. The last stop is a tasting room, where guests will be able to try all 5 products of the estate with the selection of various local cured meats and/or cheeses with bread and olive oil. Guests will also learn particular details about the history of each wine, will learn how to smell and taste it, and what to look for when opening a new bottle of wine. The last exciting detail is the grappa, for those who would like to learn about its production and unique and delicate taste.

From Siena: Dinner in the Chianti Vineyards

2. From Siena: Dinner in the Chianti Vineyards

A unique experience designed to give you the best of what the Chianti region has to offer: the history, the landscapes, the wine, culinary traditions, and atmosphere. Other than enjoying a delicious typical dinner of local products and dishes, you will be surrounded by the splendid and charming landscape of vineyard rows, which beautifully characterizes the Chianti region. The dishes that you will taste, all made of fresh local products, are the fruit of the hard work and care for the land that local producers have been exercising for centuries.  Upon your arrival you will be given a glass for you to carry with you on the visit of the farm’s wineries and thus enjoy a number of wine tastings on this small-scaled wine route. You will then visit the estate’s historic chapel before finally heading for dinner, the evening’s main event.  The dinner location is set to offer you maximum quality and cosiness, decorated with candles and torches. The gentle sounds of the earth and the vineyards will accompany your dinner under the stars, and a harmonious musical background, which will perfectly match the succession of dishes. You will taste pappa al pomodoro or ribollita (both typical recipes from the people’s folklore) and a barbecue of meat and fresh seasonal vegetables of the farm. Let yourself get carried away by the warmth and fragrances of the barbecue and the perfumes of the grapevines, which will enhance your dinner experience. The rural yet elegant scenery of the estate will perfectly frame and complete your evening. After the dinner you’ll be escorted back to Siena where the tour will finish.

Horseback Riding from Siena

3. Horseback Riding from Siena

An old riding school situated in a tranquil and peaceful area of Castellina in Chianti immersed between the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. After a short journey on a private air-conditioned minivan, the horses will be there waiting for you. Don’t worry if you haven’t ridden a horse before, the experienced staff will make sure you feel confident before leaving for a ride. You will ride through lush vineyards, native woods, olive groves and rolling hills for a collection of breath taking and unforgettable views.

Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

4. Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

Enjoy a full-day excursion by minivan to see the beautiful Chianti area and to visit the cities of Siena and San Gimignano.  Depart at 9:00 AM from Piazza Cavalleggeri, the meeting point located in the city center of Florence. Stop at Piazzale Michelangelo for few minutes to see the splendid panorama and then in one hour you will arrive in Siena. Take a guided tour of the city center, including Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral. There is free time to walk by yourself in the narrow and ancient streets.  Then leave Siena to arrive in Monteriggioni, an old Medieval little village. After a short stop, continue to San Gimignano where you will have free time to explore the city center on your own. San Gimignano is famous for its towers, vernaccia wine and its characteristic craft articles.

Siena San Gimignano Private Full-Day Tour by Deluxe Car

5. Siena San Gimignano Private Full-Day Tour by Deluxe Car

Explore Tuscany on this tour of quaint towns and cities. After pick-up from your hotel, the tour will make its first stop in Monteriggioni. Here you can explore a medieval walled town built by the Sienese in the early 13th century. The tour continues to Siena where you will discover one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany. Siena is famous for its annual historic horse-race, the "Palio," and for its Duomo, an art-filled cathedral that features works by Michelangelo and Donatello. Make your final stop in San Gimignano, one of the most charming and picturesque Tuscan hill towns. Medieval towers dominate the landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage town in a manner that is strikingly similar to the skyscrapers of our modern cities. During the day, you will have the option to stop in a local restaurant for lunch.

Siena: Palio Walking Tour

6. Siena: Palio Walking Tour

Learn about the unique history of Sienna on a walking tour of the medieval old town with an informative guide. Get to know the different "contrade" or districts that make up the city and hear how they date back to medieval times. Stroll through the Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year on July 2nd and August 14th, featuring a contestant from each of the contrade. Visualize the colorful banners and crests of the competing contrade and learn how the competition has defined civic life in the city for centuries. Hear stories about the life and culture of the city from locals and visit the Museum of the Contrada for a more official account. Then head to the Duomo of Siena and check out the characteristic black and white marble interior of the cathedral designed to symbolize the black and white horses of the city's founders. Afterwards, switch gears and enjoy a local tasting experience at a traditional cafe. Try Panforte, Ricciarelli, and Cavallucci, typical sweets famous around the world. Wash them down with a glass of Vin Santo del Chianti.

Chianti and Castles Tour From San Gimignano

7. Chianti and Castles Tour From San Gimignano

Experience the region of Chianti and immerse yourself in picturesque Tuscan scenery on this guided, multi-stop trip from San Gimignano. Visit ancient churches, medieval castles, and small villages where the rhythms of traditional life remain unaltered. Stop at 2 wineries for tours and tastings. Explore the home of one of the most famous wines in the world, with its beautiful ruby-red color and characteristic violet-scented bouquet: Chianti. This wine results from a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Get picked up directly from your accommodation in San Gimignano, then set out to discover the breathtaking landscapes that have cradled the Chianti vineyards for centuries, presenting you with a harmony of colors that can only be found in this region. After some sightseeing, the tour continues with a visit to a charming wine estate. Here, you'll have the chance to see the area close to the famous Castle of Brolio and you'll take part in a guided tour of the castle gardens. When the tour of the garden ends, enjoy a tasting of two different wines. During this tour, you'll see the characteristic Castle of Brolio from the outside as well as the inner garden of the castle. Later, move on to another winery in the middle of the Chianti Classico area, where you'll savor a second wine tasting paired with extra virgin olive oil. The tour ends with drop-off back in San Gimignano.

Florence: Chianti Winery Day-Trip with Lunch

8. Florence: Chianti Winery Day-Trip with Lunch

Starting in the center of Florence, your English-speaking driver will take you on a scenic drive straight into the heart of Chianti. You will drive along the ancient Roman road “Cassia Vetus”, surrounded by rolling hills with breathtaking views over vineyards and olive groves. Your first stop will be the Medieval village of Greve, which is the birthplace of Giovanni da Verrazzano, the Florentine traveler who discovered the Hudson Bay in the 15th century. Next you will visit the superb hilltop hamlet named Montefioralle. Strolling through the narrow streets, you might be surprised to discover that this stone village has been perfectly preserved since the 12th century. You can admire breathtaking panoramas and discover anecdotes and secrets related to the “Black Rooster”, the emblem of the Chianti Classico. You will experience a genuine, family run, wine estate with medieval cellars where prestigious original oak barrels are still used for aging the wine. Learn the secrets behind the making of the regions’ extra-virgin olive oil, and find out the best way to recognize a genuine one. Your experience will end in the proper Chianti way, with a typical Tuscan meal that you will get to enjoy on the private estate. It will be prepared with organic ingredients that are grown on the property, and to top things off you’ll get to enjoy a pairing of 3 top Chianti Classico wines and taste an extra-virgin olive oil.

Siena & San Gimignano by Night: Tour with Dinner

9. Siena & San Gimignano by Night: Tour with Dinner

Many centuries ago, Siena competed with Florence for power, wealth, and artistic beauty. Head out from Florence in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan with an English-speaking driver and tour leader for a full-day tour of Siena and the surrounding area. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the compact city center, and visit Piazza del Campo, the main central square, where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year. Take a walk through the quieter back streets as well, and learn about the contrade, the 17 medieval city districts that compete against each other in the Palio. The tour continues on to San Gimignano, famed for its medieval skyscrapers, high walls, and narrow streets that are characteristic of a typical Tuscan hill town. You’ll see a number of well-preserved tower houses and other centuries-old monuments. After some free time in San Gimignano, you’ll experience the sunset in the Tuscan hills and then enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner at a location in the Chianti countryside.  At the end of the tour, you’ll return to Florence in the comfort of the minivan.

From Florence: Brunello Tuscan Wine Tour with Lunch

10. From Florence: Brunello Tuscan Wine Tour with Lunch

Departing from Florence, set off to discover one of the most esteemed wines in all of Italy on a day trip to the famous Tuscan wine region of Brunello. After being picked up from your hotel in Florence, climb aboard a comfortable minivan and head into the stunning Tuscan countryside. Skirting the city of Siena, arrive at Tuscany's most beautiful panorama, the Brunello di Montalcino territory. Learn about how this region offers an absolutely perfect microclimate. More so, the wine is given a maturation of about 5 yrs before it hits the shelves - which is part of what makes Brunello so unique and so precious. Visit 2 premium wine cellars with wine produced from the same Sangiovese grapes. In the smaller boutique winery, sample and taste Brunello DOCG together with an abundant traditional multi-course Tuscan lunch. By visiting 2 wine cellars different in size and winemaking philosophy, get to understand the nuances between innovation and tradition in Brunello wine production.  Besides our knowledgeable guide giving pointers on how to best taste the wines during the tasting, enjoy the chance to visit a typical medieval village town. While strolling down the little windy roads and alleys,hear stories of this adorable little UNESCO hamlet village. Return to Florence in the same minibus where you will get dropped off back at your starting point.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 214 reviews

We enjoyed the whole experience. We booked this wine tasting in winter, probably not the ideal season cos the weather is so unpredictable and the vineyard is not in its full bloom but despite that we had fun learning about the history, the process and the wine tasting itself. Our guide/host Ilaria is very warm, welcoming and very knowledgable. She considered us, being beginners, during the whole tour, so she explained the basics and everything in layman’s term. It was a very interesting and wonderful experience. We learned a lot and ordered a few wines to take home cos they tasted that good.

Uncomplicated organization. After being picked up from Siena, we started after a short briefing. It's a nice way to explore the landscape from a different perspective. For 2 of our small group it was the first time on a horse. The initial excitement quickly subsided. The horses were comfortable and calm. Just the thing for getting to know horseback riding.

Good value for money. The guide spoke good English, and explained their vision and wine making process very well. We were able to taste a lot of different wines with a platter of cheese/cold cuts

We had a great experience at this winery. The place is beautiful and cozy. The wines are lovely. We'd certainly recommend it to anyone.

Buena experiencia si estás por Chianti, la degustación increíble, salimos de allí con 2 botellas. Muy recomendado.