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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

Florence Cheese and Wine Tasting

Fine-tune your appreciation of Tuscan wines and cuisine on this convivial 1-hour wine and cheese tasting in Florence. Head to a traditional, family-run 'enoteca' (wine bar) and enjoy the authentic setting as your expert, distinguished sommelier introduces you to four delicious Tuscan wines and platters of Tuscan produce. Taste four classic wines as you hear about their production, flavors and textures, and savor tantalizing cheeses, olive oils and other delicacies as your sommelier explains each flavor combination.

The group size is limited to 12 participants for a personalized experience.


  • 1-hour small-group wine and food tasting experience in Florence
  • Sample Tuscan wines and locally produced snacks in a traditional, family-run enoteca
  • Savor four wines paired with nibbles such as Tuscan cheeses, cold cuts and olive oils
  • Learn about the wines and foods from your expert, award-winning sommelier
  • Soak up the atmosphere of the cosy bar and discover its history
  • Enjoy an intimate small-group experience, with numbers limited to 12 people at most

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What You Can Expect

Florence Cheese and Wine Tasting

Enjoy a relaxed wine and cheese tasting at a traditional enoteca

Make your own way to the venue for your small-group experience: a traditional enoteca in Florence’s historical San Lorenzo quarter.

Head inside and meet the friendly and knowledgeable owner-come-sommelier, Livio. A winner of the prestigious ‘Best Sommelier Fisar Italia’ award, Livio will guide your tastings and introduce you to the world of Tuscan wine and cuisine so you can get the best from the experience.

Take a seat and learn how the bar opened in 1895, first as a delicatessen and then a fish shop, and has stayed in the hands of the same family since. See the beautiful marble basins, complete with sculpted marble spouts, that were once used to wash the fish sold here.

Then, set about sampling the wines and snacks prepared for your tasting: a selection of four classic Tuscan wines and a luscious spread of locally sourced produce.

Although the wines and foods may vary, you can typically expect to sample wines such as a Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG red and Super Tuscan Noir red accompanied by local cheeses, fresh fruit, cold cuts and some of the region’s finest olive oils (See the Itinerary for a sample menu).

As you sip and nibble, swap notes with your fellow tasters and get the benefit of Livio’s exhaustive knowledge of Tuscan wine. Discover how the wines are made, the vineyards they hail from, and hear about the culinary delicacies on offer and how they complement each wine.

After around an hour of enjoying the tastings and convivial atmosphere, your wine and cheese sampling session then comes to an end.


Sample Tasting Menu:
  • 1 glass of Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG red accompanied by selected cheeses and fruit
  • 1 glass of Brunello di Montalcino Tiezzi red accompanied by pecorino cheese and fruit
  • 1 glass of Super Tuscan Noir red accompanied by goat’s cheese and fruit
  • Samples of Tuscan olive oil, including Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo varieties

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A vast array of amazing wines not found elsewhere. Your host, Livio, is very modest. He does not tell you that he is one of the top sommeliers for the last 2 years. He is extremely knowledgeable and has a wide variety of tasty products specifically designed to accompany the wine selections. He also has a great IPA that we bought to try back at the hotel. It lasts one hour so it is a great crash course in wine conducted by an accomplished gentleman. Fantastic !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

New experience. I recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Livio was knowledgeable and articulate. His English was excellent and we really enjoyed the pairings of food with the different wines.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This event was very pleasant. Our group was tiny only four, and the proprietor couldn't have been more informative and pleasant. The comparative tastings of olive oil were the most informative, but the cheeses, wines, and their accompaniments were tastier no surprise. We got generous portions too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

So much more than expected!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A wonderful evening...good wine, interesting facts and fun people. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Florence!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The guide was extremely knowledgeable about all the different wines, meats, and olive oil. We learned so much from this one hour tour. Highly recommend the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very informative. Both the husband and wife are Sommeliers. We tasted 4 very good wines, paired with fine cheeses and great tasting local salami. It was so good we stayed for dinner after the tasting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Very informative and fun. Thanks!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Loved this tasting, the sommelier has a real love of local produce and wants to share this with you. The tastings of wine and food are a good size and the way they are matched really enhances the best in both the food and wine. Lovely way to spend time in Florence, and would highly recommend this tour. If I am ever lucky enough to come back, I will defiantly do this tour again.

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