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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Treat your taste buds on a full-day Chianti wine and food tour from Florence and sample some of Tuscany’s finest wine, cheese, meat, chocolate and more! With a local guide who is passionate about the region’s food heritage, travel through the countryside by 4x4 minibus and tour a medieval castle and wine estate, a pecorino cheese factory, and a Chianti Classico winery. Up to seven glasses of wine are included throughout the day, plus several food samples and a 3-course meal at a traditional restaurant in the Chianti hills.

Highlights

  • Full-day Chianti food and wine tour from Florence with 4x4 minibus transport
  • Tour a medieval castle and wine estate, and enjoy a wine- and olive oil–tasting
  • Visit a specialty pecorino cheese producer
  • Enjoy an off-road adventure through the gorgeous countryside of Tuscany
  • Savor a 3-course Tuscan lunch that features delights such as a plate of mixed grilled meat
  • Make the most of your free time in Greve-in-Chianti and visit a butchers shop to try their cured meat
  • Finish with a visit to a second winery and sample the renowned Chianti Classico wine

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What You Can Expect

Taste of Chianti: Tuscan Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence

Enjoy the wine that the Chianti has to offer

Leave central Florence, and travel out of the city by air-conditioned 4x4 minibus. Soon, the views of Florence’s travertine buildings and bustling roads are replaced with the lush green hills of Chianti, the famous wine region nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.

Your first stop is at a medieval castle, owned by a local winemaking family for some 900 years. Stretch your legs on a stroll, and hear the story of the estate’s carefully cultivated vines, and of their attention to detail during the winemaking process. Explore the wine cellars and olive oil press, take photos from the castle tower, and, finally, sample up to three glasses of the estate’s different wine varietals as well as two olive oils.

After leaving the castle, relax as you travel through the stunning Chianti countryside to a prestigious cheese producer. Learn about the cheese-making process and taste some delicious locally produced cheese.

Hop back inside your 4x4 minibus and buckle up for an off-road experience, through stretches of Tuscany’s ancient woodland and rolling hills, to your next stop: a traditional Tuscan restaurant. Take a seat and treat your taste buds to some of the finest food that Tuscany has to offer; your lunch is sure to be a highlight of the tour! See the Sample Menu below for examples of the dishes.

Feeling refreshed, continue with a visit to Greve-in-Chianti, a quintessential Tuscan town with pretty streets and quaint shops. Make the most of some free time to explore, enjoy a coffee (own expense) or simply soak up the unique Italian culture that abounds. Then, meet back up with your guide to sample cured meat at a butchers shop.

The rest of your afternoon is spent deep in the Chianti hills at a vineyard that produces Chianti Classico wine. In contrast to the well-established winery visited in the morning, this second winery is smaller and less-known, but it has produced two award-winning varietals. Sample these varietals, and learn how innovation and ancient traditions have combined to make them. Finish with a sweet treat, and then relax on the journey back to Florence where your tour ends.

Sample Menu:

First course:
  • Crostini misti (slices of toasted bread with various toppings)

Second Course:

  • Handmade spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and Pecorino di Fossa (a sheep's cheese aged in caves)
Third course:
  • Mixed grilled meat platter (sausages, spareribs, guinea fowl and chicken) with roast potatoes and garden salad
Two glasses of wine (Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva) are served with the meal as well as bottled water

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Stefano, our guide, was passionate and knowledgeable about food
and wine! Our lunch was fabulous! The wineries we visited were lovely and the countryside was like a postcard. A perfect day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

My friend and I attended this tour in late September. We woke up late, the van already left, so we took a cab to the first stop at Poppiano Castle. Chris, our guide, kindly brought us inside and we started on this wonderful day of tasting delicious wines, cheeses, olive oils, and of course the lovely family-styled lunch with endless food.

Chris was amazingly entertaining and knowledgeable, but most importantly passionate about good wine and food, his family, and connecting with people. I dropped and cracked my phone screen, he took the trouble to check with his dad about where to go for fix - his dad the next day personally took me to the shop and negotiated a good rate for me.

We loved the quieter small group. This tour in the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany, with endless glasses of Chianti and foods and the most amazing tour guide was definitely a highlight for us in Italy.

Also, even though people say Chris look like Ben Affleck, we think he's much better looking than Ben :)

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