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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

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

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.


  • 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 November 2015

Valerie was an awesome guide on this wonderful day of exploring the Tuscany valley. We enjoyed learning about the wine, tasting the wine, pairing wine with cheese and visiting the vineyards. Lunch was fantastic and the scenery throughout the day was breathtaking. Highly recommend this activity to anyone interested in experiencing a Taste of Chianti!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was amazing. The wine, food and scenery were all that we had hoped for. Our guide was fantastic. Restaurant for lunch included an amazing picturesque Tuscan countryside view, excellent wine and homemade food. The tour lives up to its name. Highly recommended for experiencing Tuscany!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was one of the most memorable, beautiful and fun days spent in all of Italy. We had a really wonderful, relaxing and delicious experience. This tour is highly recommended. Beware--it will make you fall in love with Tuscany and you will contemplate staying behind forever.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was fantastic. You will learn a lot about wine, the grapes used, and you will be able to sample a several excellent wines. The scenery driving to each winery is beautiful. I have had the good fortune to have Stefano as a tour guide several times over the years. He is very knowledgeable, attentive, informative and entertaining. Highly recommended !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was the highlight of vacation in Italy. The places visited, and the amazing beauty of Tuscany impressed us beyond words. Our guide Francesco was a key reason we loved this tour, his knowledge, humor and stories entertained and instructed us about the wines, the region, and the places we visited. The food, wine, and scenery were all incredible. Can't wait to get back to Tuscany!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This trip was wonderful and informative and highly recommend it if you have the time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was awesome, Martina was great, friendly and she certainly know her stuffs well.

I would definitely recommend to a friend....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

this was a great tour and our tour guide, Valeria made it very inviting by accomodating our special dietary requests. All stop overs in wineries was very interesting and felt exclusive. The lunch on a mountain top in Florence was alone worth every penny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour and well spoken and friendly tour guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

HIGHLY recommended! Treat yourself - this by far blew every other tour across several areas of Italy out of the water! Valerie was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and very entertaining!!! We learned SO much.. about wine and just about everything else! Thank you four a wonderful day filled with fun, exploration, amazing wine, delicious food, all across the beautiful Tuscan hills!

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