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  • Location: Siena, Italy
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Combine Chianti's fine wines with its impressive castles on a full-day trip from Siena! Giving the rugged Tuscan landscape a remarkable grandeur, these stunning Italian castles are a must-see for any visitor to the region. With your expert guide, visit Castello di Brolio, renowned as the birthplace of Chianti wine, and explore Castello di Meleto. Sample the esteemed Chianti Classico wine, enjoy an authentic Italian lunch at a Tuscan farm and tour the region’s best wineries.

Numbers are limited to eight people on your small-group trip, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Chianti from Siena with an expert guide
  • See dramatic Italian castles and learn of their strategic importance during medieval wars between Siena and Florence
  • Tour Castello di Brolio and its impressive vineyards
  • Sample Black Rooster Chianti Classico wine at Castello di Meleto
  • Small-group tour (maximum eight people) provides a unique and intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Chianti Wine-Tasting and Castles Trip from Siena

Castello di Meleto, Chianti

Leave Siena aboard a luxury minivan and head east into the heart of Italy’s picturesque Chianti region to start your Chianti wine-tasting and castles trip. Passing through the captivating countryside, you'll see the cypress trees and olive groves that typify this beautiful part of Tuscany. Soon enough, you'll notice impressive castles, fortified farm houses and towers that bear testimony to turbulent wars between the once opposing republics of Siena and Florence.

Perched high on a forested hill sits the enchanting Castello di Brolio -- your first Chianti castle visit of the day. Learn about its importance during medieval battles, and about the fascinating Ricasoli family who have owned the castle since the 11th century. With your friendly and knowledgeable guide, explore the Castello di Brolio vineyards where the world-famous red Chianti wine is said to have originated. Then, enjoy a photo opportunity amid the gorgeous surroundings.

Continue to Castello di Meleto, another impressive Chianti castle with 15th-century fortifications and a distinctive cylindrical tower. Surrounded by sun-kissed fields, the castle is now a famous winery, boasting large vineyards and a wine-tasting room. With your guide, tour the castle grounds before savoring a glass of Black Rooster Chianti Classico -- the winery's most prestigious red wine.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to a traditional Tuscan farm for lunch and enjoy platters of locally produced food and fine wines. After this delicious feast, continue to one of the countryside’s many quaint medieval villages and spend time exploring at leisure. Your guide will happily recommend local coffee bars or interesting sights for you to see.

The last stop of the day is at another Chianti winery, where you'll meet the local producer and hear about the lifestyle of the charismatic Chianti folk. Visit the cellars and gardens before enjoying a relaxing ride back to Siena.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Great tour, great wine, great guide.

We had a marvelous time with our guide, Daniele, and the rest of the folks on our bus. We were comfortably driven around much of the Chianti region visiting the Ricosoli Estate and enjoyed a wonderful lunch and tasting at the Montechiaro estate.

Do yourself a favor and take this tour when you're in Tuscany. It may very well have been the highlight of our entire Italian two week holiday!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Wonderful tour. Our guide Daniele was very knowledgable and patient. The farms we visited were beautiful and of course the wine was outstanding! With only 4 people on the tour it was relaxing and a lot of fun!

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