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This was a last min booking. We were in Florence and thought it would be great to get out into the countryside for the day, and my husband did not want to rent a car! So, the night before we're looking online for a tour, of course everything was booked up, and then we came across this tour. It was a little more than we wanted to spend, but we thought why not, and boy am I glad we did. We were met at our hotel, right on time, in a beautiful clean, comfortable car by our driver, Guido Laschi. I cannot say enough great things about him, his English was impeccable, he was knowledgeable about the area, he showed us things that we would have never found on our own, it was like touring around with an old friend, he even made dinner reservations for us at a restaurant we had been dying to eat at, but unable to get reservations for. He definitely made our trip, and the money we spent worthwhile.
Our driver was English speaking (from the UK). He picked us up at our hotel in a beautiful Jag. We tasted wonderful Chianti region wines at a very small winery. They also served us cheese and bread and showed us where the wine and olive oil is made. We then drove to a small town for coffee and to window shop. It was very romantic.
This was by far our favorite tour. Our winery hostess, Nadia, was not only informative but very entertaining with her personal stories of working in the wine and grape business. We had so much fun learning about Classico Chianti and tasting the winery's selection. Our dinner at La Toppa in San Donato was also delicious. The setting, hospitality, and weather were everything you can image for this region of Italy. This tour is a great break from the hectic cities of Florence and Rome.
Outstanding experience. My boys loved meeting Alexandro and being taken around by him. He showed us breathtaking country side, took us to a terrific winery and also to meet folks he knew who made wine and balsamic vinegar. The whole day was one sumptuous feast, and he let it develop as it did. We spent more time in one place and so we adjusted the itinerary. It was a warm memorable introduction to the Chianti region.
Our driver, Allesandro, was simply outstanding. Worth a try to request him. The tour of Castell di Querceto was just right and and our young hostess was lovely and well informed. As for the tasting three very "shallow" pours with one of the three being a dessert so, for me it doesn't really count. Good stuff, but it would have been an appropriate gester to ask if anyone wanted a fuller taste of their favorite. If I could do it again we would have bought a bottle to sit and drink right there. In any event, it was a good experience and Allesandro made it outstanding.
E Darrin C
Driver was excellent, tailoring the return trip to our special wishes. The vineyard chosen (DieVole) was an awesome experience.
It was an extremely disappointing day, comprising of three glasses of wine a quick whizz around the castle. Another couple turned and paid less than us, and received a free bottle of wine as well as the same tour of the castle. I would have much preferred the bottle of wine to the three glasses of wine.