Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes
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My tour welcomes you onboard for a half-day scenic Chianti tour from Florence. Stop by the beautiful Chianti wine region and get the best of Tuscany landscapes.
Are you ready for the best wine route in Tuscany? Join us on an afternoon Chianti Wine Tour from Florence. Become an expert in wine and premium olive oil tasting.
When you think about Tuscany, all of a sudden your mind starts to focus on peaceful images. Farmers working each day with a smile on their face. Inhabitants and tourists walking or biking with no hurry. Tiny villages located on the top of gentle hills. Ancient churches standing alone there, in the middle of nowhere. Oak, walnut woods, olive tree groves, vineyards. Men planted trees that are now shaping the landscape. With the harmonic curves of the roads, the air reflects iridescent colors. Castles, towers, fortresses leading us into another timeframe. Cypresses by the roadside, following paths that are there since remote times.
Chianti is the quintessence of Tuscany. It is a sum of the relationship between man and nature. A lucky region where land is fertile and the cycle of nature is repeating itself since the dawn of times. Inside this peaceful anthropic landscape, visitors can find a true balance between nature and humans. The same equilibrium that many of us need to proceed through the difficulties of this life.
The Chianti afternoon is a half-day tour designed for those who have a limited time window. Your trip will start in Florence. Here where you will meet an expert multilingual tour leader. During the transfer, he/she will start to introduce you to this area. Alongside historical and geographical information you will learn the basics. Everything about grape varieties, their cultivation and the process of winemaking. The first stop will let you enter inside a charming Chianti wine estate. While entering the different cellars, you’ll have the possibility to understand how grape juice becomes wine. Recognize the scents and different phases of the natural process called vinification. It involves harvesting, crushing, pressing, fermenting, clarifying, aging and bottling.
All the phases need human intervention, but each oenologist has got his method and philosophy. Some of them make minimal efforts while letting nature do its best. At the end of the cellars tour, the wine tasting will start. Depending on your needs, you will have the possibility to taste excellent Chianti white and red wines, young or aged ones. All the wines are produced inside the winery. You will taste them paired with samples of sliced cured meats, bruschetta, and finocchiona salami.
The tour continues outside the winery with a visit to the oil mill. As you might have known, in Tuscany olive oil is as important as gold. Tuscan olive oil is one of the most expensive you can buy throughout Italy. Here you will know the reasons behind this price. Olive oil making is hard in Tuscany due to the morphology of the territory. In other regions extra-virgin olive oil comes from a single variety (mono cultivar). In Tuscany, farmers use different varieties to produce a unique blend. Leccino, Moraiolo, Frantoio are amongst the most famous cultivar. But in the whole region, we can find more than 120 olive tree varieties.
After the Tuscan olive oil tasting, you’ll be again on board. The bus will stop at an original Tuscan hamlet situated in the real Chianti Classico area. Castellina in Chianti is a well-preserved village with a wonderful castle and a stunning panoramic view over the vineyards around. Here you will have free time to visit wonderful food shops as well as elegant cafés where you can stop and enjoy coffee or ice cream.
Chianti is the Italian red wine for excellence, the most wanted at all latitudes. Surely Italy offers other famous red wines, like Brunello, Barolo, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, and Bolgheri, just to name a few. But Chianti stands out among the others for its well-known reputation. Simplicity and exactness are the landmarks of Chianti red wine. Made with Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and little percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This ruby-red wine wants to communicate the millennial relationship between man and soil. Drinking Chianti wine in the hills where it comes to life is a unique experience to understand its bouquet.
With this half-day trip from Florence, you can relax and plug out your mind at least for an afternoon. The Tuscan landscape with the colors and curves of its vineyards will help you in doing that.
• Please note that a moderate amount of walking is involved and this tour is not wheelchair accessible.