Barolo and Barbaresco Wine Tour
Luxury day tour to Piedmont's Langhe: Boutique wineries, Barolo & Barbaresco tastings, Grinzane Cavour castle visit, and guide. Book Now!
The ancient wine region of Chianti is a “must do” for wine lovers. Chianti Classico, the subregion of Chianti most highly regarded, is located halfway between the gorgeous Tuscan art cities of Florence and Siena. Chianti is an idyllic wine region, exactly how you imagine fairy tale wine country-complete with castles, hilltop villages, and vine-covered valleys. The best wines of Chianti Classico are rich red wines made with the native Sangiovese grape. Many of the cellars date back hundreds of years and are incredibly atmospheric, with wine caves and pretty tasting rooms.
You can begin this tour either in Florence or Siena. Your private chauffeur will collect you from your hotel, and you will enjoy a very scenic drive through the delightful Tuscan wine country. Your first winery will be one of the prestigious producers in the whole Chianti Classic region, such as Castello di Volpaia or Fontodi. Unlike other tours, where you are one of a group of 20 guests, on this VIP tour, you will be privy to a private visit to the estate, greeted by the family owners, and you will enjoy a professional VIP tour. You will begin in the vineyards and receive an explanation of the terroir- the combination of local climate, soils, and grape varietals that are the components that make wines so unique from region to region. A tasting of their prestigious wines will follow. Before leaving, you will receive a gourmet gift.
After all of this hard work, you will be ready to have lunch. Your guide will take you to a fantastic local Trattoria to taste the best cuisine Chianti has to offer, beginning with zippy whites Vernaccia from San Gimignano as an aperitif. Dishes in this meal include Fettunta and Bruschette (rustic bread dripping with extra virgin olive oil, basil, and ripe tomatoes), Pappardelle al ragù di Lepre (long flat pasta with wild hare ), Rosticciana alla griglia (grilled pork ribs), and various regional specialties. Each mouth-watering course will are all paired with Chianti Classico Gran Selezione style wine. Then for dessert, Tuscan cookies washed down with Vin Santo and Cantucci-dessert wines finishing off this fantastic meal.
Following your delicious wine lunch, visit a fabulous cellar such as Felsina or San Giusto a Rentennano, both stellar estates. You will enjoy a walk through the vines and a full tour of the vinification rooms and barrel chambers, followed by a superb tasting of wines. We have a special treat for Olive Oil lovers- a professional and fascinating olive oil tasting.
You can take on an excursion to a charming Tuscan village before returning to your hotel. If staying in Florence, you can visit the medieval walled town of Radda in Chianti on your return journey. Radda is lovely and has plenty of gourmet shops should you want to pick up some nice bottles or decanters on your gourmet day out. Also, we suggest you take in the fantastic walled village of Monteriggioni, a gorgeous little town, another “must-see.” Your guide will show you around the town, and you can relax at a wine bar, go gourmet shopping, or enjoy the atmosphere.
Evening transfer to Florence or Siena.
“A VIP Deluxe Wine Tasting Excursion!”
Terry, Johanna & Portia Abernathy, Iowa
Our Gourmet Wine Tour was absolutely FANTASTIC!
Natalie, our guide, was very knowledgeable, very friendly, and extremely enthusiastic. Our ‘hosts’ at each winery were very cordial and made us feel very welcome. They were very relaxed and did not try to rush us through and out the door. Our ‘lunch’ was more like a five-course dinner than lunch. Everything was excellent. Our daughter and Natalie are vegetarians, and the owner/chef came out from the kitchen to make sure the vegetarian dishes were acceptable. The wine tour was definitely a highlight of our trip. We all enjoyed it immensely and would highly recommend it to anyone.
If you would like us to customize an exclusive luxury tour, contact us and let us know your travel plans. We offer luxury food and wine tours for private groups of a mininium two guests. In addition, all of our private, chauffeured tours are available year-round upon request.
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