Nestled between the cities of Florence and Siena, who were bitter rivals throughout history, the old Chianti region was a highly contested area and is therefore saturated with gorgeous medieval castles and keeps. Over time, many of these castles have been converted into world famous wineries.Throughout your tour you will experience the magic of the old Chianti region with its rolling hills and quaint villages. You will have the opportunity to visit medieval cellars, enjoy wonderful Tuscan cuisine, and learn everything you could ever hope to know about the wines and winemaking process.
Our guides will introduce you to the traditional wines of Chianti like Chianti Rufina Riserva while also giving you the chance to try DOCG and IGT “Super Tuscans.” While we take you to some of the most famous wineries in the region, we also pride ourselves in giving you a flavor of the local culture. Therefore, one of wineries we visit is on a much smaller scale and is often family owned. This enables you to connect with the proprietor on a much more personal level while he/she shows you the finer aspects of viticulture.
My friend and our teenage daughters (17 and 19) went on the Castles and Chianti wine tour at the end of July, and it was the highlight of our week in Italy! I was a little worried about the teens on an all day tour, as neither are lovers of wine, but the stories of the 2 wineries and Fabian's amazing knowledge of wine (presented in a very unpretentious way) entertained us all. We went to 2 small, gorgeous wineries in the Tuscan countryside and tasted 10 wines and some grappa. There is no pressure to buy the wine (but it was so good, we sent home 12 bottles!). In between, we stopped at a beautiful restaurant for lunch, and more wine (included in the cost). It was a very small group - just the 4 of us and 1 other couple. We learned a lot from Fabian, and he also gave us great restaurant and Tuscan beach recommendations. An amazing day!
Fantastic time. Being from California, I've been on quite a few wine tours but still had no clue what I was doing during tastings... Now, at least I feel like I know what I'm doing! There is a simple three step assessment that we were taught on this tour: 1) viewing the wine and understanding what the color, stems, and drips mean, 2) smelling the aroma of the wine's three different layers, and 3) tasting the wine by assessing the full impact on your entire mouth and what that says about the wine. We hit the Chianti & Castle tour. The lunch spot was a bit fairy-tale like. Could not have asked for a more enjoyable, educational time that we happened to drink a lot of wine! Thank you!