This Chianti Wine Tour is a true wine experience to get know two of Tuscany's best wines, the Chianti Classico DOCG and the Super Tuscan IGT.
By far the most famous of the Tuscan wines, Chianti is a red wine produced in the Chianti region and is made from the Sangiovese grape which gives it a note of summer fruit and a hint of spices. Not all Chianti wines are created equally though and there is a general consensus that Chianti Classico wines are of a much higher quality. This is due to the fact that they are produced in a very small region that is known specifically for Chianti production and are also held to a much more stringent standard in terms of the winemaking process.
Your excursion commences with a drive through the breathtaking Tuscan countryside as you delve into the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Over the course of the trip you will visit two smal scale wineries which are 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. Our experienced guides will be with you every step of the way teaching you about the wines and how to taste them. In addition to Chianti Classico wines, you will be given the chance to enjoy the DOCG and IGT “Super Tuscans.”
This wine has brilliant ruby color, tending to garnet. The taste is dry, softer with time.
Chianti Classico must be aged for at least 11 months and have a minimum alcoholic strength of 12 °.
The gradation rises to 12.5 ° for the Reserve, which requires a minimum aging of 24 months, including at least 3 bottling refinements. Compared with Chianti Classico, the Riserva is a more noble wine, with a higher finesse, longer odor and clean taste.
Gloomy red tannery, with scent of spices and berries, an important and velvety structure.
The Reserve combines perfectly with roasts of red meat, game and large cheeses: classic food of the gastronomy of this territory since ancient times.
Chianti Classico bland includes the Sangiovese grape, present in percentages that can range from 80 to 100%.
Other red berries are allowed for a total amount of up to 20%: Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Topping off a special wedding anniversary trip to Florence for my wife and me was a fabulous Chianti wine tour with Vittorio. A professional sommelier and native of Florence, he was an exceptional host and provided us with much wine and local knowledge. In Italy it’s all about pairing wine with food, and Vittorio taught us how to engage our senses - sight, smell, taste - to make good choices. For the wine geek, Vittorio described the details of DOCG, IGT, wine making and viticulture specific to the Sangiovese grape, Chianti Classico, and Super Tuscans. In this tour, we focused on the Chianti Classico sub-region of Chianti. We visited 3 wineries ranging from a small family operation to a large well-known winery. A delicious home-made lunch featuring traditional Tuscan fare was served at the family winery with wine poured by the winemaker. Small bites were provided at the other wineries during tastings to also illustrate the pairings (vegetarian bites can be requested). We purchased bottles during the tour and arranged with the last winery to ship all of them home. As a bonus some of the wineries also grew olives, and we learned about extra virgin olive oil production. Vittorio navigated the mini-van through the sometimes bumpy Chianti roads and narrow village streets with ease. With only four members and Vittorio, the tour group was small and intimate. We were paired with a delightful and engaging young couple from Australia. We highly recommend Vittorio's tours and will definitely book another with him the next time in Tuscany.
Booked two shared wine tours through Italy and Wine on our recent trip to Florence - The first covered Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the second, Chianti Classico and SuperTuscans. Without a doubt the best experience of our trip! Although we are knowledgeable wine enthusiasts, we had little previous exposure to these wines beyond the few that are exported to the US/California. Vittorio, who led our Chianti Classico tour and his colleague, Fabian, who led the Vino Nobile tour, are experienced sommeliers with deep knowledge and understanding of the wine and food culture of Tuscany. Each tour was a fabulous, informative, and immersive experience with a superlative mid day meal at one of the three wineries visited. A true feast for the senses. Sensational value. Would definitely do it again. If planning on booking several tours through Italy and Wine, make sure to give yourself time in between each one to get the most from each tour experience. You won't be disappointed!
Our wine tour with the charming Vittorio was truly the highlight of our honeymoon in Italy. We traveled to three vineyards in Tuscany and Vittorio taught us a number of things about the region between stops. At the first vineyard, Vittorio walked us through the proper technique for wine tasting. Now...I'm sure everyone has gone through this in other wine tours they've attended (as have we), however in this particular tour we were taught each of the required steps for sampling/tasting in so much detail which included a number of items we had never been taught to consider. Up until this tour I'm convinced we've never truly tasted wine properly. The other couple on our tour had also been on a number of wine tours in Napa Valley and had the same feedback. In the second vineyard we visited we had wonderful views of Tuscany and the most delicious (and filling) homemade lunch we could have asked for. The final vineyard we visited (Ruffino) was on a beautiful property and we were given a wonderful tour with a lot of history. Overall our experience on this day trip was spectacular and we were able to sample some of the most incredible wines in Italy. We highly recommend this day trip to anyone visiting Florence - it is completely worth the money. Thanks so much Vittorio for being such a wonderful host!
My husband and I were debating doing a wine tour and ended up booking this tour last minute and it turned out to be the best decision we made! This was the best wine tour we have ever been on and we have been on many in California. Vittorio is so passionate about wines and taught us so many interesting things about the Tuscany region. The wineries we toured were incredible and the lunch was absolutely delicious. This was the highlight of our trip and we can't wait to go back and visit. Don't think twice about booking this tour!