Tuscan Truffle in Tuscany is an excellent experience to taste one of the best natural products in the world. While Tuscany is often associated with exceptional wines, it is especially renowned for its truffles. It may come as a surprise to some that San Miniato, a small town in Tuscany, supplies nearly 80% of the world’s precious white truffles.
What to expect
You will take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience and search for truffles with a truffle-hunting dog through the woods of Tuscany. Follow the dog hurriedly through the forest as he sniffs about and experiences the surge of excitement as he starts digging for this edible treasure (white truffles go for nearly $15,000 per kg).
After lunch, will visit a cellar into the region of Chianti. Here you will have the opportunity to experience what is arguably Italy’s most renowned wine, Chianti. Your guide will teach you everything you need to know about the process of winemaking and the techniques involved in attaining a better appreciation of the wine through the tasting.
This was a wonderful experience. We were picked up in Florence by Vittorio, our sommelier, and drove to a private farm in San Miniato to search for truffles with Francesca, an experienced hunter and Cioco, her skilled dog. Once we began to hunt on the beautiful estate, Cioco almost immediately found a white winter truffle. As we continued, we found more white truffles and several black truffles. After returning to Francesca's residence, we had a home cooked meal served family style with bruschetta, charcuterie, tomatoes, freshly made pasta, and a citrus custard paired with three of the family's wines. Each course had fresh truffles, with the dessert topped with truffle honey. Every product was procured from the estate. It was easily one of the best meals we had in all of our trip to Italy. After, we went to a local winery and were served three wines with charcuterie. Vittorio showed us the process of wine making and demonstrated how to taste both wine and olive oil as a sommelier would. The whole experience was intimate and we learned far more than other tastings we have been done. Thank you all!
I wanted to let you know how splendid of a time we had on our tour with Hillary. She is a lovely person, jovial and congenial, and extremely knowledgeable, especially about wines. Everyone highly enjoyed the truffle search, Choco, and the scrumptious lunch. We also enjoyed the Chianti tasting and learning more about the wines of the Chianti region as they are not as well known in the US. In fact, yesterday we were excited to already locate two wines with Black Rooster labels at our local store and were able to use the knowledge she imparted on us while ordering wines at dinner throughout our trip. This adventure was certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Italy.
Vittorio and Francesca provide a fantastic experience hunting for truffles, before then offering guests a superb lunch using the freshly unearthed truffles and local delicacies. Vittorio then took us to a wine tasting in the heart of the Chianti region, which was enlightening as well as gloriously tasty - I would highly recommend this experience!
The truffle hunting & wine tour experience was one of the best and most authentic I have ever booked. Vittorio was an amazing host & you can tell he puts a great deal of planning and preparation into each experience to ensure the day exceeds expectations. We started the day truffle hunting with the truffle Hunter and her dog. Vittorio explained everything along the way & we learned so much. He even took photos & emailed them to us! Next, we had an authentic Tuscan lunch prepared by the truffle hunter using her own recipes and truffles of course paired with wines from her winery. So delicious! Finally, we ended the day at an organic winery. We were given a tour & then Vittorio (who is also a sommelier) taught us the tricks of how to properly taste wine. This was a truly personalized & amazing way to end the day! We learned so much! I would give this experience more stars if possible and I guarantee if we are ever back in Tuscany again I will be booking another experience with Vittorio & his partners at Italy and Wine.
The tour was amazing! Our guide, Hilary, was super fun and very knowledgeable. We had a great time driving out of Florence into the countryside and learning about the food and history of the region. The truffle hunt was fun and we got to learn a lot about the area. For the wine tours, we had an excellent time tasting several good wines. Hilary was delightful and led us through a great experience during the tasting. If you can, I'd highly recommend her for your tours.
When our original truffle hunt tour with another company was cancelled I searched the internet and found the Italy and Wine website. After checking the wonderful reviews on TripAdvisor, we booked the tour and are so glad we did. This tour was the highlight of this trip to Italy. We were picked up in Firenze by Vittorio and brought to the village of San Minato for the truffle hunt. When we arrived at the estate, we met Francesca, the young lady who conducted the hunt and her two dogs Ciocco and Nana. They are a breed called Lagotto Romagnolo. Ciocco was the veteran truffle hunting dog and Nana was in training. We hiked through the woods accompanied by Vittorio, Francesca and the dogs and found a handful of truffles. We learned about the the breed of dog, how they are trained, how truffles grow, the effects of the weather and the regulations involved. After the hunt, we returned to the estate and had an amazing pranzo that of course included truffles. We especially liked that the hunt and lunch only included us and another couple. My husband and I prefer small group tours and seek them out whenever we travel. After lunch, we went to Fattoria San Michele a Torri in Sandicci for a tasting of Chianti wines with our host Gianna. Gianna gave us a tour of the facility and provided information about the land and types of grapes grown on the vineyard. Vittorio is a sommelier and provided great insight into the wine and the proper tasting techniques. We also tasted some super tuscans and learned about the history of how that label was created. My husband and I were so glad that the other company cancelled their tour and we got to experience this special day with Vittorio, Francesca and Gianna (and Ciocco and Nana too).
Great time on our Truffle Hunting and wine tasting tour. So glad we picked this tour! Hilary (our tour guide) was amazing and super knowledgeable on wine and was happy to provide a lot of history on just about anything you have a question on. It is a full day that will leave you with a lot of great memories.
A fantastic day with Hillary. Great travel, wines, and conversation. Changed the group plans to our liking when we mentioned a restaurant we had been to which produced their own wine, fantastic wines tasted and all with the expert knowledge of Hilary. Great food after truffle hunting, found 4 delicious smelling truffles. And the food was divine.
We chose this tour among several tempting tours in Florence because of the unique combo of a truffle hunting excursion, truffle-themed lunch, and a tour of a Chianti-region winery (not to mention meeting an adorably truffle-hunting dog!). The day was very well-paced, and our tour guide, Hillary, was extremely helpful in imparting her knowledge of Chianti wines and regional flavors! Having worked in the wine industry and being a sommelier, Hillary was great at helping us figure out the best wines (also prosciutto and olive oil) to try while in Tuscany. We left the 6-hour excursion with a new outlook on the Tuscan food, wine, arts, and even fashion culture (did you know some of the biggest Italian fashion families live in Florence? We didn't, but Hillary was great at filling us in!) If you enjoy learning as much as we do, you shouldn't miss out on this tour!
This has easily been the highlight of a vacation in Italy and Greece! Francesca and Pierpaolo were both amazing! So knowledgeable and patient. Choco, the truffle hunting dog was pretty impressive as well. The food was delicious as was the wine and olive oil! Definitely recommend!
This tour was one of the highlights of our trip. When was the last time you went scouting the forest with an expert truffle hunter and her talented truffle-hunting dog, then ate delicious truffle-based dishes with lovely wine? We were picked up on time by our amazing guide, Raffaella. On the way to San Miniato she explained all we needed to know, describing the areas we were passing by, and getting to know us a bit better. The ride was very comfortable, and we arrived in less than an hour, ready to tackle the woods. In San Miniato we were greeted by the hunter, Francesca. We were given rain boots to be able to walk in the woods comfortably, then met Cioccho the hunting dog. And off we went to the woods! Cioccho is a renowned hunting dog — and didn't disappoint. We walked at a good pace within the forest, Francesca working alongside her dog, guiding it, distinguishing false alarms from real findings, and most importantly, making sure Cioccho didn't eat the truffles! In an hour and a half we discovered two black truffles and two white truffles, to the group's excitement. Smelling white truffles picked from the undergrowth was a unique experience. On the way back to the house, we walked along the olive trees, with a stunning view of the Tuscan hills. We arrived hungry, and ready to eat (and drink). We were quickly directed to a lovely dining room and given fresh water. Then, wine! And then, delicious dishes made with fresh black and white truffles. We finished the meal with an amazing dessert, home-made Vin Santo, and coffee. Every dish was simply delicious. We continued chatting a bit, sipping the Vin Santo, then left to the wine-tasting part of the tour. We got a tour of the winery, learned about the process of winemaking, and about tasting techniques. We tasted three different Chianti: two relatively young (2012 and 2014) DOCG, and a "super Tuscan" IGT. I am not a big fan of Chianti, but the wines were enjoyable and our winery guide was knowledgeable and friendly, guiding us and letting us discover the tastes and scents that one can notice in these wines. We also tasted an incredibly-delicious olive oil produced locally, with homemade bread and local cheeses. So we had a great time at the winery, before returning to Firenze: we were dropped right next to the best ice cream shop in town... ;-) So, thank you Raffaella, Francesca, Ciocco, Maria Luisa and Enrica for the lovely day. We will visit you again!