5

Chianti Wine and Food Safari


Description

A unique day trip from Florence, we will eat and drink our way through Chianti, renowned not only for its wonderful red wines, fresh local produce and traditional cuisine, but also for some of the best landscapes in the country. We will enjoy wine tasting and wonderful food stops along the way. This tour is a must for wine connoisseurs and novices alike and make sure to bring a good appetite with you!

Hightlights

  • Transport in a customized 4WD vehicle for a fun drive through scenic, unmarked back roads
  • Full-day Chianti wine tour, including a delicious Tuscan lunch & several food tastings
  • Visit the famous Chianti Classico wine region with an expert guide
  • Tour two wine estates and visit the enchanting garden of an historic villa
  • Discuss food and wine during lunch (included) at a traditional Tuscan restaurant offering breathtaking panoramic views
  • Free-time in one of Tuscany's most picturesque towns

What you can expect

With your expert guide, enjoy a comprehensive introduction to the region and its wines while touring two of the region's best wine estates. As you sample the winery’s signature wines, you’ll receive tips about the art of wine tasting and pairing wine with food.

Our first stop of the day is at a beautiful winery belonging to one of the most prestigious Italian aristocratic families. Here we taste three wines paired with cheese and two olive oils but first, there’s a fascinating guided tour of the historic wine cellars and to the olive mill through underground tunnels that pass under the villa.

Now buckle-up and get ready for some off-roading through ancient woodland and rolling hills, outlined with cypress trees and dotted with rustic farms and churches, to make our way to a typical Tuscan restaurant with stunning views. Here is where we will really get your taste buds tingling with delicious food and wine. You will not want to leave!

Next we will stop in Greve, a picturesque town in Chianti where you can enjoy a little free time to wind down and get a coffee, shop or just soak in the unique Italian culture of this idyllic place. Here you will also buy a selection of typical Salumi (cured meats) from one of Italy’s most famous butchers which you will enjoy later at the second winery.

Finally we go deeper into the Chianti hills and enjoy more incredible countryside on our way to a Chianti Classico vineyard. As a contrast to the established winery of the morning, this one is smaller and less known though does have two award winning wines which you will taste as you find out how ancient tradition and innovation have been combined to create them. As the last stop you will relax and enjoy the special light at this time of day, adding to the unforgettable memories you will have created so far. The perfect way to end the perfect day!



Prices

  • Adult 150
  • Youth 145
  • Group fares get an extra 5 off per person if you are in a group of six or more adults/youths

What includes

  • Transport by 4WD customized, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Expert tour leader with you all day
  • Taste 9 different wines
  • Extra virgin olive oil tasting
  • Sheep cheeses and Salumi (cured meats) tasting
  • Traditional Tuscan lunch

Things to note

  • We regret that vegetarian or other alternative dietary requirements cannot be catered for

Our Reviews on

Cep09393
This tour was absolutely AMAZING! It was even better than we could have imagined. The tour was well organized and communication leading up to and during the tour was very clear. We really appreciated the level of detail that this tour included and that we visited smaller wineries which made the entire experience more intimate and relaxing. Our tour guide Martina was SO GREAT and really made this an unforgettable experience. She was so knowledgeable about wine and the region in general - we learned so much! This was a long day (~10hrs) but totally worth it! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Review date: 23 april 2019
samjamie88
Yes, this tour is more expensive than the other wine tasting tours available but it is seriously worth every penny. Firstly, the wine you get to taste is lovely and very different from each of the 3 vineyards. Secondly, the scenery you see throughout the day is unbelievable and the selected vineyards are non commercial and quiet which was great which also meant you got taste wines that you wouldn’t be able to buy in the supermarket. Thirdly, the food, I am always sceptical of the food in organised trips as usually you get the bare minimum and not always excellent quality. However, the food was amazing throughout the day and plentiful which helped with the 9 wine tastings you got through the day. Our guide for the day, Gloria, was amazing. She made the day with lots of humour and information about the wines and wine making process, local area and history. I would highly recommend this trip.
Review date: 23 april 2019
Alyssa G
This was the very first thing my husband and I did on our honeymoon and it was amazing!! The wine tastings (there were 3 different wine tours) were super informative and we used what we learned on the rest of our trip when we were choosing wine to drink. The olive oil tasting was fascinating and makes me want to run home and throw away the stuff in the plastic bottle next to my stove. The lunch we had was the best thing I've ever eaten in my life. LITERALLY. If I had to choose a last meal, it would have been everything from the lunch we had. Grazia mille to our guide, Martina, who was so friendly, so helpful, and so informative. There was never a dull moment!
Review date: 21 april 2019
Shelley S
Stefan our guide was excellent. Lots of interesting information about the region, the wine and the food. Also had a great sense of humor and was attentive to all participants. I would highly recommend the tour - long day but worth exploring lovely vineyards.
Review date: 21 april 2019
Lara B
Had a great time learning about Italian wines with Alex our guide. Very good job entertaining and educating everyone. He’s the best!! A very enjoyable day!
Review date: 20 april 2019
DocDiastole
Took early Trenitalia Frecciarossa from Roma to Firenze. Walked from train station to Walkabout Florence office for 9:00 AM departure. Beautiful drive into the hills. Gloria (our guide) was SUPERB! Loved that she is from the region and seemed to care about the controlled agriculture and tourist experience. She was informative, funny, and very personable. Nando was our very dedicated and able driver. (Yes, the roads can be narrow). This is a small bus tour—no 4x4’s as advertised. Although we did travel on some dirt roads. Drove by various estates and monasteries. Stopped at three winery/olive oil estates. Absolutely beautiful. I have done many winery tours before (Provence, Napa, Willamette Valley (OR), Seattle area, Finger Lakes (NY), Barcelona—learn something new everywhere. Lunch at second winery was amazing! Beautiful view. Good wines, amazing crostini’s, and best two pasta dishes we had in Italy. At the third winery we met Sophie—she gave us a tour of the winery in Lamole. Loved Sophie—so much passion from someone who was NOT the owner! Stop in town of Greve on the way back. Cheese gelato with pork, and wine gelato with cookies. Unique and tasty. You may have a different itinerary for the tour if you go. This company seems to choose to provide you with the best experience they can. I highly recommend this tour!!!
Review date: 20 april 2019
belamichael
We had Martina as our guide. She was so passionate about wine, food, and the region. Born and raised in Tuscany, the pride she feels for the area was infectious and the stories she told were so interesting. I am sure she has done these tours many times, however, she made everyone feel this was the very first time and that we were the most special group she had ever had. Her knowledge of wine as a sommelier was superior, but you could tell she never takes things too seriously. I loved her laid back sense of humor. The vineyards you will visit are smaller, and off the beaten path giving you a real sense that you're discovering something not many get to. The lunch was incredibly delicious. My only complaint was I wish there had been more of it! Or at least a dessert maybe? The stop in Greve on the way home was an opportunity to get something sweet and do some shopping in cute little locally owned shops. All in all, it is a memory we will have forever and we would do it again. Martina deserves a higher day rate! haha Thank you!
Review date: 20 april 2019
melcon3142
Gloria was a great and informative tour guide, telling us all about the nice (and not so nice -- meaning that first sparkling rose, lol) wines. Learned about some of the interesting history of the region as well. Lunch near the monastary was delicious, and I never appreciated how much depth olive oils have too. Giancarlo was a great driver along the scenic windy roads. Mille grazie Gloria i Giancarlo!
Review date: 14 april 2019
Jessicaely
I could not recommend this tour enough if you are staying Florence. Very comfortable travel accommodations going to & from Tuscany-Stefano our tour guide was SO nice & incredibly knowledgeable about the area. The three wineries range from small, medium, to a larger winery for the last. Wonderful tastings, beautiful scenery, & a delicious lunch! The stop at the end of the day in the little town was also a nice change of pace. Great trip if you’re looking to do a day in Tuscany while staying in Florence
Review date: 14 april 2019
michellesF7373YV
This tour was so nice and informative. Being able to see Tuscany and experience private vineyards was very special. It was also great to try different foods and olive oil. We loved it! Martina is so sweet and helpful. We loved her!
Review date: 13 april 2019