Chianti Private Wine Tour

Tasting
Wine, Olive Oil, Local Food
Activity
Meet The Maker
Included
Meal, Pick up, Tour guide
Languages
English, French, Italian
Theme
Organic, Countryside, Private
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
174
80
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$
377
79
/ Person
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Activity Overview
The Chianti region is situated between the Florence and Siena cities. This wine region began wine production more than two thousand years ago. It is a mountainous, forested region made fertile and green by plentiful winter rains and lots of natural springs. Its rough terrain has enabled farmers to grow only olives and grapes. For years this has been the original home of the native Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo wine varieties. It is also home to the famous Chianti wines, which is named after its hometown.

The Chianti area experienced some bad clashes that came up due to the never-ending enmity between the Florence and Siena cities. Chianti was desired by both the Empire and Papacy which ran all the towns in medieval Italy. It was a battleground of their soldiers an many army troops. Up to this day, the Chianti area is still made up of small-fortified rural houses and castles.

In this hostile environment, it is believed that it was the monks within the courtyards of their monasteries and protected by the high walls, were responsible for the olive oil production and growth of wineries. They kept the traditional cultural customs alive through the many years of wars and despite the near-destruction of some native wine varieties.

Traditionally, Chianti wine is a mix of various grape varieties, with Sangiovese taking up most of the quantity. The Sangiovese originates from the mountains of the close by Emilia-Romagna. It has also been cultivated on the hillsides of Tuscan for the past several years, long enough to be considered indigenous. It has been popular since ancient times for its high and constant yield regarding productivity. One of its remarkable characteristics is that if it is grown in soils with different compositions, it tends developing new traits, with time becoming what can be considered a clone. Today, Sangiovese has over fifty standard clones, thus creating countless organoleptic features that arouse huge interest among wine enthusiasts around the world.

Sangiovese possesses unique, tasty features: its light, highly concentrated in tannins and it's quite acidic. This means that wines typically made from Sangiovese are easily paired with a variety of food because it does not cover the taste of the food. Today we describe the value and quality of wines with their acidity levels, but in the past, it was a different situation.

The goal was to tone down the aggressive features of the Sangiovese grape variety and sweeten it. Therefore, winemakers mixed the Sangiovese with more robustly-bodied grapes, such as Colorino and Canaiolo varieties which are more colorful, fruitier and spiced up with aromas. Additionally, to lower the alcohol content, a small percentage of white grapes like Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia Bianca was added.

The exclusive Chianti wine tour will focus on wine and food, but also be enlightened on its historical and cultural aspects as well as the landscape of one of the most stunning regions of the world. The Chianti region has produced many poets, artists, intellectuals, and explorers; it has inspired their works, their artistic expression, and their thoughts.
 
Practical information
Departure from and return to your accommodation.
 
Included
  • Guided tour of an organic or biodynamic winery, a stroll through the vineyards and cellars
  • A tasting of Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Supertuscan wines and extra virgin olive oil
  • Guided tour of a charming medieval hilltop village in the Chianti area / alternatively you can also visit a third winery but only on prior request
  • Homemade lunch and tasting of Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Supertuscan wines and extra virgin olive oil at a local organic winery
  • Private transportation in a luxury 9-seater van.
  • Departure from and return to your accommodation
  • Services of our driver and tour guide in Italian, English, French or Spanish.
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
377
79
Price per person for private group of 2 people
Person
$
281
93
Price per person for private group of 3 people
Person
$
253
74
Price per person for private group of 4 people
Person
$
219
91
Price per person for private group of 5 people
Person
$
202
99
Price per person for private group of 6 people
Person
$
186
07
Price per person for private group of 7 people
Person
$
174
80
Price per person for private group of 8 people
Timing
Dates
Start Time
More Information
More information about the timing
Daily12:00 PMStart time to be confirmed
Duration
8 H
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Cancellation Policy
Strict
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
2 reviews   0 comments
Overall Experience
(5.0 of 5)
My wife and I were part of a small tour group in mid September 2017. Giacomo was very knowledgeable of the biodynamic and organic wineries and farms in the Tuscan area. He is obviously well connected to the vintners and farmers so the tour had an almost family aspect. He was also able to secure excellent city guides in Florence, Sienna, Pisa and Voltera. Although we had been to Tuscany years before ... more this was a totally unique and valued experience for us. We literally experienced many of the true tastes of Tuscany.
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I had the pleasure of being with Giacomo for a week in Italy. In most cases the car ride to get to / from somewhere is just a necessary evil and a part of travel one must just deal with but With Giacomo each trip, each ride was an opportunity to learn more about the area and to discover more places I will come back to explore.
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Duration:
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Following the lesson, the participants partake in the sampling of the pizza, gelato, and sorbet in a cozy cantina

Following an expert, the secrets for making handmade gelato using quality ingredients and putting in practice the principal ideas will be revealed to the participants.

The participants learn the activities involved in pizza making, the creation and the working of the dough.
They have the chance to learn all the types of flour, the amount of ingredients, the manipulation of the dough, and the products used for making the sauce.
Following the lesson, the participants partake in the sampling of the pizza, gelato, and sorbet.

The options of gelato are: vanilla, chocolate, stracciatella, cream, pistachio, etc,

And the options of sorbet are: pineapple, strawberry, and lemon

HIGHLIGHTS

Small Classes

Professional Chef

Equipment and ingredients included

Learn to make gelato

Learn to make pizza by hand and sauce

Eat what you have made!
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Duration:
3 H
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Pasta-making is an ancient Italian tradition and you can find some of the best pastas in the world around every corner in this country, so why not take home the skills to impress friends and relatives with the most famous dishes Italy has to offer? This course includes working with various types of flour, eggs, and other ingredients necessary for making fresh pasta.

Participants learn the techniques of working with pasta, using a rolling-pin and machine, and will be able to master the secrets of a thousand year-old cooking tradition.
This class focuses on preparing three types of pasta with three different sauces to accompany them and also a typical Italian dessert, all of which will be eaten and enjoyed together after the class.

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The menu:

Fresh water pasta – Tagliatelle
Fresh egg pasta – Tortelli di patate
Raw tomato sauce
Mushrooms sauce
Olive oil, garlic and peperoncino
Panna cotta

HIGHLIGHTS

Small classes

All equipment and ingredients provided

Learn cooking skills with a professional chef

3 types of pasta and sauces

Typical Italian dessert

Eat what you've prepared!
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Duration:
3 H
Who doesn't like the Italian cuisine, a plate of delicious pasta or a mouth-watering dessert? Come and learn how to make some typical Italian dishes to impress your date or family ... moreonce you return back home.
Do not miss the opportunity while you are in Italy to get your hands dirty during our cooking class taught by local professional chefs in a real cooking school in Florence.

You will also receive an apron and recipes so that you won't forget a fun and truly delectable experience!

CHOOSE BETWEEN THE MONDAY AND THE TUESDAY COURSE

EVERY MONDAY: REGIONAL CUISINE
Come and experience how the various regions of Italy each developed a unique taste for produce.Find out where and when some typical dishes were invented (lasagne, risotto alla milanese) and give them a try by cooking and then tasting the delicious outcome!

EVERY TUESDAY: TUSCAN CUISINE
Learn how to make traditional Tuscan dishes. Tuscany, an amazing region that hosts mountains and rolling hills, well-known for its refined wines, as well as several prominent seaside dishes.

ITINERARY

Meet at 2:45pm at our office.
Go to cooking school where you will meet your chef and get to prepare some delicious and typical Italian dishes.
You will also receive an apron and a recipe book so that you won't forget a fun and truly delectable experience!

HIGHLIGHTS

Professional chef

Free apron and recipes

Real cooking experience

Italian cuisine

Get your hands messy