With so many things to do in Italy,
a Chianti wine tour is a must for wine enthusiasts traveling
through Tuscany. The Chianti wine region is located
between the venerable Italian art cities of Florence and Siena. It is an ideal
wine territory that specializes in rich red wines, derived
from the native Sangiovese grape. Castles, hill
top villages, and vineyards combine to almost make the
experience of a Chianti wine tour too perfect to be true.
Wine tours Chianti style often involve day visits to one
or more towns, a break for lunch, and stops at reputed
wineries with vintage cellars complete with wine caves
and atmospheric tasting rooms. However, extended
tours covering more than one day are surely available
if you have planned this amazing experience as the focus
of your Italian vacation.
There are plenty of options for a memorable Chianti wine tour, whether you want a full, private service with pick-up and drop-off in Florence or Siena, have a rented car and want a personal guide to accompany you, or want to save time and money and join a large group. Renting a car in Italy is expensive, though, know that most agencies do not rent for only one day, and you probably do not want to be driving during your Chianti tour. The more inexpensive tour involves joining an often larger group of fellow wine enthusiasts in a van or bus for an organized visit to one or two towns. You will likely make a stop for lunch, between seeing some sights, and do some wine tasting, usually for about 100 to 200 euros per person before returning to the city.
For a more exclusive Chianti tour, it is recommended
that you go with a smaller company, or spend a bit more
for your own private guided tour. You typically
will be picked up at your hotel, and returned there
after a half to full-day excursion. This way you
avoid the crowded feel of a big group and are not tied
down to the more strict group schedule. You will
visit historical sites on the way, with one on one attention
to detail. The most recommended personal guide online
is Alessandro Cammilli, who if already booked relays the
duty to his associate, Roberto. Alessandro is a
retired police officer, and he and Roberto are native
to the area. Going with such a guide is truly the
way to go, and there are many qualified options.
You will likely get only one shot at this unforgettable
experience. Being whisked away from the bustling
bigger cities of Florence and Siena to the romantic rolling
Chianti Tuscany countryside is a welcome change on your
itinerary. Your senses will come alive as you gain
a true appreciation for the Italian way of life and learn
everything about the wine making process. In this
magical land of rolling hills, historical villages, old
farmhouses, lavish vegetation, golden sunshine and warm
people, you will definitely come away with a deep sense
To list all the wine tours Chianti offers would be quite a task. You should consider that hotels out along the countryside are not as plentiful as you might think. If you are staying in the Chianti Tuscany region for more than one day, you can rent a Tuscan farmhouse or villa and eliminate the constant packing and unpacking associated with changing accommodations. These options can run more expensive, especially in the peak season of summer. If you have limited time for your Chianti tour, you might stick with starting in Florence or Siena and taking a half-day to full-day tour and returning back to your hotel to resume your Italy adventure. It is the more affordable way to go and most day trips give you a taste of the Chianti wine, olives, food and hilltop towns for about 120 euros a person. Again, if your Chianti wine tour is the focus of your trip to Italy, then there are extended tours available covering more than one day. However you do it, you’ll definitely find yourself talking all about it with your friends when you get home. Enjoy your Chianti wine tour!