Chianti Half-Day Wine Tour From Florence

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Combine Chianti wine with blissful Tuscan countryside on a half-day wine tour from Florence! With a tour escort, travel out of Florence and spend the afternoon at an enchanting castle winery in the Chianti Fiorentino region and in an ancient winery in the Chianti Senese, with local wine-expert guides. In both wineries tour the wine cellars, hear the secrets of Tuscan winemaking, and then sample prestigious Tuscan wine alongside some traditional Italian snacks.

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free drinks included

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Leave central Florence by air-conditioned coach, and travel into the lush Tuscan countryside that surrounds the city. An area of unrivaled beauty, Tuscany also holds a reputation as one of Italys most esteemed winemaking regions and acres of picturesque vineyards blanket its sun-drenched hills.

Revel in the scenery as you travel, passing traditional travertine villages clinging to hilltops, overlooking swathes of vine-clad fields and olive groves. Your route continues into the Chianti Fiorentino where some of Italys most prized red wine is produced. Stop for the visit to a renowned wine estate at a castle for your tour and tasting session.

After a friendly Tuscan welcome at the venue, start your visit with a tour of the castles historical wine cellars. See where the grapes are crushed, and where the wine is matured and later bottled while hearing some secrets of Tuscan winemaking.

Then, take a seat at a wine glassladen table, and sip on different glasses of wine made by the estate. The varietals are subject to change, but typically a glass of Chianti Classico, Chianti Reserve, the eponymous Tuscan vinsanto (dessert wine) or a prestigious white wine are served. Savor the complex and fruity flavors that are prevalent in Tuscan wine, and hear tasting tips to help you understand the characteristics of different grapes that are used.

The Tour continues then to the picturesque medieval village of Greve, birthplace of the famous navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano, where every year takes place the most important wine fair of the Chianti region. Here you will have free time to admire the famous main square of the ancient "market" with its characteristic arcades and to browse through the local artisan shops.
Moving along the ancient "Via Chiantigiana", we cross the heart of the Chianti Classico, admiring the breathtaking views of the rolling hills that made so famous this part of Tuscany.
We reach then a family-run Winery located in the Sienese area of the Chianti Classico, which stands out for the excellent quality of its wines. Here we will be warmly welcomed by its passionate winemaker and after the guided tour of the cellars and the lovely aromatic garden, a delicious tasting of four different wines and local products will be waiting for us.
The last stop of the tour is Castellina*, a fortified hilltop village of Etruscan origin, among the most lively and picturesque of Chianti, characterized by an imposing fortress: here, walking through the picturesque medieval covered street "Via delle Volte", the tour leader will guide us to discover the charming historical center and its picturesque houses, squares and shops.

Please note the order of the visit may change


*From November to March, the itinerary does not include the stop at Castellina, so the return to Florence is about 30 minutes earlier

Inclusions for Chianti Half-Day Wine Tour From Florence

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 70 people)
  • Tour escort
  • Wine-expert guide
  • Cellar tours
  • Wine tastings
  • Snacks

Exclusions for Chianti Half-Day Wine Tour From Florence

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note that the order of the visits may change

From November to March, the itinerary does not include the stop at Castellina and the return to Florence is approx 30 minutes earlier

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • This was a lovely experience and well worth the time. Having toured Rome and Florence, it was a lovely break to get out of the city, taste some wines, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and see some of the cute little towns in the Tuscan region. This was the last tour we did in Italy and was a beautiful end to a wonderful vacation!

  • The tour provide us good inspect on Chianti wine and provide generous amount of wine, bread, cheese and even ham. We had great fun during the tour.

  • This was a really great tour, quite unlike Wine Country tours we've taken in the US. There were in depth visits at two wineries a short and scenic drive from Florence. At both, a history of the wines was given, there was ample wine for tasting, and a bonus was pairing the wine with local food. At one winery, Il Palagio, olives are grown and a special treat was olive oil tasting. Both wineries allow orders with shipment to the US and we took advantage of that. Il Palagio, by the way, is owned by Sting. The tour also included short visits to Greve in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti, two small towns that are well worth visits on their own. The tour is nicely paced and our guide Keiko was a delight. This was only a half day tour. An entire day, or more, could be spent in Chianti and on our next visit we plan just that. Take this tour if you enjoy beautiful scenery, local wines and olive oils and a relaxing trip out of bustling Florence.

  • This tour was amazing!

  • This tour was great. We were able to sit in a comfortable a/c tour bus and were taken to at least 3 wineries. I wish we knew in advance which wineries we were visiting so we could do research in advance, because we ended up buying a lot of olive oil and wine from the first stop, when actually we enjoyed the wine and olive oil from the last winery of the tour. You get to stop by a small town area to do some souvenir shopping but there are not too many stores to shop from. At the end of the tour it was already getting late and dark and chilly but they still stopped by another town to shop around just because I think they wanted to cover all parts of the tour. Most of us were so sleepy from the wine and the long day and didn't care to walk around the last shopping area. Also, most of the shops were closed by the time we got there so it was pretty much a waste of time. Maybe they changed the tour since our last visit in October, but otherwise I would recommend it just for the experience. Just be flexible with your time as you may end up returning back late into the city.

  • I am no expert, but the first winery's tasting selection was pretty poor. The second was much better, but we both agreed none were worth the price. You stop in 2 villages, the first is nice, but the second is really a waste of time nothing is open this time of year. Expected more for nearly 50 euros.

  • This was a great trip! Both wineries were amazing and both tour guides were very entertaining-highly recommend it!

  • Went on this tour recently and just adored the scenery. I found the tour to a bit a little strange in parts, like it's advertised that you go to Greve and Castellina, but you don't get told how long these stops are in the information provided. The Greve stop was only about 30 minutes and the Castellina stop was maybe 15-20 minutes. I really liked both, Castellina especially, but found it weird that they're not advertised as being super short or that a time frame isn't provided. I was disappointed that they weren't longer. In Greve we basically only had enough time to visit the old butcher shop and then grab a gelato before we had to walk back to where the bus was.

    The wine tastings were fab. We enjoyed both the wineries that we visited immensely. They had great staff presenting the tastings and all the wine was excellent. Some of the nicest wine either of us had had.

    Our guide was very pleasant and nice, but I did find her commentary a little repetitive. I kind of wish she had just let us enjoy the scenery instead of repeating some of the information to us every time we saw the thing she had spoken about previously.

    The scenery made up for any issues we had. Even though I've said a few things that I think could change letting people know how long the stops are, this tour was a fantastic day out and I am so happy that my partner and I decided to do it. We had the best day in the Chianti region and we'd use Viator again!

  • The trip was fine but the departure time listed on the website was 2:45 PM and the time listed on the printed voucher was 1:15 PM. The tour I purchased was supposed to go to Montiriggioni but this tour did not. The real disappointment was that I. Ought some wine from a tasting and the quality of the wine I brought home was far inferior to what I tasted. I probably would not recommend this trip.

  • This is advertised as a half day tour, but it lasted from 1:15 until about 8:30 p.m. Very comfortable coach and good guide Barbara. We visited two wineries with tasting and information at each. The sommelier at the second winery was particularly informative and entertaining. We spent time in the town of Greve for some food and photos and on the way back we did a walk through Castellana, a lovely old town lit up at night. Being October it got dark early so enjoyed the scene of the church floodlit at 7p.m. It was an unexpectedly long day, but the ride through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside and the other experiences were worth every bit of it. Highly recommend it.

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