Chianti Wine Tour
Well of course I was going to do a wine tour in Chianti while in Tuscany. What a no brainer!!
After getting lost trying to find the meeting point for this tour (it was a fair distance from the train station) I finally found my way to quite an organised set up. Quickly herded onto a big coach bus with about 25 other people, we were soon off on our way into the hills of Tuscany.
Our guide, knowledgeable and entertaining, spoke in both English and Spanish so it did take a little longer to get information. Not that I minded at all. Was nice to hear her speaking in Spanish.
The tour takes in tastings at two wineries in the Chianti region of Tuscany. It runs for approximately 5 – 5 and half hours. On the way back towards Florence you get to stop off in a little village called Greve.
I cannot remember the names of the wineries we went to but they were fabulous. Great views, wonderful people and AMAZING wines. To be expected of course. Small samples in the first winery and the room the tastings were held in was quite small for a big group. The second winery gave us more of a tasting and delicious food samples.
Greve was a cute little village which had one of my most favourite things; a wine dispenser. Such a great idea for tourists on limited time, or those wanting to try it all. You can purchase a card, load it up with Euro and sample different sizes of all the wines they have. I wish we could have stayed there longer so I could have sampled everything!!
As a first timer to the Tuscany region, a tour such as this one is a good way to see the area, sample some wines and meet new people. Also, considering the number of people on the wine tasting, it was organised and handled quite well. In hindsight though, I would have probably rather a smaller group, alas that is what I will try next time I visit.
I booked this tour through Get Your Guide.
You can read more about my Florence experience here: “6 nights in Florence – how to live and chill like a local”