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Wine tour in the Chianti

An easy day trip from Florence following the wine and food trail in one of Tuscany's most beautiful areas.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 35.7 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Not for nothing is the Chianti wine region world famous. The hilly landscape, combed through with vineyards and dotted with olive... more »

Tips:  This tour is best done by car as some of these wineries are impossible to reach any other way.

Leave Florence in the morning. It... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Verrazzano Castle & Winery, Greve in Chianti Firenze

One of the oldest wineries in Tuscany is also in an incredibly impressive castle dating back to the 11th century. The historic wine cellars and vast vineyards of Verrazzano are well known but that's also a reason to visit. They do very professional tours of the property, where you can wander the gardens and hear stories about the discoverer... More

2. Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, Greve in Chianti

A visit through this little piazza in the morning is the perfect place to stretch your legs, perhaps get a coffee or visit the local bakery and deli and browse the quaint shops.

The Falorni butcher shop (no. 69 in the piazza) is one of the historic butcher shops of Tuscany (they opened in 1729). This is the place to taste or select some of the... More

3. Renzo Marinai Winery

On a completely different scale is this small and elegant winery of Renzo Marinai near Panzano in Chianti, with 6 hectares of vineyards.

This is the place to come to try some beautiful Chianti and reserved wines aged in oak barrels and lulled by Mozart playing in the background. They produce top Chianti and Chianti Riserva and even organic wheat ... More

4. Le Fonti Winery, Panzano in Chianti

Another small and lovely boutique winery is Le Fonti, located just below the village of Panzano. They produce almost 85% Sangiovese vines, with the remainder equally divided between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. From the harvest to the final blend, they depend on family manpower and sophisticated taste.

For a cellar tour and a tasting at ... More

5. Colombaia Winery, Colle di Val d'Elsa

Now head out of the heart of Chianti Classico to the greater Chianti region and towards the beautiful town of Colle Val d'Elsa (which is well worth a good wander too, and if you want to stop for dinner, check out the restaurant Officina della Cucina Popolare in the old part of town: http://www.cucina-popolare.com/).

Colombaia, a small,... More