Discover the real essence of the Tuscan countryside, driving through rolling hills, vineyards, olive trees and old farms. This unique small-group tour is a must for expert wine lovers and novices alike. Meet your new travel companions in Florence and start to enjoy this small-group tour to experience the real essence of Tuscany and to understand why the Chianti wine region is so famous all over the world.
Driving to the south direction, through the Tuscan countryside you will reach the first wine estate where you'll start to learn about all the winemaking process, aging, etc., visiting the farm and satisfying all of your curiosity; after the visit, it's time to taste to verify your new learning.
Following the main wine road and driving through idyllic sceneries, you will reach another selected hilltop winery, where a wine expert is waiting for you to share his knowledge and passion about wine, with all of the facts and anecdotes behind this product, so important for the region. Start an informative guided tour of the propriety where you will learn all of the secrets to make a very good and genuine wine; after the visit, it is the right time to eat and drink to better understand the real country hospitality; you will taste assorted cold cuts, cured ham, salami, cheeses, bruschetta, pasta (usually handmade), and dessert, accompanied by the winery's own excellent wines.
After lunch, driving along one of the most scenic wine roads in the world, that winds between olive groves and vineyards, you will reach Greve in Chianti, the most representative village of the Chianti Classico countryside and the birthplace of the famous Tuscan explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered New York's Harbor. Here, you will have some free time to admire the attractive main square with its famed local shops housed under graceful porticoes.
Last stop, to complete this wonderful wine and food experience, will be at the third winery, where you will visit the property, including the cellars, and taste local products such as wine and olive oil. This stop will be a very good chance to complete your overview of the Tuscan wines and to better understand the difference between the products and the philosophy of three winemakers of this area.