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Tips on GENUINE day wine tours from Florence

Hello fellow travellers.

I'm looking for some ideas on 'real' day trip Tuscany winery tours that include at least three renowned/established wineries and a proper traditional lunch or appetisers.

I see many boast whole day tours to popular tourist traps, usual bucket list town destinations, museums, 2 or 3 glasses of wine only, and little or no food for what appears to be a little excessive in price for what you get.

So this concerns just Chianti district wineries and perhaps behind the scenes barrel-tastings, bar or table tastings, and a proper feed with the expected cured meats, cheeses and olives etc.

Can anyone suggest a few good companies that do this? Obviously prepared to pay for something reasonable. Willing to consider both full or half day tours from Florence.

Thank you kindly.....

Posted by
4777 posts

I think you probably need to do the hard work and slog through the dozens of options. I understand you have specific requirements and want more of a serious wine tour, many offer a light wine experience and amp up the sightseeing. Many also lighten the incurred costs to keep the price attractive for the more casual tourist. A 50 euro tour will not give you what you want, maybe 150 euro, but probably more. Below is an example (no experience with them) at 175 euro that seems to meet your needs. They also offer an "Elite Brunello Montalcino tour" for 250 euro pp, as well as other tours changing the focus a bit, some for less.

https://www.tuscan-wine-tours.com/super-chianti

I chose them as an example because the focus seems to be on the wine, rather than a sightseeing tour with a winery. Also the range of tours illustrates the fact that the higher the expectation, the higher the cost. I do not think what you want can be done in a half day. Also most places base their price on a group, this one minimum of four, max of eight, so if you are only a couple, then planning is harder. You can certainly ask them about joining a group, but it would be best to give them a range of dates that will work, allowing them to slot you into a group. A similar tour for two would add another 50-100 euro per person. As for price, my guess was what you wanted would be in the 150 euro pp range, this place met that expectation.

As a disclaimer, I have nothing to do with this company, never used them, simply a pick among a simple search for "Chianti Wine Tour" and trying to select a wine focused tour.

Posted by
6019 posts

You could try this wine tour company. I know nothing about them so you'll have to search for reviews, but they appear to have what you're looking for. I don't know what you consider an excessive price so maybe these tours are too much.

Posted by
364 posts

We loved our tour with WalkAboutFlorence - the CHIANTI WINE & FOOD SAFARI TOUR -- check our their website - lots of info there.

Posted by
3932 posts

On the recommendation of a friend who took this tour two years ago, we've signed up for the Brunello tour on winetourintuscany.com. It's €210 pp; price goes down if more join the tour. It's a 7 or 8 hour tour, visiting 3 or 4 wineries, with a stopover in Montalcino.

Posted by
21 posts

Thanks so much everyone.

I will have a good look at them all and weigh up the pros and cons.

Kindly.....

Posted by
21 posts

Chinalake67, do you recall what the group numbers were for that one please?

Thanks again!

Posted by
364 posts

It was a BUS tour, but super nice and well done. The winery tours were great and lunch was fantastic. We liked it so much, that we booked their BEST OF TUSCANY TOUR for the next day and that one was just as amazing.

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867 posts

I also greatly enjoyed the Walkabout Florence Chianti Wine and Food Safari, which I took in August, 2015. There were 18 people in our group, which included the guide. It was a smaller bus, not a full sized bus. The bus was small enough to get us up the gravel road to "La Cantinetta di Rignana Ristorante," a vineyard with wonderful restaurant on the terrace where we had lunch with three wine pairings. There were also stops at two other vineyards, where we had tastings of several wines, and with cheeses, meats, etc. and a walk through one vineyard.