Chianti and Castles wine tour
Runs every Thursday
Your meeting point is at the Basilica of San Domenico in Siena at 9:30am, easy to find even if you are arriving from out of town or with your own car as there is parking in the vicinity. Here you will meet the driver guide for the start of the tour.
Our first stop is under the walls of the Castello di Brolio, here we have time for taking pictures and getting an up close look at the vineyards. It is here that the Baron, Bettino Ricasoli first stimulated the renewal of the areas agriculture and gave the world the precious formula for making Chianti wines, famous the world over for easy drinkability and now no longer used straw flasks.
We then make our way to a second winery/castle, Meleto, which today is a beautiful and well preserved medieval castle, home to a well known medium sized winery. Here we visit the castle and its grounds and learn about its history before enjoying a first introductory tasting of the Black Rooster Chianti Classico wine, a wine that has in the past years witnessed a qualitative surge in taste and complexity.
A traditional Tuscan lunch of local products will be served at a small family run winery and is accompanied by a tasting of the farms wines. It could occur that the farm for some reason is unavailable on the day, in this case we will enjoy our traditional Tuscan meal in a characteristic trattoria.
After lunch you have the opportunity of going for a stroll in a small and quaint fortified medieval village, perched on top of a hill and surrounded by magnificent views. Here you can enjoy a coffee in a little local bar or just walk on the cobbled streets and admire the architecture and panoramic vistas of vineyards and forests. In the late afternoon we will visit a third winery where we are introduced to the local producer, we will be shown around the estate that has remained in the hands of the same family for many centuries. Visit the old cellars, learn about the traditions and lifestyle of the 'Chianti folk' and walk among the gardens, all the while savoring and learning about the great Chianti wines.
On some occasions, due to availability or last minute changes, the itinerary might vary a little. In this case the tour could be modified slightly. However the day will maintain a similar general imprint, same duration and have all the same inclusions.
Visit to the medieval castles of Brolio and Meleto
Chianti Classico wine and olive oil tasting
Tour of castle and cellars
Meet small wine producers and learn about the Tuscan way of life
Wholesome lunch at a winery
Stroll in a non touristy medieval village
Personal and laid back tour and chance of making new friends
No rushed schedule
Small group of maximum 8 people
Round trip transportation in air conditioned minivan
Duration: 8.0 hours Start time: 9:30am Price from: 135.00 Per person, lunch and all tastings included