Our afternoon was slated for a winery tour. So, at 2:30, we boarded a bus to the Chianti region. Our tour guide was fluent in 4 languages (English, Italian, French and Spanish) and proceeded to inform us of the day’s activities as well as give us some background on the region as we made our way out of the city and into Tuscany. We traveled from Florence toward Sienna to the Chianti region. We first stopped at a lovely little hillside town called Greve in Chianti, with shops lined with prosciutto, cheeses, breads, wine and beer. We then drove another ½ hour to the first of 2 wineries, Panzanello, a larger commercial winery. The views as we climbed up the hillside were absolutely gorgeous… just what you’d expect Tuscany to look like! It was exactly as I’d pictured it in my mind and remembered from movies; rolling hills with rows and rows of vines and large olive groves. We toured the vat and cask areas and learned a bit about wine-making.
We took pictures of the beautiful scenery and then headed to our next stop, a small family-owned winery, Riseccoli. The vines were still full of grapes, as the wet Summer had pushed the harvest back by a couple of weeks. We were able to sample the grapes… SO sweet! This vineyard was more quaint than the first, and felt homey. Again, we were given a tour and sampled the wines. We boarded the bus and headed back to Florence, arriving around 8:30pm.
This was the quintessential Tuscan tour for me! Walking among the grape vines and olive groves and sampling the wines! It was a terrific way to spend our afternoon/evening and worth the reasonable price!
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