First off the tour operators tried to pull together several small groups who spoke several languages on the same bus. The leaders seemed overwhelmed and were anxious to get us back. The tour left Florence late, which left us racing thru the second wine tour and then to see the Fortress at night. Only 25 minutes to walk up long hill and stairs and back on the bus. Felt sorry for the elderly couple that had a tough time walking...the operators didn't seem too care...only about getting us back on the road. On a positive note, the first winery was fantastic and the owner who led the tour and tasting was really passionate about what they do. The wine was great as well. Next time we will use a different source to schedule wine tours. Of the three tours booked for our trip, these tour guides were NOT well prepared and didn't engage with the group.
Excellent wineries with knowledgable experts at the two wineries explaining their wines and olive oils. Visit to Monteriggioni was good but short and the climb to enter the City was too much for elderly. Not sure what can be done about that since tour went 5 1/2 hours anyway. Tour guide on bus was nice but not very informative. With a bus full of tourists and a relatively long ride he could have talked more about the region, mabey some fun facts or history. Overall good value for the cost, and enjoyed the experience.
Tour left 1/2 late. First winery was excellent. Very informative. Delicious wines. Second winery was nice, wines were good there too. Stopped at a fortress was very dark and we really couldn't see anything. Was a 10 minute walk up then you had 10 minutes in the fortress and then a 10 minute walk down. Only the gelato place was open. Tour is longer than the mentioned 4 hours. Was 5 1/2 hours from start to finish.
Best part of our trip was a tour of 2 wineries and a visit to a couple of towns on the way. We hired a private driver who picked us up in a Mercedes SUV at 9AM in front of our hotel and brought us to the Chianti Region and dropped us off at 5PM. It cost us 450 Euros but was worth it.
We had a nice lunch and tasted several wines and cheeses, pasta with fresh truffles and purchased 3 cases of wine that they shipped back to the US.
You can take a group tour which my daughter and neice did a few later and that cost was 85 Euros. They also had a great time which is what this 1/2 day tour is that I am recommending.
I would highly recommend doing this
This was an absolutely wonderful trip! My three friends and I really enjoyed our tour and tour guide, Eduardo. My only complaint is that we were a little rushed at the second stop! We had time to taste the wines and walk around for 10 minutes before having to leave. However, that doesn't really detract from the overall experience. The wines were amazing and the tastes of salami, cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and truffle sauce were to die for. Highly recommended tour!
This is not just a tour outside Florence, it is way out in the Chainti region. It is a significant but ride through the region giving you a good glimpse of the beauty of this area. The guide on the bus also narrated interesting things as we traveled in multiple languages but the tours were only in English. I was looking for a smaller more intimate tour but this was a very pleasant experience with 50 people total. The two wineries we visited were well prepared and had plenty of space for all and it was a fun sized group. Both wineries were very different and both had samples of their wines. We learned a lot about the Chianti region and it's wines.The first winery also had samples of their olive oil and balsamic vinegar. There was plenty of food to sample. The 2nd one in addition to their wines, talked more their different balsamic vinegar and it was amazing. This winery is in an old castle tht the family now ownes along with the little community complete with a small chapel. Both hosts were energetic, passionate about their wines and had great humor. Both were from the family that owned the wineries. Both had areas where you could purchase many things and we had plenty of time for shopping. There is walking involved to get to the wineries from the bus and some stairs. Very nicely done tours. We had plenty of wine samples!