Party Earth Review The Chianti region, located about twenty miles south of Florence, is a beautiful area famous for its red wines and picturesque panoramas and makes for a wonderful day trip away from the city. The region contains numerous... ... read full review
South of Florence
CHIANTI, ITALY –
The Chianti region, located about twenty miles south of Florence, is a beautiful area famous for its red wines and picturesque panoramas and makes for a wonderful day trip away from the city.
The region contains numerous vineyards, both world-renowned and underground, where visitors can take tours and sample different wines in a magnificent setting.
In addition to the vineyards, the region also contains a number of enotecas (wine shops) which allow patrons to sample different wines all in one place and at a reasonable price.
Transportation is necessary, so visitors to the Chianti region should determine if they want to take a scooter, a car, or a guided tour (see below) – just remember that those going by their own means will need a designated driver.
One of the best ways to explore the region is by going on one of the many bike tours available. Try Bicycle Tuscany (www.bicycletuscany.com, 329 988 1857, email@example.com), which gives tours from April 1 to October 31. The price of €70 includes a shuttle to the countryside, a 21-speed bike and helmet, a winery visit and wine tasting, a bilingual tour guide, and lunch in a small restaurant in a Tuscan hill town.
All types and all ages. Get a big group together for maximum fun or go with someone special for a romantic outing.
Vineyard tours and wine and olive tastings.
Bread and snacks included with some of the tours.
Varies depending on the vineyard. See vineyard descriptions below.
Any time of year is great, but the region gets particularly crowded with tourists between May and September.
Recommended vineyards and enotecas include:
CASALOSTE offers one-hour tours of their vineyards and cellars, with detailed information about the winemaking process and the region. Tours include tasting of at least three wines, extra virgin olive oil, and grappa. Contact the winery to set up a tour time; visits are by appointment only for groups of 2–12 people and must be booked in advance.
Address: Via di Montagliari, 32, 50020, Panzano in Chianti
Contact: 055 852 725, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: M–Sa 10am–1pm and 3–7pm
Prices: Tour and tasting €6.
LE CANTINE in Greve is one of the oldest enotecas in the region and also houses a small wine museum. Visitors can buy a tasting card for as little as €10, which can then be used to pay for wine by the ounce.
Address: Galleria delle Cantine, 2, 50022, Greve in Chianti
Contact: 055 854 6404, email@example.com
Hours: Daily 10am–7pm
Prices: Tasting card €10+. Wine starts at €0.40/oz, with most wines falling in the €1/oz range.
LE FONTI is a fantastic boutique winery is run by a young Englishspeaking couple. Visits include a general tour of the winery, cellars, and aging methods, as well as tastings of three to six vintages. The winery is bordered on three sides by the vineyards, so patrons may be able to take a walk through them as well.
Address: Fattoria Le Fonti, I, 50020, Panzano in Chianti
Contact: 055 852 194, firstname.lastname@example.org. Send an e-mail before going or to set up a tour outside of regular hours.
Hours: M–F 10am–noon and 2–6pm
Prices: Tastings and tours are free.
MONTAGLIARI offers one-hour tours of their cellar and balsamic vinegar room, followed by tastings of their wine, grappa, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. The site also includes a restaurant open for lunch and dinner 12:30–10pm, daily except Mondays.
Address: Via di Montagliari, 29, 50020, Panzano in Chianti
Contact: 055 852 014, email@example.com
Hours: Tours daily 10am–6pm
Prices: Tour €6–€17.50 includes three wines.
SANTO STEFANO is located just two kilometers outside of Greve and offers daily tours of their cellars and vineyards accompanied by an informative talk on the cultivation of the grapes.
Address: Via Collegalle, 3, 50022, Greve in Chianti
Contact: 055 857 2298, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors can also send an e-mail from the contact page on the website to set up a visit.
Hours: M–Sa 9am–6pm, Su 10am–1pm (April–October)
Prices: Tour €10.