Our first full day in Florence wasn't actually spent in the city. We had pre-paid for a full day wine tour of the Chianti region so all we had to do was show up at our appointed meeting spot to meet our tour guide and our fellow wine tasters.
I really reccomend
pre-planning and pre-paying for day trips before you go anywhere on
vacation. We researched the best trips for what we wanted to do and paid
for them so far in advance that by the time we got to Italy, we didn't
have to worry about a thing. The tour we ended up booking was with a
company called Tuscan Wine Tours and was worth every penny!
started bright and early at 10am and took a van to our first location.
Our tour guide Piere was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and really
funny which made being in a van with five strangers very comfortable
from the get go.
the first winery we not only got to try four delicious wines but they
paired it with some pecorino cheeses that they also make on premise. The
wine was incredible and after we tasted the wine we had the opportunity
to buy some from their little store. We left with a steady buzz, some
lardo and a jar of black truffle honey. Next stop was lunch!
the end of the meal we all had grappa and coffee which just increased
our buzz level to drunk and left us warm, boozed up and ready to drink
Our third and stop for the day was to a small
independent winery run by a lovely woman who inherited the property from
her father. Another flight of Chianti Classico was served outside under
a pergola overlooking all her growing grape vines.
last stop of the day was some free time in the town of Greve in
Chianti. A small town full of shops, butchers, and cafes, Greve gave us a
chance to walk around and explore a little bit. Matt and I wandered
into a butcher shop and explored the walls of charcuterie for sale as
well as their cheese cave!