“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” - John Keats. Many travellers seek something a little more from their travel experiences and wine tours are becoming very popular. Discover charming vineyards wines and surrounding territory with guided tours and tastings in different countries.
Top Wine tours
Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano One Day Tour from Florence with Wine and Cheese Tasting
Discover the medieval charm of Tuscany, the picturesque countryside and enjoy its exquisite wines!
Start this trip from Florence, "The Cradle of Renaissance".Visit a cellar in the endearing surrounding area of Montalcino. Montalcino is a beautiful village in the enchanting Val d'Orcia region. It's a classic fairytale town on the top of a hill with a castle. Montalcino is well-known for its magnificent red wines for centuries. The town has been made incredibly rich and famous by its Brunello wine, one of the world's best and most appreciated Italian wines. Sample some of its famous wines in the cellar and then stroll around the cobbled stone streets.
Your next destination is the city of Pienza, 20 kilometres far away from Montalcino. It is a harmonious 15th-century town in Val d'Orcia and it has almost remained unchanged in the centuries. It is a great example of Renaissance architecture, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is the home of "pecorino" cheese. During this trip, you can taste this famous cheese.
Continue your trip to Montepulciano. This medieval village has postcard-perfect beauty. It embodies the classic idea of the Tuscan countryside. Feel free to wander around the historic city centre which is located among vineyards. Montepulciano is best known internationally for its Vino Nobile, considered one of the top Tuscan wines in the world.
At the end of the tour, you will return to Florence.
From Tours: Villandry, Wineries, & Family Castle Lunch
Enjoy an amazing day in the Loire Valley. Start your trip by visiting Chateau de Villandry and its magnificent gardens. The Chateau of Villandry is the last of the great chateaux of the Loire built during the Renaissance in the Loire Valley. With its unique furnishings, décor and atmosphere, the Château de Villandry is a living testimony of French heritage. After taking a tour inside the chateau, discover the hidden corners of the gardens.
Then take a short drive to your next stop - Chateau de l'Islette - a family-owned chateau still inhabited today. A long, rectangular, three-storey building, flanked by two imposing towers; from its architectural concept and being surrounded by water the château is reminiscent of Azay-le-Rideau. The current owners live in the chateau. After the visit, have a lovely lunch with your group near a river in the park of the chateau. Enjoy a glass of local wine with tasty food from the region.
You continue your trip discovering the Vouvray wine area. Vouvray is most famous for its white wines of various styles (sweet wine, dry, still and sparkling). One key characteristic of quality Vouvray wines is their remarkable long life. Many bottles more than 30 years old often show stunning freshness and life. During the afternoon, you will visit a family wine estate and a grand wine house situated just along the Loire River. You will learn the different steps of wine tasting and enjoy the different wine aromas. Before saying goodbye, share an aperitif made of local products like cheese, rillettes and fresh bread - the perfect match for Loire wines.
This full day tour will end in Tours.
Full day tour from Florence: Visit the Chianti countryside
The Chianti region in Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, as well as the most well-known and appreciated by visitors from across the world. The Chianti region extends over the provinces of Florence and Siena, covering all of the areas between the two cities and extending to the east toward the Valdarno and to the west to the Val d'Elsa. Chianti offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, historical villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone.
You will start this full-day trip from Florence and the first stop will be at a wine tasting school where you will taste 4 different types of wines including the famous Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. and a Super Tuscan wine, a 30-year-old balsamic vinegar, and the delicious truffle extra virgin olive oil.
You will continue this wine tasting experience in a local winery located in a gorgeous area that is well-known for the production of the D.O.C.G. Vernaccia white wine. The winemakers will guide you through the vineyards and the cellars and they will share the secrets of the wine and oil production as well as the best wine and food combinations.
At the winery, you will have the opportunity to buy the local products and wine at a convenient cost to bring back home or to ship to friends and family.
In the afternoon you will be free to visit and spend time wandering through the narrow streets of San Gimignano. Shop 'til you drop, and enjoy gelato from the world-champion ice-cream making gelateria.
At the end of the tour you will return back to Florence.