- Guided wine tour to two wineries just 30 minutes from Florence downtown -
-WINE TOUR TO 2 WINERIES IN THE SAN MINIATO AND MONTALBANO DISTRICT

Private guided wine tasting tour to two wineries in San Miniato and in Vinci with sampling of wine and specialities



A visit to the winery just after the grape harvest



Vine rows along the former via Francigena

 



Underground historical cellar at a Medicean villa




Oak barriques for
aging wine








The winemaker and owner of the estate introduces the Chianti Montalbano wines

The hills surrounding Florence are a very charming wine district producing fabulous Chianti but also many IGT wines, with original peculiarities, sometimes produced with vines that are rare for Italy. Arianna and Friends brings you to two wineries off the beaten track in the area of San Miniato and in the Montalbano wine district, for you to discover such particular wines.




ALL ABOUT OUR PRIVATE WINE TOUR

We arrange a full-day wine tour for your party to two very different wineries located about 35 minutes from Florence downtown. One winery belongs to a historical estate in a Medicean villa with a charming underground cellar in the Montalbano wine district. The second cellar is in a small family-run farm about 20 kms from the firs one, in a location with an enchanting view over the medieval village of San Miniato.

Our English speaking tour guide meets you at an agreed meeting point or directly at your property or hotel (please, see transportation box below for further details) and accompanies you to the first winery in the Montalbano wine district, close to Vinci - namely the town of Leonardo, the world famous Italian genius.

The visit starts with an introduction to a spectacular 16th century Medicean villa where the winery has its premises. It is a charming historical chalet that the Medici used as a hunting mansion. The basement of the villa hosts a fascinating historical cellar which was wisely restored and turned into a sort of museum of old winemaking techniques and instruments. At the end of the visit, the best wines of the property are served together with a buffet lunch in one of the dining rooms in the villa.
You can taste a Chianti and a Chianti Riserva as well as some excellent IGTs.

After lunch, the guide leads you to another property just 20 kms from the previous one, in the area of San Miniato. The property is in a very welcoming hilly setting just along the medieval pilgrim road Via Francigena, a renowned pathway connecting Canterbury and Santiago de Compostele to Rome and passing right by San Miniato. At the property you will meet the friendly owners who will introduce to you the farm and welcome you in their house for a wine tasting full of interesting surprises, served with some focaccia, ham and cheese. Here you can taste some very original IGT wines along with a fantastic Chianti and an unforgettable Vinsanto.

Our wine tour to the hills around Florence takes around 6 hours and allows you to taste at least 8 different wines.





The old cellar of the winery near Vinci

Historical oak barrels


Caratelli, typically used for containing Vinsanto


Passing the new wine from the fermentaion
casks to the barrels for further aging


The vineyards of the winery near San Miniato are located along the via Francigena


A view of San Miniato, a lovely hilltop town


 

 

 


Rates and enquiries

 

 

PRIVATE FULL-DAY WINE TASTING TOUR
IN THE MONTALBANO AND SAN MINIATO AREA, TUSCANY



- Rates 2015 -

Number of people
in your party
Total rate
1 person
€ 300
2 persons
€ 320
3 persons
€ 380
4 persons
€ 440
5 persons
€ 500
6 persons
€ 560
7 persons
€ 620
8 persons
€ 680
9 persons
€ 740
10 persons
€ 800
extra person
€ 60
child 4-12 y.o.
€ 15
DURATION OF THIS TOUR: 6 HOURS


RATES INCLUDE:


+ a guided visit to two wineries
+ guided wine tasting sessions of 8 different wines
+ buffet lunch at one winery in an elegant tasting room of a historical villa
+ snacks with some local specialties at the other winery, in the owners' dining room or in the barriccaia
+ a private English speaking tour leader for the whole tour
+ tax

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION
For more info on transportation, please see the box below.


The tour leader is available also in German, Spanish, French, Russian or Italian
with no surcharge.

 

 

 

Transportation

Rates do not include transportation.

MORE ABOUT TRANSPORTATION FOR THIS TOUR
This tour takes place in the area of Vinci and San Miniato , a rural region between Pisa and Florence where little public transport service is offered.
Here are the transportation options for you to reach the destinations of the tour.
1.
- CAR RENTAL
We can help you find the best car rental solution from your hotel, agriturismo or private villa. We will book your car and give you detailled road instructions to meet us for the tour. If you rented your car on your own we will give you just any necessary road instruction.
2.
- VESPA SCOOTER RENTAL
You can add some action to this tour! Rent a Vespa scooter from our garage in Pontedera and ride it throughout the tour. Our guide will meet you in Pontedera and you will follow him/her to the several destinations.
3.
- CHAUFFEURED CAR RENTAL
Enjoy all the comfort of a private driver collecting you at your location on a luxury van! We will arrange a chauffeured car service from any location in Tuscany for the whole day of the tour.

 


 

 

 

 

Testimonials


COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS

This is an email we received from Laura, who took her friends to a private tour in the Tuscany area visiting a pasta factory and a wine farm:

Arianna,
Sorry I missed this email, but we were already in Italy!
Thank you again so much for the tour. It was absolutely lovely.
Everyone really had a great time.
I completely envy your job!
Let me know if you need anything!
Thanks,

Laura

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COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS

This is an email we received from Signe and Anders, who stayed in Pisa and took a half-day wine tasting tour to the Pisan hills with us:

Hi Arianna and friends,
We want to thank you for a fantastic wine tour last week! Massimo was a excellent guide with a lot of knowledge about the vineyards we were visiting, and very pleasant to speak with:)
You will definately be recommended to everyone we know who wants to go to Tuscany, and we ourselves is concidering a holiday on a vineyard for the next time we are going.
We hope to keep in touch.
Best regards,
Signe & Anders from Denmark

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