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Chianti wines are named after a hilly region of Tuscany, south of Florence and north-east of Siena where wine has been made for centuries. The earliest documented mention of wine from this area dates to 1378. Curiously, Chianti wine has enjoyed regulation long before most other wine has.

The first protective legislation was introduced in 1713 under Grand Duke Cosimo III. It forbade wine that did not come from this area from calling itself ‘Chianti’. Today, only wine produced and bottled in the Chianti zones may be called and sold as ‘Chianti.’ In the 1830s Baron Bettino Ricasoli, making wine at Brolio, set down the “formula” for good Chianti: red varietals: at least 75% sangiovese, 5-10% canaiolo; white (10% max.): malvasia or trebbiano.

Today, both the white red varietals are optional, aside from the obligatory sangiovese ,75% minimum. Chianti is aged one year; riserva two. Chianti wines are made today from grapes grown in a wider area than the area of Chianti itself: the Chianti wine-making zones reach as far south as the hills of Siena (Chianti dei Colli Senesi) into the area around Florence, and run west almost to Pisa.

 

Italian Passions - Food & Wine Tour

Italian Passions - Food & Wine Tour

A private Florence tour for food and wine lovers

Food - from € 97.50

Delve into Italy's passionate love affair with food and the intimate role it plays in the country’s culture. Spend a morning with a local foodie sampling Italian delicacies and the fresh local ingredients. Learn the secrets behind creating traditional and delicious Tuscan feasts.

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The Best of Tuscany Tour - Enjoy a Small Group Tour!

The Best of Tuscany Tour - Enjoy a Small Group Tour!

A small group, three splendid Tuscan towns, extraordinary guides, and lunch & wine tasting at a Tuscan estate!

Countryside - Food - € 189.00

The original Best of Tuscany tour with a small group-Savour the sights, smells and tastes of the region on this visit to three captivating hilltop towns. Our small-group expeditions, led by fabulous local guides, also offer a delicious lunch and wine tasting at a traditional estate.

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Learn to be a Sommelier

Learn to be a Sommelier

Discover the secrets behind wine appreciation.

Wine - from € 32.00

This informal yet informative lesson will lead you through the basic techniques of one of the most pleasant professions in the world – that of Sommelier! Our friendly expert will invite you to taste three traditional Italian wines, imparting their valuable wisdom as they go.  

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Tuscany Wine Tour with a Famed Specialist Writer

Tuscany Wine Tour with a Famed Specialist Writer

Discover and enjoy Tuscan wine with a foremost expert

Wine - from € 390.00

Join our internationally-renowned expert specialising in the Tuscan region as he introduces you to top viticulturalists and their estates. You’ll meet Italy’s most famous wine-producing families and taste their superb products on this exclusive Tuscan wine tasting class.

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City Escape: Tuscan Villa Swim

City Escape: Tuscan Villa Swim

Indulge in 'the sweet life' with this one-of-a-kind experience!

Active & Outdoors - Countryside - € 69.00

Immerse yourself in the classic Tuscan countryside for a few hours. Relax poolside at an exclusive private estate with stunning views of the landscape. What’s more, you can also enjoy a traditional lunch with superb local wine!

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Grape Stomping in Tuscany

Grape Stomping in Tuscany

Crush grapes like the Romans did, with wine tasting and lunch at a Tuscan villa

Active & Outdoors - Wine - € 135.00

Step and stomp back in time on this fun adventure. As part of one of our favorite tours of Tuscany, partake in a private pressing in the old-fashioned way – with a grape stomping!

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Artists, Authors and Aristocrats with ArtViva

Artists, Authors and Aristocrats with ArtViva

An exclusive, festive encounter with distinguished guests.

Wine - from € 27.50

Let us organise a captivating evening for you in Florence with our wine tasting and speaker event. Join distinguished patron presenters such as Prince Duccio Corsini, Count Niccolò Capponi and Count Sebastiano Capponi for inspirational entertainment.

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A Taste of Tuscany: Wines of Nobility

A Taste of Tuscany: Wines of Nobility

Savor the tastes and views of sublime Tuscany with this exclusive wine excursion.

Wine - from € 129.00

Visit two private estates in the heart of Chianti for an exclusive tasting experience. Relax and enjoy some of the best, and most authentic, sights and tastes of one of Italy's most famous wine counties.

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 City Escape: Boutique Villa Winery

City Escape: Boutique Villa Winery

Experience 'the good life' like an Italian!

Wine - Countryside - € 89.00

Enjoy a slice of the good life on this ultimate local experience. Be treated to a wine tasting of a traditional estate’s award-winning wines, as well as a cellar visit and gourmet lunch, before having time to laze beside a private pool with stunning views of hilly countryside.

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Murder & Mystery: The Dark Side of Florence

Murder & Mystery: The Dark Side of Florence

Crime and punishment in the Renaissance. A guided evening walk.

Cities & History - € 84.00

Ghost stories and murder mysteries - learn about the dark side of Florence as we take you across the Arno river and off the beaten path. Explore historic neighborhoods and finish the evening with an elegant cocktail overlooking one of the city’s favorite piazzas.

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Luxury Tuscany Villa Cooking Class: 4-course

Luxury Tuscany Villa Cooking Class: 4-course

A hands-on cooking class in a historic Tuscan setting

Food - Cooking Classes - from € 164.00

Learn to prepare a delicious 4-course meal comprised of traditional recipes, in the kitchen of a historic 13th-century villa estate. Discover the secrets behind making a delectable traditional meal on a cooking experience suitable for all skill levels.

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'Adopt a Vine' with Prince Corsini

'Adopt a Vine' with Prince Corsini

A Tuscan wine experience like no other!

Wine - from € 480.00

Become a personal “stakeholder” in the vintage of a prestigious wine when you book this unique insider’s tour led by an Italian prince. Acquire your own piece of Tuscany to treasure as you tour the most magnificent vineyards in the region.

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A Perfect Morning in Tuscany

A Perfect Morning in Tuscany

An unforgettable private half-day in the Tuscan countryside.

Active & Outdoors - from € 99.00

Experience the simple pleasures that make this area one of Italy’s most famous, and loved regions. The magnificent countryside plays host to a half-day full of hiking, followed by a feast of the freshest local delicacies, accompanied (as always!) by the best regional wines.

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