Tuscany & Chianti Wine Tour

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A wine tour to Tuscany and Chianti with the wonderful wines and food of Italy!

— Tuscany enchants you with the beautiful landscape, the wines, the olive oil and not least the gastronomy. the wine always takes first place on our tours but here in Tuscany the local gastronomy also has a front seat. One of the days we do some hands-on cooking to get a real insight into the Tuscan gastronomy.  A few days in Tuscany filled with excellent wines, delicious Italian food and beautiful landscapes!

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This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

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The word Tuscany evokes rolling hills, cypress lined country roads, olive groves, renaissance palaces surrounded by vineyards. And the wines are just as delicious as the landscape is beautiful!

This trip starts in Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and takes you to the wine regions of Chianti and Montalcino, famous names where many a great wine hides. This could almost be called the heart of vinous Italy and has long been at the forefront of high quality Italian wine production.

There are many things going on in Tuscany these days. A wealth of small, new producers have appeared on the wine scene with very high levels of ambition. It is no longer a question of the three or four old and familiar “famous names”. Today it is a question of finding the young and dynamic winegrower that make wines with a unique personality and style.

This wine tour will take you to the traditional heart of Tuscany, the Chianti Classico region but we will also take you to some of the other top areas and wine producers. Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano will be on our list of things to experience. There were the first, together with Chianti, to receive the top Italian quality denomination, DOCG, short for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita.

Vineyards and hills in Tuscany
Vineyards and hills in Tuscany, copyright BKWine Photography

It is, however, not always the fine labels that are the best gauge of quality. You also need to know which are the best and above all the most interesting winemakers and vineyards to visit!

Wine is not the only focus on this tour. There will be ample opportunities to explore the Tuscan gastronomy, genuinely Italian. Another important, and fun, aspect is how to match the food with the wines. Our lunches together with the winemakers will give us good opportunities to practice and discuss!

In addition to visiting several wine producers this tour includes half a day of hands-on cooking. Together we will prepare our lunch-time meal with Tuscan specialities and you will be initiated in the secrets of the region’s gastronomy. It goes without saying that there will be some pasta but many other delicacies will also be on the table.

You arrange for your own air travel (or other transport) to Florence where we will stay the first night on this tour in a hotel very centrally located. The second night we will be in Siena and the third night is in Pienza, a charming hilltop village in the Tuscan landscape. It is a delight to stroll around in these wonderful Tuscan towns with their narrow alleys, cafés and restaurants. The fourth night we are back in Florence.

It can also be a good idea to take a few days additional vacation and explore the historic cities of Tuscany: Florence, Siena, Pisa etc. They are all filled with exciting museums, excellent restaurants, cosy wine bars and cafés and many other things worth seeing.

All the gastronomic lunches are included in the program, often with a wine tasting at table, as guest of one of the wineries we visit. Evenings are free for your own exploration.

The tour is led by one of BKWine’s wine and travel expert guides.

Big botti in a wine cellar in Tuscany
Big botti in a wine cellar in Tuscany, copyright BKWine Photography

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More travel information

Here are some useful pages and guides about this travel destination:

Even more info

We have written a lot about Tuscany and Chianti and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.

Here you can find more about travelling in the Tuscany and Chianti wine regions.

You can also find more information on the wines from Tuscany and Chianti on BKWine Magazine.

Photography from Florence, the heart of Tuscany.

Here are a few videos from winery visits in Tuscany:

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Program — Wine Tour to Tuscany

This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

Contact BKWine for more details.

Program overview

  • Wednesday — Arrival in Florence
  • Thursday — Chianti and cooking
  • Friday — Montalcino
  • Saturday — Montepulciano
  • Sunday — Heading back home

Wednesday, Day 1 — Arrival in Florence

You arrive in Florence and check in to our centrally located hotel.

Florence is a magic city. The city centre has kept much of its medieval or renaissance character with narrow alley and winding streets.

There are innumerable restaurants and cafés. Museums that contain immeasurable art treasures. The Duomo cathedral, brilliant white in the sunshine as if sugar coated. The Piazza Michelangelo with a breathtaking view over the city.

And there is the fables Ponte Vecchio that stretches across the river Arno. Along the bridge you have the gold and jewellery shops that display amazing gems in their windows. Each evening they are closed with ancient wooden shutters.

Enjoy our pictures from Florence (Tuscany).

The evening is free for you to explore the city and its cafés and restaurants.

A classic Tuscan villa with cypresses and a vineyard
A classic Tuscan villa with cypresses and a vineyard, copyright BKWine Photography

Thursday, Day 2 — Chianti and cooking

Our driver picks us up in the morning at the hotel in Florence and we start our exploration of the rolling hills, the vineyards, and the olive grooves.

We are in the heart of Chianti, in Chianti Classico. Chianti was among the first wine regions in Italy to be awarded the top quality designation DOCG.

The wine styles can vary tremendously. You can find light and fruity wines to be drunk young as well as powerful barrel aged wines to lay down for many years.

Our first destination is just a short trip south of Florence. We will visit a magnificent Italian “villa” in Grassina, a small village, where we will spend all morning preparing lunch together.

The villa was previously the property of the powerful Medici family. the garden is beautiful and even has a view over Florence. The estate makes wine and several different olive oils. Everyone can participate in the food preparation to learn some of the secrets of the Tuscan kitchen under the guidance of the current owner of the villa. All the products come from local farmers and producers.

We finish the visit with the lunch that we made ourselves.

After lunch we had further south. We will visit a Chianti vineyard close to Siena. It is a beautiful and big estate with 500 hectares (~1000 acres) of land. They have 75 hectares (~150 acres) of vineyards planted mainly with sangiovese, the great grape of Tuscany. they also have 5000 olive trees that produce Chianti Classico olive oil.

Late afternoon we arrive at our typical Italian charming and central hotel in Siena.

The evening is free for you to stroll around the narrow cobble stone streets of Siena, to visit the famous Piazza del Campo, some wine bars and of course a restaurant of which there are many.

An old wine cellar & oak barrels
An old wine cellar & oak barrels, copyright BKWine Photography

Friday, Day 3 — Montalcino

Our bus picks us up in Siena in the morning and we continue to Montalcino, home of one of the most exclusive Italian wines, the Brunello di Montalcino.

Brunello, just like Chianti, is made from the sangiovese grape, but from a special clone called sangiovese grosso. The clone was named “Brunello” by the famous producer Biondi-Santi who, in 1888, was the first to identify and isolate this high quality clone and to make wine from it.

Today Biondi-Santi is not the only producer of course. There are now some 150 different wineries. Brunello di Montalcino is undoubtedly one of the great Italian wines.

We will visit a few of the most interesting producers in Montalcino. Over lunch we will have the opportunity to taste how the local wines – Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – go with the local food.

Over our three days in the region we will have the opportunity to taste many of the gastronomic specialities: charcuteries, pasta, full-flavoured Tuscan stews, cheeses etc. We will taste a range of wines so that you will get a good understanding of how food and wine matches here.

Late afternoon we arrive at our hotel in Pienza.

The evening is free to explore the small hilltop village of Pienza, a Tuscan gem, and find a small family restaurant for dinner.

Vineyard landscape in Tuscany
Vineyard landscape in Tuscany, copyright BKWine Photography

Saturday, Day 4 — Montepulciano

We continue south to the region of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – the noble wine from Montepulciano.

Just like Chianti, this wine is made from Sangiovese but here they use a different clone called Prugnolo Gentile. This is a region that have experienced many changes in recent years.

Some time back it was accused of clinging to old and outdated winemaking methods but today it has adopted modern winemaking and rapid improvements have led to that some of the wineries are among the top estates of all of Tuscany. The old and gigantic oak barrels have been discarded in favour of small oak casks that are renewed regularly. Much emphasis is put on fruit, complexity and maturity.

Montepulciano is a very interesting wine district to visit – one of the great classics where old meets new and the wines are getting more and more exciting every year.

We will visit a small, quite unusual, winery in the centre of the small village Montefolloncio and we will visit a big producer near the town of Montepulciano, who has received the much sought after “three glasses” (tre bicchieri) by the Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso.

We will have a very typical Tuscan lunch together with one of our wine producers, tasting a range of his wines and see how they pair with the sequence of Tuscan delicacies that arrive at our table.

Early evening we arrive back in Florence.

Evening is free to explore this splendid city, on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

A very pleasant lunch and tasting is over in Tuscany
A very pleasant lunch and tasting is over in Tuscany, copyright BKWine Photography

Sunday, Day 5 — Heading back home

The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.

Program may be subject to minor modifications.

A gondola on the Arno River in Florence
A gondola on the Arno River in Florence, copyright BKWine Photography

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Tour Details — wine tour in Tuscany and Chianti

Dates: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.

Price per person: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.

Included in the price:

  • 4 hotel nights, double occupancy, including breakfast, good quality mid-range European style hotel:
    • Two nights in Florence
    • One night in Siena
    • One night in Pienza
  • Meals as described in the program above (*):
    • One cooking class lunch
    • 2 gastronomic multi-course lunches including prestigious wines, at wineries or local typical restaurants
  • One half day of Tuscan cooking class followed by lunch
  • Start and end point: Florence
  • Bus transport during the whole trip
  • All vineyard and winery visits
  • Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
  • Interpretation from Italian as needed (some visits may be in English)
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide

(*) See below for more important information on our meals.

Not included:

  • Travel (flights) to the destination and back from your home location.

You organise your travel to the destination yourself. If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.

We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time! It is a very interesting place and well worth some “non-wine” tourism too! We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights if you want.

For this trip to take place we must have a minimum of 4 participants registered at the “book before” date. Maximum number of travel guests: 8.

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We also invite you to read more on why you should travel with BKWine, about customer protection, and about what you can expect from our wine tours in the section below “More on our wine tours”.

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Why travel with BKWine?

We are Britt and Per Karlsson. We are specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also experts in wine in general. We are internationally published wine writers and have written ten award-winning wine books.

No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tourism and gourmet travel.

We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours, and this is what we love to do. We take it very seriously (it is not a sideline or a hobby), and what we want more than anything is to share all these wonderful experiences with you.

All our tours are led and managed by guides who have in-depth wine knowledge, and in many cases we lead the tours ourselves.

Read more on why you should choose BKWine for your wine and food tour.

Thousands of happy customers

Over the years, thousands of wine lovers have travelled with us. Many come back to tour again with BKWine to new wine regions. Our record-breaking client has been on more than ten BKWine tours. We are happy and proud to have such faithful customers.

Read more on what previous travellers have said about our tours.

Awards and Mentions

We’re pleased and proud to have received many accolades, including:

  • “World’s Top Wine Tours” (Travel+Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine)
  • “Best wine tasting holidays” (AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours)
  • “Recommended Wine Tours” (Munskänkarna, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association)
  • “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year” (Gourmand International awards) and many other book prizes
  • Three OIV book awards
  • “Wine Personality of the Year 2011” (an honour bestowed on Britt Karlsson by Munskänkarna, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association)
  • Inclusion on the Wine Media Power List by Wine Business International magazine

About the wine producers and wineries we visit

Our aim is for you to experience some of the very best and most interesting aspects of the wine world, in terms of wine and food.

We put great effort into creating outstanding winery visits, and in this way we are quite different to many wine tour organisers. It is not always the most renowned, internationally known estates that offer the best experiences. Organising a wine tour featuring famous names of the wine world is relatively easy: it is merely a question of making lists and ticking boxes. On these kind of “bucket list” wine tours, you rarely meet the winemaker or the owner. You will simply be one of thousands of visitors they receive each year.

We do things differently. With BKWine Tours, you will meet the people behind the label, often the winemakers and/or the owners. Thanks to them, you will have a unique, truly personal experience and an insight into the wine world that no one else can offer. When you travel with BKWine, you are more like a special guest than a tourist.

We have personal connections and unparalleled knowledge thanks to more than 20 years as wine journalists, with 10 wine books published, and as wine tour organisers with more than 30 years’ experience. You can be sure of getting the best wine travel experiences with BKWine Tours.

Read more on the wine producers and wineries we visit.

A true gourmet experience: food and gastronomy

For us, wine and food are intimately linked, and this is a fundamental part of our wine travel philosophy. For this reason, a wine tour with BKWine is always an outstanding culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A BKWine tour is a gastronomic voyage that explores the deep relationship between food and wine.

Read more On Meals: Food and Gastronomy on Our Tours.

Customer Protection,  Financial Travel Guarantee, and Terms and Conditions

You can always feel safe when you book your tour with BKWine. BKWine has a bonded bank guarantee that gives full protection according to EU and Swedish law. BKWine is a Swedish limited company and as such is regulated by strict rules.

Read more on Customer Protection, Financial Travel Guarantee. and our Terms and Conditions.

When you book a tour it is important that you read the terms and conditions. BKWine’s booking terms and conditions follow the guidelines developed by the Consumer Protection Agency.

Health, vaccination and allergies

Our tours have no particular health requirements although inevitably we will be walking a certain amount in wine cellars and vineyards. Sensible footwear is a must.

Most of our travel destinations have no particular health guidelines or requirements for vaccinations or medical certificates, but if in doubt, you should always consult a medical professional, vaccination centre or relevant embassy in your country of origin.

We can always accommodate food allergies. However, in order for us to manage such requests you must let us know about any allergies before the tour starts.

Read more in our FAQ and in our Terms and Conditions.

Travel insurance

BKWine does not sell travel insurance. If you want travel insurance, check if your regular home insurance policy includes some kind of travel insurance, or contact your regular insurance company or a travel insurance specialist.

Custom Tours

We also offer custom wine and food tours if you want to travel on different dates, or if you want something different to what we currently offer on our scheduled tours. This tailor-made service can be offered for individuals, companies, professionals, wine tastings clubs etc.

Important information

Our groups are always small. The number of people in the group may vary. The maximum can range from 8 to around 20; check the details in each programme. But our groups are always modest in size. This is important because it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.

Read the BKWine Booking Terms and Conditions here. They are important to you!

You are expected to organise your travel independently to the destination for most of our tours, but once you are at the location, we take care of everything.

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