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!
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few videos from winery visits in Tuscany:
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday / Day 5 — Heading back home
The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.
Program may be subject to minor modifications.
Tour Details — wine tour in Tuscany and Chianti
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.
- 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.
Book This Tour
You book by contacting Britt Karlsson, BKWine:
- phone: +33 1 58 88 04 66 or +33 6 80 45 35 70 (+33 is the country code for France)
- email: info at bkwine dot com
- skype: bkwine
More on our wine tours
About the wine producers and wineries we visit
Our aim is that you shall experience some of the best and most interesting that the wine region has to offer, both of wine and food.
We put a big effort into finding and creating outstanding winery visits. Often it will not be the most “famous” and internationally well-known wineries that will give you the best and most unique experiences…
It is usually when you get to meet the winemaker or winery owner himself (or often herself) that the visits become really exciting. And perhaps we even meet the whole family at the estate.
You start discussing and start to understand what it is they do and why in the winery and in the vineyard. Maybe we will also have lunch in the winery or at their home. Need we say we invariably have private wine tastings at the wineries?
That is why our trips are not “jam packed” with visits at wineries. Nevertheless we often run short of time since the discussions – and the wine tastings – can easily become very engaging…
Our wine country tours typically include a mix of small family producers, exclusive boutique wineries and larger internationally well-known wine estates, all selected with great care so that it will give you a unique experience of the people and of the behind-the-scenes in the winery and a good understanding of the wine district’s characteristics, tradition and culture.
At the time of publishing a travel program not all visits have been finalised. We are continuously working on improving the program. The domaines / wineries / châteaux that we visit on a tour may therefore sometimes differ from what was written in the original program. Contact us if you want more details, or if you have any special requests.
On meals: food and gastronomy
Wine and food are intimately linked. That is part of our wine travel philosophy; wine is an integral part of the gastronomy.
A wine tour with BKWine will therefore also be a gastronomic experience.
The meals that are included in a tour with BKWine are on a gourmet level and of very high standard.
Sometimes we will have a meal with a winemaker, perhaps in the wine cellar or at the winery, or even in their home. This is a unique experience that is generally not open to other visitors to wineries. It is an occasion to experience exciting combinations of food and wine while discussing with the people who made the wine.
Sometimes we will have a luxurious meal at a gourmet restaurant. At other times it may be not at a prestigious luxury address but at a local restaurant selected for its presentation of local gastronomic specialities, its atmosphere and its quality – a place where locals go. Or perhaps it will be a buffet lunch made at home by the winemaker and his wife. In all cases we want to show you local gastronomic specialities and the local food and wine pairings.
Do not expect a picnic with salad and sausage from the supermarket and wine in plastic mugs… Think instead of a wine-and-dine experience with specially composed menu with three or four courses and delicious wines.
A wine tour with BKWine is also a culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A gourmet wine tour!
Why travel with BKWine?
We are experts and specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also in wine in a broader perspective.
No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tours and gourmet travel as BKWine.
We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours. This is what we love to do, because it is fun and exciting. What we want more than anything is to share with you all these wonderful experiences.
It does not matter if you are “a total novice” on wine and food or if you have a life-long experience in the wine sector. We will give you a very special experience, in a way that no other tour operator can do.
We write in specialised wine magazines and one of our books has won the prize as best wine book in the world. We are regularly called on to be part of judging panels in wine competitions.
We personally visit some 300 vineyards every year. We have organised several hundreds of wine and food tours with an experience going back more than twenty years. We are invited as speakers at wine tourism and culinary touring conferences.
We choose our tour destinations and winery visits with great care. Not because a winery happens to be carrying a “famous name” but because they will give our guests — you! — a unique and special experience. You may be looking for a short wine week-end holiday or a longer wine vacation; in all cases you can be confident that you will get a top quality tour, an experience of a lifetime. Or at least one that will last you until the next time you come on a wine tour with BKWine. Many of our travellers are returning clients.
A wine and food tour with BKWine is always guided by a knowledgeable and experienced BKWine guide and tour manager, someone who knows the ins and outs of wine, of the local gastronomy, of the culture and who speaks the language.
Some accolades we at BKWine and our wine and food tours have received:
- “World’s Top Wine Tours” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
- “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
- “Recommended Wine Tours” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
- “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year” in Sweden 2010 for the book The Creation of a Wine
- “Best wine book for Professionals” again in 2012 in Sweden, as well as silver, runner-up, as “World’s Best Educational Wine Book” for the book Wine and the Environment
- “Wine Personality of the Year” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
- On the Wine Media Power List by Wine Business International Magazine (Britt, 2012)
Read more on why to choose BKWine for a wine and food tour.
Read more on what previous travellers have said about our tours.
Our groups are always small. The group size may vary, sometimes maximum 8, sometimes 20, but always of a modest size (we do not do “minimum 20, maximum 45”). Check the details in each program. This is important since it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.
BKWine is a Swedish registered travel organiser. BKWine has a bonded travel guarantee deposit so that you can feel safe when booking with us. We fully comply with European and Swedish travel guarantee regulations. British travellers may be familiar with the ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) protection scheme which is a similar model. BKWine follows the code of conduct and financial safeguards defined by the Swedish Consumer Agency and The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (“Kammarkollegiet”, with a history dating back to 1539). Read more about this in our Booking Terms and Conditions.
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