The wine tasting experience in Italy completely ruined me. It changed my expectations of wineries completely. The views, the service, the wine, it was all spectacular. The experience was truly unlike anything I have ever gone through. I live in Virginia where there is an abundance of vineyards surrounding me. I have also visited Napa Valley & Sonoma multiple times. Don’t get me wrong, I loved those visits and the wineries near home, but the Greve in Chianti completely blew me away.
- Reservations are an absolute must
- Look up different vineyards through Tripadvisor, Yelp, or Google
- Find contact information and e-mail to set up visit
- Search tour companies if you do not have a rental car
- Map out distance from one vineyard to the next before reserving
- Allow 1-2 hours for each visit
- Drive carefully! Assign a designated driver
What to Expect
- An unforgettable experience
- Stunning views of the massive hills of Tuscany
- Private, personal tour and tasting
- Most wineries only accept one group per time slot
- 4-6 wines plus light food, such as bread and cured meats
- Olive oil tastings
- Chianti: Red wine with slight tannic finish
- Classico vs Riserva
Wineries I Visited
- Montefioralle Winery: Via Montefioralle, 50022, Greve in Chianti, Italy
- Cost: 15 Euro per person
- Includes tasting of 6 wines, tour, and appetizers
- Website: http://www.montefioralle.wine/en
- Review: Montefioralle is a gorgeous small village in Tuscany. It is composed of charming, rustic homes and shops. This family-run winery is right outside of the village itself where you can get a stunning view. We were greeted kindly by Manila who showed us around the cellar before being seated at this adorable set up outside. We were given a plate of cured meats, bread, and olive oil to accompany the wine. There were six wines that we tried, all of which were perfectly crafted and distinct to taste depending on year. We finished with their Vin Santo, which is an Italian dessert wine. Paired with a raisin biscotti, it was truly the perfect ending to our experience.
- Ca’ di Pesa: Via San Martino in Cecione 12, 50022, Greve in Chianti, Italy
- Cost: 15 Euro per person
- Includes full tasting of 3 wines, tour, light bites
- Website: http://cadipesa.com/
- Review: The winery was a little hard to find, but Diego was readily available by phone to help with directions. We did our tasting outside of the villa with gorgeous views of Chianti in the background. We were given a tour of the vineyards, the production site, as well as the villa that sleeps 20 guests. Diego was our amazing host, who is actually the winemaker. We stayed for over two hours as he showed us around, answered all questions, and provided us detailed information about each wine. We were given “tastings” of three types of wine they produced, the Rosato, Chianti Classico, and Chianti Classio Riserva. And by tastings, I mean he allowed us to drink the entire bottle of each wine. I loved the Chianti Classico and couldn’t resist purchasing a bottle to take home. I still daydream about my visit to Ca’ di Pesa.
Beautiful pictures and great article. Inspiring – I must go! Have you checked out our California wine country blog? Follow us: http://www.topochinesvino.com
Thank you! Yes, it’s simply amazing. Definitely need to check it out!
And I will check out your blog now 🙂