Boboli Gardens, Florence
Tuscany Wine Holiday
Our charming four-star hotel is in Radda-in-Chianti, in the heart of the lovely Chianti region. From here we visit a hand-picked selection of the top Chianti wine estates to taste the traditional Chianti Classico, which at this level are some of the most impressive wines of Italy. The main grape variety is Sangiovese, which appears in many guises and under a variety of names!
In the next part of the trip we explore the twin regions of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino, home to some of Italy’s greatest and most powerful red wines.
Of course, if you’d like to make this into a longer holiday, why not spend a few days in Florence or Siena before or after your wine tour? We will be pleased to make these arrangements for you, or you can of course stay at your own choice of hotel.
You will be picked up at Pisa or Florence airport by the chauffeur for your private transfer to the 4* palace hotel in the centre of the charming traditional Tuscan town of Radda-in-Chianti.
There are a choice of restaurants and bars to choose from for your dinner this evening, all easily reachable on foot.
Day Two – Chianti Classico
After breakfast this morning meet the wine guide, who speaks perfect English, and is already well on his way to becoming an MW, with the Diploma certificates already under his belt. He is charming, knowledgeable and a great communicator – you will have a very enjoyable couple of days in his company learning about the wines of his native Tuscany.
This morning he will take you to one of the following estates of his choice – Capannelle, Brolio, Badia Coltibuono, or Castello di Cacchiano, for example.
For lunch he will take you to a small, family run estate such as Podere Terreno or Caparsa.
After an enjoyable rustic lunch, you will have a final top quality wine visit this afternoon to one of the following top estates (all subject to availability of course) – Fontodi, La Massa, Castello di Fonterutoli, Isole & Olena, Montevertine, Castellare di Castellina or Ormanni. Return to the hotel late afternoon and evening free for you to make your own choice of dining venue.
Day Three – Montepulciano and Brunello
The wine guide, will meet you with his car again after breakfast and take you first this morning to the wine region, where he will arrange for you to visit one of the leading brands such as Case Basse Soldera, Palmucci, Paradiso di Manfredi, Salvioni, Biondi Santi or Pian dell’Orino.
At lunchtime he will take you to one of his favourite family run trattoria’s for a delicious traditional lunch.
Your wine visit this afternoon will be to one of the top boutique wineries in the Brunello di Montalcino Doc. Such as Boscarelli, Poliziano, Avignonesi, Val di Piatta, Conventino.
You will be taken back to the hotel at the end of the afternoon and the evening is free.
The private chauffeur driven car will take you to one pre-agreed drop off point in Pisa or Florence or Siena.
This trip is not possible in August. Harvest time (mid September to mid October should be avoided too as most of the estates will be busy making wine to receive guests). For parties of 5 + there will need to be a driver and larger vehicle as well as the wine guide.
Three nights four star hotel, standard twin/double
One transfer for the whole party at the same time in each direction by chauffeur driven car from either Pisa or Florence airports
Two full days out with the local wine guide who will also be the chauffeur on these two days (if you would prefer a chauffeur as well, the additional cost per person is £200 per day)
Two lunches with wines (half a bottle per person)
Wine notes and local restaurant advice
For prices please call or email Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours.
The price is based on the exact itinerary as shown here, and pre-booking no later than 14 weeks before departure.
A deposit will be required to make these arrangements. Please provide us with a deposit of £250 per person by debit or credit card (credit cards incur a 1.5% bank charge, but there is no charge for debit cards) at time of booking request.