CUSTOM DAY TOURS

Only have time for a short visit to the vineyards? We offer private day trips to two popular destinations: Tuscany and Piedmont. Take the stress out of your vacation planning, and let us guide you through the wine country of Italy.


TUSCANY
Chianti Classico or Montalcino


CHIANTI CLASSICO

From Florence, Chianti Classico is the closest of Tuscany’s premiere wine zones. It’s also the largest, stretching from Florence to Siena. Centuries of war between these two city states left behind a legacy of fortified castles and bristling fortresses that gives Chianti its distinctive character. So do the stone farmsteads that once housed sharecroppers, now often occupied by prestigious wineries. 

During the course of the day, we’ll visit three estates, carefully selected to illustrate the diversity of wineries in Chianti. We’ll certainly want to include the birthplace of Chianti, Castello Brolio. Owned by the Ricasoli family since 1141, this crenellated castle has seen its share of wars. Our tasting can continue over lunch at the winery’s fine restaurant. Then we’ll visit two more wine estates representing the smaller, boutique side of Chianti production. 

PRICE: 

  • For group of two: 250 Euros per person (payable by check; add 3% commission for credit-card payment) 
  • Discounts for groups of 4 or more.
  • What's included: 3 wine tastings, roundtrip transportation, English-language guide with wine expertise
  • Not included: Lunch, gratuity

MONTALCINO

Spend the day in one of Tuscany’s most beautiful regions, the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and get acquainted with one of Italy’s most coveted wines: Brunello di Montalcino, and its little brother, Rosso di Montalcino. Montalcino lies 30 miles south of Siena. Thus Siena is the ideal base for a day trip. However, we can also run this tour from Florence. (Please note: From Florence, it’s a long day, with a two-hour drive each way.)

The structure of the tour is the same, with three wineries chosen for their diversity and ability to encapsulate the history and styles of Brunello.

PRICE: 

  • For group of two: 290 Euros per person (payable by check; add 3% commission for credit-card payment) 
  • Discounts for groups of 4 or more.
  • What's included: 3 wine tastings, roundtrip transportation, English-language guide with wine expertise
  • Not included: Lunch, gratuity

PIEDMONT
The Langhe hills of Barolo & Barbaresco

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BAROLO &/OR BARBARESCO

From your base in Alba, Asti, Turin, or another location nearby, we’ll shuttle to the Langhe hills and visit three wineries during the course of the day. These will be carefully chosen to showcase the diversity of winemaking styles and winery histories in the Langhe. An apt place to begin is the Marchesi di Barolo, whose namesake “invented” Barolo wine in the mid 19th century. Located in the eponymous village, this winery still holds the 150-year-old casks that were used to age the first Barolos. 

Afternoon presents another side of Barolo: the boutique, family-run wineries that opened up in the 1980s, when Barolo underwent a radical makeover and grape-growers became winemakers. We'll be sure to taste some single-vineyard Barolos side by side, to get a crash course in terroir and cru.

PRICE:

  • For group of two: 250 Euros per person (payable by check; add 3% commission for credit-card payment) 
  • Discounts for groups of 4 or more.
  • What's included: 3 wine tastings, roundtrip transportation, English-language guide with wine expertise
  • Not included: Lunch, gratuity