I've been travelling Italy for 16 days, and the Wine and Food tours with Grape Tours was the highlight of my trip! I had tours with them for 4 days last week: San Gimignano - Montepulciano - Chianti Classico - Montalcino.
On Tuesday, it was with Pierre who is making wine of his own (!!) and a group of 8 people including me. We had chocolates, olive oils, balsamic vinegar, then a walking free time in beautiful San Gimignano. Had lunch at a saffron agriturismo farm+lodge, and it was just fantastic! Then we went to a winery where everything is bio, and they made one of their white wine with an ancient method. It was very cool the whole day.
From Wednesday, my guide was Ilaria, who is informative, funny and caring. A group of 4 people went to Montepulciano, where the scenery was just perfectly beautiful. Then we went to have 6 different types of Pecorino cheese, and the farm was even more pretty with sheep, pond, flowers and the Tuscan heel view. Had lunch at an eco and modern winery, with all their lightning is from the sunlight. I tasted the most delicious prosciutto made of Tuscan pig, Cinta Senese, pici and 5 kinds of wine to match. Such a lovely lunch it was! Then we went to a traditional winery and tasted 5-6 more. They were very flavourful and complex wine.
Chianti Classico on Thursday started with a medieval castle on the top of Chianti Classico area. The castle has a quite modern tasting room at the foot of the heel and the sommelier was very caring to attend me with all my comments and questions. We stopped by at a small but pretty village Radda, and went to a modern, big (to me, but Ilaria said it's medium sized) winery where bottling was on going at the site. Their Vin Santo cellar smelled so good.... Then it was time for the world famous butcher at Panzano! It was definitely the most delicious salame that I've ever tasted in my life. The lunch was succulent with 3 types of meat. On our way back, a short stop at Castellina, there was a really good gelato shop. Yummy! It was a very full day in terms of my stomach... ;)
Friday, it was 7 people group and the people were the funniest. We laughed a lot throughout the whole day at Montalcino. We started with truffles for breakfast at San Giovanni d'Asso, then had a walk at Montalcino with honey tasting. I never knew there were that many kinds of honey. Finally came lunchtime at a family run winery (well, most of them were!), and had absolutely delicious pappardelle al ragu! Not only that but also we had salad, chicken, beef and potatoes with 5 wines. The surprise has not ended there. The next winery was at a hilltop of Montalcino, with 2 lovely dogs, where the best Brunello in my life was produced.
I wrote a lot, but if you don't want to read, forget about them and just for the tour. No word can express my experience here.
Visited May 2015