Explore the contended hills between Siena and Florence. This wooded landscape opens up onto neat rows of vineyards dotted with many wineries and impressive castles. This is the area of the famous Black Rooster Chianti wine.
Meet your guide in front of the church of San Domenico in Siena at 9:30am, easy to find even if you are arriving from out of town with your own car, as there is parking in the vicinity. Travel north-east into the Chianti hills, an area rich with dense oak wood forests and cypress trees, neat rows of vineyards and olive groves, landscapes shaped into works of art by the combined action of nature and man. Our first stop is below the imposing walls of Castello di Brolio, where you can walk into the vineyards and have a look at the soil and vine. The 12th century fortification is where the Baron, Bettino Ricasoli, first start the developement of the agricolture area experimenting with different grape varietals and the best possible blends. It was in the 19th Century that he released his precious formula for making the great Chianti “Black Rooster” wine, now famous the world over for great character and drinkability (as well as the straw flasks that are no longer in use!). We'll visit Castle gardens with news about history of the area and we enjoy a firs tasting of the Black Rooster Chianti Classico wine at cellars. Next visit a fortified village on the top hill, along the streets, admire the ancient architecture and landscape or take a look shops and enjoy a coffee. Traditional Tuscan lunch of local products will be served at a nearby Chianti estate accompanied by a tasting of the farm’s wines. After lunch, visit a second winery where we are introduced to the local producer and shown around the estate that has remained in the same family for many generations. A visit to the old cellars to know traditional wine making and farm work and lifestyle that characterize the ‘Chianti folk’ and finally sitting down for tasting of great Chianti wines.