As you head out into the Tuscan countryside, you will see the landscape changing to a cooler, rockier climate. The Chianti Rufina sub-region of the Chianti wine country is located northeast of Florence in the area surrounding the Arno river. The vineyards are located at higher elevations than the rest of the Chianti wines, giving the grapes a rich complexity and elegance not easily obtained by other Tuscan wines. The hot days and cool nights add a special touch to this exquisite red wine.
Your private English-speaking driver will lead you to the first stop on your full-day Chianti Rufina Wine Tour: an elegant Tuscan winery with nearby hills of rolling vineyards. After an interesting guided visit to their production areas and cantina, your qualified guide or winery owner will explain the Chianti Rufina wine as you taste several different years.
Your next stop will be a charming Chianti town with plenty of time to explore the local gourmet food shops. At this point your appetite will be roaring, and you'll be to sit down and relax as you enjoy your delicious meal in a local trattoria.
In the afternoon, your private driver will take you to a second Chianti Rufina winery, although this winery will be a smaller, family-run winery producing excellent Chianti Rufina red wines. Here you will see a different style of Chianti Rufina production and have a chance to visit the cellar and wine-aging rooms before enjoying a guided tasting of their top-rated Chianti Rufina wine before heading back to your hotel in the comfort of your private luxury car.
*This full-day wine tour works best departing from Florence or the area northeast of Florence.*