Our trekking tour immerses you into the natural glory of the Chianti region as you hike Tuscan country roads, down narrow paths, through vineyards and olive groves, and to romantic ruins of ancient castles and fortifications.
Your Chianti Trekking and Wine Tour will begin when you meet your professional, English-speaking officially-licensed trekking guide in a small Chianti village, and together you will hike to the first historic winery in your private tour. Here you’ll tour the estate, learn about red and white wines and the winemaking process with a qualified English-speakin winery guide, and have a guided tasting of the current production.
Your trekking tour will continue to a medieval Chianti village, where you will enjoy lunch paired with a lovely local Italian wine. The full-day Chianti wine tour picks up again with a second winery visit to see firsthand the different methods of wine-making in this prolific Tuscan wine region.
Your Chianti Trekking and Wine Tour includes only top-rated wineries, with reviews published by leading European and American periodicals. You will taste excellent wines in stupendous villas or castles, as well as Tuscany’s very special extra-virgin olive oil.
We generally organize these leisurely trekking tours around Greve, Radda in Chianti, or Castellina, depending on winery availability. These towns are reachable by local public transportation or in a private car from Florence or Siena.
We would be happy to help you organize a private transfer with and English-speaking driver - please contact us for more information upon booking.
Some Historical background for your Chianti Trekking Wine Tour
Chianti Classico represents the true heart of Tuscany and one of Italy's most important wine zones. The region's fame was solidified in 1716 when Grand Duke Cosimo III issued an ordinance regulating the wine trade following a counterfeit consignment of "Chianti" wine. Tuscany thereby became the first European state to safeguard an appellation of origin (label to distinguish wines).
Today Chianti Classico is one of Tuscany's most prestigious DOCG areas. You can find the symbol of the Chianti Classico consortium, the Gallo Nero or black rooster, adorning road signs, wine estates and their wine bottles throughout the Tuscan region.
The Chianti countryside was further developed in the mid-1800s by Baron Bettino Ricasoli, who created his Chianti wine by combining Sangiovese grapes (adding strength and character), Cannaiolo grapes for grace, and Malvasia grapes for zest. However, this wine was intended to be consumed young and was unsuitable for aging.
The modern recipe for Chianti Classico must have at least 80% Sangiovese grapes with the remaining 20% to be determined upon the discretion of the wine estate. Modern Chianti Classico is often very well suited for aging, especially the Riserva wines.