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Self Guided Wine Tour

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Self Guided Wine Tour

My husband and I are going to be spending a week in a villa in Tuscany this May. We plan to spend our time driving around the hill towns and visiting vineyards and olive groves to taste the wine and the oil. How easy is this to do on your own without a tour? We don't want to have too structured of a trip, but it seems that many places are not generally open to the public and that you must call ahead to make an appointment. Is that the case? If so, how far in advance should we do this? Can we wait until the day of or the day before? Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Self Guided Wine Tour

Yes, you can easily accomplish this tour on your own. It's the best and most rewarding method of experiencing Tuscany.

Go the first day to Greve In Chianti, and spend a few hours in the old wine tasting cellar next to the COOP market. They have most of the wines produced in the Chianti region available for tasting and purchase. The setting is beautiful with a high tech delivery system. They have all the resource material for all of the wineries in the area and a map and telephone numbers for making reservations. Many of the wineries will do a complete lunch or mini lunch for the tasting. Also, there can be outdoor concerts at the winery. If you go to Greve on Saturday;then there is a big open market in the piazza until 1PM. Also, the most famous deli(FAlorni) in Tuscany is located on the piazza.

The distances between the towns and wineries in Chianti are short. You can plan each day to visit a village with a winery; have a wonderful lunch in the garden;enjoy a new bottle of wine that day;then return home for little nap.

For reservations, each winery will be different for the days of the week which they will do a tour. HOwever, there are many surprises of impromtu or hidden treasures which happen when you ring a door bell and the wine maker comes out and takes you on a private tour.

Buon Viaggio!!!

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2. Re: Self Guided Wine Tour

Take a look at www.chianticlassico.com/english It will tell you most of what you need, including which wineries have restaurants. Two I can recommend are Castello di Volpaia, in the hill village of Volpaia near Radda, and Villa Vignamaggio, a wonderful place in the hills just east of Greve. Oh, and also Badia e Coltibuono which has a famous (and fairly expensive) restaurant. All have websites - just do a search on Google.