One of my favorite days EVER was our wine tour in the Chianti region, which is known for its Sangiovese grape. We were picked up by Giacomo in a spacious, air-conditioned van (comfy) & started our trip to try some of the best ORGANIC wines Tuscany has to offer. Giacomo was awesome & full of information about the history of the region & just wine in general, so we learned a lot on our hour-long ride to the region.
We had 3 stops… Once we pulled up to the first winery, we knew we had signed up for the right tour.
Our first stop was a beautiful, family-owned vineyard. The owner was planting zucchinis in the yard when we arrived (how cute?!). They had roses at the end of their grapevines, which we assumed was just for our viewing pleasure. However, Giacomo told us that it is to protect against fungi. Roses are more susceptible to the oidium (I might have made this up) fungus compared to grapevines, so the growers will know if the fungus is coming since it will affect the roses first, so they can take immediate action. Anyways, the wine was great & started the tour on a great note.
The second place was nothing to write home about, since we had to go to their shop instead of the winery due to the fact that we went on a Monday when many wineries were closed. However, we got to see the local town where they had a huge market & a Chianti Marathon (#goals) going on.
The last stop was a total game changer. We arrived to a beautiful home where we had lunch waiting for us, handmade by the owner’s mother, with wine flowing.
We were then rolled out of there for a nice nap in our van to head home.
Even if you don’t drink wine, I would recommend doing a tour with Giacomo, just to see the countryside. He offered to take us to a sheep farm where they show you how they make various cheeses, which was so tempting & I will definitely go back to do it!
You know when you learn a bunch of stuff on wine tours, & you are wine-drunk & pretend to pay attention & don’t remember anything the next day? This didn’t happen, because we got some pretty good fun facts:
- Learned that the Romans invented saying “cheers” & tapping glasses to have wine spill from one cup to the other, so that should one person be poisoned, they would know because others wouldn’t drink from their own glass
- Italians always eat wine with food, because the food puts a coat of fat & other substances on your palate, & the acidity of wines in Tuscany removes & breaks down the fat coats on your palate, cleanses the palate & helps you taste the flavors even more
- Giacomo (our amazing tour guide) met his wife on a yoga retreat. He met her on the first day, but the retreat was a silent retreat (5 days of silence). Once the silence was broken, he professed his love for her. Shortly after, she moved to Italy with him. Your heart just fluttered, didn’t it?
I warned yall that I would gush about this trip, & I hope I did not disappoint!
In case you want the names of where we went or our favorite wines:
- Vallone di Cecione
- Chianti Classico 2013 Anichni was great
- Il Palagio
- Favorite wines were the Setriolo Memores Toscana Venemmia 2011 & the Chianti Classico 2012