What are your favorite wineries in Tuscany? Can you recommend any tour providers/drivers? Budget friendly group tours OK.
if you want to visit a real winery you have to leave the city and drive through the countryside. You can taste wine (various glasses or a whole bottle) at any restaurant and everywhere in Tuscany of course, but A WINERY is totally a different experience (don't want to sound rude, but there are too many people here who presume a winery is a glass of wine as you enjoy your lunch/dinner in a restaurant...).
Anyway, here are some great, picturesque and famous wineries in Tuscany I would like to share with you:
1) Antinori nel Chianti Classico (Cantina Antinori) - read here and guess why is the best of the best in my opinion :-)... It is located in San Casciano in Val di Pesa (exactly in Bargino) - approximately 30 minutes from Florence.
Another spectacular one between Florence and Siena is the Castello di Brolio (Brolio Castle) - approximately 8 km from Gaiole in Chianti... There are also a couple of wineries you can easily reach from Florence (the second by bus I guess) a) Montefioralle Winery (Azienda Montefioralle) b) Castello di Verrazzano(Castello di Verrazzano) - both located in Greve In Chianti.
I would like to conclude by saying that it all depends on your tastes... think about the places you would like to visit and then choose the nearest winery.
I can link you a driver/chauffeur driven car hire based in Florence (I'm from Florence) and a budget friendly group tour as well... If you prefer freedom and independence, you will certainly go for a car.
Have a very great time in Tuscany, I hope that this may help you.
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Hayley, it is always more exciting and budget-friendly to visit wineries on your own. Just rent a car and get the more days the better, as there are plenty of outstanding ones.
Enoteca Pinchiorri is also special.
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There are so many places, if you want to get off the beaten path then head to Castiglion Fiorentino . You can get there on the train from Florence, Rome or Venice. Nobody knows about this medieval village, it is off the beaten tourist path, with some amazing local wineries and places to stay from small hotels, to B&Bs or rent a farmhouse at a local vineyard.
My favorite winery there is Agricola Buccelletti Winery, quality Tuscan wines that are made by two female winemakers. This place is highly rated on TripAdvisor. They also have farmhouses at Buccelletti Family Estatethat you can rent and during the summer most of them have private or semi-private swimming pools.
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