Tuscany’s wine country has some of the world’s most famous wines.
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Tuscany has many different wine regions which are divided into sub zones. Some of the most important zones are Brunello di Montalcino, Carmignano, Chianti, Bolgheri, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Chianti is the most popular zone, sitting between Florence and Siena. Chianti is often known for producing the dry red wines we love. This is also where the Chianti type of red wines come from!
If you are staying in Florence, it can take about an hour to drive to Chianti. There isn’t a train that gets you to the region but there are bus routes, which can be a bit limited.
What is the best way to get to Chianti from Florence?
If you plan on going to a few wine tastings, we recommend booking a tour. A tour gives you the chance to be able to drink and get driven around to the different wineries.
Driving yourself is also another option but of course, driving and drinking aren’t a good mix. Though you will have the option to drive to any winery you would like to go to. If you do drive yourself, we recommend spitting out the wine so you can safely drive to the next winery.
What wine tours can I do for Chianti?
There is a range of different wine tours available from Florence to Chianti. There is a great half day tour where you drive out to Chianti for wine tastings. You will be travelling around on a comfortable coach and get driven through the beautiful wine region.
You get to visit two local wineries and taste some delicious wine and even olive oil! Of course, you’ll be trying the region’s famous Chianti wine! This red wine has an amazing taste, smells like cherries, and is paired perfectly with so many foods. You can expect this wine to pair very well with pizza or any typical Tuscan food.
At one of the wineries, you will learn about the basics of how to be a sommelier. A sommelier is someone who knows a lot about their wine, and how to pair certain foods with certain wines.
At both wineries, you will also learn about the wine process and how certain wines get made and produced.
With only an hour’s drive to reach Chianti from Florence, it is worth the trip out there. There are some exquisite wines to taste from red, white, and rosè.