I'm of the opinion that you'd be doing a disservice to yourself if you went all the way to Florence and didn't discover Chianti- to bop through the cellars of Tuscany, it's quintessential. In fact, anytime I have curious wine & food loving clients visiting the area I always incorporate a day trip to Chianti into the itinerary. One of my favorites is orchestrated by Your Personal Italy, so when my husband decided he wanted to spend his 40th there, I immediately messaged the owner, Max, to get us set up with the perfect experience - a mix of formal tastings and downright gritty cellars. Which is why Max is my go-to tour operator in Italy, he knows how to blend casual luxe flawlessly.Castello di Fonterutoli - one of the largest and most historic wineries in the region producing for nearly 600 years.
Montefioralle, consistently ranked among Italy's most beautiful villages, for sweeping views over the vineyards below.
Monterinaldi, a sprawling estate and told us lunch would be here, I think our jaws collectively dropped. We had our own personal dining room and attendant.. and several courses of simple Italian fare that never seemed to end. After lunch, we were able to tour Monterinaldi's winery and cellar to get a first hand look at what goes into creating authentic Chianti wines.
Montagliari. The vibe was lively in the packed tasting room, everyone having a good time sampling their exquisite reds, balsamics, and olive oils. At one point I found myself behind the counter serving myself, and others.. it was just that kind of place. My kind of place.
Falorni, one of Italy's oldest butcher shops, situated in the center of charming Greve. Somehow we found room in our stomachs to sample various types of salami, proscuitto, and cheese.
Grazie to Max & Riccardo at Your Personal Italy for arranging such a perfect day! I'm off to make fresh ragu with the olive oil I bought from Montagliari...