Food & Wine Tour in Tuscany from Florence
Guided food and wine experience in Tuscany from Florence discovering the authentic Tuscan cuisine and tasting the best Tuscan wines, olive oil and cheeses.
Private food and wine tour in Tuscany with English speaking guide/driver and private transportation with car service from Florence.
FOOD AND WINE TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Private food and wine tour in Tuscany with private driver and transportation from Florence
- Scenic itinerary through the iconic Tuscan wine regions
- Guided full day wine & food experience by an English speaking wine guide and food expert
- Visit of a cheese maker’s farm and tasting delicious Tuscan cheese
- Private wineries visits with wine and extra virgin olive oil tastings: bespoke experiences with the local producers
- Enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch overlooking the hills of Tuscany with wines pairing
- The Tuscan hill towns and their charming atmosphere
FOOD AND WINE TOUR DESCRIPTION
Tuscany is a perfect destination for a food and wine tour, with some of the most famous Italian wine appellations and food specialties. Driving through gorgeous countryside and visiting the picturesque small hamlets, a tour in one of its wine countries is a fabulous way to discover the heart of Tuscany, tasting the traditional Tuscan cuisine and its amazing wines.
Your English speaking driver and guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Florence for reaching the first activity of the day: a cheese making farm producing Pecorino cheeses and many other dairy products. During the visit, you will be able to see what it means to run a farm today in Tuscany, discovering also how cheese is made and aged. The visit ends with the tasting of the variety of cheeses, accompanied with organic bread and wine.
The food and wine tour in Tuscany continues visiting a small and family-run winery that produces excellent extra virgin olive oil too. Cellar tour will give you the chance to learn all about the winemaking activities and aging methods for then passing to taste their wines with a private wine tasting session accompanied with delicious Bruschetta made with their own olive oil.
Going up and down the Tuscan hills it is time for lunch at a farm and wine estate with a beautiful terrace overlooking gorgeous vineyards and olive groves. Lunch will be based on a traditional Tuscan menu, and it will be paired with their best wines, enjoying the authentic Tuscan cuisine and the family-style atmosphere of the winery. Buon appetito!
Departure available from:
- The food & wine tour in Tuscany is a private experience with departure from Florence.
- approximately 8 hours
- Qualified and professional English speaking driver
- Luxury vehicle (Mercedes-Benz or equivalent)
- Head office assistance and insurance coverage
- Complimentary water
- Wi-Fi on board
- Food guide and wine expert
- Cheese maker’s farm visit and cheese tastings
- Winery visit with wine and olive oil tastings
- Traditional Tuscan lunch in a winery with wines pairing (a vegetarian menu is also available)
Tuscany Wine Regions: Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world’s oldest and most famous wine regions: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Tuscany has forty-one Denominazioni di origine controllata (DOC) and eleven Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). In the 1970s a new class of wines known in the trade as “Super Tuscans” emerged. These wines were made outside DOC/DOCG regulations but were considered of high quality and commanded high prices. Many of these wines are based on a “Bordeaux-blend” and became cult wines. Others very well reputed Tuscan wine regions and Tuscan wines are Cortona, Morellino di Scansano and Carmignano. Tuscany is also known for the dessert wine Vin Santo, made from Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes.
Pecorino Toscano DOP cheese: It is a soft, semi-hard and aged cheese produced from sheep’s milk, coming exclusively from the area of origin (Tuscany region). It is white or pale yellow in colour, with an intense flavour, fragrant and sweet. The product has a certification of authenticity and protected origin (DOP) since 1996 issued by the European Community. It is to be remembered that many cheese makers produce ricotta as well, a byproduct coming from the manufacture of cheese, often used in the preparation of handmade pasta (Ravioli, Tortelli) or confectionery specialties.
Tuscan IGP Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Since 1998 Tuscan olive oil has been prided on its IGP status (protected geographical indication PGI), and is produced exclusively with olives coming from local producers, and processed in olive-presses located within the Tuscan territory. The main variety of olives of the classic Tuscan blend are: Frantoio, Lecccino, Moraiolo and Pendolino, with the addition of minor varieties of less than 15%. Extra virgin olive oil is the best product, with an acidity of less than 1%. The fresh olive oil is bright green in color, which becomes yellow when mature. With a harmonious taste, fruity and acid free, the Tuscan blend of Evoo is very eclectic and it goes very well as a condiment for soups, bruschetta, fish, meat and vegetables, but also for more structured dishes such as roasts and sauces for pasta. It makes a healthy and exceptional seasoning because of its digestibility and nutritional contributions.