First off, this was one of three tours we did on our Italian vacation. Compared to the others, I'd rate this one, at 175Euro per person, as expensive. We opted for truffle hunting and wine tasting as we needed the transport from Florence. Ideally, I would have liked to have done the truffle hunt on its own, but I didn't want to bother with working out transport to San Miniato and then taxi arrangments onwards.
We were picked up by Linda on time and then had a 75 minute ride (traffic was bad) to Francesca's farm. It was a hot day, and I was surprised there was no welcome glass of cold prosecco or a bottle of water, which would have made the 20 minute wait to get started a lot more enjoyable, and added value to the 150Euro pricetag.
Francesca then came out and introduced herself and her dog and off we went for a 45 minute truffle hunt. This was by far the best part of the day and Francesca is obviously a genuine person who was passionate about what she does. The lunch itself was in a lovely setting and the quality was pretty good although not amazing, certainly nothing to complain about.
Next was the wine tasting, which was the disappointing part. After a tour of the winery, we sat down to taste a few wines, but they were all too young and not at their best. I must say I was surprised when we were shown how the "wine spectator" had given one of the wines 93 points and then got to taste "it". the only difference being that the one that had won the great review was the 2007 one and we weren't tasting that vintage!! When I pointed it out, Linda (who was nice - don't get me wrong) didn't really seem to think the difference mattered, saying that it was still a good wine. Strange..The oldest vintage we tasted that day was 2012, I think, so the whole wine tasting experience was a little disappointing. Having said that, I think if you have very little knowledge about wine and have never done tastings before, it would still be enjoyable.
I would also like to add that I don't think anyone driving, especially one who is working in an official capacity and who is carrying passengers should be drinking alcohol even if the quantity was not enough to put that person over the legal limit.
Overall, an okay day, but I think with a bit more planning and making Francesca and her dogs a bigger part of the day, it could be so much better.