My friend and I are in our 30s and wanted a wine tasting on our girls trip to Italy. We chose the Chianti Classico tour, and it proved to be an unforgettable experience! We traveled in February, which is the low season (best season in my opinion). When we arrived at the meeting point, Matteo met us and off we go...just the 3 of us!! After a beautiful drive with plenty of picture taking opportunities, we arrived at our first winery and our favorite- Chianti and Art. Here we were greeted by Rudolfo, who is not only a wine maker, but an artist, chef, and all-around amazing man! He showed us his grapes, his barrels...everything, then he welcomed us into his chateau (literally it was with a tower and all!) and gave us the grand tour. I can not wait to bring my husband back to stay in his villa or one of the private rooms...but back to the tour. We sat in his amazing kitchen while we sampled 6 of his wines, feasted on cheeses, meats, chocolate, breads, his homemade olive oil, and even homemade polenta! We both felt like we were long lost friends of both Rudolfo and Matteo! Rudolfo paints and his home (and wine bottles) are all works of art. After a lovely time with Rudolfo, we said our good byes (or "see you soon" for me), and went off to lunch. All along the way, Matteo, our guide, was full of fun knowledge, facts, humor and enthusiasm! Our last winery was an organic winery that also specialized in olive oil, cheeses, meats and honey...and it did not disappoint! After a tour of their wine making facility, we sat down to 4 wines, honey, meats and more! What a day!
Since I am an American living in Europe, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively, and this tour WITH MATTEO has been unforgettable. I have already planned to return with my husband to stay at Chianti and Wine with Rudolfo (who will also do painting classes, cooking demonstrations, etc), and will plan to spend another fabulous day with Matteo touring the beautiful Tuscan wineries! Thank you!
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