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“Thank you, Guido”

Guido's Tours - Wine Tours in Tuscany
Ranked #22 of 149 Food & Drink in Florence
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Owner description: Wine tasting tours in Tuscany. Wine and country tours in Tuscany. Educational wine tasting tours in Tuscany with certified sommelier, wine and olive oil expert
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Our group of four toured with Guido over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was the most memorable part of our two weeks in Italy, and Guido made that difference. He is knowledgeable, personable, prompt, and, above all, passionate.

In Chianti Classico, Guido arranged private tours of Villa Montipaldi (run by the University of Florence) and Villa Cafaggio. He took us to the town of Montalcino before tours at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (great Brunellos and they have wolves!) and Altesino. Montalcino is about an hour and forty-five minutes from Florence, but it was worth the trip. Plus, the drive gave Guido more time to improve our Italian wine history. He took us to the Bolgheri coast for Super Tuscan tasting. That, too, exceeded our expectations with a couple of beautiful hill towns, the stunning Argentiera estate, and wild boar over pappardelle that is making my stomach grumble as I write this.

At each winery, Guido accompanied us through the tour and tasting and joined the vineyard representatives in talking us through the history of each winery, their wines and processes. He always arranged for a private tasting room to be set up for us in advance. He took time to lead us through a careful tasting observing color, viscosity, nose, and flavor. Of course, he was not actually drinking his since he was also driving. He did partake in the olive oil that was a part of the process at most places. I don't think we mastered the tasting mechanics for the oil, but there's always next trip!

Since returning we've recommended Guido to every friend that mentions travel, Italy, or wine. We loved it so much that we really want others to share the experience. He is a wonderful man and a treasure of central Italy. We all hope to spend time with him again in the future.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

My fiancée and I were in Florence for a couple of days with friends from London and decided to do a wine tour through Tuscany. We specifically wanted to see Montepulciano and Montalcino. Through Emails with Guido, which were always promptly replied, he said it would be a long day as there would be some travelling involved but he always said it was our tour and he would make it the best day possible. Guido was true to his word and what a day it was. There are many other wine tours that run through Tuscany but I guarantee you that they all would not have such a knowledgeable and charismatic guide like Guido. Being a fully qualified sommelier is a huge bonus but in all honesty it was the history of the region and the intimate knowledge of how wine had evolved throughout the centuries that we found the most interesting. Everything from pick up to drop off was faultless and guido even sent a plate of salami back in a restaurant as he said it was not up to the standard. To us "tourists" the salami tasted fine but it was his knowledge of what is sub standard and what is exceptional that was the difference. He is so passionate about his food and wine that he actually threw the salami down and called it rancid. We found it hilarious. Guido did not. For the record the salami that came out after the complaint was absolutely exceptional. A true taste of what it should have been in the first place. You probably would not get that dedication from another tour guide. Don't bother booking with any other operator as frankly you will not be looked after in traditional Tuscan hospitality like you do with Guido.

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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We spent some time with Guido back in November touring the wineries of Tuscany. This was absolutely the highlight of our trip. Guido is knowledgeable, personable, prompt, and, above all, passionate about wine and his country. Since returning from vacation, we often tell many stories about our time with Guido. We would recommend him to anyone who wants quality tour of Tuscany and if you are a wine lover all the better. We cannot wait to see Guido again!

Greg and Dana
Washington DC

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We had needed to get from Siena to Florence and wanted to see San Gimignano and by the time we added up the cost of tours and renting a car we thought how about a wine tour from Siena to Florence - perfect! and Guido put it together for us; plus we got an all day wine lesson. He took us first to San Gimignano and then to two small, quaint towns we would never have found on our own, near as I could tell we were the only tourists. We had lunch at Ristorante Oltre Il Giardino in Panzano as recommended by Guido. Beautiful view and delicious food. And then to the winery Villa Cafaggio. Guido was the perfect guide for a wine tour, knowlegeable but not over-bearing or stuffy. My wife and I are already planning our next trip to Italy and it definitely includes a wine tour with Guido!

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We were looking for a wine tour for our one day port stop on our recent cruise. Guido was there waiting for our party of 8 when we got off the ship. Since it was so early, a little to early to drink wine, he took us to the hill town of San Gimignano first to walk around and do a little sightseeing. What a beautiful place! It was nice to be there so early before the tour buses and the crowds. We then went to two vineyards for wine tasting with lunch in between at a restaurant he recommended. Just wonderful! All the way he gave us quite an education on the Tuscany area and chianti wine. You can tell he is very passionate about both.
I highly recommend this tour and it was less expensive and more personal than the comparable cruise excursions to boot.

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