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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