We arrived via cruise ship (at the port in Livorno) in June and arranged a day with Guido for my husband and I to do a wine tasting experience in Tuscany. He was very prompt and thorough in all of our email communications and his English was fantastic! We had been to the area before and wanted to experience the Tuscan wine country this time - no big tour bus from the cruise line and no tourist attraction stops. Guido was a perfect fit for us. He emailed different itinerary 'options' for our day together and, ultimately, we trusted his knowledge and expertise and had him arrange the day for us...we did 2 wine tasting visits and stopped for a lovely lunch in the Tuscan countryside. Our first wine tasting was at the University of Florence's Villa Montepaldi (their wine-making/teaching location in the Chianti Classico area). Guido was our personal tour guide & sommelier there, showing us their operations and then sitting us down for a 6 wine-flight personalized tasting in one of their conference rooms. The tasting itself was about an hour and Guido created an experience that was fun, informative and we learned so much from him about wine, grapes, the art of how to taste properly and how to truly understand all the different Italian wines. It wasn't stuffy or school-like at all. It was simply amazing! After a stop for lunch, we drove to the Chianti area and tasted at Pietro Beconcini - this was a small family one-room winery, very personalized again (no tourists here!), we tasted 6 very good wines. Our day altogether was 8 hours and it was truly one the highlight's of our cruise vacation in the region. We highly recommend Guido without any reservation. You'll be so glad you did!
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