My husband and I have visited several wine regions around the world (Italy, France, California, Niagara etc.), but this was the best wine tour we have ever been on. This may have been influenced by the fact that the regular tour guide was on vacation, and we received our tour from the winemaker himself. We were taken into the vineyards and shown where Tignanello, Solaia, Badia di Passignano chianti grapes are grown. We tasted grapes right off the vine in various stages of development, and then we went into the Monastery where the barrels are kept. Obviously, he was extremely knowledgeable and surprisingly honest about the wines.
The tour was followed by a delightful 3 course lunch at the Osteria (including olive oil tasting, breads etc.) and a tasting of several Antinori wines (Chianti, Chardonnay, Tignanello, Solaia, Brunello). The service was a bit detached, but this is typical for high end restaurants. The food did not blow my mind, but it was very good.
I have noticed that many people have had issues with the expense. The experience was $150 per person, but this is a Michelin starred restaurant, and Solaia alone is >$250/bottle retail at home. Though it certainly isn't inexpensive, I think that it is in line with other restaurants of its calibre.
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