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Chianti Wine Salute
This in-depth tour of a highly rated
wine estate whose vineyards have been yielding exceptional wine for over eight centuries takes you through each step of the vinification process from the grape to the bottle. Visit the vineyards, cellars, bottling areas, the oil mill and the ancient farmhouse where it all began. Sample three superb Tuscan red wines and a spumante rose accompanied by extra virgin olive oil,
, local cheeses and cured meats.
Tuscany - Radda in Chianti
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10:30 am to 1 pm (2.5 hours)
Day of the week:
Takes place Wednesdays from April 10 to October 23
Alternate dates may be arranged for groups of 8 or more.
Meet Bernardo, the manager and your guide at this DOCG
wine estate set amidst vine-laden hills. Guests are taken on a tour of the facilities as Bernardo reveals the history of this ancient farmhouse that began producing wine early in the 12th century.
Visit vat rooms where grapes are carefully de-stemmed, pressed and fermented; wine cellars, where aromatic oak barrels slowly age
wine; the bottling area, where each bottle rests prior to reaching perfection. Weather permitting, walk through the vineyards and learn how Bernardo evaluates grapes and decides the precise moment of harvest.
Finally, a visit to the oil mill reveals how premium extra virgin olive oil is made. The secret to making superb Tuscan oil is in the cold pressing method, which few use and even less can master.
Now, sit back on a shaded patio next to the farmhouse and enjoy a sampling of the estate's
Spumante Rosé Classico Pinot Nero
and three superb reds:
Chianti Classico DOCG Gallo Nero
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG Gallo Nero and Tocco
(90% Merlot and 10% Sangiovese), accompanied by
, extra virgin olive oil, local salami and cheese. Can't wait to share these wines with friends back home? Guests may purchase these prized vintages and have them shipped home. Purchases made on-site are exempt from local taxation making for some great bargains. Not to mention this boutique winery's celebrated wines are hard to find in the States.
If you'd like to organize an entire day of wine tasting, book the
4-Courses in Chianti: A Wine Pairing Lunch
. Continue on up the street for a wine pairing tasting lunch less than 10 minutes away!
This Actividayz does not accept participants under the age of 12.
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