Medici’s villas wine tour in Carmignano

During this wine tour, we will cover 2 small areas located north of Florence and very close to each other: Carmignano and Chianti Montalbano.

Medici's villas wine tour in Carmignano

Tour description

Medici’s villas wine tour in Carmignano area Tour Program

During Medici’s villas wine tour in Carmignano we will cover 2 small areas located north of Florence and very close to each other: Carmignano and Chianti Montalbano.

Docg since 1984, today Chianti is an extensive area covering many areas of Tuscany, for a total of 15,500 hectares of vineyard, mainly cultivated in Sangiovese.

Given the vastness of the territory, sub-zones have been identified, distinguished by both geographical coordinates and organoleptic characteristics of wines, due to different soils and climatic conditions. Two of these areas are Carmignano and Chianti Montalbano. Small and not touristic areas north of Florence.

Carmignano wine’s

Carmignano has been producing wine since Etruscan and Roman times, as evidenced by the finding of wine jars inside some Etruscan tombs and the assignment by Cesare to his veterans, between 50 and 60 BC, of some Lands between the Arno and the Ombrone, which have been cultivated with vines ever since.

Moreover, Carmignano can be proud of being chosen by Grand Duke Cosimo III de’Medici (in 1716), as one of the four wine-growing areas of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. The “Motu proprio decree” in fact, regulated the production, the geographical limits, the trade of the wines produced in these areas, making the first “doc” available in the world.

Carmignano wine is a blend of Cabernet and San Giovese grapes.

The presence of the Cabernet has in fact been attested to in the vineyard of Carmignano for more than five centuries: it seems that the first vines have been transplanted to these hills by the desire of Caterina de ‘Medici when in the sixteenth century it was queen of France: It would confirm the same name as “French grape”, still in vogue among the old winegrowers.

During the 50-minute drive you will not be bored because you will hear stories and explanations of Tuscany and its wines, while you admire the wonderful tuscan landscape.

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First winery

The first winery, is a magnificent XV century Villa, built by Medici family known as the “a hundred chimmeys”, so called for the many chimneys on the top of the building and that make it unique.
The chimneys were built not only for artistic appeal, but also for a pratical reason: to warm up the huge Villa.

The villa, which was born as a hunting lodge, became a place dedicated to the arts and now is a National monument and UNESCO Heritage since 2013, along with other villas and gardens of the Medici.

In the centuries between the walls of the Villa famous names have passed. For example in 1608 Galileo Galilei was invited by Ferdinand I to teach “mathematics” to his son Cosimo dei Medici. Leonardo da Vinci and other famous artists.

Once we arrive at the Villa you will be guided through , the vineyards, the historical garden, and finally tasting their delicious wines, one white, one rosè and 2 reds of which one is a docg chianti montalbano and the second red is the docg Carmignano.

Second winery

After this unique winery, it is time to go to the second, but not less awesome organic winery.

Also this winery was a XV century Medici villa, bought in the 20’s by the actual owner.

For the area of Carmignano, this winery has played a very important role.

Cabernet has been cultivated in this area as well as San Giovese, and this winery was the first to invent a blend of cabernet and merlot wine in 1979.

Finally after this beauty immersion it is time to feast on: a delicious home cooked lunch prepared for us at the Villa paired with their high quality wines you will taste 3 red wines and a sweet wine called vin santo.

After lunch, it is time to visit the labyrinth cellar where their wine is aged, the vinsantaia, and the olive mill.

After Lunch

If we have some time left, we can enjoy some more time visiting the exterior of another XV century villa built by Lorenzo il Maginifico and walk in its beautiful gardens.

We will return to Florence around 5:30 pm.

Tour informations

Chianti Montalbano and Carmignano, Tuscany

Min 4 – Max 8

On request, from 9.30 am to 5.00 / 5.30 pm

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Included in the Wine Tour Tuscany

  • An expert sommelier or a wine maker as your tour guide of Tuscany
  • wine tasting in two great Medici’s Villas wineries
  • extra virgin olive oil tasting
  • one cellar tours
  • map of Tuscany wine regions
  • a booklet about Tuscany and its wines
  • home cooked lunch at the Villa/winery
  • stop at some scenic viewing points
  • all local taxes

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Brad GiddensBrad Giddens
17:34 11 Jun 24
Filippo was amazing. His knowledge of the area and wines was exceptional. He was so very personable and easy to talk with. I’m so thankful we had him as our guide. He was the best!!!
Michael AshenfelterMichael Ashenfelter
17:22 11 Jun 24
Filippo made our day spectacular! We would recommend Angela’s personal Tuscan tour to everyone.
Sarah AmairaSarah Amaira
13:44 09 Jun 24
We picked this tour from Florence as it seemed to be one of the few that offers small groups (max 8 people) in comparison to some of the companies that would take groups of up to 25-50 people and it was definitely a great decision!Visiting small 3 family run wineries in Chianti with our very knowledgeable guide, Carlo who was like an old friend on the day.The wine and food we had on the day was also amazing, only shame was that I couldn’t ship it back to Australia!If you are looking for a good winery tour from Florence I highly suggest this one :)
Alex KarageorgesAlex Karageorges
15:12 08 Jun 24
We had a wonderful time with Filippo, definitely a must if you want to experience the history of Tuscan wine!! Grazie mille!
Megha JanakiramanMegha Janakiraman
20:01 05 Jun 24
Cannot recommend this company enough! Did the Chianti 3 wineries tour with them and it was spectacular! Carlo was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and so much fun!They keep the group size small (HUGE plus in Florence) and the vineyards they pick are all small, family owned vineyards with some exquisite wines (see photos of the vineyards themselves). They even accommodate vegetarian and vegan diet options without compromising on any taste! Would 100% come back to do more wine tours with them!
KellyKLambKellyKLamb
19:15 05 Jun 24
I have been on three tours with this company and two were with Filippo. I have had an amazing time on all of them. I brought friends and family who I wanted to experience the magic of the region and of Tuscan wines. Filippo was fantastic. He shares great information and is open to talking all day. You learn a lot and have a wonderful experience that feels personal and special.
LeighAnn ChambleyLeighAnn Chambley
16:21 03 Jun 24
Filippo was a wonderful tour guide today on our wine, truffle and cheese tour. The 3 wineries we went to all had something different and special about them. Meeting the owners of each winery and hearing how excited they were about their wines was very interesting. Today was our last day in Florence and it was a perfect ending to an amazing trip. Would 100% recommend this tour.
Miranda SantilloMiranda Santillo
15:19 03 Jun 24
This trip has been the highlight of our trip! I would come back to Florence just to do this again. Our guide Carlos was full of knowledge and spirit. Each of the vineyards was a unique experience and so wonderful! Could not recommend more
Trent RehuschTrent Rehusch
14:55 01 Jun 24
A great experience!! Francesca was a terrific guide for us, would highly highly recommend
John HerdJohn Herd
14:41 01 Jun 24
Amazing experience! Filippo was so knowledgeable and a great host for the day. We’re thankful to have him as our host and definitely recommend the tour.
Ada GarvisAda Garvis
16:00 30 May 24
This tour was absolutely amazing! I cannot recommend enough. Francesca was one of the best parts of the tour and she just made the trip incredible! She was so knowledgeable and welcoming. She is a sommelier and very passionate about wine. We really felt like we got to know the a chianti region. Thank you!!!
Anthony ChristiansenAnthony Christiansen
15:11 30 May 24
Laura DavisLaura Davis
15:08 30 May 24
This tour was amazing!! We had the best time and learned so much from the fun and knowledgeable Francesca! The vineyards were each different and cool in their own way. Would highly recommend!
Tyler MitchellTyler Mitchell
14:27 29 May 24
Angie was a fantastic guide and curated an excellent list of wineries for us to visit. She gave us a great overview of the area during our trip and was very responsive in her communication. We learned so much about the philosophy of Tuscan winemaking and each vineyard offered delicious wine. and olive oil. Highly recommend Angie’s expertise and services.
Kylie TuberoKylie Tubero
15:33 28 May 24
Book this tour!!! I loved doing it with a smaller company, it was fantastic! The day was paced wonderfully - tastings that felt thorough and not rushed, and a lovely lunch! The wineries we visited were small, family owned and you could really feel the passion in all of the winemakers. Our tour guide Carlo was the best!! Highly recommend and would do it again in a heartbeat!
Arianna DemeuseArianna Demeuse
14:10 27 May 24
This was the best winery tour we have been on! Was a beautiful day and had a wonderful time. All 3 winery's had there unique and fun parts to each there own styles!! We would 10/10 do it again! Thank you so much for a once and a lifetime opportunity!
Heath ReinlHeath Reinl
15:27 26 May 24
This was the best tour I have ever been on! My wife and I were very excited for this experience and had high expectations but they were vastly exceeded with this trip! Filippo was the best tour guide I’ve ever had!
Euclid JosephEuclid Joseph
14:56 24 May 24
One of my absolute favorite experiences in Florence!!! Carlo was amazing, and every winery we went to was beautiful. Thank you for an amazing time!!! 10/10 recommend.
Kevin OjedaKevin Ojeda
17:02 23 May 24
Great tour! Definitely do with a group of friends. Carlo was a great time.
Steve MSteve M
15:09 23 May 24
Patrick WiddossPatrick Widdoss
14:40 22 May 24
Filippo was a great tour guide and all the wineries that we were brought to had delicious wine and food! I highly recommend to anyone coming to Florence !
Colton SimmonsColton Simmons
14:38 22 May 24
The wine tour was an amazing experience and the choice of wineries was perfect. Our guide, Filippo, was exceptionally knowledgeable and very fun to talk to. I’d highly recommend anybody interested in a wine tour of the region to book a trip on this tour.
Emily TEmily T
23:14 21 May 24
This was our favorite thing in Florence. Everyone in our group had a great time. I learned a lot and never felt silly for asking what I now know to be silly question. Francesca was always willing to share her knowledge and made sure there was a vegetarian option for me.
Madeline FremontMadeline Fremont
14:44 21 May 24
Wonderful time, Francesca was lovely. I would highly recommend!
kristine scheuerkristine scheuer
14:43 21 May 24
Francesca was wonderful! The Tuscan wineries were beautiful and the wines were amazing! Highly recommend.
Emily JenksEmily Jenks
14:33 21 May 24
We had a wonderful time! We visited 3 boutique wineries all with a unique experience. We enjoyed delicious food, wine and views with each stop. Angela was friendly and accommodating. We drove around Tuscany in a comfortable van with A/C where she educated us on all things Tuscany and stopped for us to get photos along the way. Would definitely recommend!
Nolan WilliamsNolan Williams
15:00 20 May 24
Fantastic tour, experiencing quality family run wineries in Tuscany.
Shea SpadeShea Spade
15:18 17 May 24
Absolutely worthwhile wine tour of 3 great Chianti wineries! Carlo was a wonderful tour guide with a lot of knowledge!
Caroline RyderCaroline Ryder
14:52 16 May 24
Angela MarianiAngela Mariani
14:39 16 May 24
Filippo was a fantastic guide! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed his wine tour. He was incredibly knowledgable of the wine, the region, and the history of Italy. He made the tour incredibly personal - even showing us where his 99 year old grandmother lives! This is a must do while visiting Tuscany. We will be back to visit Filippo whenever we come back to Italy!
Jonathan O'ConnorJonathan O'Connor
14:37 16 May 24
We toured the Chianti region with Filippo and had an amazing time! He was great at explaining the history of the wine, the region, and the history of the area. It is easy to see how much he cares about wine and the area. If you are going to Tuscany this is a must!
Peter DonhauserPeter Donhauser
07:43 15 May 24
Absolutely amazing experience. Words can’t truly describe how magical the day was. Carlo our guide was both knowledgeable and personable and made the event feel special. Wineries were spectacular and the Tuscan countryside is breathtaking. A must do when visiting Florence
William EckWilliam Eck
11:14 14 May 24
This was one of the best experiences we had during our two week trip to Europe! We did the 3 Winery Tour; our guide, Carlo, was amazing! He was a great driver and so, so informative. Each of the wineries we went to were incredibly authentic family-run operations that were each unique in their own ways. This is well worth the price and an incredible way to spend a day in Tuscany.
Jeff ZJeff Z
18:29 13 May 24
We spent the day with Francesca from Wine Tours with Angie. Francesca was fabulous! The 3 vineyards that we visited were well thought out and a joy to visit. Francesca was able to answer all of our questions very thoroughly and made this an extremely memorable day for myself, my wife, my son, and my daughter in law. This was truly a day that I will never forget. Thank you Francesca and Wine Tours with Angie!
Gregory MurdockGregory Murdock
14:57 13 May 24
Tasting our way through Italy with Carlo! 🇮🇹
M NM N
15:54 09 May 24
An amazing trip, wine tasting, food, company. Filippe is a great guide! Thank you
Jessa IversonJessa Iverson
08:55 06 May 24
We went on the 3 winery Chianti tour with Filippo last Saturday and it was a fantastic time. Filippo was so friendly and knowledgeable about wine and the Tuscany region. The wineries were great as well. Highly recommend.
Gary DalleyGary Dalley
15:37 04 May 24
Perfect day. so well organized and well informed guide. Our group became friends for the day and shared a new appreciation for chianti wine and culture. Would do it all over again tomorrow if we could!
Marcelo TeixeiraMarcelo Teixeira
14:43 29 Apr 24
Katy StewartKaty Stewart
16:33 25 Apr 24
We went on the Chianti tour yesterday with Francesca and it was wonderful. Not only was Francesca just a generally knowledgeable and kind person, but she is also a sommelier! I loved all of the teaching she shared. We went to 3 small boutique wineries and met the owners at each one with a lovely full tasting. We also had an amazing lunch at our second stop. The sweeping Tuscan views were incredible. Would absolutely recommend anyone take this tour if coming through Florence. Top Notch ❤️❤️
Kim GregoryKim Gregory
15:40 24 Apr 24
Lisa SabinaLisa Sabina
15:25 20 Apr 24
Kerri BinghamKerri Bingham
16:26 19 Apr 24
Fantastic tour guide, delicious wineries, very entertaining and a lot of fun! Thank you to Filipe for a wonderful day!!
Brittany HinegardnerBrittany Hinegardner
16:26 19 Apr 24
Our guide, Filippo, was absolutely wonderful! Very knowledgeable and kind. We also had a great time with our group. Would 100% do another tour with this company or recommend to a friend
Dave FowkesDave Fowkes
19:11 18 Apr 24
Fabulous tour!!! Three great wineries that are all just a bit different to offer some variety. Lunch was great. Wines are awesome. Francesca was a 10-star tour guide. If you like brunello, this is absolutely the tour for you!!!!
Jane FrithJane Frith
15:43 18 Apr 24
Except tour! Informative and fun!
Peter FrithPeter Frith
15:41 18 Apr 24
Really good.
Tamara CullerTamara Culler
15:37 18 Apr 24
Kristen FarabaughKristen Farabaugh
15:36 18 Apr 24
Denis StrazdingDenis Strazding
15:36 17 Apr 24
Fantastic tour guides and fantastic places! Very professional and very educated. We enjoyed our tours very much! Special big thank you Francesca and Filippo for taking such good care of us!
Carlos RiveraCarlos Rivera
14:53 16 Apr 24
The winery tour was great… the selection was complete as we were able to experience unique styles from the 3 different houses we visited. Francheska was awesome demonstrating full knowledge of wine.
J. GRJ. GR
14:31 16 Apr 24
Francesca was great! She has a lot of knowledge about wine. Every winery is unique and we learn a lot.This is a great wine tour!
Brady MigelBrady Migel
12:49 16 Apr 24
This was such a great tour! We viewed 3 different wineries and had 3-4 wines at each location along with a selection of snacks and food.The guide was great and answered all our questions along with giving us a rundown of information about wine, Italy's regulations and history on wine, etc. Very fun and good.
S LiS Li
14:11 15 Apr 24
Amazing visit to 3 unique wineries to learn about the process and philosophy of their family visit.
Elaine LeiblyElaine Leibly
12:09 15 Apr 24
The wine tour might have been the highlight of our trip to Italy. Filippo, our guide, was very knowledgeable and explained a lot about the history of winemaking in Chianti and what to look for when tasting and purchasing wine. All three wineries were beautiful and very different. I highly, highly recommend.
Jeancy RossyJeancy Rossy
16:05 13 Apr 24
Sarah McCurdySarah McCurdy
15:43 13 Apr 24
The experience was well organized & easy to book & manage! We loved our time with Felippo and exploring the wineries!
Caroline HobsonCaroline Hobson
14:47 13 Apr 24
We had the best time! Francesca was the perfect guide for our super fun group, and we had delicious wine. Everything we tried was wonderful and all the staff at the wineries were great as well. Overall we had a wonderful experience and we would definitely recommend to others!
Brett VandenackBrett Vandenack
13:43 13 Apr 24
We had a GREAT experience. Francesca was incredibly knowledgeable and so helpful with questions. The 3 wineries on the Chianti tour were fantastic. Despite similar types of wine each felt like a unique experience. The wineries were small and family run. Highly recommend!
Amy MosleyAmy Mosley
15:01 11 Apr 24
I loved it! Every vineyard we went to was great in different ways!
Justine ColomaJustine Coloma
15:14 03 Apr 24
Filipo was a great guide.
David GummelDavid Gummel
16:32 23 Mar 24
Alexander KikutisAlexander Kikutis
16:04 14 Mar 24
Had an amazing time with Filippo! Very knowledgeable and informative about Tuscany and Chianti. Would highly recommend!!
Grace LynchGrace Lynch
16:03 14 Mar 24
The whole day was incredible, and Filippo was amazing! The region was beautiful and the wines were delicious. We would do it again!
Amazing host, and amazing wines. The best price by far for the best experience.
Alesia StruewingAlesia Struewing
15:20 08 Mar 24
We absolutely LOVED our tour. Filippo brought energy and passion from the start. He provided history and personal anecdotes that made our trip an experience we won’t ever forget. The wines were great but sitting down and eating with locals at one of the boutique wineries was definitely a highlight for us as we made our journey through Italy. There’s nothing better than hearing first handed experience and Filippo did just that. Would recommend this to anyone even semi-interested in wine and history. Also - Filippo is a great driver 😁
Natasha SmithNatasha Smith
14:37 06 Feb 24
AMAZING! My husband and I, along with two of our friends recently visited Italy and fell in love with the country! During our stay in Florence we booked a trip with Angela to explore Tuscany. The wineries she hand selected for our group were phenomenal - all were small production wineries that took the time to teach us about their wine production process, the correct way to smell/taste wine, and much more. I highly recommend booking with Angie if you plan to explore Tuscany during your trip to Italy. It was definitely one of the highlights of our vacation! Thank you Angie!!!
Sabrina ColescottSabrina Colescott
16:22 28 Nov 23
This was the highlight of our trip to Italy! We went in the off-season (end of November) and it was still beautiful and perfect. Our highly qualified guide, Filippo, was the best! So knowledgeable of the wines, wineries, and history of the region due to being a local to a nearby village in this Chianti region (also gave plenty of other suggestions in Florence). We already rethink our wine shopping now that we have the knowledge of what to look for to have a wonderful and headache free wine (all the wineries were organic so less sulfites, yay!). Each of the wineries offers cheese with bread and unbelievably fresh olive oil (November is the time for fresh press harvest) and the 2nd winery (Lombricaia di Montalbino) was where we had a delicious lunch with the most bubbly and passionate guide for the winery, Chiara. It was an authentic tuscan meal with a beautiful view of the countryside in a very charming restaurant that felt like we were having a family dinner. The day flew by and it was the best part of our trip due to it feeling so intimate and relaxed. Highly recommend this, well worth the price!
Sarah KellySarah Kelly
22:49 26 Nov 23
We had a beautiful experience with Tuscan Wine Tours! Angela was very organized and communicative confirming all details ahead of time. Our guide Filippo was just fantastic; very friendly and knowledgeable sharing all kinds of information about the region, the agriculture, food, the wineries and of course...wine! The wineries and countryside were really gorgeous, and the it's obvious how deeply ingrained the love of their craft is. Highly highly recommend Filippo and this company...it's a must if in Florence to get out into the countryside and see how the agriculture, the architecture and the people come together to produce such an exquisite wine. Bellissimo!
Ektaa SanghviEktaa Sanghvi
22:36 26 Nov 23
Excellent wine tour - Fillippo was a gracious and warm tour guide that's extremely knowledgeable! The passion of all of the winemakers we met was incredible.
Glen LukasikGlen Lukasik
09:31 02 Nov 23
What an amazing tour with Claudia! Passionate, knowledgeable, and so much fun learning about Chianti, DOCG, DOC, IGT, and super Tuscany wines. We did a private tour on Sunday. Claudia was right on time at the meeting point, and really went above and beyond by sharing recipes with us, helping us get transportation for all the wines we purchased, and helping get us a taxi the next day. Highly recommend!
Josh KargJosh Karg
12:50 22 Sep 23
We took a wine tour with Andrea and had a blast! Not only were the wineries we visited all unique but Andrea spent time to explain how taste wine and what to look for in color, taste, etc. All three wineries served Chianti but each one had unique other offerings. They explained the process of winemaking and showed us cellars and the property. The perfect day trip from Florence. Such a fun group and the best tour guide!
Jenny SarebornJenny Sareborn
12:48 10 Aug 23
We had a fantastic day with Francesca as our tour guide - the day flew by!She is so knowledgeable and we learnt so much.The wineries we went to were all great and we also had a lovely lunch at one of them.This was a highlight of our trip, and we would definitely recommend it to anyone.Tack Francesca 😊
Leslie LaffertyLeslie Lafferty
21:20 25 Jun 23
This tour was everything we could have hoped for and more. The whole experience was a nice pace, a very relaxing day with great people. Filippo was an amazing guide- extremely knowledgeable and super fun to spend the day with. The wineries we went to were absolutely beautiful, the wine was incredible, and we had vegan accommodations for lunch, which was so appreciated! Our lunch was also fantastic- we ate and drank great yesterday! We very highly recommend this tour if you enjoy wine and want a more relaxed vibe of a day with great wine and great company.
MaryKathrynMaryKathryn
15:01 22 Apr 23
This tour was the highlight of our trip. Filippo was fantastic with his knowledge of the area, wines and suggestions. The three wineries were wonderful boutique and all different. We received private tastings and a tour of all the cellars. The lunch provided was an authentic taste of Italy at a wonderful young winery. We would highly recommend this for anyone and if we are ever back would use this tour program again!! Thank you for such a memorable experience!
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My wife and I took Angie’s Castle & Wine tour in late May. We had a fun, small group with Barbara as our guide. Barbara was very genuine and truly expressed an interest in wanting all of us to enjoy our day, as well as our time in Tuscany Would I recommend the tour? Yes, without a doubt. If you are a red wine drinker, these are smaller producers that you are most likely not able to purchase in the U.S. They make excellent wines, so treat yourself and send some home Our wines arrived in four weeks. Grazie Mille Angie and Barbara for a terrific day!

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Mark Spencer

U.S.A.

We had an excellent wine and castle tour day. Federico was an exceptional guide and we had a wonderful time touring and tasting wine and olive oil. We would like to also mention the fantastic lunch we had it was memorable. We would highly recommend this tour.

Mark Spencer

Perry Long

Canada

An amazing day touring the Tuscany wine region! I would especially like to thank Francesca for making my 50th birthday a memory I will treasure forever! Her knowledge of wines, the countryside, olive oil, etc. was extraordinary! The wineries and the owners (Stephania and Marco) were excellent hosts and provided us with samples of the most amazing wines and olive oils. I would highly recommend your company to anyone visiting the Tuscany region! Again, thanks!!!

Mark Spencer

Alexander Doe

U.S.A.

I went on a wine tasting tour with Angie a few years ago and because of the great experience I booked again for May 2013. Angie’s tour was already fully booked so we were in Olivia’s group, another awesome day! The whole region is beautiful and there are plenty of tour operators but for me Angie’s personal service and small groups make her the go-to company for your Tuscan wine tasting tour. A bonus with the smaller groups is that Angie takes you to small and medium sized wineries, not the giant mass production places, so you really get face to face time with the owner/winemakers.

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U.S.A.

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