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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.

Price:

Min. 2 pax: 500€

For each additional person: 100€

Max. 8 people

Tour informations

Chianti Montalbano and Carmignano, Tuscany

Min 3 – Max 8

On request, from 9.30 am to 5.00 / 5.30 pm

€ 350 P.P.

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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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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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Testimonials

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You can read here what some of our clients had to say about our tours. Imagine what we could do for you!

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!

Mark Spencer

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.

Mark Spencer

Jamie Hunt

U.S.A.

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Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, Firenze
Phone: +39 333 3185705

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