You cannot stay in Florence without visiting one of the Tuscan wineries. For this winery tour, we did a conducted tour in a coach which was thoroughly enjoyable. We had a chatty guide with a charming Italian accent who took us to two wineries and interspersed his talks with a lot of local lore, anecdotes and banter. It was a lovely bright blue day when wispy clouds hung out in the clouds providing a lovely backdrop to a day outdoors. Tuscany is picturesque with greenery as far as the eye can see. One vineyard after another, one could see rows of vines loaded with grapes. We also got to see olive trees that this region is well known for.
Each winery owner took us through the different phases of wine making. Crushing of grapes, fermentation of grape juice, how it is matured in oak barrels and we also got to taste wines right out of the barrels.
Wines were paired with cheeses and some cured meats that provided us a quick snack. One of the winery owners also gave us a taste of extra virgin olive oil from his own olive trees. It was potent and delicious, unlike anything I had ever tasted.
After visiting both the wineries and having our fill of good wine, talk and wonderful company we were left in a quaint little Tuscan village so that we could roam around and also shop if our heart so desired. The husband and I were content to have a delicious cappuccino in a small cafe while the kids chattered on pointing to sights and people.
It was evening by the time we headed back to Florence, satisfied and happy.
Do not miss the tour to the wineries when you go to Florence. The reference for this tour came from our Airbnb hostess and this tour operator gets my thumbs up for such an enjoyable experience.