A "Dolce Vita" style tour with a vintage iconic car to enjoy a unique driving, harvest grapes and wine-making experience and tasting in a Renaissance Villa
An unforgettable and unique experience in the Tuscan countryside
A visit to a 15th century Villa and its cellars
A picnic meal nearby the panoramic pool
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Tuscany at this magical time of year, then you are in for a treat! Out in the vineyards everyone is busy, and we have a chance to get involved. We start with an intro to our fabulous vintage Fiat 500, take a moment to learn how to drive and handle these amazing cars, then we start the drive through the Chianti wine region at a time when its at the height of its beauty.We enjoy driving on the hills around Florence and take a couple of panoramic stops before heading back to the 15th Century Villawhere the adventure continues. During our stops we will get a chance to learn about Chianti wine, olive oil making and bask in the beauty of the hills of Chianti. We will also get a chance to see Florence and the Arno valley from a very special panoramic spot. After that we head back to a renaissance Villa where will will have a chance to take part in the wine making. After admiring the splendid villa, an expert winemaker proudly takes us out into the fields to inspect his rapidly ripening crop. We harvest grapes together, then head back to thepresses and vats. In the pressing room we try the ancient technique of treading grapes and then see how the modern machines work. There is also an opportunity to taste the fermenting grape juicewhere the sugar is slowly turning to alcohol. We visit the ancient cellars with the wine maturing in oak barrels. Having worked up an appetite we then move on to a refreshment and a tasting of local products in the shade and a dip in the panoramic pool, with a view over the surrounding hills. We finish with a professionally led wine tasting and olive oil savoring to accompany the meal.
Our tour ends at the villa, and there’s no more driving, so you can relax and enjoy the wine!
To drive one of our vintage cars you MUST be a manual car driver (regularly, as in every day, not occasionally, and not at some point in the distant past). You MUST have a valid license to drive in Italy. This is a license from Europe. USA, or a license written in the Roman alphabet (not in a language using other characters. es. Chinese) accompanied by your passport. If you don’t have one you will need an INTERNATIONAL LICENSE, which is essentially a translation easily obtained from your driving authority. You MUST have a Credit card. This is for the insurance documents. As a driver you have dedicated insurance cover included in the price. You MUST have held your license for 1 year to drive any of the cars. All our routes are very carefully researched to enjoy quiet roads once we are out of town, whilst avoiding some of the busy major roads and complicated junctions.
This tour includes: Vintage Fiat 500 rental, English professional guide throughout the tour, harvest and press of grapes, exclusive access to 15th century Villa and Estate with swimming pool, bath towel and pool equipment are provided. Full Lunch with 4 different local wines. Insurance of the driver and transported, gasoline, taxes.