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Don and Rosie
We had an excellent wine tour to several Monalcino wineries with Francesca. Excellent contacts with winemakers and a thoroughly knowledgeable and professional guide. Francesca has everything needed for a guide--language skills, technical skills re. winemakeing and Italy, and a pleasant and interesting person. Would definately suggest using her.
Kevin and Theresa Madden
We spent a wonderful day with Angie going through the Tuscan countryside. This was truly one of the highlights of our trip. It was fascinating to visit the winemakers and see how they work and produce the wine. We went on the Chianti tour this July 2011, next time I would like to try the Brunello tour. It was well done and well paced. If your looking at this web-site trying to decide if you should do it - go for it. I was in the same spot about 6 weeks ago and I'm really glad we signed up with Angie's tour - I rarely write reviews either.
Our group of five friends spent a wonderful day with Francesca (one of Angie's tour guides) learning, tasting & discussing Italian wines & many other things Italian. We are all interested in wine & had experienced several "good" Italian wines at home in Australia but the knowledge imparted by Francesca, the winemakers & tasting the wines were a revelation! We will definitely try to source the better quality wines back home. The two wineries we visited on our Chianti Classico tour were both excellent with a very welcoming reception & a real interest in explaining these wonderful wines. Lunch in Greve in Chianti was lovely. To cap it off Francesca stopped on the way back at an excellent vantage point to get some great photos of Firenze from an elevated position. Another added bonus, for us, was that Francesca had lived for several years in New Zealand & visited Australia so had some familiarity with our local wines.
If you are wondering whether to take one of these tours, our recommendation would be - DO IT!
Do not miss a tour with Angie. She is an expert on wines and very knowledgable about the Tuscany region. The wineries we visited were fantastic and lunch was delicious! We even visited a castle! A perfectly delightful day!
Anna and Ian Warren
We had a magical day thanks to you, Angie. You were friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. We appreciated that you accommodated our last minute booking and you went out of your way to help us by picking us up at our hotel, which was outside of Florence. We loved the relaxing pace of the day, we learned a lot about wine and wine tasting, and we loved just driving through the hills and the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The two wineries that we visited were lovely and charming in different ways. We felt the owners' passion for their wine and there's nothing quite like the taste of Chianti in Chianti. Lunch at the trattoria in Greve was outstanding. Because lunch was included with the tour, we weren't sure what to expect, but you were generous with the food and wine, it was absolutely delicious, and the conversations we all had were memorable. In fact, the lunch was one of the best meals we had on our trip. Not only did we feel that we made a friend in you that day, but we also will keep in touch with another couple we met. Angie, you are a real gem and we are so glad that we decided to go on the tour with you that day. It was a highlight of our 2 week Italian vacation, and we would recommend it to anyone. Grazie!
Anna and Ian
Thank you for a wonderful wine tasting tour with Franchesca in May. We toured the Brunello Montalcino region. What a fabulous time. We booked on line not knowing what to expect. It turned out way better than expected. Had the best lunch at an old 1600 farm house on the hillside, was so beautiful and delicious. So much food! Franchesca was so pleasant to spend the day with and so informative. We had many questions, she answered them all!!! All I have to say is don't miss this trip. It is so worth it! We enjoyed the whole entire day. Thank you again!
Lee Andrew, May 2011
I can not thank Angie enough for what has turned out to be one of the absolute highlights of our trip. From the very beginning, Angie made us feel comfortable and at ease. This tour was not only an educational experience, I felt very much as if I were just spending a lovely day in the countryside with an old friend. Of course this particular friend knows a LOT about wine and has fabulous contacts in the Tuscan countryside to make the trip a total experience. I would not have changed a thing and want to encourage anyone considering a tour to take the Chianti Classico and San Gimignano tour. You will be so sorry if you miss out on the visit to the saffron farm and the delicious lunch prepared just for you there. This was a lifetime experience. I sure hope to go again one day, and will never forget the experience. What a FABULOUS day! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Angie!
Barney Brickner, April 2011
Everything I read about Angie being the best wine tour in the area proved absolutely true! My wife, daughter and I had the best time. Our day with Angie was one of the highlights of our trip.
Angie is superb guide. Her knowledge of the Chianti region is excellent and she KNOWS where the best wine can be found! I appreciated that she really paid attention to what I wrote about what I was hoping to get out of the trip.
Most important, Angie is a joy to be with. She is fun, as well as an excellent teacher about the wine of the region. I give Tuscan Wine Tours two thumbs up, and recommend it for anyone who has the interest in such an experience!
Simon & Kelly (UK), March 2011
We had a fantastic day on Angela's tour. The first winery taught us all about the different types of wine in the region, how to identify the best wine, how to taste the wine properly and appreciate it. And of course we were able to appreciate it. It was a very well informed lesson and the time sped by. We had lunch and some further tasting at a second winery, and we then visited a beautiful Tuscany village in which you appreciated the region and it's stunning scenery. For us, this was one of the highlights of our trip and a must if you are in the Florence area.
Cara and Blaine
On a last minute whim, we booked a Chianti Wines and Castles tour with Angie and never regretted a minute! We found Angie through one of Rick Steves recommendations for wine tours. We toured the region with one other couple and had a great time. Angie is knowledgeable, fun, and easy to talk with. This experience was great for us as we had some knowledge about wine but not an extensive background. Angie gave us a good base to discuss Chiantis more intelligently back in the USA!