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Ciao Laurync — your timing is perfect, as I’m getting many requests right now for recommendations on wineries to visit on a self-guided tour in Chianti.
A couple of questions before I give you some recommendations:
- How many days are you planning to do wine tasting in Chianti? Do you have specific days in mind for your wine tasting? As a general rule, weekdays and sometimes Saturdays are best. Sundays are tough and many wineries are closed.
- How many wineries would you like to visit in a day? I usually recommend no more than 3 with a nice lunch or dinner in the mix. Italian winery visits can easily last 60-90 minutes, as the producers love to show you around the cantina and the grounds.
- Do you prefer smaller, more family-run wineries, or larger, big name wineries? As a general rule, the smaller wineries tend to be more informal, friendly, and no tasting fees and you usually meet the winemaker & family. Big-name wineries have more formal tasting rooms, fancier facilities, sometimes have tasting fees, and you tend to visit with knowledgable staff.
- Do you want to drive, or would you prefer to have someone drive you? I see that you have a car, but there are car services available that can pick you up, drive you around, and drop you off at the end of the day — a wonderful way to enjoy the wines and lunch without worrying about driving.
Post your answers here and I’ll follow-up with some recommendations.