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chianti tour | Wine tasting

17-20 September 2018 | This event can be booked until July 30th

Molino di Grace - 17 and 18 September 2018

Founded in 1998 by Frank Grace, with the help of winemaker Franco Bernabei, amalgamating different properties owned by local farmers. The winery is named after the Grace family and the historic 19th century windmill located in front of the cellar. The size of the property is 90 ha of which around 26 ha of vineyards.

Production of elegant wines that are an expression of terroir through the “soul of Chianti”, the Sangiovese grape coupled with a careful use of oak for aging the wine. The goal is to give everybody the chance to enjoy the top Tuscan quality and the best expression of the terroir combined with maximum respect for the environment using sustainable approach in both the vineyards and cellar.

The Vineyard has a total surface area of 22 ha, with 20 ha registered as Chianti Classico and 2 ha registered as Igt Toscana

Verrazzano Castle - 19 September 2018

The Castle of Verrazzano is located in Greve in Chianti, in the heart of the Chianti Classico area,
between Florence and Siena.
Initially the Castle was an Etruscan then a Roman settlement and it has remained within its
boundaries for over 1000 years: it has represented a firm and safe post in an area interested for
many centuries by political and dynastic conflicts.
There is a great tradition of winemaking here: the “vineyards situated in Verrazzano” are mentioned
in a manuscript which dates back to 1150 and is preserved at the abbey of Passignano (wrongly
reported as “1170”).
The Castle became the property of the Verrazzano family in the VII century. Giovanni da
Verrazzano, the navigator and discoverer of the bay of New York and of the majority of the East
coast of nowadays U.S. was born here in 1485. The famous bridge in New York between Brooklyn
and Staten Island was named after him in 1964.

Vicchiomaggio Castle - 20 September 2018

The origins of Castello Vicchiomaggio, once named Vicchio of the Lombards, dates back roughly to 1400. Its location on top of a hill overlooking the Val di Greve just 18 km from Florence and 38 from Siena has proved to be a very strategic position over the centuries. Castello Vicchiomaggio is built of solid stone, at the heart of which is the high embattled tower dating back to 1100. The castle is preserved by its defensive boundary walls.
In the middle Ages, Castello Vicchiomaggio demonstrated the crucial importance of its position by playing a vital role in the defence of Florence during conflicts with Siena.
Later it became an exclusive Renaissance Manor House and reached its maximum splendour. In its long and glorious history, many celebrities stayed at the Castle, including Leonardo da Vinci, who stayed at Castello Vicchiomaggio during the period in which he painted his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. 

MOLINO DI GRACE - PANZANO

TIME REQUIRED: 1h30’

show of wine production methods (the visit will take place during the harvesting period) and visit to cellars

tasting of 4 selected wines with local 'pecorino' cheese, typical salami and finocchiona

PRICE: 60 euro - Max 50 persons

"CLASSIC WINE TOUR”

TIME REQUIRED: 1h30’

Guided visit to the Castle's gardens and historical ageing cellars followed by a guided tasting of a selection of our best wines:

“Verrazzano Rosso” red Tuscan IGT or “Verrazzano Ser Chiaro”IGT ; Chianti Classico DOCG ; Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva

Tasting of Extra Virgin Olive Oil “Castello di Verrazzano” ; Tasting of pecorino with “Balsamico Verrazzano”

PRICE: 68,50 euro 

WINE TASTING : Three Tenors

TIME REQUIRED: 1h

The world renowned Vicchiomaggio Trio:
- CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG, CURRENT VINTAGE.
- CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG RISERVA.
- CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG GRAN SELEZIONE
Accompanied by a generous selection of locally baked farm-house bread with extra virgin olive oil.

PRICE: 71,50 euro - Max 60 persons

Walking tour in Florence

17 and 19 September 2018 | This event can be booked until August 25th

Go deep into Florence artistic heritage and let your professional private guide unveil every corner of the cradle of Renaissance.

An enlightening guided promenade at your own pace! 

Your guide will meet you directly at your accomodation in town – your will start a pleasant guided tour of the city from the heart of Florence itself: PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA, an open air museum where the majestic Palazzo Vecchio stands and where the Loggia dei Lanzi houses an incredible collection of original statues by great artists such as Cellini and Giambologna. 

Walk through the colonnade of the Uffizi Gallery to arrive at PONTE VECCHIO, the eldest bridge of the city, and even the most picturesque! Discover how this particular architecture hides one of the most sublime secrets of the city, the stunning Vasari Corridor connecting Palazzo Vecchio to Pitti Palace and snaking its way over rows of private houses as well as churches.

Follow your guide through the Medieval District of Florence, where you can admire the House of Dante before getting to the breath taking DUOMO SQUARE.

Your private guide will catch your attention while describing in details the history and curiosities of the construction of the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the world renowned Brunelleschi’s Cupola.Enjoy the personalized attention that only a private guide can guarantee, and be ready to ask your guide anything that comes up to your mind as he will be at your complete arrangement during the promenade.

TIME REQUIRED: 3h

PRICE: 15 euro - Max 30 persons

All optional activities can be booked by email

22-tours-icos@apricotviaggi.it