Waiting for Monika, knitting and ready for wine tasting!
Winemaking at Montefioralle winery
So many delicious wines to try!
Green grapes at Montefioralle, being aged for the delicious Vin Santo
Wine tasting in Tuscany is much different than at home, and you generally need an appointment to visit a vineyard for a wine tasting. I didn't understand why that was the case until we went to the first winery (Montefioralle). They had a table for two set up, and spent a ton of time telling us all about their wines - the different blends, the years, and their winemaking techniques. The pours of wine were both big and more numerous than when we wine taste at home! Luckily, they also brought us fresh bread with olive oil, prosciutto, and salami. The Italians don't believe in drinking wine without food, a very good belief in my book!
Wine tasting at Montefioralle, with Monika to show us the way!
The wine tasting setup
Us, at Montefioralle winery with the town of the same name in the background
After the winery, we cruised up and down the hills of Tuscany, stopping at viewpoints to see hill towns in the distance, driving through them, and then seeing them again from another perspective when we reached the next hill town. Along the way, we stopped for a coffee, visited a top notch local butcher, and walked through charming streets of the tiny hill towns. At the end of the afternoon we went to one last winery before Monika dropped us off back in Greve's town center. We were so glad we saw Tuscany this way and also skipped the experience of being behind the wheel of a rental car ... just being passengers in the car reaffirmed that the driving is a bit nuts for our taste, at least when we're wanting to relax and sample the vino on vacation! All in all it was a wonderful day and one of the highlights of our trip!
Love this picture. Stopped for a coffee. Monika drank hers in about 5 seconds flat! This place was nice, all glass and marble, and we were surprised to see dogs inside. Pretty much everywhere is dog-friendly in Italy!
Zoomed out view of the prior picture, with pasta, olives, ham slicer, etc!
A viewpoint we stopped at, with a hill town in the distance that we then drove to.
In one of the hill towns
LOVE this door!
All the little Fiats
An archer practicing
Tuscan street art
Meat locker at the renowned butcher in Panzano in Chianti
At the butcher in Panzano in Chianti. We bought a small jar of herbed salts here and they have a nice website so we can order more if needed!
Winery cat at Cennatoio winery
Wine selection at Cennatoio winery
Cellars at Cennatoio
Taking pictures of each other taking pictures in the wine cellar of the second winery of the day, Cennatoio
At one of our last viewpoint stops of the day. What a fun day trip!