The medieval Tuscan capital Florence is one of the most popular cities to visit in the entire country. Not only can you immerse yourself back in time through cobblestoned streets (admittedly dodging crowds of tourists), but you can enjoy some of Italy’s best food and wine.
Whether you’ve got time for a day in the countryside or not, you can enjoy a wine tour in Florence Tuscany. Keep reading for our recommendations of the best Florence Italy wine tours in this magical city as well as those that leave from the capital and take you into the wine region of Tuscany.
5 Best Wine Tours in Florence Tuscany
Here’s our top tips for wine tours in Florence Italy that will provide a great learning experience in a fun and non intimidating way. Of course, where there’s wine in Italy, food is never far behind, so these tours also include delicious snacks or more filling meals too.
1. Sunset Florence Food and Wine Tour with Devour Tours
Oltrarno literally means on the other side of the Arno River and it’s considered to be the more ‘local’ side. It’s our favorite area in Florence because it’s full of wonderful wine bars and restaurants. This tour will take you to the very best with a food and wine expert as your guide and a small group of fellow foodies.
You’ll enjoy 8+ food tastings and 4 glasses of wine (including Chianti Classico) across 5 family-run small businesses in Oltrarno. As an added bonus, you’ll even get to pop in for a drink from one of Florence’s famous wine doors/windows!
Looking for an express Florence wine tour? This 60 minute tour allows you to taste test some of Tuscany’s very best wines with the guidance of an expert sommelier. On this wine tour in florence italy, you will try local Montepulciano or Montalcino, a red Bolgheri or Montecucco, Chianti Classico and a Super Tuscan.
Each wine is accompanied with tasty local cheeses and cured meats, plus the region’s liquid gold – Tuscan olive oil!
3. Sommelier Led Wine Tasting Tour with Curious Appetite
Curious Appetite Tours are always a lot of fun and Liv has discovered many of our favorite eateries in Florence thanks to these tours. This tour is a private wine tour in Florence you can book for yourself, with a partner or a small group. It’s an ideal tour for real wine lovers (no matter your knowledge) or for anyone looking for a bespoke private experience.
You’ll enjoy three stops with 2 wine tastings at each and taste sparkling, white, rosato and red wines. This tour is totally customisable and your sommelier can introduce you to wines outside of Tuscany also if desired or all organic/natural tastings too.
4. Buchette Wine Doors of Florence Tour with Curious Appetite
If you watched Stanley Tucci’s Searching for Italy, chances are you saw the Florence episode and discovered just what the ‘wine doors’ or windows are! If not, we hope your curiousity is piqued because you’ll discover everything there is to know about them on this great tour.
Whilst there are more than 145 wine windows, this tour will take you to see some of them including one that is active again today! Enjoy delicious wine and local food with your expert sommelier and art historian tour guide on this 3 hour tour.
5. Tastes & Traditions of Florence with Devour Tours
This isn’t strictly just a wine tour in Florence Italy, but an all-immersive culinary delight! Devour will whisk you you away from tourist hotspots and introduce you to the local Florentine hit list.
This tour includes a visit to one of our favorite markets before settling in at an authentic enoteca or wine shop in Florence. On this tour, you’ll enjoy 9 food tastings, 3 glasses of wine, and 1 coffee at 8 different stops.
Discover these Tuscany Wine Tours from Florence
Driving through seemingly endless rolling green hills dotted with olive trees and medieval towns along the way, you might just think you’ve landed in wine paradise. This is the kind of almost unbelieveably beautiful views that await you on these Tuscan wine tours from Florence.
1.Half-day Chianti Wine Tour from Florence with Devour Tours
This is one of the best Tuscan wine tours from Florence that takes car of all the logistics (driving, booking winery appointments, research) and gives you a little taste of Tuscan wine heaven for the day! It includes 2 winery visits with 5 DOCG Chianti wine tastings paired with light bites. The wineries aren’t just any old winery either – they’re family-run, small establishments that focus on quality not quantitiy.
This half-day tour takes you to visit two gorgeous Tuscan towns (Greve in Chianti and Montefioralle) before popping into a winery to try the local Sangiovese. Wine tasting and round-trip private transportation from a meeting point near the Florence train station is included, as well as a dedicated guide and driver.
3. Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour from Florence with Grape Tours
Looking for something a bit different to your standard Chianti tour? Why not head to the lower part of Tuscany and get an education on Brunello wines! On this wonderful tour, you’ll visit 3 wineries and try 4 wines at each. It also includes a delicious 3 course Tuscan lunch in between and a visit to the village of Montalcino.
Our Favorite Wine Tastings in Florence
Prefer a self guided wine tasting in Florence Italy? There are so many wonderful enoteche to discover in this Renaissance city that you can get a thorough education from popping into a few and chatting with the bartender. Here are some of our favorite wine bars to visit for superb wine tasting in Florence opportunities:
1. Le Volpi e L’Uva
One of our favorite wine bars in Florence, this is tucked away behind a corner but close to the Ponte Vecchio. There’s limited seating inside and outdoors but it’s worth trying for a table. We always order a crostone (slice of toasted bread with delicious toppings) to enjoy alongside our glasses of wine. You can find a great wine selection from other regions in Italy here too.
2. Il Santino
This is a tiny wine bar next to their restaurant where you can go for dinner afterwards. It’s located in the Oltrarno away from the main crowds in Florence. It’s definitely not a secret and a popular bar, so try your luck for a table or enjoy a glass of wine outside in the summer.
You simply must head here for the truffle panini and glass of sparkling wine! It’s not so much wine tasting you’ll do here but it’s one of our favorite bars in Florence for an aperitivo.
Inspired to join one of these best wine tours in Florence Italy? Let us know about your experiences in the comments, and until then happy wine tasting!