We picked up our guests in Florence on a real warm Monday evening - meeting in the Piazzale Michelangelo in the shade of the David statue. On the way into the Tuscan country side we got to know each other briefly and we checked our new friends into their hotel and made sure their dinner reservation was taken care of.
The next 4 days we toured all the historical Tuscan wine regions, visiting small wineries around San Gimignano, Chianti Classico, Montepulciano and Montalcino, enjoying wonderful hosts with colorful stories, wines and great foods wherever we went.
At the end of the trip we felt like friends and, in fact, next year we'll plan a trip to Bordeaux together.
This experience was inspiring and we definitely want to propose it in the future for real enophiles like ourselves :)
Despite the intense July heat, we managed to keep the van cool, cellars were cool, and so were our fantastic wine producers! We met with the smallest and most reputable wine producers in Tuscany, who were happy to get off the hot fields with a good excuse of presenting their realities to our eno-curious guests.
Here are a few photos of our week with a big thanks to our very special new friends from Texas & Washington DC!