The enticing blend of history, culture and gastronomy starts right away, rolling along the hilltops of the Black Rooster road, the ancient Chiantigiana road, in other words the wine road. Learn more about the legend of the Florentine black rooster versus the Sienese white one... And in no time, you’ll find yourself at Badia a Passignano. A perfect example of why Tuscany endures as a favorite destination for food and wine connoisseurs. This Antinori-owned winery, a rolling estate tucked into the heart of Chianti Classico, is as well-loved for its fascinating historical setting as for its fine Chianti Classico Riserva di Badia a Passignano wine. The 215 hectare estate encircles a beautiful ancient abbey still owned by the Vallombrosian monks. Since its founding some historians claim the year 395, even then the monks were known for their winemaking expertise; a fascinating link to the area’s long winemaking history came actually with the 1983 discovery of a thousand-year- old vine near the estate. Next, you will enjoy the CLASSICI ANTINORI tasting menu. To start in the historic cellars of the very same Abbey. Afterwards, an extravirgin olive oil tasting is followed by lunch at the Osteria with dishes paired with the wines as Cervaro della Sala, Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano, Brunello di Montalcino, Tignanello. During the meal you will learn more about wine serving and decanting. After this sumptuous lunch, we continue our adventure in our private car, where we find ourselves deep in the heart of this region. A large estate amongst the olive trees and vineyards. We arrive just in time for a tasting of the families superb Chianti Classico. According to the Wine Spectator, it’s considered high quality but limited production. After our tasting, enjoy a relaxing and scenic drive back to your hotel.