Map coordinates: 43.3307,11.4051
The Monte Chiaro Winery is best described on their own website
Early morning take off with the hot air balloon from the Monte Chiaro Winery near Siena.
This is a flight over the surrounding area of vineyards with landing in countryside followed by a tour of the cellars and a brunch prepared by the winery chefs and paired with premium wines.
Directions to Monte Chiaro Winery
The winery is situated about 5 km east of Siena and 6 km north of the Casetta – Monteaperti junction on road SS73. From the Casetta – Monteaperti junction drive 2 km north towards Monteaperti on road SP111/a. Just at you enter Monteaperti, turn left by the monument towards Vico d’Arbia (brown sign). After 0.8 km veer slightly left by the 30 sign and continue on this unpaved road for another 0.8 km until you come to a junction. At this junction, veer right towards Montevarchi. After 0.8 km, by a 30 sign you will see a gate on the right and some buildings on the left in from of you. Please turn left into the track to the Olive Grove and park immediately on the right. You should see our balloon sign by the road but the crew might not be on site until 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time so if you are early, don’t panic, you are probably at the correct location waiting for us to arrive.
As with any commercial flight, if you miss your flight no refund will be due but if you think you are going to be late you can try to contact the pilot on the mobile number you will be given after you have booked your flight. There is no guarantee that you would be able to contact the pilot in the morning since the mobile phone signal might not be good at the launch site and after the balloon is inflated, about 20-30 minutes after the meeting time, it might not be possible to delay the launch. If you miss your flight we would try to fit you in to a flight one of the following mornings, subject to available spaces.
Backup Locations – What Are They?
Sometimes flights are moved from one of our stunning locations to another, equally beautiful launch site.
This happens when the forecast, such as unsuitable wind direction or other weather conditions, means it is not flyable at the original location but it is from another.
Being able to move the flights to a back-up site further increases the chance of it going ahead.
We might also on rare occasions move flights for an operational reason, such as the original launch site becoming unavailable on that day.
How Will I Find Out If My Flight Is Being Moved?
You will be informed by your pilot via the flight status page on the website at the time your flight is confirmed as going ahead if there has been any change to the original location.
If this happens, you will need to attend the flight at the back-up launch site or your flight vouchers will become invalid.
Please ensure you have all maps, directions and transport arrangements ready to get to any of our potential launch sites on the morning of your flight.