Information and tips on the famous Chianti wine area of Tuscany
Chianti is one of the most famous areas of Tuscany. Made famous by the red wine of the same name. It is a beautiful area with wonderful scenery, charming hilltop villages, great food and wine. It makes a great base for exploring Central Tuscany.
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Here is a map of the area.
Chianti has much to offer a visitor interested in wine, food and
natural beauty. Chianti is above all a wine zone. It is not an
administrative region and includes parts of the Tuscan provinces of
Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Pisa. The Chianti DOCG appellation is
divided into seven subregions (Classico, Colli Aretini, Colli
Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Senesi, Montalbano and Rufina), of
which Classico is the most famous.
The Chianti Classico region in turn is defined by the towns
between Florence and Siena: Greve, Panzano, Castellina, Gaiole and
Radda. Almost all the famous Chianti estates are located near to one of
these towns, although Rufina is to the East of Florence.
The landscapes in this region are breathtaking, gently rolling hills
covered with rows of vines stretching into the distance. Tiny hilltop
medieval villages. Fantastic food and wine. Bordered by the art cities
of Florence, Siena and Arezzo. The area is perfect for lovers of good
food, wine and art. This video shows the local lanscapes from a hot air
balloon, as it glides over the hills and vineyards. An experience not
to be missed!
Chianti is easiest to explore with a car. The most likely place to begin
the trip is Florence, where rental services are abundant. The most
important road to know is the Chiantigiana from Florence to Siena, as it
penetrates the heart of the region, Chianti Classico.
If you don’t want to drive, the region is accessible with SITA
buses from Florence. The nearby hills are a magnificent place for
bike tours. You will rarely be cycling in flat roads, but you will also
seldom have to climb steep passes (only, be ware of the hot hours of the
day in the Summer). You can start from Greve, for example, where you
can rent a bike.
For someone interested in museums, churches and such things it is not necessary to leave Florence or Siena. However, the Chianti area can be an excellent base from which to explore Tuscany as whole without having to stay in these crowded cities. The countryside is beautiful, and absolute gems that should be visited are the hamlets of Montefioralle and Volpaia, and the beautiful towns of Greve, Panzano, Radda and Castellina.
The region is an invaluable treasure for those who are interested in
exploring the eno-gastronomic culture of Tuscany. Chianti is one of
Italy's prime wine regions. The best way to tour the wineries and sample
their products is on the last Sunday of May when many producers
throughout Italy open their doors for the festival of “Cantine Aperte”.
Tastings are free and reservations unnecessary, so if you like wine and
happen to be in Tuscany at the time, this is a fantastic opportunity for
Olive groves are also the region's pride, and olive oil can be purchased directly from some producers. Olives are pressed in November and December and the “olio nuovo” or new oil, which is very piquant for the first several months, is especially prized on bruschetta and ribollita.