Chianti Region

The gentle rolling hills, the presence of a natural forest, breathtaking landscapes, medieval villages, castles, vineyards and olive trees along the road introduce the Chianti Classico area where the most renowned Italian wine is produced…..

….and recognized by a black rooster on the neck of each bottle… while tasting Chianti wine and extra virgin olive oil you can take some beautiful pictures to show your friends about this peaceful and untouched countryside.

Wineries are everywhere in the Chianti Classico region ….some are located on the side of the road, some in hidden places not too easy to reach,  some use new technology and a  lot of workers, while others are very small  in which only the owner works in the estate, producing his own wine and  selling it directly!

So many differences but only one name….CHIANTI, the red wine mainly made with sangiovese  grapes and often aged in oak barrels in historical ageing cellars.

Wine is always linked to food. In the Chianti Classico region many restaurants, “trattorie” or farmhouses prepare dishes using ancient recipes and ingredients grown in the region so that their menu is based on genuine food, full of flavours to give their guests a lovely Tuscan lunch.

This region is speckled with villages, hamlets, towers and castles.

Some places to visit:

Greve in Chianti
It is the most important  town of the Chianti Classico wine area. In the main square under the porticoes and loggias, in a butcher shop, you can taste fresh bread with products of the authentic wild breed of swine grown in the Chianti wilderness: the Cinta Senese.

Castello di Verrazzano
The Castle of Verrazzano is situated on the top of a splendid hill between Florence and Siena, in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine production area. The property belonged to the family of Giovanni da Verrazzano who discovered the Bay of New York.

 This is a hamlet from another age. It still retains its original tranquil country town atmosphere with a limited number of houses, a church and  a villa with its beautiful garden.
Owned by the Marchesi Mazzei since 1435 which is now at the 24th generation.

Castello di Meleto
The castle is built near the village of Gaiole in Chianti. A lot of battles between Siena and Florence took place in this area. Fortunately still maintains its original characteristic such as cylindrical towers, walls, decorated rooms and a marvellous theatre dated 1742.

Certosa di Pontignano
The Chianti countryside shows its softer aspects here; the hills accompany the traveller towards nearby Siena, while vineyards and olive trees surround the Certosa and its precious gardens.