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About Chianti Region

The Chianti area is home to Italy’s most famous and historic wine, Chianti Classico DOCG, called “Classico” because it’s first and original Chianti wine. It’s produced in the rolling Tuscan hills between Florence and Siena in the heartland of Chianti. You can easily drive to both cities from Chianti.

About Chianti Classico Wine:A very dry and medium-bodied ruby red wine with a flowery, fruity bouquet that blends violet and iris aromas with scents of ripe berries. Don’t miss its spicy aftertaste with hints of cinnamon. Its complex and well structured flavor is more refined than Chianti DOCG.

Grape blend: At least 80% Sangiovese grapes and 20% from other red grape varieties.

When it’s best to drink: 5-7+ years for Chianti Classico, 8-10+ for Chianti Classico Reserve.

Pairings for Chianti Classico:Enjoy your Chianti Classico with hearty Tuscan red meat dishes such as ‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina’ T-Bone steak, roast lamb or pork, chicken with spicy ‘alla Diavola’ sauce as well as like tart ‘Pecorino’ sheep’s cheese.

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How can I get around Chianti?

Given the size of the Chianti region and the rural locations of many of the finest villages and vineyards, we advise on using a car to explore the region. There is public transport between the main towns, but if you want to discover the smaller spots, it will start to turn into a real effort. If you don't have your own, the easiest place to hire a car would be in Florence or Siena, the closest cities to the area. A car allows you get lost among the vineyards, stop off at some stunning view points and hop from village to village.

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Top places to stay in the Chianti wine region

The Chianti Classico DOCG wine area has many great places to stay. The problem is choosing between them! Here’s a few tips to help:

  • Greve in Chianti: A bustling market town in the valley with a wine museum, historic butchers shop, and many restaurants, bars and places to taste Chianti Classico - Quintessentially ‘Chiantishire’.
  • Castellina in Chianti: A small medieval hilltop town with a busy main street lined with noble palaces and shop fronts overflowing with local produce, not to mention places to taste and buy locally grown Chianti Classico wines.
  • Radda in Chianti: A picturesque medieval walled town at Chianti’s center. It’s surrounded by vineyards, frescoed churches and castles, such as the famous Castello di Volpaia winery. Quiet and relaxing.
  • Gaiole in Chianti: The nearest town to Siena, you can visit the Castello di Brolio, where modern Chianti Classico was invented by Barone Ricasoli.
  • San Casciano di Val di Pesa: The closest to Florence, this quiet haven is known for the excellent wineries surrounding the town and is a launch site for balloon rides over Chianti.
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    Things worth remembering in Chianti Region

    Fun fact: The area where Chianti Classico DOCG is grown was the first ‘official’ protected wine area in the world, being given legal status in 1716.

    Top attractions: As well as wine tasting, try visiting Chianti’s many hilltop medieval towns and trekking along the network of trails around Giaole in Chianti.

    Weather:Continental climate with temperatures averaging 4-5 °C (39 F) in the winter and hot and dry summers.

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    What time of year should I visit to experience the harvest?

    Many consider the harvest to be the optimal time to visit Chianti. You’ll get to see the glory of vineyards filled with fully grown grapes and have the opportunity to observe the wine-making process. Harvest season begins in September, and a number of wine tasting events allow you to sample delicious local products during this time too.

    One of the more popular festivals is the Rassegna del Chianti Classico, which takes place in Greve during the second week of September. Another favorite is the Feste dell'uva; it is hosted in Vagliagli and involves music, dancing and an abundance of food and beverage options. This event is also hosted during second week of the month.

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    How can you tell it’s a bottle of authentic Chianti Classico?

    Authentic bottles of Chianti Classico have the distinctive pink label with a black rooster, symbol of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium.

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