Picturesque hills, green forests, small stone villages, impressive vineyards encouraging visits, wine tasting, and old olive groves, interspersed with winding and narrow roads, planted with rows of cypress trees. This is the Chianti, the most famous Italian wine region. The boundaries of the Chianti are not clearly defined, but the main part of the region stretches between Florence and Siena and includes the medieval towns of Castellina in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti.
Chianti is famous above all for its delicious wine, including the most famous Chianti classico. According to historical decrees, it can be produced only in a strictly defined area not exceeding 70,000 hectares and using a minimum of 80% of Sangiovese grapes. This wine is marked with the black rooster symbol and is the real pride of the Chianti people.
The best way not to miss anything in the region is to travel the Chiantigiana. This is the official road of Chianti, which is marked on the maps as road No. 222 and runs through the Midwestern part of Chianti from Florence to Siena. Along this route, the colours of the countryside are magnificent in every season. In spring, poppies and lilies dot the fields. In summer, the vineyards are at their peak, and by autumn, they start to paint the landscape with every shade of orange and red. You’ll savour all the different shades of green too. The silvery green of the olive trees, the intense and vivid green of the grass and the vines in summer, and the darker shades of the woods.
When traveling through Chiantigiana, it is worth finding time to visit some of the historic towns of the Chianti region like Greve, Castellina, Montefioralle. In the autumn, an interesting point of the trip can be Panzano in Chianti, where every year in the third week of September the Vino al Vino festival takes place, on which there are tastings of local wines.